Clifton Mill in Clifton Ohio, tie for 1st place, slides by: Rex Dolby.
Clifton Mill in Clifton Ohio, tie for 1st place, slides by: Rex Dolby.
The Camera Club's first meeting of the year, Thursday, Jan. 10, proved to be interesting.

Will Hawkins swept the print category with a first place picture of one the ornaments on his tree. His second place print was a picture of a Santa cookie jar with Christmas lights shining through from behind.

There was a tie for first in slides, which was given on the revote to Rex Dolby's photo of the Clifton Mill from the bridge. Douglas Heckler's picture of an angel ornament on his tree won second place.

Readers may want to make a note that Dolby's picture of the mill was taken in the town of Clifton, which is located about 9 miles south of Springfield on Rt. 72. The mill's website states that they use 3.5 million lights and have provided the display for over 20 years. We'll try to give you a reminder when their display is ready later this year.

In other business Karl Gribler gave the treasurer's report and secretary. Rex Dolby raised three proposals for discussion. The first was a request to host the October Photography Exhibit on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 in October. The conclusion was that it would be better if the club made a determined effort to fill all the Sundays than to try to fill both days in what might become a hit or miss effort. The second proposal was whether to consider adopting the selection method used in the remainder of the Wassenberg Art Center art exhibits for the 2013 photography exhibit. Details of how the method worked were not very clear and the fear that with 300 plus pictures, a disproportionate number of entries might be included or eliminated from a category, led to the conclusion that we'd rather keep it has been until we have the details better explained.

The final proposal dealt with the opportunity to have a luncheon meeting with world renowned National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore, who will be making a presentation at 3 p.m. at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 21. Additional information was needed and President Hawkins said he would get more information and present it promptly

The club's next meeting will be held at the Wassenberg Art Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24. This meeting will be open to the public and is intended to provide an opportunity for the community to ask questions about their photography equipment or photography in general.

The Wassenberg Art Center hours during exhibits are: Tuesday through Sunday 1-5 p.m. and we are located at 643 South Washington Street in Van Wert. For information call: (419) 238-6837, email: or check us out online at: