Re: [photo-740] Future of the Eagle River Camera Club

From: Patricia H.
Sent on: Sunday, May 12, 2013 7:27 PM
I have been thinking about volunteering to do a meeting but haven't actually done so because I hadn't made a final decision but will be happy to take on October (eve tho I still don't know what the theme might be).  I cannot do September as I'll still be a coach driver guide for Princess.  I am not an expert on anything so if someone else wants October or has an idea I'd be fine with them taking it but I want the group to continue and be successful. 

BTW, I do like the idea of having a monthly, weekly or bi-weekly photo goal to then post.  We could even have some Alaska oriented shots to look for - for example this month could have been break-up.
 
PatriciaD
Palmer, AK
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From: Marco Gutierrez <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Sunday, May 12,[masked]:20 PM
Subject: [photo-740] Future of the Eagle River Camera Club

Hey everyone!
                                                                                                  
A while back we decided to cease holding club meetings during the summer months: June, July, August.  A few minutes ago I removed those club meetings from our calendar.  You should receive an email that is a notification of each cancellation.
 
As a club, we need for members to step up and help make things happen.  I no longer have the time to coordinate, plan, and present nine to twelve meetings a year.  We created the club with the intent that it is a community of photographers (beginner to expert) sharing experience, techniques, and vision.  The key part of this is “community”.  We need everyone to participate to ensure the survival of the group.
 
About five weeks ago I sent a message to everyone asking for nine people to volunteer to be responsible for putting together one meeting in the coming year (September 2013 to May 2014).  I also asked for input from the group on subjects or topics for meetings.  So far the response has been less than encouraging.
 
No one has volunteered to take on a meeting.
 
I received two meeting suggestions: HDR shooting and studio lighting.
 
As it stands right now we have no meetings planned for the future
 
Please consider volunteering to organize one meeting in the coming season. It is not necessary for you to be an expert in a particular subject.  You don't have to lead the meeting yourself.  Some of our best meetings have involved guest speakers or guest presenters.  You can arrange a subject matter expert to attend the meeting or arrange for the group to shoot at a special event or location.  Putting together one meeting a year is not a big deal.
 
Perhaps it is time to create a slightly more formal club structure by selecting a couple of officers.  Please share your thoughts with the group.
 
I hope to hear from you all soon.
 
Marco




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