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President's Message 

Greetings Everyone,

As we embark on another N4C season I canít help but look back on the last couple of strenuous years. The cancellation of the 2020 N4C Convention in Sioux City, the Spring Mini Convention, two years in a row, and now the postponement of the 2021 convention in Duluth. Video conferencing our board meetings and postponing our print competitions were some of the other challenges we had to face. All were tough but necessary decisions and whatever the challenges were, Iím proud of the way everyone stepped up to confront them so we could still continue on as best we could.

Iím an optimist, however, and I see light at the end of the tunnel. With the convention being postponed and not cancelled we can now look forward to the N4C Duluth convention in 2022. Our print competitions are back and with the current rule changes I look for it to be even bigger and better. Also, plans are still underway for the Spring Mini Convention in Indianola, Iowa so stay tuned for more information as that develops.

All in all, I believe the tide is turning and things are looking up for N4C. Yes, we will always be faced with challenges and issues but I believe the future looks bright and I look forward to serving as your 2021/2022 President.

Doug Conrad
2021-2022 N4C President


The "NORTH CENTRAL CAMERA CLUB COUNCILĒ 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, ďWhere 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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