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AGM 30th April

Hello all,

As you will be aware from your syllabus booklet, the AGM is coming up on 30th April, at 7:30pm.
The Committee of 8 members rotates to ensure that there are always new ideas coming forward, and to share the work of running the club. This year, the Secretary, Treasurer and 2 ordinary members retire and replacements are elected for a 2-year term. For other reasons, the Chair is also retiring this year, to be replaced by the Vice-Chair, so there are 5 vacancies arising.
As you might have guessed, we are looking for volunteers who would be willing to contribute a few hours a month to help with the running of your club. This is a chance to get involved in making sure that your club arranges the sort of events and activities that you want to help with your photography. There is always help available for anyone volunteering, and the idea of the rotation is to ensure that experience and knowledge is passed on, and the work is shared.
Nomination forms are on the club noticeboards, and nominations officially close at 9:30pm, 23rd April. If you want to get involved, and want to know more about what’s involved, please have a word with any of the committee. Even if you are not volunteering, please come along on 30th, as we need a good turnout to ensure the necessary quorum requirement is met.
Other housekeeping:
Lots of things around the club seem to “just happen”, because a handful of stalwarts keep an eye out, and clean and tidy the place up when it looks a bit shabby. This is no-one’s allocated job, nor should it be. It’s every member’s responsibility. If you think the place could do with a quick hoover – don’t ask, just do it.
1- The folk who always seem to wash up the cups have mentioned that it always seems to be the same folk doing this – there is no rota. If all members could wash their own mugs etc., it lessens the load on everyone else.
2- Near the kettles and coffee machines you will see a little red pot for donations towards coffee, tea and biscuit costs. We have noticed donations are not quite matching spending, so if you are a consumer, please make a contribution from time-to-time.
Thanks for reading, see you at the AGM, if not sooner.

Christmas and other updates

This has been sent to all members by email…

I have a few items to advise all members about, but I’ll try to keep this short and hopefully simple.

Christmas Dinner, Laird & Dog,
Menu and details are available in the club. Please sign up and give your menu choices ASAP, and no later than 4/12/18.
We also have a Christmas Hamper raffle prize to raise club funds, so please bring in any donations, and leave them in the Hamper at the club.

Old Prints
We have been clearing and tidying, and there are a number of mounted prints from previous competitions which are taking up space. If any are yours and you want them back, please collect them before 31/12/18. After that the mounts will be recycled for club use, and unwanted prints destroyed.

It’s a Knockout!
A new event for us for the first meeting in January. It will be a “last man standing” format, with images being projected two at a time. The better image (members discussion/ votes decides) stays up, the losing image is replaced. Winner is last image remaining. Please bring in any two images you wish to enter in normal DPI format – JPEG, maximum 1600 pixels wide x 1200 pixels high.

Next Year
The Committee is currently planning the syllabus for 2019-20. This is your club, so any contacts you have for speakers, ideas for activities or volunteers to present talks on a photo subject you know about would be appreciated. We will collect them on Tuesday next, but if you’re not about please email Mike.

Lastly, we have cleaned up the mailing list (we hope) to comply with this Data Protection requirement. If you are getting this email and don’t want to receive anything, let me or any member of the Committee know. You will be getting periodic Scottish Photographic Federation (SPF) emails forwarded from me passing on information from the SPF, to whom MCC is affiliated. Again, let me know if you want them stopped. Please do not “unsubscribe” via SPF, as that will cut off the club and all members.

Thanks for bearing with me. Any questions or clarifications, ask the Secretary or any committee member…

NPHOTO Summer 2018

NPHOTO Summer 2018 Edition(Photographer of the Year 2018)

Simon Wootton one of our members has received a Fourth Place Award in this issue  for one of his images.

Backlit Leaderfoot

There’s an ethereal quality to this shot that comes from the distant mist just above the viaduct.  This feeling is enhanced by the reflection of the tall slender columns in the river which are blurred into a hazy detail thanks to the 15 sec exposure. We also see the stars above and the Milky Way galaxay towering vertically in the top of the frame