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Tuesday 20th APRIL was the first AGM of the club. It was good to see it so well attended as it gave the members an opportunity, not only to hear how the club has been getting on but also, what the future holds.

The first year has been a steep learning curve for members and office bearers alike, but one thing was evident through the previous year, that each challenge was met and overcome through the experience and enthusiasm of its members. 

Passing President John Zawadzki gave the following report to those present:

"A warm welcome to all members and guests attending Clydesdale Camera Club’s FIRST Annual General Meeting.

I have enjoyed my term as President and would like to thank all members for their support since the Club was formally launched last June. It was an honour to be elected as the Club’s first President.

I would also like to thank members of the Committee – Vice-presidents Gavin Forrest and Ian Main, Secretary Jess Graham, Treasurer Joy Walker and Internal Competitions Secretary Ishbel Paterson - for their time and resolve in establishing and developing the new venture. Their commitment, versatility and innovative ideas have been instrumental in making the Club a success. 

It has been an interesting challenge and experience for us all and, after a rather cautious start, I am pleased to say that the Club is now firmly established, with solid foundations, a healthy bank account and a first class syllabus for 2010/11, one which will appeal to all members. Membership now stands at 25, a most commendable number for the end of the first year.   

Looking back, we have enjoyed a varied programme - talks by guest speakers, informative and positive critiques of our prints and digital images by judges, members’ slideshows, inter-club competitions, local exhibitions, and, in recent months, professional photoshop tutorials by our Secretary, Jess.

Other committee members have also donned two hats – Gavin has also acted as External Competitions Secretary, Ian as Publicity Officer/Webmaster and, not least, Ishbel as Tea-Lady – a task which can, all too easily, be taken for granted. 

Collectively, the Club stamped its mark in the Seven Way Battle, finishing runner-up to Carluke, one of the top camera clubs in Scotland. In March 2011 we have the honour of hosting this competition. In February we will also take part in a new competition with Hamilton and Strathaven camera clubs. 

Individually, two of our founding members have enjoyed well-deserved success with their photography. Congratulations to Gavin and Jess, both of whom have received national recognition with awards from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain, Gavin with a Distinction (DPAGB) and Jess with a Credit (CPAGB).  Both have also collected numerous Acceptances in national competitions over the past year and, no doubt, further honours lie ahead. Also, in recent months, both have been invited to judge competitions at other camera clubs. Just two days ago, Jess attended a GDPU workshop and interview and qualified for the GDPU’s official List of Judges. Their success adds to the esteem of the Club and, hopefully, will inspire other members. Their experience will prove invaluable for those who aspire to follow the same path.  

During our first year we were also successful in obtaining grants for vital equipment. A £250 Start-up grant from South Lanarkshire Council, £1000 from The Hagshaw Windfarm Trust and, just recently, £2,900 from Rural Development Trust. On behalf of the Club, I would like to express our appreciation to these grant-providing organisations and also to our Secretary, Jess, for completing and submitting application forms on our behalf.  

Fundraising activities, which have helped boost the club’s coffers, include the production of a local calendar and two quiz sheets. Thanks to all who supported these activities and contributed to their success.

On behalf of the Club, I would also like to thank the management and staff of Coalburn’s One Stop Shop and Miners’ Welfare Club for making premises and equipment available for our meetings and workshops, past and future.  

Finally, it’s my belief that we should not allow ourselves to become complacent, nor to rest on our laurels. With this in mind, a summer programme sees an expansion of the Club’s scope with outings, social activities and opportunities to increase the public profile of the Club and attract new members. Please keep checking the Club’s website for details and updates.   

The coming year is set to be another busy one for the Club, with new challenges. We should all aim for this fledgling organisation to continue as a modern, dynamic, responsive and stimulating camera club. A friendly club where members have the opportunity to share and enhance their photographic skills and experiences. 

With these final thoughts, I wish the Club, its new President and committee, all the best for 2010/2011.                                                                      JOHN ZAWADZKI
20th April 2010 "

The election of new office bearers provided a few changes.

President- Gavin Forrest
Vice President- Ian Main
Secretary- Jess Graham
Treasurer- Joy Walker
Internal competition secretary- Ishbel Paterson

Former President John Zawadzki remains on the committee as syllabus secretary. His experience as past president will also be invaluable.
Gavin Forrest still has responsibility as external competition secretary, while Ian Main remains Press secretary/web master.

The evening ended with video presentations of the members work and competition entries over the past year.