General Meeting and Competition, Oct. 15 2013


David Wilkins, our President, welcomed 51 members to our October General Meeting and competition night. He began the evening by announcing the need for volunteers for open positions (field trip chair, assistant newsletter editor, and librarian). David then turned the evening over to Bill Sutton, our co-Competition Chair.

Bill Sutton introduced our judge, Diane Racey for this evenings “Human Interest” competition. In Digital we had 9 Novice, 8 Amateur, 17 Advance and 24 Masters. In Prints we had 4 Novice, 3 Amateur, 9 Advanced and 13 Master. All results for the competitions can be seen on the LPA website. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to those who helped in making this another great competition evening! There was a no host dinner prior to the competition. Ms. Racey was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation, an honorary membership, and $75 for travel expenses. Thank you Ms. Racey!

Sue Craft welcomed 2 visitors.

Douglas Wade announced our Christmas program would be a catered Mexican Dinner this year with $5 -10 donations being accepted tonight. We will be accepting donations of items for “raffle” to raise funds for the Friends of the Center (FOTC). We’ll have a photo show of pictures you have taken from field trips this past year from any LPA trip or activity. More information on the web or Newsletter.



  • Nov 19th – TBD
  • Dec 17th – Christmas Dinner party catered with Mexican Food, and a running slide show of LPA Field Trips & Events from Jan -Dec 2013


  • Oct 22nd – “S4C & PSA Website & Entry Introduction” - Nan Carder & Bonnie Matthews
  • Nov 26th – “My Favorite Things” – Rock Myers – members can bring up to 3 favorite photo gadgets, programs, etc…Holiday ‘sweets n treats’ provided
  • Jan 28th – “Flash Photography & Portraiture” – Julie Sutton
  • Feb 25th – “An Evening with Lewis Kemper” – Canon Explorer of Light


  • Jan 21st – Nature – judge – Joanne Stolte – dinner @greenhouse Café 4:30pm

Field Trips:  Field Trip Chairperson needed

  • Nov 10th - Moorpark Civil War Reenactment
  • Oct 26th 4-9pm – Boolvd Event – Terri Garner - Need volunteers and photographers. Thanks to Wayne Staley and Denis Lust for background

S4C – Bonnie Matthews - See S4C report on website - Bonnie Matthews also announced the Oct Interclub winners. Skill Level A - Eugene Duley HM, & Ronald Yagi –Award. Skill Level AA-Sue Liberto-HM and P. Dale Ware - Award. Congratulations!

PSA – Nan Carder - See PSA report on website - Nan Carder also gave information about the  Ocean State International Exhibition which Closes October 26th

Newsletter – Deadline Wednesday October 23rd – Submit your photos and stories to Assistant newsletter editor needed.

Librarian – Bonnie Matthews announced the Library books she had there, and if interested in renting out to see her.

Friday Night Discussion Group - Terri Garner – Meets 2nd & 4th Friday of month at Carrows, W. Ave K & 17th @ 6:30pm…Nov 8th cancelled

Sunday Monthly Breakfast - Dale Ware – Meets 3rd Sunday of month at Carrows, 7:30am

by Bonnie J Matthews-Franke

Bonnie has been taking pictures since she was a little girl, but she didn�t get into digital photography until about four years ago, just before she joined the club.

Matthews finds the club to be very beneficial to her. “The interaction with other members, being able to ask questions, the workshops and the knowledge that I take away from the club is phenomenal.”

She is very active, attending most of the workshops and field trips. She has missed only a few workshops the last few years and has attended about 70% of the field trips. The fall color trip is one she�s really looking forward to.

When asked what kind of photography she prefers, she said landscapes. She just finished a vacation trip to Oregon where she photographed lighthouses, old barns and covered bridges. “I really like old structures,” she said. She now loves portraits and has her own studio.

Matthews has a Canon 5D MKII and a variety of lenses and accessories. Her favorite lens is a 28-135mm ,70-200mm. & 100mm.

Matthews is our new secretary of the club and has made many changes – to help us grow. One improvement she hopes to make, however, is to archive the meeting notes she takes so new members can have access to them online.

“I�m really proud that the club is growing like it is, and that the workshops are so great.

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