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A Message from Our New President - Karl Barth

Anik Sales

Members and Visitors,

I hope the new year is treating you well.  I hope this will be the first of many blogs I’ll be writing every month with club updates, news, tips, and suggestions, etc.  So be sure to check out the website (http://calvertphotographyclub.com/) along with our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/calvertphotographyclub/).  Not only will you find blogs, but you will also find information about upcoming meetings along with trips.  You’ll also see great images from other photographers on our Facebook page.

The first month of my term as President of the Calvert Photography Club is complete.  This year certainly has not started as I hoped on a personal level.

Don’t worry, no Trump jokes or comments.

For those who don’t know, I slipped on some ice in December and injured my leg.  I underwent surgery a couple of weeks ago, to repair a torn tendon and I have a 3-month recovery ahead of me.  I have to stay off my leg for eight weeks.  It’s been a tough past couple of weeks.  I just have to be patient.  I will recover and will be walking again very soon.

When I agreed to run again as President my wife thought I was crazy.  My first term as President in 2014 was rough because I didn’t know what to expect and was overwhelmed.  It made me miserable and forced me to take a break from photography altogether for a couple of years.  My inspiration suffered as well.

Our past president, T.O. Galloway was not running for President again.  I felt motivated to run again because I wanted to get the love of photography back and feel inspired.  Plus no one else was volunteering to run which I can’t blame anyone.  This job can be tough and requires commitment. 

I felt this time around; I would be better prepared and know what to expect.  Not to mention, I have a great group of people willing to help especially with my injury. 

One of my goals as President is to find ways to make the club better.  The club continues to enjoy great success, but I feel there are areas where we can improve things.  When I attended my first club meeting several years ago, I loved the comradery and friendliness of the group.  There was also that willingness to share information amongst the members.  To me that’s what makes our club successful is the great group of members we have.

The board and I are actively tossing around different ideas to make things better.  We are also relying on the annual member survey to get ideas for meetings and trips.  If you are a member and haven’t completed the survey, please do so.  We need your input.  You can also contact me with any ideas you have as well.

One of my long-term goals which I’ve brought up to the board is to improve our club website.  It needs a design overhaul which may involve going with a different company to create a site.  I feel the site should be a useful resource for our members and visitors.  It should have photography tips as well as showing off the work of our club members.  The current site doesn’t allow us to do that.

In the meantime, the board and I are actively putting together a list of trips and speakers for the rest of the year.  Even though we are only one month into the year, I’m happy to be working with a great group of people and fellow photographers.  I certainly don’t feel overwhelmed like I did the first time I was President.

Well, that’s all for now.  As my favorite photographer, Bryan Peterson, says “You keep shooting!”

Karl Barth
President
Calvert Photography Club