President’s Message, September 2020 

The purpose of The Villages Camera Club is to promote an interest in photography, develop friendships, and to help one another improve our photographic skills. In these challenging times, we must explore new ways to meet these goals.  Our meetings must be virtual for the foreseeable future and so we are making extensive use of zoom for business meetings, for competitions and for instructional programs.  One advantage of the "new normal" is that we have access to webinars produced by photographers all over the country and so we can cast a much wider net for our programming. Your Board has been working hard to develop a program for the 2020/2021 year that will be fun and engaging, but importantly will provide opportunities for all to learn.

There will be seven competitions this year on the first Monday of every month from October to May, except December when there is no competition, and January when the competition is on the second Monday. The outside judges for these competitions will be insightful, encouraging and supportive of our member’s efforts at all levels. Winners and placers of these competitions automatically advance to compete at N4C - a consortium of 16 bay area clubs.

Our program nights are on the third Monday of each month except November when it is on the second Monday and December when there is no program.  In October, Lisa Langell will present a program "An Artistic Photographer Lies In All of Us".  In November Don Smith will talk on "Software Processing".  In January we hope to have Valerie Jardin present a program on Street Photography. In February Joan Sparks will tell us about wildlife and flower photography, and Melanie Lewert will present a Lightbox program in March.  Greg Edwards will present a "Critique Night" in April -- lots of good comments and suggestions about our pictures.  Paul Dileanis rounds out the year with a program on Night Photography in May.

In December (Monday December 7th at 7pm) we will celebrate the holiday season with a joint party with Millbrae Camera Club.  This is still in the planning stages - but there will be a lot of fun activities, prizes and a friendly competition with interesting new categories to be judged by Jeff Dunn.

The year concludes with our annual social and end-of-year competition on June 7th.

Looking forward to an outstanding, exciting and productive year in photography!

Peter Nicholls,
President, Villages Camera Club 

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