President’s Message, August 3, 2021
I hope this message finds you in good health and staying safe. In January I will have been a member of the South Bay Camera Club (SBCC) for 14 of the 60+ years the Club has existed. The SBCC has always been an active Club sharing photographic knowledge through competitions, workshops, photo trips and friendships. Aside from the friends I’ve made, I have always liked the SBCC very much because, for only $50/year, I can attend two meetings per month where there is either a photo critique or a presentation, take field trips, attend coffee klatches every month and two banquets during the year.
The reason for this message is to catch you up on our Club’s finances. Our bottom line is in good shape with a cash balance of $3,792 as of this month. This is primarily because some of you contributed when donations were asked for a few months ago. The donation range was from $250 to $10 with most of the dollars coming from the Club’s Board and a few other members. Unfortunately, most club members did not contribute.
The frightening thing is that our 2021-2022 budget has a $735 shortfall, i.e., our bare bones projected expenses are $735 more than our income which all comes from member dues. In addition, we have not budgeted for increases in room rental, website issues, and/or equipment issues. If we had, our shortfall would be even greater. Room rental has already increased for the 2021-2022 year by about $5/hour. Website equipment and other issues cannot be specifically budgeted since we don’t know what could happen. Obviously, the club cannot operate at this level for more than a few years before we run out of money.
The bottom line is we need to increase our income. How to do this is the crucial question. The Board would like to get three or four members together to develop a plan of action. This could easily be done via Zoom meetings. Increasing dues is not currently an option. However, donations to keep our Club in better financial shape are always welcome. Remember, this club belongs to all of us, and we all need to do our part to keep it going. If you are interested in working on a plan of action, and I hope some of you are, please let me know. You can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (805) 340-3197.
If you want more detail of the Club’s finances, please see the June 2021 Board meeting minutes on the club’s website under SBCC Organization/Minutes. Having said that, here is a summary of our annual projected expenses:
- Critiques & Presentations $850 (28% of budget)
- Meeting Room – $720 (25%)
- Website – $400 (13%)
- Credit Card Processing $225 (8%)
- Other $790 (26%)
Thanks for reading this letter and, together, I am confident we will get through these hard times.
President’s Message, June 28, 2021
It’s been almost a year and a half since we have been able to meet in person at the Torrance Airport. It’s been a difficult time but, with the help of many of our members, and Zoom, we have been able to get through the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Just because we can’t meet in person doesn’t mean things have to stop.
Not only have the Zoom meetings been the glue that has held this club together, but it has even expanded our horizons. One of our meetings had a presentation by Julian Elliott from France. As far as I know this was the first time the SBCC has hosted an international meeting.
California has opened up again and hopefully it will continue to do so. If, however, COVID cases start to uptick again, we will possibly have more closures. I certainly hope that does not happen but there is no guarantee. I have just been informed that the airport will open for meetings in July. I have been talking with my contact at the airport and the protocols for reopening are still somewhat unclear. Until protocols are clarified, we will continue the Zoom meetings and have critiques and presentations.
None of this would have been possible without all the people who did, and are still doing, lots of work to keep things going. It couldn’t have happened without you. The elected officials: Mark Lidikay (VP), Jerry Fleury (Secretary), Margaret Pinto (Treasurer). Board members: Mike Calabrese (Membership Chair/Website committee), Robin Young (Scavenger Hunt Chair/Website committee), Chuck Greenwood (Website committee), Don Sandersfeld (Newsletter), Don Stouder (Zoom meetings coordinator), Bob Schlatter (Awards coordinator), Bev Gates and Steve Snider (Banquets co-chairs), Sergio Fernandez (Digital and Print images coordinator and equipment chair) and the elections nominating committee: Dick Merrick, Emily Riddell and Alan Muro.
I certainly hope I have not forgotten anyone. If I did, I heartily apologize. If all goes well we will be able to return to in person meetings soon. It’s always nicer that way.
Meanwhile stay safe and healthy.
President’s message June 19, 2020
I hope this message finds everyone in good health and staying safe. The covid19 pandemic has changed our camera club immensely but be assured that the SBCC Board is working to try to make the transition go smoothly. There have been some critical changes.
First, we have started having general and board meetings on Zoom. Our next general meeting will be this Monday, June 22 at 7P.M. You should have already received a Zoom invitation to that meeting. If you have not, please let Don Sandersfeld know at email@example.com The presenters on Monday will be Dennis Keeley and Veronica Cotter. Dennis is the chair of the Photography and Imaging Department at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and Veronica is the Education Development and Western Region Manager for Hahnemuhle Fine Art USA. The title of the meeting on Monday will be “We make photographs about our lives, not about our cameras…”
Normally the SBCC is dark in July. However, since we are not meeting at the airport, the board felt that, for the sake of continuity, we should have meetings in July. So we are scheduling 2 meetings: one on the 13th and one on the 27th, the 2nd and 4th Mondays of July. Those would be normal meeting days if we were meeting at the airport in July. One meeting will be a digital image critique and one is to be determined. More information will be supplied as things get arranged.
The nominating committee has presented its slate of candidates for the four board positions. They are Margarette Pinto for treasurer, Jerry Fleury for secretary, Mark Lidikay for vice-president and Harry Korn for president. None of the positions is contested. Therefore a formal election didn’t seem necessary. I will announce the four volunteers for the positions on Monday night and we can have a vote of acclamation at the beginning of the meeting.
For various reasons Mike Calabrese and Chuck Greenwood have decided not to run for the positons of secretary and treasurer. I totally understand that and empathize with their decision. 10 years to be secretary and treasurer is a long time and anyone would need a break. So thank you Mike and Chuck for the years of excellent service you have given to the club.
In addition to the elected positions there are some committee chair changes. Peggy Nugent has retired as chair of programs after 5 years of arranging excellent programs for the club. Peggy, we thank you very much for all the hard work and dedication you put in over the years. Don Stouder has graciously volunteered to take over the task of arranging programs. Thank you Don. Don has also agreed to chair a new committee during the covid19 pandemic: arranging the Zoom meetings for the club.
One other change involves the digital and print image chair. Mike and Chuck have decided not to chair that anymore as well. Once again, thank you Mike and Chuck for the superior job you did. Sergio Fernandez has agreed to take over the duties of that chair. Thank you so much Sergio for agreeing to take that on.
That’s about it for now. See you at the meeting on Monday.
General Message from our President:
Welcome to the South Bay Camera Club (SBCC). The SBCC is a non-profit organization for people interested in photography. If you are already a member I’m glad you’re with us. If you aren’t a member and found our website, I urge you to come to one of our meetings and I hope you will decide to join the club. We meet twice a month on Mondays at 7 P.M. at the Torrance Airport Administration building meeting room. You can find information on specific meetings on the home page of our website SBCCPhoto.org.
The purpose of the SBCC is to share our love of photography, to continually improve our photographic skills, and, above all, to have fun taking pictures. The club consists of photographers of all levels from the beginner to the more advanced to the professional. We all get along and share our ideas and pictures. My belief is that everyone, no matter what level, has something to learn and to share and can improve his or her skills. That is the core of the club’s philosophy.
To that end we have many different types of programs including digital and print critiques, photo shooting trips, banquets and more. Some activities, like the critiques, are ongoing throughout the year. Others, like specific subject workshops, are offered as they are organized.
Membership is only $50 per year. Membership includes two meetings per month, (except Dec. and June), digital and print workshops many months, field trips, and two annual banquets (banquet costs not included). Join us soon!
You can view the membership application HERE.
Again, if you are not a member yet, please come to a meeting and join the fun. If you have any questions about the club please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m looking forward to a great year.
South Bay Camera Club