As Chairperson(3 1/2 seasons), Barbara Lapointe initiated a suggestion box for members’ comments, set a no smoking policy, before it was the standard, began the 7:30 PM starting time for meetings (formerly 8:00 PM) and initiated the first summer meetings. She had run competitions, the Portrait Group, been on the Program Committee, was Newsletter Editor, did Publicity, co-wrote the New Member’s Information Guide, co-chaired the Open House; She has been on three By-Law Reform Committees, and was a member of the Competition Rules Ad Hoc Committee which inaugurated the present competition promotion level system.
She has represented the RAPC at the Interclub Competition several times, as well as at other festivals and competitions, has had exhibitions of her images, made presentations, judged competitions and received several awards within the Club. She organized a photographic “Jeopardy” game for the annual banquet, for six years, until it kind of ran out of questions. At present, Barbara has been Chair of the Awards Committee for ten years as well as Club Secretary for ten years. She is a Life Member of the Photo Club.
BLOG: When did you first join the club?
BARBARA: I joined the RA Camera Club, as it was then called, in 1982. Since then, this is pretty well where you’ll find me every Tuesday night…
BLOG: When I first joined in 2011, you were pointed out to me by a friend as a powerhouse of the club. Was he right?
BARBARA: [laugh] Well, since I prefer to be “in on the action,” rather than a bystander, I have volunteered all but two years since I first joined.
BLOG: At the executive meetings, which are monthly I believe, what do you talk about?
BARBARA: The executive meetings are usually every six weeks and absolutely every aspect of the club is addressed. Club members have always been welcome to attend executive meetings and all volunteers are invited. However we realized that, in many cases, the voices of the interest groups were not being heard… So, last season, the executive decided to include group leaders as voting members of the executive.
BLOG: How many voting members are there now?
BARBARA: There are now 22 voting members on the Executive Council. Some seasons, members have filled more than one position, however each person has only one vote, regardless of how many executive positions they hold.
BLOG: What are some of the memorable meetings?
BARBARA: The most memorable activities of the Executive would be those that actually changed the club. However major changes usually occur as a result of study by ad hoc committees which then bring proposals back to the Executive for discussion and approval… I’m quite proud that, rather than simply “going with the flow,” our by-laws have been constantly re-examined and updated so that they accurately reflect the Club’s organization. (You can find them on the website.) There was relatively extensive re-organization following a strategic planning session held in April 2005.
BLOG: Hmm, that all seem rather dry. Did the nudity policy discussion, for example, bring a bit of excitement to the executive meetings?
BARBARA: [laugh] The issue certainly provoked a lot of discussion… Coming up with an appropriate policy statement was difficult, but our Chair faced the challenge. Perhaps what initiated the whole thing was the amount of nudity we were seeing from all the enthusiastic new studio members.
I wouldn’t want members to think our executive meetings are always boring… We do have exciting issues, from time to time, but we manage to work things out and the Club keeps rolling along. The fact that we are all volunteers brings a healthy perspective to any disagreements that may arise. Want to know more? You’re all welcome to attend the meetings.