The club's AGM, held this evening with around half the members present, reviewed our various achievements over the last few months, with reports from all officers. Most committee members were re-elected, with the exception of treasurer, Gail Hay stepping down after many year's service, her post being taken by Yvonne Latimer. With new members co-opted to the committee, and the recent launch of the club's Facebook page ( thank you Emily! ) we now wind down this season's programme, the final meeting being next week's trophy presentation evennig. During the summer members will be meeting fortnightly at a variety of local hostelries in the area, with the option of a short walk in the area for those feeling fit! Finally don't forget to visit the club's exhibition at the Royal Berkshire Hospital which runs until the end of June - details on our home page.
This competition, the last of the club year, is designed to highlight the best photographs of the current season. It is down to members to re-enter what they consider to be the best images they have entered in the latest rounds of quarterly competitions, two in the print category and two in the projected image category.
The judge for this year's special evening was the eminent photographer and film maker, Alan Colgrave. Judging the prints first, Alan found that most prints could qualify, so had some difficulty in singling out the six best, of which 3 were placed and 3 highly commended. The overall winner was David Sherwood, with an atmospheric morning woodland scene. In the projected image category, Alan again narrowed it down to 6 images, with the winner emerging as Janet Marshall with a dramatic view of lindisfarne Island, showing the famous upturned boat-cum-shed.
Alan proved to be an excellent and entertaining judge, so hopefully he will be returning to the club at some point, perhaps with one of his superb talks. Entries were a little lower than expected, but the holiday season has now started, resulting in several members' absences.
The season is now almost complete apart from the AGM and trophy presentation evening, we look forward to a good season again starting in September.
As we approach the end of the club's current season, this evening was set aside to prepare for the Annual General Meeting in two week's time, and to give members a chance to make observations and contributions regarding the club in an " open house " style, as the actual event can be a very busy evening. All members present joined in the discussion, with several helpful suggestions which will be taken up by the new committee, amongst which were once again searching for a suitable site for a club exhibition ( in addition to the RBH event ), begin submitting reports to the local press, and preparation of submissions to the Southern Federation PF exhibition at Salisbury. Members were also asked if they would be willing to pay a little extra " on the night " if the club were to book high-profile speakers, who would undoubtedly charge more, with the possibility also of hiring a larger venue and sharing the cost with another club as a joint venture.
A useful evening which gave all present a chance to contribute to the proceedings, and will also save us time at the AGM!