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February Potluck and celebration of Hats

We are kicking off the new year with new energy and good food and some plans for 2024.  Come see what’s happening and share yummy stuff.  The theme for the month is “HATS” so you can wear your favorite hat, bring up to 3 photos of hats to share with the group, bring a little something to eat to share and bring your service (plate/bowl/utensils).  

Feb. 27, 2024 7-9pm Building B room 172 CMU tech / WCCC campus.

Renew your membership – annually – $40/person, $50/family, $0 for students. Download the application and waiver fro the website.

Bob’s festival hat

January meeting summary

TMCC Meeting Minutes – January 23, 2024

Rebekah opened the meeting at 7 pm in room 172 at CMU Tech (formerly Western Colorado Community College. 12 folks were present including one guest (Dan).

  • Welcome, name tags, introductions
  • Steering Wheel Committee summary was discussed. Decisions made include: utilizing an agenda and more structured meeting, monthly challenges should include more information about the equipment, setting, goals, processing, etc. Membership fees for 2024 will be $40/person, $50/family. February meeting will be a potluck to encourage past members and CMU students/professor. Steering will meet again prior to the February meeting. A meeting summary is on the website.
  • Treasury – $270 remaining. Room 172 reserved/paid for January and February 2024 – $70 per night for 2 hours. Membership forms and waivers were provided for 2024 fees.
  • Events – Some club members are showing photographs at city hall January – July 2024. 6 participants.
  • Hank gave an awesome presentation on Bellows (an according type of contraption used to alter the distance from lens to focal plane for focussing or to enlarge the image on the sensor for macro photography). Mike brought projection equipment which was very nice quality. thank you Hank and Mike.
  • Break time: Rebekah brought cookies and Cheryl brought drinks.
  • Monthly challenge photos were discussed: “Landscapes”. 7 folks brought up to 4 photographs each. Good discussions were had. Paul brought a canvas print to present.
  • The February challenge is “a hat”.

Meeting was over at 9:15 pm.

The next meeting is February 27, 2024 at 7:00 pm.

Steering Wheel committee TBD, tentative for February 16 at 6:00 pm.

Steering committee

The committee met in January and decided a few things for the path forward. The following links to the meeting summary.

Please note that the club dues are now $40/member, $50/family and may be paid at this time. The member/waiver forms are available on the website and will also be at the January 23, 2024 meeting. Please review the meeting summary and the suggestions relative to the monthly challenge, which is “LANDSCAPES”. Bring up to 4 photos for show n tell, flash drive or print. Also come and hear all about “BELLOWS” from Hank.

TMCC photographs at City Hall & January meeting

Bob, Paul, Glen (& Sharon), Hank and Scott are showing some of their work at GJ City Hall through July 12, 2024

Also, club meeting Jan 23, 2024 7-9 pm CMU tech / WCCC Bldg B rm 172.

The agenda includes: Introductions, a short Business meeting, Steering Wheel committee report, Topical presentation – Hank will discuss BELLOWS. Snack break time. Member sharing – Theme for the month is “LANDSCAPES”. Please bring up to 4 photographs on a flash drive. Be prepared to discuss some details about the photo, such as: your goal, the location, the camera, settings, lens, special / challenging conditions, processing software, techniques, your thoughts on the result, etc. etc.

November 2023 meeting summary

13 folks were in attendance. We had introductions and each person mentioned their recent areas of interest in photography. Former members Scott and Cheryl attended. Welcome Back ! The treasury has approximately $430. Sharon indicated the Periodic Report for the TMCC non-profit is due in December. Bob opened an account with the Thundermtncam email address and filed the 2024 Periodic Report ($10).

Six people shared photos for the monthly challenge “MODES OF TRANSPORT”. The club was offered a chance to hang photographs in City Hall in January 2024 where there is space for approx. 20 photographs. Eight people indicated interest in hanging pics and Hank will be the contact and Bob will help if needed. Ed gave the city the Hank/Bob contact information and the city responded requesting photographs (to be hung) be sent for review by the Arts Commission. Hank will be in touch with more information. Seven folks indicated they would help the club move forward forming a Steering committee. A meeting time and place was established to plan for 2024. Those interested in Steering will meet at 7 pm, Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at the Mesa Mall IHOP.

There is no meeting or outing planned in December unless someone does a spur of the moment gathering. Bob P. will reserve a meeting room at WCCC (CMU west) for the January club meeting to be held January 23, 2024 @ 7-9 pm. At the January meeting, Hank will provide a technical discussion on BELLOWS. The monthly challenge is “LANDSCAPE” (bring thumb drive) and the Steering committee will talk about 2024 plans.

Have a great holiday season ya’ll !

Oct. minutes – Nov. meeting

The October meeting went well with 13 attendees, almost everyone shared photos for the monthly challenge – Panorama. The treasury has approximately $500 remaining (CORRECTION). We discussed the club organization and approximately 8 folks indicated they would help out with club planning and decisions, including competitions.

Most were in favor of having a November meeting, which will be Nov. 28 at 7 pm at west campus of CMU / WCCC – ROOM 172 !! The monthly challenge is MODES OF TRANSPORT.


PSA competitions and October meeting

Greetings.   On August 16, the club posed several questions to club members and recent club members (25 total people).  I received 14 replies.   The key questions were:

1.  please reply to this email with a YES (participate) or a NO (do not participate) in PSA competitions.   

Result: 6 yes, 8 no

2.  Also include a yes or no if you are interested in being on the competition committee, which would manage everything related to these competitions (submittals, judging or getting judges, organizing, entering selections to PSA, presenting results to TMCC, discussions, etc.).    

Result:  1 maybe,  8 no

Based on the results of this voting, thunder mountain camera club has not renewed membership in PSA and will not participate in the next season of competitions.   

The meeting room at WCCC/CMU building B has been reserved for October 24, 2023, which will be the last meeting in 2023.   Discussions about the path forward will occur.  We will need to decide what to do about any of the following: the non-profit status, the website, elect a new Board or management committee, remaining funds, etc.  etc.  

Meeting information

The July meeting went well as Ed led discussions about lens(s) with the 14 attendees. The monthly challenge was “architecture” and many photos from members were shared and discussed. These were not just recent photographs but some were member favorites and some were interesting parts of buildings.

The attendees were asked to consider this question for the August 22 meeting: “What is the best advice you have ever received (relative to photography)”. The challenge for August is “metallic”. Bring some new or old favorites to share on a flash drive.

meeting reminder

The next meeting will be May 23, 2023 at 7 pm. The monthly challenge is “TEXTURE”. The agenda is loose but we all need to talk about the future of the club and make some plans.

  1. Introductions
  2. future of the club discussion – member cold calls
  3. TEXTURE photos discussion
  4. PSA3 results/discussion

Bring your ideas, bring your texture photos. If you cannot attend but have ideas about the club to share, please email

April 2023 meeting minutes and resignations

At the April 2023 club meeting, Ona and Sharon resigned their positions as President and Vice President and Treasurer of TMCC. At this point the club needs members to be more active in the management and organization of the club and to keep it alive (or not ??). The meeting room is paid for through June 2023. The club meeting on May 22, 2023 will be utilized to discuss and plan the future. Email with your thoughts and ideas and then bring them to the meeting.

The monthly challenge is (revised to) “TEXTURE”, so bring some new pics of texture to share.

The minutes for the meeting are linked here.