Portland Camera Club

History 2009 - 2018

The Portland Camera Club in its current format was formed in 1961.

Life members:

  1. Baker, F. Davies and G. Dunne - 1979
  2. Melis, M. Aitken and M.  Malseed - 1985
  3. J. Davies and G. McDonald - 1991
  4. Rietman - 1995
  5. L. Campbell and M. Fisher - 2009

Portland Camera Club continues to meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month at the Arts Centre formally CEMA since 2012

Financial members remained steady with 15 - 20 members but has slowly declined in the last few years.

As well as monthly competitions the club has regular outings or workshops for club members.

A website was created in 2016 and can be reached at https://portlandcameraclub.glenelgnow.net.au

Portland Camera Club held it 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2011 with the First President Bruce

Fuhrer (1961-1962) attending along with past and present club members.

Workshops

The Portland Club has hosted workshops with many conducted by Life member Cor Melis. His contributions to the club was greatly appreciated and his knowledge invaluable.

Visiting judges have also passed on their knowledge to club members.

Several members of the camera club mentored children from the South Portland Primary School as part of their arts program in 2016.

Competitions

2011 The club ceased holding a slide section in its monthly competition.

Sections are now Prints with Open and Set subjects along with Digital Projected Images.

The club enters VAPS each year and also the South Western Interclub between Warrnambool and

Colac entering both Print and digital images.

Sister Club

In 2016 Portland was approached to create a sister club with Portland Camera Club from Dorset, England.

2017 Both clubs exchanged digital images depicting each others towns along with information relating to each image.

2018 A friendly competition will be held again exchanging digital images.

VAPS Awards

2011     VAPS Interclub, Julie Davies received a Merit award in the Open Slides division.

2014     Cor Melis was honoured for 60 years of membership. Cor was the second president of the club appointed in 1963 and continued in that roll until 1968.

Before coming to Portland Cor was a member of the Warrnambool Camera Club for 10 years.

Cor remained active, often judging or delivering talks on special aspects of photography such as lighting and macro following the monthly meetings.

On November 11 ,2016 Cor passed away aged 97 years.  He is greatly missed by all club members who knew and respected him.

2016     Year Badges were awarded to: Julie Davies - 40 years Margaret Fisher - 25 years Alan Lepp - 15 years

Office Bearers 2009 - 2018

Year

President

Secretary

Treasurer

2009 - 2010

M. Fisher

S. Crone

M. Fisher

2010 - 2011

M. Fisher

S. Crone

M. Fisher

2011 - 2012

B. Simmonds

S. Crone

M. Fisher

2012 - 2013

B. Simmonds

S. Crone

M. Fisher

2013-2014

B. Simmonds

S. Crone

M. Fisher

2014-2015

P. Morris

C. Dunne

M. Fisher

2015-2016

P. Morris

K. Talbot

M. Fisher

2016-2017

P. Morris

K. Talbot

M. Fisher

2017-2018

P. Morris

K. Talbot

M. Fisher

2018 -

P. Morris

K. Talbot

M. Fisher

These members have given valuable service to the club.