May 2019
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This Week - The Final Print League Competition of the Season
This week it's our final print league competition of the season, so don't forget to upload your entries by midnight on Saturday night!

We'll be setting up the competitions slightly differently this week. Our team of organisers will collect your prints at the back of the hall. they'll put the numbers on them, and then arrange them on the tables at the sides of the hall to avoid the judges knowing who authoured which print. 

Please arrive by 7.45pm to ensure your prints are displayed correctly.
Thank you to everyone who attended the AGM on Thursday. Notes from the meeting are at the bottom of this newsletter.
Members Choice Competition
After the AGM on Thursday our members voted for their favourite image. From a shortlist of 28 images which all scored 20 points in PDI league competitions this year, it was a tough choice to decide on a winner.

Voting is conducted Eurovision-style, with members selecting their first, second and third choices. 1st receives 5 points, 2nd receives 3 points and 3rd receives just 1 point.  

The winner will be announced at the Summer Party on 20th June but we can announce that 21 images received votes. More proof that we all respond to images differently! 

Some of the highest scoring images are below, with a full gallery at the bottom of this newsletter. Who will win? You'll have to wait and see!
Coming Up...
30th May
Jon Gray

TICKETED EVENT: Free to Members. Visitors £5

Professional Lifestyle, Fashion and Advertising Photographer with over 40 years experience will be giving us a masterclass.

You can see some of Jon's images on his website.
6th June
Print of the Year

13th June
Summer Party
Thursday 20th June

Trophy Presentations
Drinks and Nibbles

Members Choice Gallery

20 members were present for our Annual General Meeting which was held at Croxley Green Community Club on Thursday 16th May 2019. The meeting started at 8.15pm.

Apologies were received from Anthony Highet and Martin Liepa.

Steve Bailey presented the Chairman’s Report (link below)

Rod Lacey presented the Treasurer’s Report (link below)

Mike Collins queries the fees for PAT Testing - this is a service provided by the Community Centre to test the plugs of all electrical equipment used at the club.

Mike Collins suggested a donation box in return for cakes and second-hand magazines and camera gear. This will be actioned.

Rod Lacey noted that 6 or 8 non-members bought tickets to the Mindfulness talk last week (which will be in next year's accounts) and suggested that it is important for members to spread the word about club events.

Members suggested a number of ways to recruit new members including publicity in local magazines and attending more local events such as Rickmansworth Festival. These will all be considered at the next committee meeting.

Mike Brankin suggested an analysis of where members are recruited from - this will be included in our members survey or on future membership forms.

Rod Lacey suggested that the club accounts should be in line with the season dates to help with budgeting for each season. This will be discussed at the next committee meeting.

Members unanimously voted to keep the subscriptions the same for next season and to raise the concessions age from 60 to 65.

Cat Humphries presented the Secretary’s Report (link below)

James Bennett asked what the definition of the Wildlife/Nature Cup will be - this will be discussed at the next committee meeting but it is expected to be the PAGB definition of Nature.

Rod Lacey proposed a vote of thanks to the Secretary for all her work this season.

Louise Christie raised the subject of whether we should continue to be Croxley Camera Club if we want to be known as covering Three Rivers - this was discussed by the membership and it was agreed that due to the history of the club we should retain the name. Extra focus will be given on our branding as "The Friendly Club" as this was seen to be more important when attracting members from further afield.

Mike Brankin suggested that we have hi-vis jackets with the club name on to promote our photographic activities. Cat Humphries suggested branded t-shirts which members could buy as both a marketing opportunity and potential addition to club funds. Both suggestions will be discussed at the next committee meeting.

George Purchase suggested that although attracting new members is important, retaining members is vital. This is something which all club members should be helping with and collectively we can be more welcoming and inclusive.

Gordon Calder suggested putting copies of the club programme and newsletters in SRS. This will be investigated.

Mike Collins noted that the existing committee has done a fantastic job this year. The work Vanessa Lacey did on the exhibition in the library was great. Vanessa noted that this was beneficial to both the club and the library and that there were inquiries as to whether the prints were for sale. Members should consider pricing their prints if they are included in future exhibitions. The committee will investigate hosting an exhibition at more library venues across Three Rivers.

The current committee was re-elected en masse by unanimous vote.

Mike Collins stepped down as President of the club but will receive honorary life membership as acknowledgement of his years of service to the club.

Denise Noverre was co-opted into the committee to help with publicity and bookings.

Louise Christie volunteered to assist the committee wherever needed.

Mike Brankin suggested that a forum halfway through the club season would facilitate suggestions from members. This will be looked at when compiling the programme for next season and we will continue to have our suggestion box at club meetings.

George Purchase suggested a vote of thanks to Steve Bailey for all his work as club Chairman over the past year.

The meeting closed at 9.15pm.

Club Rules
Chairman's Report 2019
Treasurer's Report 2019
Financial Report 2018 to 2019
We note that the club accounts need to be audited by two members of the club who are not on the committee. This will be actioned as soon as possible. If you would like to voulunteer to audit the accounts, please let Rod know.
Secretary's Report 2019
The competition handbook will be updated to reflect the changes in the competition rules. Copies will be available in September.

The members survey will start in the autumn.
Minutes from the 2018 AGM
Croxley Camera Club Committee

Chairman: Steve Bailey
Vice-Chairman: John Flynn
Treasurer: Rod Lacey
Secretary: Cat Humphries

Committee Members
Anthony Highet
Vanessa Lacey
Stuart Craig
George Purchase
You can email the committee directly about any aspect of the club
Club meetings are held at 7:45pm each Thursday (except August)
at Croxley Green Community Centre, which is at the end of Community Way
(entrance behind the New Road library). For satnavs, use postcode WD3 3SU.

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