It's obviously been a while since you've received any messages from the photo club and it's time for that to change. After a month and a half of discussions with the previous executive board of the club, we have finally come up with a plan for proceeding with the club that has their stamp of approval and we are excited to proceed. If you follow the facebook page, you are probably aware of what happened that caused the outgoing executive board to step down. In case you do not, what happened is relatively simple. While the members of the club (including us) and the board itself were happy about the direction that the club had taken last year, it wasn't sustainable financially as it is extremely difficult for a club based around photography to receive the support that it needs to sustain itself in the form that it was in last year. As a result, the previous executive board decided that a new course was necessary and that the new course would require new leadership. As for why the delay between the switch of leadership took so long, we wanted to make sure that our plans for proceeding would 1) function well and 2) would make the old executive board comfortable with transferring control of the club. All parties feel that the aforementioned goals have been attained and we are now ready to disclose our plans for proceeding with you and begin activity as a club again.
The first thing we feel the need to address is what exactly is going to change with us in control of the club. The simple answer is a lot. Through our lengthy discussions with the previous executive board about what to do with the club, the thing that was the most difficult to figure out was a way to make the club both sustainable financially and able to sustain a large, active member base. In order to do that, we've decided to turn to social media. We will create a flickr page for members to upload and share any pictures that they would like to show the club and receive critique from members if requested. We'll also have a place where members can tell other people in the club when and where they plan on shooting so that other members can join them. In addition, we plan on posting things such as tips on technique, buying gear, and other interesting things about photography on the website once a day. To further encourage members of the club to interact with other members, we plan on organizing small group and individual challenges based on themes selected by the executive board. As a consequence of the financial constraints and social media focus, we will not have as many large meetings/teaching sessions such as the ones that occurred last year (i.e. the dessert photography event), but we feel that having most interaction within the club occur in smaller groups can foster closer bonds between club members.
While the transition to a social media based club is more financially sustainable, it also means that we as an executive board must trust you, the members of the club, to make the club active. While in the past, the executive board was largely in charge of when the photo club did things as a group, our way of proceeding requires members to create the clubs activity through sharing tips with each other, critiquing each other's work, and organizing social shooting events with each other on a smaller scale. One may assume that our hands off approach might mean that we are looking to form a club of only highly skilled photographers, but our aim is quite the contrary. We want members to get what they desire out of the club. If you're just looking for something social with people who are into photography, we'd love for you to arrange small scale social events for other members of the club to attend. If you're interested in really honing your craft, we're here to help you and we hope that some of the most skilled photographers in the club will be there to assist you in your journey as well. While we will take an active role in facilitating activity as an executive board, more than anything we want you to rely on each other in order to make this club a welcoming, active, and informative community.
Please explore our new website, specifically the Badger Photo Club Handbook page, which will get you started on becoming an active member of the club! Also, give us feedback on anything and everything by taking our quick surveys.
Thank you for your patience,
President - Stephanie Kluz
Co-VPs - Chris Luckett and Meryl Sell