In my book, this is not the start of another year. It is a continuation. I have
been involved in N4C long enough (although I still consider myself a newbie) to
realize that people like myself stand on the shoulders of others who are no
longer involved or who have already given of themselves to N4C. To all of those
people, thank you. Thank you for making this council what it is today.
That said, I have to admit that we all should take it upon ourselves as members
of the various clubs who make up N4C to raise the bar a bit. Consider what you
can do for your own camera club—what can you do to make it better? Do the same
thing for N4C. There are all kinds of things each one of us can do to add to
this council of camera clubs and our own club. If you are having difficulty
thinking about what you can do, ask your current officers or the experienced
veterans in your club. You will be inundated with suggestions. Act on those that
you can. Everything you do will make us better.
This year will present some continued challenges for all of us. For example,
digital photography has enveloped most all of our photographic world. It has
created numerous technical problems for most of us to confront when we sit down
in front of a computer. Like most every change that has occurred in my life, it
is something I must learn to deal with. It is one of the areas where we can
learn from others and improve our photography. That is one of the benefits of
belonging to N4C.
Outside of decline in DSLR sales and the resulting problems, one of the biggest
that we collectively will deal with this year is the sustaining both the
mini-convention each spring and the fall convention. As I type this, we still do
not have a club who has stepped up and indicated that they will host the
convention in the fall of 2018. If no one does, we will have a serious problem.
I’ll end this with a plea: please get in touch with me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have
any ideas/suggestions, etc. for or about N4C that can improve our council. The
other officers, Board of Directors, and I will be working to make us better.
Have a rewarding year.
2017-2018 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
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