Corio Bay Camera Club

2009 - 2018

Background

Corio Bay Camera Club (CBCC) was formed as the Ford Camera Club on June 3, 1954 by a group of Ford Geelong employees  who had an interest in photography.  Membership was open to Ford employees  only, as funding for equipment and a library was provided by the Ford Motor Company which was not amenable to providing this for "outsiders".   Over the years funding by the company dwindled and in 1975 the club's constitution was changed to allow non Ford employees  to join.  It wasn't until.1977 however, that the club decided to make the break complete and rename  itself to Corio Bay Camera Club.

Office Bearers

The first President of Corio Bay Camera Club was Mr. Dennis Payne.    Mr. Payne only held the position for about three months before he had to resign as he had accepted an overseas posting with Ford.  In its lifetime, the club has had twenty-three presidents.  The longest serving of

these is Jack Jansen who served in the position continuously from 2003 until 2012.  Other long serving presidents were Bill Phillips and current member Colin Klein each serving a total of eight years. Jack Jansen has also served one year as Treasurer, three years as Competition Secretary, three years as Vice President and six years as Secretary.

In addition to his eight years of service as president, Colin Klein also served ten years as Vice President, six years as Secretary, one year as Treasurer, four years as Competition Secretary and seven years as Interclub Competition Secretary.

Another member who has served the club as an office bearer over an extended period is Tim McCarthy who has held the positions of President (two years), Vice President (three years) Treasurer (twenty seven years).

A table of Office bearers from 2009 to the present is shown below.

Year

President

Vice President

Secretary

Treasurer

Competition Secretary

Interclub Competition

2009

J. Jansen

S.  Coles

T. Parr

T.  McCarthy

W. Harris

C. Klein

2010

J. Jansen

M. Zitko

C. Walker

T.  McCarthy

W. Harris

C. Klein

2011

J. Jansen

M. Zitko

C. Walker

T.  McCarthy

W. Harris

C. Klein

2012

J. Jansen

I. Creek

C. Walker

T.  McCarthy

S.  Lapsley

C. Klein

2013

D.  Cockfield

I. Creek

J. Jansen

T. McCarthy

S. Lapsley/I. Creek

P. Rushbrook

2014

D. Cockfield

I. Creek

J. Jansen

T. McCarthy

B. McRae

P. Rushbrook

2015

D.  Cockfield

J. Szabo

J. Jansen

T. McCarthy

B. McRae (part)

Vacant

2016

J. Szabo

L. Kenny

J. Jansen

T. McCarthy

L. Kenny Comps Convenor

2017

J. Szabo

L. Kenny

J. Jansen

T. McCarthy

L. Kenny Comps Convenor

2018

J. Szabo

L. Kenny

J. Jansen

T. McCarthy

A. Randall Comps Convenor

 

Moving Homes

Over the years, CBCC has had a number of homes.    From 1997 it was located at the Norlane Baptist Church.  For about ten years it had used a small meeting room at the church, however in late 2007 the church commenced a building  program which meant the meeting room was no longer available.  In its place, the club was offered the use of the main church, a much larger space.  The club began meeting there in early 2008. While comfortable, this unusual venue created some difficulties and late in 2009, it was decided to start a search for alternative premises.

At the around same time, the Osborne Park Association (OPA) was granted a lease of the East Wing of Osborne House in North Geelong.   Osborne  House was built in 1858 for squatter George  Muirhead.  Over the years it had had various extensions and uses, most recently as the headquarters of the Shire of Corio until the amalgamation of nine local councils into the City of Greater  Geelong in 1993. Between 1993 and 2010, it had remained largely unused.  The OPA was looking for community groups to join them in occupying the area they had leased, so in May 2010 Corio Bay Camera Club joined the Osborne Park Association and moved in.  With this move, the club, for the first time in its history, had rooms of its own that it could access  at any time, allowing it to offer members a much broader range of activities.

In late  April 2017 the club was informed that an outbreak of mould had been detected in various parts of the Osborne House precinct.  In the interests of public health and safety, the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) quarantined the whole precinct for further testing, evaluation and remediation and CBCC was on the move again- this time temporarily.

CoGG staff were very helpful in finding the club alternate accommodation and it moved into the

Supper Room at Centenary Hall in Cox Road, Norlane. Ironically, this was right next door to the Corio Library where the club had been based for about twenty years up to 1997.  It later emerged that the mould infestation was widespread and that the testing, cleaning, removal and storage of the artefacts held by the various tenants, followed by the remediation of the building would take a number of years, so at the time of writing CBCC uses the Supper Room at Centenary Hall as its base.

60 Years

The club celebrated  its 60th Anniversary with a dinner for members and past members at The

Mount Moriac Hotel on Saturday June 7th 2014.

To mark the occasion, members also staged a very successful exhibition of their work at Osborne House from the 7th to the 9th June and 15th June.  Around seven hundred members of the Geelong community attended the exhibition, making it probably the best attended exhibition on record for the club.   The first edition of "Corio Bay Camera Club - A Brief History" (recently updated and available for download from the Club website www.coriobaycameraclub.org.au was also published to coincide with the 60th Anniversary of the club.

The World Wide Web and Social Media

In 2009, the club had been on line for about three years after committee  member Wayne Harris developed and launched  the club's website: www.coriobaycameraclub.org.au in 2006 and this became the club's "window to the world". The website has continued to develop and remains a vital part of the club's  communication with members and the wider community.  In addition to the club's website, the club joined the world of social media when a "Members Only" Facebook Group was set up in August 2011. This group provided another means for members to communicate about club related activities, send messages, news or other photography related information.  A "Community" Facebook page was started in 2015, enabling the club to promote itself more widely in the community.  Information about the Club and its members, including competition results and images, now regularly reaches hundreds of followers of this page.

The Demise of Colour Slides

Until 2008, the club annual awards were made in Print and Slide Sections.   For the 2008/9 competition year, the "Slide"  section was renamed the "Projected Image" section to reflect the increasing number of digital camera users. Members could enter either digital projected images and/or slides in this section.  The number of slides being submitted gradually  declined until finally, for the 2012/13 competition year, slides were formally removed from the Projected Image section.  This coincided with the Victorian Association of Photographic Societies (VAPS) eliminating the Slide section from the annual VAPS Interclub competition.

Interclub Competitions

For many years Corio Bay Camera Club has participated in annual interclub competitions with Geelong Camera Club, Ballarat Photography Group (formerly Ballarat YMCA) and Colac Camera Club.  More recently Bellarine Camera Club (formed n2009) joined CBCC and Colac in2012 to form a three-way competition.  The club also took advantage of the internet and digital imaging in 2009, when Life Member Graham Carlon moved to Western Australia and joined the Gem Camera Club in Perth.  Negotiations with the Gem Camera Club and the Kaiapoi Camera Club in Christchurch New Zealand (where one of Corio Bay's members had previously been a member) saw the start of a three-way International Competition among the three clubs. This competition ran yearly until2016 when it unfortunately lapsed.

In December 2009, Corio Bay Camera Club received an enquiry from the Chairman of the

Kettering and District Photographic Society, Northamptonshire, England via the CBCC website asking whether we would be interested in joining an interclub competition.  After a few email exchanges among Corio Bay, Kettering and the Focus Photo  Club in Dayton, Ohio, USA it was agreed that Corio Bay would join the existing competition between Kettering and Focus to make a three-way  competition that would be held later in 2010.  Corio Bay won the first of these competitions and in subsequent years to the present day the three clubs have shared the spoils relatively evenly.

Onwards

At the 1958 Annual General Meeting, the then president, Mr.W.(Bill) Philips, in his address to the meeting stated, "in the near future the club would play a very real part in the cultural life of our city"; that is indeed what this club has continued to do since then. Thousands of photographs

displayed, viewed and critiqued by judges and members have all added something to our view of the world and hence the culture of Geelong.  After more than sixty years, Corio Bay Camera Club can be proud of what it has achieved and contributed to its members and to the photographic and wider community.


© 2020 VAPS. All Rights Reserved. Site by RHI.