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President's Message 

Greetings to N4C,

We are embarking on another exciting year of photography. By the time you read this, we will have said our goodbyes in Fargo, and look forward to meeting again in Springbrook and the Black Hills. Speaking of goodbyes, this is our last year of competition for 35mm slides. Perhaps this was inevitable, since digital resolution and enlargement capability now is touted to rival that of medium format. Many of us got our start in the heyday of slide film and retain fond memories of excitedly opening those little boxes to check out the results of our endeavors. Of course, I also had the low of reviewing the missed peak action, focus, exposure…. I know my photography improved with the instant feedback offered by digital.

A look through the digital galleries, leads me to believe others found that helpful as well. I am astounded how many people have become such strong photographers in much less time than it used to take. Our group has been blessed with so many wonderfully talented people, who provide me with a source of inspiration every month.

I had hoped that all controversy would be resolved by the time I moved up the pipeline to the presidency. But, given the rapid changes that occur in our chosen hobby, that was likely a forlorn hope. Print participation is down, while digital has an abundance of riches; even to the point of some clubs finding judging digital to be unwieldy. So here goes… Calling all ideas!!!! Please email any comments or suggested solutions to me at pres@n4c.us. I will compile them for discussion amongst the board. It would be wonderful if we turned up some creative solutions to build on what by the time you read this may already have been put in place at the general meeting in Fargo.

I know our outgoing president, Jo Eland, has worked with some members to address some concerns at the convention meeting. I would like to build on her foundation to make N4C an even better experience for all.

Linda Rutherford
2016-2017 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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