Weymouth Camera Club Newsletter 4

Hello Everyone

I hope you have kept well and have been able to get out and about recently now that some of the government restrictions have been lifted.

It has been almost 6 months since the club last met. However the committee has been busy devising ways for us to meet up again in the new season. As you can imagine there will have to be some changes to how we normally meet.

1. The Centenary Club is open again but it is not possible for us to meet there and comply with the Government Covid 19 requirements.

  • It has therefore been decided to hold on-line meetings for the whole season.
  • We have decided, as have most other Camera clubs, to use Zoom as it will suit our needs the best. It is compatible with all devices (ipad, iphone, laptop, desktop PC, OS or Windows).
  • We plan to use the Zoom Pro package for which the Club will pay a monthly fee. This will allow up to 100 members to join meetings with no time limit. There will be a break half way through the meetings to socialise and re-fill glasses.

2. We will retain the monthly competitions but there will be no Prints section.

  • Members will be asked to submit up to 3 DPIs per competition, rather than the usual 2.
  • Members are asked to send in their images a week earlier than normal so that the judge has a week to preview them and prepare his presentation. The dates will be clearly shown on the programme.
  • The judge will make his remarks and give scores via Zoom on the Club night. All members will be able to watch the competition, on their devices, from home.

3. The other weeks meetings will have speakers who are willing to give Zoom talks. This will enable us to hear from photographers from other parts of the country we would otherwise not have access to. Meetings will be opened up so that people may ask questions.

  • Chris is busy booking speakers to create a varied and interesting programme.
  • The season’s programme will be emailed to you in due course.

4. Although we are not paying for the Centenary Club room hire there are still fixed costs to be covered:- Western Counties Membership Fees, Public Liability, Insurance, Zoom payments and fees for judges and speakers. We will also not benefit from the monies raised by the Monthly Raffles which help cover some of our expenses.

  • This years membership fee will be £35.
  • Joy, our Treasurer, will be send you an email explaining how and when to pay Club Subscription Fees. The club’s account is now on-line which will make money transfers and payments easier i.e. no cheques required.

5. The Committee has held several Basic Zoom meeting plus a dry run competition and has sorted out the teething problems now. We envisage holding a couple of practise meetings with all the club members before the season starts so that everyone is familiar with the procedure.

  • Bob Reeves has kindly offered to help anyone who is having problems. He has already helped Ted and John.
  • You will receive an email inviting you to join a meeting on Tues 8th September to meet the committee, watch a short presentation and have a practice.
  • In the meantime, download the Zoom app and register. They only require your name and email address. Also, you will need to buy a webcam if you have not got one built into your laptop or computer. Bob is available for advice.
  • Dates for your Diary.

    8th September Members first practice meeting starting at 7.30pm. Short presentation and identify any problems
    15th September Joy to email request for subscription fees to be paid
    22nd September Last day for subscription fees to be paid. Joy will send Steve the membership list so that he, as host, can invite you to future meetings.
    29th September Informal Zoom meeting ‘Welcome Back’ with all members. Have a glass of wine or beer handy and have a catch up and discuss the season’s programme
    6th October First meeting of the season. Talk by Steve Mile ‘100 Strangers’
    13th October TBA
    20th October On-line AGM
    27th October Open Competition

    I think that’s enough from me now! More information will be sent in due course.

    Keep taking those photos!


    Kind Regards

    Ruth Secretary