Ribblesdale Camera Club is a picture of health

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TRUSTEE John Bradley took the chair in the absence of both the chairman and vice-chairman when Ribblesdale Camera Club held its 2012 AGM.

He commented that the current membership at least equalled the highest recorded since the club’s formation in 1939 and was pleased to see a number of new members, who will only strengthen the club.

Treasurer Graham Dudley distributed the accounts and commented on the club’s sound financial position. He echoed the John’s comments and said that, in the past year, six members had not renewed, but six more had joined or re-joined.

The club’s summer programme had been formulated and its meetings for next year planned and booked. Programme Secretary Clare Drew asked for a member to take this over, adding they had nearly a year before the following year’s speakers and judges need be booked. Claire was thanked for her excellent work.

Kevin Preston said all competitions had run well, with a sharp increase in the Winter Series digital projections, from 167 to 207. The projection of Digital Images was better with the new projector and some very high standard entries had been seen. Guidance was available on Secretary Dean Weaver’s club website.

The committee had concluded there were now not enough entrants for an annual slide competition, but there was a place for transparencies, along with other pre-digital image techniques, perhaps as a part-evening.

Press officer Ken Geddes reported on his meeting at The Clitheroe Advertiser and the way that reports were now published online when received. The opportunities for photos on the Advertiser’s website were restricted to conventional formats, but the printed version of the paper was more flexible on layout and picture shapes. Sue Marsden, from the floor, proposed a well-supported vote of thanks to the Advertiser for its support for local clubs and activities and the Camera Club’s coverage in particular.

The election of officers retained most of the current team, but Francine Creighton was welcomed as the club’s first ever lady chairman. Her husband Michael also came onto the committee in a non-portfolio position. Long-term member Raymond Greenwood was elected vice-chairman. The meeting concluded with a constructive discussion about the club’s future development.

For more information about the club and to see galleries of members photos, visit its website at: www.ribblesdalecameraclub.org