Last night's social was so much fun! Great times visiting with everyone ! So glad you all could come. We had 16 members attend and we had a lot of good snacks and desserts provided by the club. I posted a few pics of the event below. Claudia
Just a reminder that our club Christmas Social will be held on Tuesday, December 16 at Claudia's house. The address is 14368 Stoeflet, Gibraltar, MI 48173. Drinks and desserts will be served. Please come to the side door. Looking forward to it! See you then! Claudia
Pat Ugorcak has suggested another option for new members to start with. He is suggesting a Creative Critique Category where the new member images would be critiqued, but not judged. I have put together a by-law amendment that reflects this idea. The two ideas for amending the by-laws will be discussed at one of the January meetings.
For New Members: Creative Critique Category for Competitions
New Club members can opt to enter images into a Creative Critique Category for Competitions where the images will receive a critique, but not be judged. The Category will have the same print and digital division as the regular Club competition. New members will be eligible for the Creative Critique Category for one year after the date the member joins the Club. The Category will allow new members to become comfortable with submitting images into competition without the concern of being scored by a panel of judges.
For purposes of identifying the entries for the Creative Critique Category, members will clearly write "Creative Critique" on the back of prints that are submitted, and start the file name of digital submissions with "CC". The information for regular competition submissions will also be included.
I am proposing an amendment to the Club By-Laws to create a special competition category for new members. I have heard from a number of sources that our regular competition is intimidating for new people, and may be a block for beginners from joining the Club. Please review my proposal and make any suggestions for improvement, or any comments on the merits of the proposal. The amendment will be brought up at a Club meeting in January. Kaz
For New Members: Start-Up Category for Competitions
New Club members can opt to compete in a Start-Up Category for Competitions where only members in their first year of membership can compete. The category will have the same print and digital divisions as the regular Club competition. First Place entries in the Start-Up Category will be included in the year-end competition, and will be combined with the regular competition first place winners. New members will be eligible for the Start-Up Category for one year after the date the member joined the Club.
For purposes of identifying the entries for the Start-Up Category, members will clearly write "Start-Up" on the back of prints submitted for competition, and start the file name of digital submissions with "SU". The information required for regular competition submissions will also be included. The Start-Up submissions will be judged independently of the regular competition, and will be evaluated with the same criteria as the regular competition.
In lieu of our workshop meeting on December 16th, we will be having a Christmas Social! It will be held at my house (Claudia's). My address is 14368 Stoeflet, Gibraltar, MI 48173. We will begin at 7. The club will be paying for our goodies and sweets and I will supply coffee and tea and perhaps some wine!. This is for 2014 DUES PAYING MEMBERS ONLY. See you soon! Claudia
PS: Please come to the side door.