RCPS Press Report 31st March 2016

We had a well attended and interactive Annual General Meeting during which we learned that some Committee members were retiring to be replaced by others and a number of the present Committee would, if re-elected, remain to ensure a smooth transition. Andy Dobbs, Derek Hodson and Carol Morrison decided to stand down from the Committee. Andy has worked very hard during the season on programme-support, ensuring that speakers are contacted ahead of their visit and that everything in the technical needs area is satisfied. Additionally he was the inspiration and link with our Saturday spectacular, “In at the Deep End; Capturing Drama and Detail Underwater” when Michael Pitts spoke about his work filming in the oceans. Derek and Carol, along with Tim Nichols, have been the driving forces behind the Annual Exhibition. The detail they cover is fully evidenced by the ever increasing professional presentational style, revealed year on year. Thankfully their services in this department are not being lost as both have agreed to continue arranging the exhibition as a sub-committee, but have asked that one or two other members join them to shadow their work in anticipation of them being able to develop the role still further in future years.  During the course of the year Ian Kendall left the committee, as did Ericka Green and both, along with all other Committee members, were praised and thanked for their work by RCPS President, Richard Littlefair. Iain Cairns, Stuart Ward, Bill Swan and Angie Willis were newly elected to the Committee with other existing Committee members being re-elected.  Actual roles and responsibilities of individual committee members will be decided at the next Committee meeting.

At the end of the formal business, President, Richard Littlefair reported that twenty-five members have entered a total of one hundred and forty-eight prints or digital images into the Yorkshire Photographic Union’s Exhibition to be held Wakefield from 7th May for a week. This is a record entry from RCPS but no one will know if any of their entries makes it to the YPU display until the date of the opening of the exhibition. However, Richard was able to reveal a presentation showing all of the entries and what a superb collection they were – well done all those who entered! In other business, members were reminded that during the summer months there will be opportunity for informal get-togethers on the second Monday night of each month, at the Golden Lion, Allhallowgate at 7.30pm.  Members were again also asked to let Katrina Ashmore and myself know ASAP if they were volunteering to photograph the Yorkshire Lass Cycle Sportive in August.

The Annual Dinner and Awards Night, open to members and their guest(s) is on Monday 11th April at the Black Lion in Skelton on Ure when our competition winners will receive their rewards.