President Message, Jan 2017
Thank you for electing me your President of the Professional Photographers of California for 2017. Your board will do everything we can to live up to your expectations.
PPC is alive and we mean to keep it not only alive but thriving again!
My theme for the year is “New Directions”. The board will be exploring new ways to improve PPC, to attract new and younger members and assist our affiliates. The affiliates are our grass roots members and we need to include them in all we do and elicit feedback and help from them. In that way we all improve and are more successful. Younger members will bring us a whole new perspective to our profession. We need to attract volunteer’s, they are our lifeblood of being able to run a great corporation. Once again we need to brain storm how to attract and how to keep volunteers without burning them out. PPC has faltered in the past couple of years and we need to fix it. Hence my theme of “new directions.” We need to think out of the box and brainstorm ideas. I intend to change the format of the quarterly affiliate meeting into a session of what works and what isn’t working for PPC and our affiliates. We are always being asked “what is PPC doing for us?” At this new format it will be “no holds barred” on ideas and cooperation.
Over the past few years PPC has had a difficult time, as have all of our affiliates. Photography has changed so much since I was PPC president in 2005 and PPC must change to keep viable.
The budget for 2017 was “ripped” apart at the budget meeting by the budget committee before presenting it to the PPC directors and we are showing a small profit for 2017. The income part of the 2017 budget is VERY conservative and we are still showing a profit. Once we can increase our profits we will be able to return it to the members in more benefits. This is the difference from a profit based corporation to a not-for-profit corporation. We return our profits to members in more benefits. After five or more years of losses PPC ended the 2016 fiscal year with a small profit. The new direction has started!
We will be having a conference this year, May 19-21 at Tri- Community Photography Center in Covina. Our Executive Administrator, Mel Carll, has taken on the task of organizing and running the conference for a minimum cost. The facility comes to us for free and Tri-Community is VERY excited about partnering with PPC. We will have a small trade show, hopefully around 30 vendors and great speakers. Awards night will also be held at the conference. Please keep informing your members of the conference. If there is anything we can do to help the affiliates promote them we are open to suggestions. We will have a booth for all affiliates to promote their association at the conference.
I intend to visit every affiliate twice during this year. I have already had the privilege of visiting and installing the new boards at Sacramento and Los Angeles. Next month I’m installing the officer at All Valley.
We have been told that we’re not offering any benefits to members anymore. You have a right to say that. Because of losses over the years we have had to cut out the magazine and offer an e-newsletter. We are still looking for an editor for a hard copy magazine. If you have anyone in mind or know someone who wants to take on the task, PLEASE, let me know.
We still offer “member pricing” for West Coast School, Conference, Fundays and Super Fundays. And we are always looking for more benefits.
Some of the benefits PPC offers are West Coast School, Conference, State Image Competition with many awards and recognition, Business and Arts Degree (a real accredited degree), California Master’s Degree, annual retreats for members and families, Image Judging Academy, PPC Travel Site (Yes, we have our own travel site which works just like Expedia, etc. Prices are in accordance with other sites and PPC gets a percentage every time someone books their travel on the site. No costs are paid by you). Networking and Mentoring and a huge benefit are West Coast School Scholarships for both attendees and Yellow Jackets.
We have had a success with California Fundays, member and non-members have signed on for many different classes and the “hands-on” is being embraced. We formatted them this way as we saw many photographers were just learning from the internet. Not a bad thing, as long as what you are learning is correct. But what you don’t get is the opportunity to practice the theory. With our Funday classes you get just that. We will continue to bring them to you. Anyone can offer to teach a Funday, all I need is your idea, a date and where. We’re ALWAYS looking for instructors to volunteer a class.
Fundays we have scheduled for the near future are; Luci Dumas “Parts 1 & 2, Go towards the Light” and “Define your Brand” (SD); Robin Swanson (La Canada) “Going Legit; Sharon Lobel (Mount Shasta) March 18 “Astro photography” and Sharon and Karen with “Macro Photography” in Lompc in Aug and our Super 3 day Funday in Yosemite with Dennis Hammon in May. Unfortunately for you it’s all sold out! But there is a waiting list you can be on incase of someone dropping out.
Bob Fletcher from IEPPV has offered PPC members four of his amazing workshops at NO COST. Workshops will be all day and do NOT include any lodging or food. These are the workshops, dates to be announced later; Alabama Hills and Bristlecone Pines, Trona Pinnacles, Bolsa Chica Wetlands and Orange Empire Railway Museum. Thanks Bob.
With your help we can grow the affiliates and PPC together. Someone said to me I should use “Make PPC great again” as my slogan.
I had to refute that, PPC is GREAT, it always has been, we just need to keep the State and local affiliates thriving and we do that by working hand in hand with each other.
Ask yourself, where would you be now without the input from your affiliate and PPC? I’ve been a member of PPC and PPSDC for over 25 years and I certainly don’t think I would be anywhere near as good a photographer without the help of both. (I wanted to say incredible, amazing, but my humbleness took over!)
Roger B. Daines, M. Photog, Cr. CPP, API
PPC Past President 2005