FWPPA President’s Message
May General Meeting:
I have a few things I’d like to run past you – get your insight and thoughts. I want to align the FWPPA with as much success as I can before my duty as President ends this year, setting the stage for continued success.
Our guild is looking at the future, sustainability and relevance. Your Board of Directors has considered many ideas, which would allow FWPPA to continue our momentum. I’d like to present you with some discussion for 2019 direction and vote at our May meeting.
First: Our meeting times and location:
The Fort Worth Botanic Gardens has been a great home for us and I believe their support for our guild is unmatched elsewhere. Our membership has grown and we need larger space. We have a few options:
1) Remain in our current room and take out the tables, featuring chairs only and have more room. This would allow us to remain for $1500/year
2) Remain in our current room and open the sliding divider to have both sides for $3600/year
3) Move to the Rose Room (larger than where we are but not quite as large as the double rooms) for $2700/year
4) Contemplate moving to a different venue for less money.
The FWBG has graciously given us half price if we pay in full for next year and sign the contract. I feel this is too good to pass up and would like to see us stay. I believe moving to the Rose Room and paying immediately would be our best option.
Our guild has enough money to pay this for 2019, pay our speakers, awards and education reimbursements. Growth is steady in the guild and can support this type of change as long as the guild continues to put forth effort to continue our growth.
This is an important issue so I am also bringing this to you for your thoughts.
Our meeting dates for 2019 – keep on 2nd Wednesday or move to 2nd Monday of each month. Why would we want to consider this move?
The goal is to support, educate and promote professional photography through our guild meetings and other educational programs. Here in the Metroplex we are blessed with a great opportunity! We have TWO guilds available – the FWPPA and DPPA. Many of our members belong to both and many members of DPPA attend FWPPA.
DPPA has launched a program of workshops for Wednesday after their meeting on the 2nd Tues. This is open to us, of course, and we have the opportunity to support our sister guild as well as offer education without traveling, hotel and just a bit of gas and time. I do not want our FWPPA members to have to choose between going to these great workshops and coming to our program. FWPPA is also not equipped at this time to host our own big workshops, so participation with our sister guild makes sense.
This also allows the DPPA members to support our guild as well.
Another consideration is Wednesday night is a church night for some of our previous members. When polled, there were members who said they could never come on a Wednesday because of their commitments.
I have already checked with the FWBG and the 2nd Mondays of each month would be available.
Think about this and see what you would like to do.
Second: Our Print Competition:
I have considered some slight changes after the success of our digital entry program. Digital entry allows you to enter without as much expense, allowing more people to participate; however, we still don’t have a lot of feedback and advice on our entries. The guild level is where we should learn how to compete, get feedback on our entries and mentoring.
Proposing 100% digital entries with an earlier entry date than the day before would allow us to have judges from all over volunteer their time and write small critiques and advice for your entry. That would be shared with you, of course.
Ribbons would be awarded at the guild meeting at the top of the program. We could display the entries on the projector so you could see them. We won’t have to have the iMac and the big table for the prints. This would also allow the director of Print Competition the opportunity to participate in the program. He or she usually has to work the entire time calculating scores and such.
This would be the same form that is currently on our website with a date of entry by the week before. No late entries would be allowed.
We would like to present a twist on an earlier idea of different competitions for different skill levels. It is a bit disheartening to be competing against the more experienced competitors. I’d like to propose a “Masters Competition” and an “Aspiring Masters Competition”. The Masters Competition would be for anyone who has merited towards a Master Photographer or Master Artist degree through PPA and thusly the Aspiring Masters Competition would be for those who have not merited in either division.
They would be judged for placements separately, judged by our Masters and those who have merited. They will be happy to share insights, critiques and thoughts on your entry.
The Aspiring Masters Competition is open to all members; however, the points will not be considered for Photographer of the Year or other awards.
On a final note: Getting involved. I would like for you to consider running for the Board of Directors or committees. 2019 will need strong support from the members of FWPPA – consider being a part of that leadership.
That’s it – things we want you to consider.
If there is anything you need or any question I can answer or any suggestion you want considered, please feel free to contact me.
This is YOUR guild.