San Joaquin Valley Camera Club Council

The San Joaquin Valley Camera Club Council was established in 1955.  The goal of the San Joaquin Valley Camera Club Council is to encourage and develop Photography as a hobby in the Central Valley area.  The council consists of camera clubs from Bakersfield to Modesto.

They are:  Selma Chroma, Fresno, Madera, Merced, Modesto, Taft, Stockton, Tracy and Bakersfield.  All members of these camera clubs are automatically members of the council and are encouraged to participate in the monthly meetings and competitions.

The San Joaquin Valley Council meetings are held on the second Sunday of the moth, except April, June, July and August, unless otherwise posted.  January is the Business Meeting and no competitions are scheduled.  Each club hosts one meeting a year.  December is the Annual Awards Luncheon.

The meetings are held at the Wyndham Hotel near the Fresno Airport, 5090 E. Clinton Avenue in Fresno.  Meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. and end around 2:00 pm.  However, member prints are due by 9:30 am to allow the Print Chair time to process the entries.  A PSA Qualified judge will be at each  meeting and give scores and a commentary.

 

The Formation of the San Joaquin Valley Camera Club Council

Al Hilton, APSA (Porterville) called together delegates from the ten (10) valley camera clubs:  Porterville Camera Club, Camera Vagabonds (Porterville), Visalia Camera Club, Taft Camera Club, Modesto Camera Club, Selma Camera Club, Merced Camera Club, Fresno Camera Club, SIerra Camera Club and the Bakersifeld Camera Club to organize a separate council from the Valley Division of 5-C.

Hank Haines (Visalia) presented a Constitution and By Laws, which was approved.  Al was elected President of the newly formed council.  Scribner Kirk - Vice President, H.R. Haines - Secretary Treasurer, Al Hilton was the Council Editor.  Hanna Barsam was a member of the Fresno Camera Club and attended the meeting.

The six monthly competitions were for black/white prints in the morning and color slides in the afternoon.  There was a field Trip in June and a social in December in Porterville.  Dues were set at .50 per member.