March 2016 Meeting Minutes


MARCH 22, 2016

The regular meeting of Thunder Mountain Camera Club was held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Community College in Grand Junction, Colorado.

President Jeff Stoddart was not present.  However, he had a good excuse so we’ll give him a pass this time – he and his wife Sara welcomed their first child, Hudson Ray Stoddart, into the world on March 12!  Mom and baby are doing well. Congratulations to Jeff and Sara! In Jeff’s absence, Vice President Annette Collier called the meeting to order.  Visitors were welcomed.

Old Business

The minutes of the February 23, 2016, meeting were previously published on the club’s web site.  A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes and as there was no discussion or corrections, the minutes were approved as published.

Dio Musquiz gave a quick recap of the Gateway/Hanging Flume outing.  A small group was in attendance but everyone had a great time exploring and seeing things they didn’t know were there.  Another outing is planned for this Saturday, March 26, to the Fisher Towers area near Moab.  Meet at the Visitor’s Center at Fruita at 9:00 a.m. and we will proceed from there.

Mike Brown is going to continue the Photoshop classes, with the next ones being on April 6 and 20.  Beginning with the May 4 class, he will start the cycle over again from the beginning so if you’re wanting to learn some Photoshop skills, this would be the perfect time to start.  Classes are free for members.

Dues for 2016 are due.  If you plan to attend any club outings, you must sign the waiver and release form.

The request to reserve the picnic area at the Monument was approved.  The picnic will be on June 11.  Car pooling will be available for those who do not have a park pass.  More details will follow later on the web site.

Treasurer Debbie Rudd presented the March Treasurer’s report.  The ending balance from February was $940.91.  There were deposits of $245.00 (dues) and expenses of $265.95 (web site fee and room rent for March and April).  The ending balance is $919.96.  The February 23, 2016 minutes contained the February Treasurer’s report.  A motion was made and seconded to approve both the February and March Treasurer’s reports, and they were approved.

New Business

A club outing has been planned to Goblin Valley in Utah on April 23.  We will meet at the Visitor’s Center in Fruita at 9:00 a.m.

We will have a PSA competition at April’s meeting.  Submit one image, open theme, no larger than 1024 X 768 to:  Please note the PSA e-mail address has been eliminated.  All competition photos will now be sent to this e-mail address.

Annette announced that Angela had received first place in the color landscape category at the juried show at Gallery at Studio j in Denver for her Dead Horse Point image.

Annette introduced our guest speaker, Ken Redding.  Ken is a professional commercial photographer with more than 25 years experience.  Ken talked about how photography has changed during that time, especially as to digital imaging.  He answered numerous questions and touched on a number of topics while showing some of his incredible images.

Dawn Morrow did our competition presentation and led the discussion and critique of the 19 images that were submitted, including some of the judges’ remarks.  This month’s competition was themed “Water” with interpretation left up to the photographers.  Images placed as follows:

  1. Morning Dew Drops – Ona Griffiths
  2. Water – Angela Classen
  3. Evening Bliss – Jeff Stoddart
  4. Tranquil Envy – Jesie Bair
  5. Honorable Mentions – Capsized Shadow (Jamie Zartman) and H2O (Annette Collier)

Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 26, 2016, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Western Colorado Community College.  Dio and Alice Musquiz will provide the snacks and drinks for this meeting.

There being no further business to come before the meeting, Annette adjourned the meeting.

Dated: March 25, 2016

Angela K. Classen


Thunder Mountain Camera Club



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