Club Secretary, Dave Gray then gave his report saying that this year has been another busy one for the Committee. The Biennial Exhibition held in the Wiltshire Museum, Devizes, took some effort to organise, although the club is well practised now so the operation is probably as slick as we can make it.
No sooner was the Exhibition dusted down and packed away than it was time to gear up for our Charlie Waite Evening at the Wiltshire Music Centre. This is the first time we have used the WMC,so was a learning experience for all concerned. Dave said he would like to echo Richard’s thanks to Robert, who did the lion’s share of liaising between the venue and Charlie Waite’s office.
Robert Harvey - Programme Secretary reminded members of the many notable speakers that had given presentations during the season including Rachael Talibart and Guy Edwardes
He said that he hoped the programme has provided something to interest every member. Next season will comprise a similarly eclectic mixture delivered by 15 different speakers, several of whom are professional photographers working at the top of their field.
Treasurer Lynda Croft circulated the accounts and reported that the Charlie Waite evening was a great financial success. The club finances are in good order giving the club a firm foundation to build on, continuing to raise its profile, attract new members and book high profile speakers.
Caroline Wright - Competition Secretary read out her report on her busy season organising all the club competitions. Competitions are the lifeblood of the club with those participating usually greatly improving their photography by taking note of the judges comments. The number of entries for some competitions was up on last season and in other cases down. Caroline explained that she tried to get a mix of different judges. The standard of photography in the club is very high.
Battle Secretary Frank Collins recalled the many Battles that the club had taken part in during the year.The club held a four way battle with invited clubs and had the annual Ladies v Gents battle. The club entered the regional WCPF DPIC and the national GB Cup competitions.
Publicity Officer Craig Purvis said that much greater emphasis has been placed on the utilisation of social media as well as local newspapers and radio interviews when possible.
Craig said we have seen an increase in membership, with more potential joiners waiting in the wings after joining the DCC facebook group.
Pam Mullings reported on the club website which continues to provide information to members with articles on club activities, competition results and a members section. Members were urged to get involved by writing reports or showing their images in a Members Album.
Dave Gray gave a report on the Landscape Group. Members had been on a visit to the Snowdonia area and recently to Skomer. Some members had organised trips amongst themselves. The monthly meeting continued to be popular with members discussing their images with each other and having instructive presentations by experienced members.
Richard Watson reported on the Nature Group saying that unfortunatly it had not been possible to arrange many visits but Robert has now arranged for wildlife photographer Nick Upton to take some members to photograph such creatures as swifts and beavers.
There were just 4 resolutions put forward and all were passed by members with a show of hands with no one voting against.
1. Data Protection - new laws were about to come into place. The club will add the new policy to the Constitution.
2. Non members are invited to come to the club presentations by high profile speakers. It was agreed that a charge will be made to help cover costs which will be refundable on joining the club.
3. The policy of charging a reduced rate for those members joining late in the season was clarified.
4. A method of resolving a tie break in the Members Projected Image League was agreed.
Election of Officers
The club has a rule that no member may serve on the Committee for longer than four years consecutively in the same role.
Richard Watson was thanked for his leadership and all that he has done for the club over the last four years The Chairmanship was going to be handed to this years Vice Chairman, Steve Hardman.
Caroline Wright who has tackled the task of Competition Secretary brilliantly for four years is to be replaced by two or possibly three members as it is such a time consuming job.
Dave Gray stays on as Secretary as do Frank Collins as Battle Secretary, Lynda Croft as Treasurer, Robert Harvey as Programme Secretary and Craig Purvis continues with Publicity.
Coompetitions will be run by Steve Burgess assisted by Roly Barth.
Peter Tasker will assist the Treasurer and Caroline Wright will be Membership Secretary.
Mike Saunders continues to be an extremely useful committee member coming early every week to set out the hall and has also taken on the task of 'tea boy'.
The Auditor will be Eddy Lane
Presentation of Awards
After the refreshment break it was time for all 22 trophies to be presented by Richard Watson to those members who had won the various competitions or gained the most points in the three categories.
No less than ten trophies all went to one member who needed a wheeled bag to take them all home!
Many congratulations to Robert Harvey ARPS EFIAP for winning most of the trophies for which he was eligible. Robert won all of the Nature and Lanscape competitions as well as Advanced Print and PI of the Year and also had the most points in the Advanced section Prints and PI's.
Other members presented with trophies were Sue Wadman, Steve Hardman, Kyra Wilson LRPS, Craig Purvis, Caroline Wright, Roly Barth, Bruce Chappell and Pam Mullings.
Very well done to all. See Club Awards for all the details.
The next club meeting will be after the summer break on Tuesday 4 September.
There is an interesting line up of speakers for you to enjoy as well as practical sessions and of course all the competitions.
The 2018-2019 Programme will be shown on this website soon and also the dates of the competitions so don't forget to get out with your cameras and get lots of photographs ready for the start of the season. As well as the Nature, Landscape, Mono, Creative and Open competitions there will be an Audio-Video Competition, so think up some ideas and get cracking getting some images together.
Members can keep in touch during the break by joining the DCC facebook group and the Landscape Group will be meeting up from time to time during the summer.
Enjoy your travels and see you all again in September. PM