02 August 2017Autumn Programme 2017
Good morning everyone
I just wanted to update you all on what's been happening since our last circulation
Phil suggested one possible benefit of being a fully-paid-up member of SSCC would be to benefit from a discount at Ffordes. Consequently, I have had a lengthy email discussion with them and they are very keen to support 'local' camera clubs. They run a number of sessions during the year directed towards camera clubs as well as offering some discounts thus:
50% Off Sensor Cleaning – 24 hour service only.
15% Off New Hoya or Kenko Filters in Stock
10% Off New Bags in stock
10% Off Tamrac Lens Pouches
10% Off New Tripods in Stock
20% Off Ansmann Batteries
10% Off Optec Straps
10% Off Non Manufactor Cable Releases
However, they were at great lengths to point out that the system has been abused in the past and only club members with a membership card (with these offers printed on the reverse) will be eligible - which of course I consider is absolutely fair. I would imagine the 50% off 24 hour sensor cleaning may be popular - though all the other discounts are pretty useful. They did stress - no card, no discount!
I have now confirmed three visiting speakers for the Autumn/Winter programme and have added them to our previous diary thus:
Themes For Sharing
Professor Bob Ryan & Alison Ryan: Good to Great with Alison and Bob
Shots for Sharing
Guest Speaker: Nick Hanson
Guest Speaker: Marcus Macadam
Shots for Sharing - ‘Mystery shots’
The only person who requires a fee is Nick Hanson (£70.00) and we will need to pay Marcus travel expenses. Bob and Alison are not charging at all - though they hope to sell a few books. I think this is looking like a fabulous diary with plenty to interest and excite even the most jaded SSCC member!
Need to start thinking about November 15th 'Members' Presentations' - this could include a couple of SQA Students showing their final projects? I think Phil has something - and Olenka too.
Benefits of being a fully-paid up member: I will start to think about Membership Cards for the Ffordes discounts. We also have Olenka's art course (perhaps we could buy some of the materials required from SSCC funds?). I am happy to offer a longer term silver film sub group - which could feature my 'Shoot Landscapes Like Ansel Adams' course for free (again, some materials could be purchased through the SSCC funds). I have all the equipment required and will be purchasing an 8 X 10 camera in September via a Kickstarter initiative. Plus of course, we have the proposal which the majority of the committee are in favour of to drop the £1.00 session charge.
Once I receive the names of those fully-paid up members from Martin, I can let Ffordes have a list - so they can still benefit from discounts before the cards are issued.