The Annual General Meeting of Kilmaurs Photographic Club took place on Monday 15th April. President Bill Stitt welcomed members to the meeting before getting down to the evening’s business.
Said Bill: “It has been a good year for the club and this is great to see. We are a small club but I think that we have managed to punch well above our weight. We have also managed to attract new members and that is a healthy sign.”
Bill also highlighted what he thought were the main areas of success over the past months. Key amongst these was the community involvement project involving four local primary schools. The brainchild of Joyce Robinson, this event proved so popular that a trophy has been purchased and plans are already afoot for next year’s event.
Also significant was the attempt to raise the club’s profile through regular articles in the Kilmarnock Standard and the increased input to the club’s website and facebook presence. All of these have given a decent facelift to the club.
But perhaps the biggest success of the year was the Doug Allen keynote talk held in early January. The event attracted an audience of over 200 and showed us all that taking a gamble can truly pay off. Bill thanked Robert Pollock for taking the initiative on this and expressed his additional gratitude to all the committee and members who worked hard to make the event a success.
Bill also highlighted the increase in entries for club competitions as one example of how the club is developing, and this was further backed up in the reports by both Internal Competitions Secretary Jim Muir and External Competitions Secretary Jim Stevenson. The message coming through from both was that the Kilmaurs club is in a healthy position regarding the competitive side.
In addition, the subjects for the 2019 Quig Quaich were announced and are the Golden Hour; Toys ; Flowers; Farm Animals; Something Weird; A Touch of Red. The usual competition rules apply – each member can submit a maximum of two images from any three of the subjects. These can be a combination of either B&W prints, colour prints, digital images for projection or slides. The main stipulation is that entries must have been taken during the 2019 summer recess. This competition always give rise to a number of top quality and often unusual entries. We are especially looking forward to what comes up in the Something Weird category.
And the winner is …
This led nicely into the presentation of awards to the winner of the various leagues and other events. The club runs two leagues – the main Club league and the Improvers’ league – and scores are the aggregate of a member’s top three scores in each of the two open competitions, the Rose Urie competition and the Annual Exhibition event. Winning the Robinson Trophy for the member who topped the main Club league, with an aggregate score of 234 out of a possible 240. Fiona Wallace managed to sneak into top spot in the Improvers’ League with a score of 199 to snaffle the Robinson Salver. Both were presented with their awards by Joyce Robinson who, along with husband Colin, had donated these splendid trophies.
The award for the best set of images in the Annual competition by an Improver was won by Stevie Rafferty whose images of cheeky border collie pups amused everyone. Best award for an image by a first year member went to Fiona Couser for her fabulous picture Startled.
A special presentation was made to outgoing club secretary Jim Richmond for his eight years of sterling service to the club. Says President Bill Stitt: “Jim has been a big presence on the committee during his time as secretary and has brought his imitable character and sense of fun to what can be a dull job at times.” The club members showed their appreciation for Jim’s hard work and dedication and no-one is under any illusions of just how much his will be – literally and metaphorically – big footsteps to follow in.
Next year’s club officials:
As is customary, the business also included election of office bearers for the forthcoming year. These are: President Bill Stitt, Vice President Alan Stewart, Treasurer Sheila Cook, Secretary Fiona Wallace/Susan Walker, Syllabus Secretary Alan Stewart, Internal Competitions Jim Muir, External Competitions Jim Stevenson, Past President Robin Patrick and general committee members Martin Clark and Joyce Robinson.
The main meeting season is now finished but following on from last year’s programme of Monday Meanders throughout the down season, Susan Walker has once again agreed to come up with a schedule for this summer. The Monday Meanders are essentially pics and prattle – social outings with a camera in which we bumble about various carefully selected (i.e. a pin stuck in a map) interesting locations to see what photographic opportunities they yield. Last year’s venues included Portencross, Pollok Park and Paisley. This year to avoid it sounding like an episode of Sesame Street, we are hoping to select places that don’t always start with the same letter of the alphabet. Details of these weekly outings are posted on the club’s public facebook page Please do feel free to come along.