• Annual General Meeting

    Eighteen members gathered in St Wilfrid's Church Hall on Monday 26th June for the club's Annual General Meeting.

    Opening the meeting, the Chairman welcomed everyone and paid tribute to the committee members who had worked hard throughout the past season to ensure that everything ran smoothly and successfully. Wearing his competition secretary's hat, he went on to report that although entries for print competitions were lower than last season's figure, there had been a rise in PDI entries. However, the number of members participating over all the competitions had fallen to a five year low !

    Programme Secretary, Joan Taylor, reviewed the various events that had taken place over the past season, including competitions, talks, workshops, outdoor shoots and the inter-club competitions. She then outlined the programme being planned for the coming season including our involvement in the Southern Counties Photographic Federation's print league.

    This was followed by Richard Smith's treasurers report and the acceptance of the 2016/17 audited balance sheet together with approval of the appointment of our auditor for 2017/18 - Paul Robinson. Due to a fall in revenue over the past year, a proposal to increase subscriptions was passed unanimously.

    The Chairman then announced that the following three committee members were standing down to spend time with Chichester Camera Club: Richard Smith, our treasurer, and Lynne and Jeff Owen. They were thanked by the Chairman on behalf of all the members for their contribution to the club over the past four years. Nominations were then invited for their replacements and there was great relief when Andrew Kendon offered his services as our new treasurer although the other two committee posts were to remain vacant for the time being.

    The Chairman then asked all members present to choose their favourite theme, of the six short listed, for next season's set subject competition. Following a show of hands, "Bent, Broken or Busted" was the overwhelming favourite.

    There followed an interesting and wide-ranging discussion about the recent decline in members attending club meetings, the possible causes of this and the difficulty the club has in retaining new members. There was a growing view that the club is too focused on competitions and pays insufficient attention to supporting less experienced new members who may lack confidence and feel overwhelmed by the quality of pictures on show during competitions. To counter this trend, a mentor or "buddy" system was suggested as a way of helping new members to find their feet and gain photographic confidence. It was also felt that greater use of social media, including Facebook, might bring the club to the attention of amateur photographers and potential members living locally.

    In the light of the above discussion, the committee has been asked to review the balance of activities planned for the coming season, perhaps with a view to reducing the total number of competitions and of those remaining, to have more PDI and fewer print-based ones.

    The formal part of the meeting concluded with a short address by club President, David Nicholls, in which he thanked the Chairman and committee members for their continued good work, and all members for their on-going support for the club's activities.

    Photo Board Competition

    Prior to the AGM. members had been invited to submit entries for this new competition, comprising of a panel of any number of prints displayed on a sheet of A1 size board.

    On the day, only six boards were on display, covering a variety of interesting themes and subjects, and members were invited to view and vote for their favourites. Following the count, the result was as follows: In third place came Dave Johnson's delightfully atmospheric wildlife board. Second place was Tony Storey's board featuring Selsey's soon-to-be-retired lifeboat, and the winner was Joan Taylor's board composed of colourful pictures displaying artistic canal side graffiti.

    Thus concluded another successful season and AGM. All that remained was for the Chairman to remind everyone about the following important club dates:

    • Presentation Dinner (Monday 24th July)

    • Summer Exhibition (25th to 28th August)

    • Welcome Evening on Monday 4th Sept - Members' 10 Minute Presentations !