Excerpts from the RAPC Souvenir History
CELEBRATING 75 YEARS
A Progressive Era (1975-1992)
1974-75 ushered in a period of significant expansion in Camera Club development following some years of limited activity and declining membership. A new executive headed by Cam McKechnie as president and Shirley Smith as program chairperson presented an ambitious program with proposed guest speakers that included Youssuf Karsh (he did not make it, and does not seem to have ever been on a club program.) Programs covered topics in both still photography and films, including presentations by portrait photographer John Evans, freelance photographer Ted Grant and CBC TV stars John and Janet Foster. Club members paid a visit to the National Film Board Still Photo Division to see a six-projector slide show presentation and were also invited to a tour of Crawley Films. A $1 entry fee for club competitions was charged to raise funds for awarding of prizes.
John Fowler recalls joining the club in 1973 after moving from Montreal: “As a newcomer to Ottawa, I joined the RACC very soon after my arrival, and made many good friends, several of whom I still keep in touch with, and a couple of whom I count to this day as among my very best friends.”
A new executive elected for 1975-76 was headed by Danielle Allard. The Camera Cub operated a permanent display cabinet for the showing of members’ work on the second floor of the RA Centre. The exhibit was described as “… a source of pride this season. Many excellent prints have passed through it, and Catherine Kelly is doing such a great job in arranging them to best advantage.”
The club’s first annual Open House was held on May 4, 1976. Karin Lehmann, who is credited with organizing the event, reported that it “…attracted a throng of visitors. A most conspicuous guest was Colonel By, whose presence delighted many visitors.” Events included: an Ottawa pictorial slide show, By the Way, edited by Janet Long, Frank Brodie, Jim Scrimger and Bill Nelson; a slide show by Raymond Thauvette on early photography; a nature audio-visual show contributed by members and assembled by John Fowler; and Mardi Gras, an audio-visual presentation by Danielle Allard and Barry White. Special displays were arranged by Ron Andrews (colour printing), Robert Laramée (effects of various lenses), Danielle Allard (RA activities), Glen Staflund (program), and Raymond Thauvette (old photographic equipment). Don Beckett acted as MC. The outgoing executive was later given “… unanimous and sincere accolades for a job well done. Membership was increased, a varied and interesting program was offered members — with the capping event a highly successful Open House.”