As this is the end of my tenure as Chairman of the society, forgive me if I self-indulge.
Well it has been three years since I was elected as chairman, and this year in particular has been a special one. Thirty-two years is a long time, and little did we think way back then, that, when we first met in Cogan’s Pub, that thirty-two years later, we would as an organization be publishing our own book. Remembering that night forty-five people turned up at the first meeting, (Dave Keely reckons he was there) we were full of enthusiasm, actually planning to build a “club House” equipped with its own “darkroom”, aaah sure bless our innocence.
As I said, this year is special year for me, because as a founding member, I would be chair during the “book adventure”. It has been an honour and privilege, and thank the members for allowing me that opportunity. Over the years I have made many friends, and who during this year, came to my assistance whenever I needed information, or help, and I am most grateful for that
I would just like to mention some members, who served on the committee with me, for the last three years. Michael wall, and John hall. Both of these guys have been stalwart members over the years, and always prepared to serve on committees when needed. I like to think that as a committee, we have brought a new impetus to the society and leave it in good stead. But as the song says “The time they are a changing”. New members have come on board, with new ideas, which is great. A new web site has been set up, and younger people with more modern ideas, (not like old geezers like me), and with different ways of doing things.
The book of course was the pinnacle of the year, a collaboration of many members over the last two years. It has been a real team effort, including the exhibition in the library. Comments have only been good; however, we need now to put in an extra effort to sell as many copies as possible, and we will really need the help of the members to push the sales.
There are many plans now for the coming year which will be discussed at the AGM on the Wed January 31st. proposals such as, to have an extra night, probably on a Thursday. These nights will be for training on “light room, Photoshop” etc. camera techniques, lectures, etc. etc. There is a proposal for a monthly league, with projects, from which the photographer of the year will be chosen, plus of course the usual field trips etc. A lot of the new ideas will be driven by Noel Dillane, present secretary.
When one looks back at the events of last year, it has been a busy one, (other than the book and exhibition) such as the “rebel cup”, visit from “Blackwater” camera club, (a return visit to be arranged) field trip to “Garrets town”, presentation on “Lightroom”, and “layers”, the “rose bowl” competition, (to be held again in the coming year), new web site set up, John Hall book launch. Unfortunately, probably the last two months were taken up by the book and exhibition, which disrupted our normal meetings. but back to normal in the new year.
So, thanks for the help and support during the year, loads of luck to the new administration and as the Man said,
Ar aghaidh linn!
Tony O Leary (chair.)