Volume 3, Number 1
Jeffry Booher, Editor In Chief
“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.” — Diane Arbus
I have been writing this newsletter for two years now and the President's column is the one column in the newsletter that I never had to worry about. Someone else always did the bulk of the writing and I would just edit it—which usually put a rift between me and the President.
Needless to say, after editing the President's column for two years, I have a new appreciation for what they had to do each month. It is easy, as an editor, to just write stories about what happened last month and what is planned next month. Throw in a few pictures and maybe plagiarize some content from the internet to fill in programming excerpts and, voilà!, you have a great looking newsletter. The President, on the other hand, has to come up with original content each month. Terri, when she was President, used the column for tips and tricks. Drema took a more inspirational approach.
While I search for my voice for the column I thought this month I would reflect back on the accomplishments we made last year and recognize Drema for her leadership.
Four years ago I started an effort to consolidate our constitution and bylaws into a single document which would rid ourselves of the hurdles needed to make amendments to the club's charter. The language went through several iterations that endured political struggles along the way with significant trials and tribulations which ultimately led to its failure to make it to the floor under three Presidents. Drema, without prompting, spearheaded the effort to shepard the new bylaws into existence and we now have a much simpler club charter.
Last year we had a very exciting overnight trip to the Salton Sea which Drema helped to plan. She also took it upon herself to call area hotels to let them know our club was coming and got us a club discount at one of the hotels in Brawley.
Under Drema's leadership more processes were streamlined or refined than under any other President. She was always the first one in the door and the last one to leave. She helped with setup and cleanup and attended most every club function.
Drema left this club better than she found it and for that I am eternally thankful
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Darkroomers had its annual Election of Officers and the results are now certified
- President: Jeffry Booher
- Vice President: Joan Everds
- Secretary: Ruth Foelber
- Treasurer: Terri Thompson
Newly appointed Directors for this year include (all other Directors stay the same):
- Membership Director: Janie Anderson
- Interclub Competition Director: Michael Fairbanks
Michael and Jeff will be working to implement a winning strategy for Interclub in 2018 but we will need your help with a new process that will be shared with you soon.
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YEAR END update
Our January 3rd Meeting is Print Submission Night. If you entered the competition electronically then this is the night you bring your prints in for the big show.
If your are unable to make the January 3rd Meeting then you must make arrangements with someone to bring your prints to the meeting on your behalf
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Rules for print submission:
- All Prints Must Have Sturdy Backings. Images without backings will not be allowed entry into the competition.
- Remove any Velcro (hook side) hangers from the backs of all submissions. Hooks can damage other prints while in storage.
- All adhesive surfaces must be removed or covered to prevent damaging other prints while in storage.
- Ribbons, title placquards, entry labels and other ancillary labels must be removed from the print before submitting.
- All prints must bear a Darkroomers Accept sticker from 2017; Substitutions, reprints, remats and reproductions must be approved by the President and Vice President (Jeff and Joan).
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- 9am Cleaning Crew Arrives to clean the building. Donuts and Coffee are provided. This will also be the incoming President's inaugural cleaning of the toilets.
- 11am Competition Staff Briefing
- 12pm Welcome reception for judges. Drinks and a lunch platter is provided for the crew and judges
- 12:30pm Judges' Briefing
- 1-4pm Competition
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Joanne Stolte served as Chair of the PSA Photojournalism Division (PJD). She served on the PSA Board of Directors as Membership Vice President from 2005 to 2010 and as Information Systems Vice President from 2010 to 2011. She Directs the PID Photo Essay Contest, is the PSA Journal PID News Editor, and the PID Web Coordinator. She Chairs the PSA Nominating and International Understanding Through Photography (IUTP) Award Committees. For her exceptional service to PSA she received the President's Award in 2009.
Craig Carlson received his Master of Arts at Humboldt State University with a photography emphasis in 1976. Craig has been a professional photographer and has taught photography for forty years. Since 1995, he has been a lecturer in photography in the School of Art+Design at San Diego State University.
Eileen Mandell is an award-winning photographic and mixed media artist, well known for her nature photography and innovative work with alternative photographic processes and media. For Eileen, alternative media and photographic surfaces capture the life of the scene, creating a depth and richness that mirrors her love of nature and design.