I changed my mind. I'm allowed to do that, right?
Not too long ago, I was considering moving us from a Facebook group (and a MeetUp subgroup) to an actual club with meetings and everything. It seemed like there would be some advantages to this kind of format. We held a meeting to review some of the options, and folks in attendance were very helpful in providing information about the operations of some of the other local camera clubs.
Some of the other camera clubs are well established - in some cases, they've been doing this for decades. They have big-name guest speakers who tend to be very prestigious. The more I found out about the other camera clubs, the more I realized that we didn't need to compete head-on with the big boys, we don't need to try to do what they're doing (and doing very well, apparently).
I'd rather keep doing what we're doing, namely, making this a welcoming place for newbies, providing options for member to build their skills, and become the artists that they want to be. I believe we're doing something unique with our efforts with art shows (and Lauren Lang gets all the credit for setting that up), and we're adding new MeetUp Event Organizers to allow a much broader base of knowledge than we've ever had before.
We're not moving in the direction everyone else is moving; we're following our own path, and I think we're doing a pretty good job with it. I'd like to express gratitude to everyone who decides to join us on this journey. We'll evolve collectively and individually. I'm glad you're along for the ride.
I just want to say that this is one of the very best photography groups on Facebook, in my humble opinion. I joined a few years ago as I would be vacationing in Estes Park and was interested in what I should be looking for locally, to photograph. I live in Florida but still enjoy this group very much and I learned so much by viewing others photos and all the information that is posted… Links to articles and other things. I think you're doing a great job and, although I don't live in the area so I can't post, I can't imagine it being any better. I went to a photography club here locally and I was so turned off by what was there that I felt I would rather be alone. So kudos on realizing what a great group you have here… All the best on nurturing what is already a well rooted garden.
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