Mid-Michigan Photography Club September 2021 Updates

October MMPC Meeting

An in-person meeting of the Mid-Michigan Photography Club is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday October 6, 2021. This will be the first MMPC meeting since the Covid-19 pandemic to be held at First Presbyterian Church, 510 W. Ottawa St. Lansing, MI 49833. Please be aware that the church asks that all wear masks while in the facility, even if you are vaccinated. We will not have a guest speaker or a photo activity at this meeting. This will be the annual meeting of the club, including a brief business meeting and election of officers.

The MMPC Board meets regularly. The Board meeting schedule is posted on the calendar at http://mmphotoclub.com/calendar. The list of the current Board members is at http://mmphotoclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/MMPC-Board-Members-03212021.pdf.

We continue to welcome any MMPC members who are interested in serving on the Board. As provided by the club’s by-laws, an election will be held at the October 2021 meeting for the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, and MMPC Board Member at-large. Pam Hastings-Albright has agreed to be nominated as Secretary, Karen Towner has agreed to be nominated as Treasurer, and Karrie Baker has agreed to be nominated as member at-large. Please contact any MMPC Board member if you are interested in being nominated.

The major part of the meeting will be the opportunity for all in attendance to discuss their photographic activities during the pandemic. You are invited to bring up to five photos to share. We can put those images on the screen in the meeting room. You can send the photos to mmpclansing@gmail.com or you can bring them on a portable drive or card.

Save The Dates – Upcoming MMPC Meetings

The Mid-Michigan Photography Club is planning to hold meetings at First Presbyterian Church, 510 W. Ottawa St. Lansing, MI 49833. Meeting dates include:

  • Wednesday, October 6, 2021
  • Wednesday, November 3, 2021
  • Wednesday, December 1, 2021 – MMPC Holiday Dinner
  • Wednesday, January 5, 2022 – Annual Photo Clinic

The web site calendar at http://mmphotoclub.com/calendar/ has been updated to show dates through June 2022.

Big Cookie – September Meeting

The Big Cookie returned at the September 2020 MMPC meeting. The theme for the September 2020 Big Cookie competition was “SKY.” This is the theme that had been announced for the June 2020 meeting. The same image was awarded both the Judges’ Choice and the People’s Choice Big Cookie awards. The winning September image has been added to the Big Cookie gallery on the MMPC web site at http://mmphotoclub.com/competitionbig-cookie/.  The theme for the December Big Cookie competition will be “Food.” All members are encouraged to bring a printed image for the Big Cookie competition at the December meeting.

MMPC Annual Dues

The Mid-Michigan Photography Club collects dues annually, for the year beginning in September. This past year has been unusual, in many ways. While it was great to see the attendance and new members at the August meeting in Grand Ledge, the MMPC Board is aware that many members have not attended Zoom meetings and/or outdoor meetings. The club is in good shape and we have had limited expenses during the 2020-21 year. We are asking new members to pay dues for 2021-22. If you paid last year, for 2020-21 and didn’t attend club events regularly, there is no expectation that you pay dues at this time. Please use your own judgement when it comes to MMPC dues. We have kept the cost of being a club member to $35 again this year so please bring that with you to the meeting. If you are paying MMPC dues, and can’t make the meeting, send payments to:  Karen Towner, 10727 Keefer Highway, Portland, MI 48875.

Possible MMPC Gallery Show

The MMPC Board had started discussions about venues for a potential Gallery Show. As we move forward, we want to get input and feedback from MMPC members. We will be contacting venues with the idea of holding a Gallery Show in the future. Of course, these plans could change. Thanks to those who responded to the poll on the Facebook page. We will keep you informed as plans develop.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The September theme is Curly. It is great to see the submissions on the Facebook page. A gallery of the photos from prior months is on the MMPC web site at http://mmphotoclub.com/monthly-challenge/. If you do not use the Facebook group, send your entry by email to mmpclansing@gmail.com so that we can post it to the Facebook page. Discussion of the photos, beyond simply liking the picture, is encouraged. The current and upcoming monthly themes for the photo challenge are:

  • September 2021 – Curly
  • October 2021 – Exceptional Trees