The Professional Photographers of Central Ohio (PPCO) is a network of professional photographers committed to the craft of photography. The organization provides its members with fellowship, business and marketing support. We serve the Columbus, OH area, and many of the surrounding counties, and strive to elevate the standards of photography. We are the Columbus and vicinity affiliate of the Professional Photographers of America.
Greetings from the President!
Well, with the end of each PPCO programming year comes changes. This year is no exception. We have a new Board governed by new By-Laws. Our membership at the end of the year is the highest it has been in several years. There is tremendous opportunities out there just waiting for members just like you to pick them up and run with them.
Your PPCO Board, consisting of Beth Bartter, Matt Lydy, Tom Welsh, Steve Willford, and me have already held their first meeting with a more thorough planning meeting scheduled for yet this month. Everyone has great ideas and I am looking forward to presenting those plans to the membership over the coming months. Under our new By-Laws, the Board elects two officers to execute the strategy and plans approved by the Board. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as your President again for the coming year. Tom Welsh has volunteered to serve as Treasurer for the coming year. Tom brings great business acumen and financial savvy. We also now again have two officers with oversight to the financials of PPCO which brings us more in line with best practices for running small non-profit organizations. The Board and Officers are here to serve the memberships, so feel free to ask us any questions about how your PPCO is being run.
Not all change is "pleasant" change. Berwick Restaurant has requested that we either move our meetings to a different evening of the month or pay $300 per evening for room rental for our current Monday meeting night. Your Board is evaluating this new direction by Berwick along with alternatives. Your help will be extremely valuable and what you can do is outlined in the announcement of our Member's Satisfaction Survey below.
We will be launching our online Member's Satisfaction survey shortly. This electronic survey will allow us to gauge how well we have served the membership in the past and how we can improve in the coming year. We will also have a new section to gather more details on the structure, schedule, location, and format of the meetings you prefer so as the Board prepares to respond to Berwick's change in direction, we can include the membership's preferences in that planning. When you receive the survey, please take a moment to complete that survey and respond as quickly as you can. If you cannot respond to the survey online, member's can contact me and I will arrange to get you a paper version to complete.
Finally, I am sure all of you who are PPA members have been reading the huge push PPA is leading for the revision of the copyright enforcement process and a "small claims copyright infringement" court. You can learn more about PPA's effort HERE. This is an important effort lead by your national professional photographer's organization (of which PPCO is an affiliate). Please take time to learn more about this effort. You can also expect to hear more about this from me as I participate in special webinar meetings for Affiliate Leaders to help PPA build a grassroots effort to get this legislation passed.
If you are PPA member, you should be proud of the effort they are doing on your behalf. If you are not a member, please consider joining. PPA is a tremendous resource for professionals and has a reach far beyond what PPCO can do for you. See me at an upcoming meeting for a PPA membership form that can credit PPCO with helping to group the national organization.
Enjoy the summer. Build your business. Create fantastic images.
Professional Photographers of Central Ohio
June Summer "Gathering" Meeting Details
The summer months means a more casual, “get to know each other” type of PPCO meeting where we share knowledge, experience, and each other’s company.
The June Summer “Gathering” Meeting will be held as a studio visit (some would say, “Invasion”) to long-time PPCO member Susan Wiberg’s “” studio:
A Moment In Time
6120 Jackson Pike
Grove City, OH 43123
Meeting time is Monday June 13, 6pm to 8pm. (yes, we know this is short notice on the communication. It will improve as the new Board and officers settle in)
We will have a few studio tours, discuss current issues (or maybe just the weather!). Talk with Susan about how she has continued to cultivate a successful business in our changing business climate. You can also talk with your new PPCO officers and Board Members about the kind of experience you want at PPCO in the coming year. Light refreshments and pop/water will be served. Feel free to bring your own snacks or even something to share if you feel inspired!
Please RSVP (you know, tell us you’re coming!) to President@PPCO@gmail.com so we know how many are coming.
ALSO! Bring a guest! There is no “Guest Fee” for Summer “Gathering” Meetings.
Current PPCO members can attend regular meetings for free, and guests are welcome to regualr meetings for just $15. Want to come to your first meeting free? Contact me or any PPCO member for a "Be My Guest" card to see what PPCO is like in person.
Summer "Gathering" Meeting
"an informal affair"
Date: Monday, June 13, 2016 - 6:00pm-8:00pm
Studio visit networking at Susan Wiberg's studio in Grove City.
A Moment in Time Studio
6120 Jackson Pike
Grove City, OH 43123
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