Minutes from the April 10 Meeting

Linn Area Photo Club Monthly Meeting

April 10, 2022

Julie Coder, Secretary

Sue Biederman, president, called the meeting to order.

Julie Coder, secretary, asked if there were objections to any of the proposed bylaw changes which were discussed at a prior meeting. No one objected. Members voted unanimously to accept the revised bylaws. Pam Olson motioned to accept the changes; Patti Sampson seconded. Pam noted that one of the changes would allow guests to visit two times without paying membership dues; previously, guests were allowed just one visit.

Bill Schoon, Contest Committee Chair, reviewed contest procedures. All members will receive two chips (1 red and 1 white). Members will vote for their first choice with a white chip (worth 2 points) and for their second choice with a red chip (worth 1 point). Members are asked to not vote twice for the same picture.

Pam Olson, Program Committee Chair, commented that the Help Portrait Coordinator position doesn’t have to be a photographer. She said the Program Committee discussed whether the position should be posted on the United Way Volunteer website to see if someone in the community might be interested. Sue said the board can discuss this option.

Jennifer O’Hare, Membership Chair, said the records are up-to-date. Members should see Jennifer if they haven’t paid.  

Pam said the Program Committee would like to do a comparison of various printing labs in the area and they’d like to run prints of the same image to look at quality differences. Connie Wedemeier said some places (e.g., ACI Lab in Cedar Falls) will allow people to pay more to have images color corrected. Pam noted that shipping fees considerably increase the cost of prints. She also said she noticed a quality difference on her home printer when she did not use OEM paper. The group discussed pros/cons of purchasing a pro printer, but the consensus was that it was not cost effective for the size of the group, and someone would need to be in charge of maintenance & printing. 

Kerry Lawrence, vice president, said he will organize a panel for researching the various print lab options. He asked members to give him their email if they’d be interested in being on the panel. 

Pam said there’s currently no program planned for June but hoped the panel discussion about print labs could be organized in time for the June meeting. 

Sue asked about the Spring Event. Pam said she thought we had decided to not hold that this year. 

Sue said we are moving forward with a new website and Keith has been working on setting that up.

There was no unfinished or new business.

Carl Bracken presented on night photography. He is a member of the Eastern Iowa Observatory and shared some information about the observatory as well as helpful tips and gear recommendations for astro photography.   

Bill said the vote was close for today’s contest, and every picture got at least one vote. The contest them was Repetitive Shapes/Leading Lines. Winners were:

1st Place: Mike Schoon

2nd Place: Ron Ginther

3rd Place: Pam Olson

The contest theme for May will be The Open Road.

The group discussed the next meeting, which would normally fall on Mother’s Day. Pam said the Club usually holds the May meeting on the first Sunday of the month to avoid a conflict. Sue will talk to Jay to see about reserving the hall for that day (May 1) instead.

The meeting was adjourned.

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