Thanks to everyone for your contribution to the running of the club. All efforts are appreciated.
This year we gained two members from the class of U3A which I teach at the start of the year and also Noel Rowsell.
We have lost Stephen Donnelly as he has moved up the coast to Old Bar and we wish him well. We have also lost Ussha and Matthew and we wish them well.
Our treasurer Peter Richards has indicated he will not stand for election this year. We thank him for his contribution on the Committee and wish him well.
Last year's programme was basically a work in progress to satisfy the needs of the members. The set subjects have been as usual a challenge for members especially as all the themes are open ended and were designed to bring out members’ creativity in the form of essays.
The workshops for this year have been designed to include skills in Photoshop with the hope the skills can be used in the construction of images for the essays and for single images.
We had for the first time a presentation by William Stewart on disability sport and a wonderful presentation was delivered.
We also had a presentation of Peter Thorpe’s work with his imaginative use of toys to tell a story.
A number of members gave a short presentation on a notable photographer to the members when we had an internal Show and Tell. A breakthrough came when David did his presentation and we discovered his many talents as a, music composer, lyric writer, guitar player and singer.
The judges this year have been limited to David Whiteman and Peter Thorpe and Eric Lippey. Many thanks to them.
Some members went to Vivid festival of light and enjoyed themselves.
The 2016 Penrith Show was very successful with the quantity and quality of prints remaining high and the number of entries broke the record. Thanks to all who participated and helped out. I hope you will continue to support the Penrith Show. The exhibition of winners and highly commended will be in the library for the month of September.
The judge for this year's Show will be Eric Lippey. I have managed to retain the prize money to include some highly commended with a prize of $10. Sonja Breckenridge has continued to give the Show some money and this year will be allocated to the B/W section. I would encourage all members of this club to participate in the competition. As an incentive I have obtained $60 for three prizes for club members only. You can only one win one prize.
In summary, on behalf of myself and the Henry Lawson Camera Club, I would thank the Henry Sports Club, The Penrith City Library, our valued sponsors and our members for another successful year.
And finally in case you have missed it, this is my 20th year as president.