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
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.
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
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