The Simsbury Camera Club thrives because of the dedicated volunteer spirit of our members. George Zars was one of our past members who exemplified that spirit. In looking to honor his memory, I was inspired to organize this column which will recognize members past and present who have, over time, exhibited participation and volunteerism above and beyond that of the average member. This year the Member Recognition Column will be written by Lou Norton, Judy Rabinowitz and Alene Galin (at times extrapolating information from previous issues of “Focal Point”, by Ben Skaught), will highlight a member about every two months and will be archived on our website for future reference.
Feel free to email me names of deserving honorees.
As with many of us, Alene’s first exposure to photography was through her dad taking family vacation photos. She carried on the tradition with her own family, then took it further into becoming a hobby. She enrolled in some workshops before taking the (for her) brave step of joining the Simsbury Camera Club in about 2013. Alene was initially worried about being the newest, least experienced member. However, she soon decided that “You don’t need to stress over competition. Just learn from others and enjoy the moment – take what you can and have fun!” One of her early submissions was to a Humor special category and she nailed it with a first place ribbon, which definitely qualified as fun.