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President's Message 

Greeting to N4C,

It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago, but to think that in 2009 our camera club, Southwest Iowa shutterbugs had just begun. We were seeking information from those who could help us learn more about photography. We connected to the Des Moines camera club who recommended joining the North Central Camera Club Council. Gloria Johnson was willing to drive the 3 hours to our club meeting and show us a few things. That began a great friendship and a great interest to the N4C. N4C helped our club grow by the networking we did with other clubs and people. We learned new things by seeking to improve our photography through the leadership, friendship and the excitement of learning from those who had been there.

It takes people wanting to be involved so they feel they get back something in return. Are we doing that for all of our clubs? It goes both ways, you have to have someone wanting to be involved to get something out of it. Do we offer the tools we need to give to the new members and clubs? Mini Spring Convention and Fall convention have some great programs, but getting people there to enjoy is sometimes a struggle.

We have been updating the N4C handbooks and bylaws and that is a great start. But we need to go back farther and update our programming to share. From what I have been told, N4C used to have a lot of books and information to share. Mark Gromko had a very good program at the Mini Spring Convention to share on TCI and judging. This can be seen by using “Dropbox”. It would be wonderful to come up with more programs from other clubs so we have more learning tools to share.

I hope this year we, as members, can improve on our program sharing all year long. It is in the beginning stage, but with all your help, we can make it grow into a great program for all those times we wonder how we can get some of those great speakers, but they are too far away.

Therefore, my goal this year is to make more programming available for clubs to share. Don’t be afraid to donate a program. Sometimes the simplest program can be the most rewarding, and remember that we have ALL different levels of people joining our clubs. Your program might be just what a new member needed! Please watch for more details and think how some of your club programs can be passed on for others to use. We are a learning and teaching organization. Let us all put it to use.

Deb Bates,
2018-2019 N4C President


The "NORTH CENTRAL CAMERA CLUB COUNCIL” had its inception almost simultaneously in the minds of three men  Robert H. Cochran, M.D., APSA. Omaha, E, Curtis Lugg, Sioux Falls, and Francis A. Kingsbury, Ponca and Sioux City.

Fate decided that their paths should cross in the Spring of 1955, these three men sat on the front porch of the Kingsbury home in Ponca Nebraska where their vision gave birth to the North Central Council of Camera Clubs. From their idea that evening a tentative organization, created May 30, 1955, combined members of seven Camera Clubs located in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota. and South Dakota.
Summer, Fall, and Winter Seasons were spent in organizational creation of many of the services still available from the "N-4-C", as the infant was nicknamed. Meeting at the Joslyn Memorial Art Museum in Omaha, January 22, 1956, resulted in adopting a Constitution, and in electing the temporary officers to their permanent positions.
The First Convention, held in Sioux City, lowa, with Francis A. Kingsbury as General Chairman gave the 123 delegates from the 20 member Clubs such excellent programs that it is difficult to uphold tradition in the subsequent Conventions, The now famous "N 4 C, “Where Names become Faces and Faces become Friends"  was originated during this gathering by Francis Kingsbury. The original officers were re-elected to complete their assignment to build an active and lasting N-4 C.


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