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.
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
September General Membership Meeting Details
The September General Membership Meeting will be held at a special location this year to kick off the 2016-17 year in style.
The September meeting is a throwback to a Schmidt's PPCO meeting several years ago that people are still talking about. Come network with your fellow professionals, share dinner, and then take advantage of either a German Village photo walk OR a facilitated mini-round table (for those who don't want to go for the walk)
Meeting time is WEDNESDAY September 7, 6pm to 9:30pm.
There is a cost for this meeting of $20 per person (applies to spouses and guests that attend as well) that covers the room rental and dinner buffet. Non-member photographers can attend for just $15 (plus the $20 for the meal) or have the $15 waived with a "Be My Guest" card from another PPCO member or Board Member for your first visit to a PPCO meeting. Payment for the meal will be collected by a PPCO Board member and needs to be cash or check.
YOU MUST RSVP (you know, tell us you’re coming!) so we know how much buffet to set aside. Contact President@PPCO@gmail.com or punch the "I'm coming" button on the Facebook Event invitation so we know how many are coming. If you say you are coming, we are ordering food for you, so we are counting on you to attend and pay the food/room fee.
Current PPCO members can attend regular meetings for free (except for special events where there is a food/room fee), and guests are welcome to regular 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.
General Membership Meeting
Date: Monday, August 8, 2016 - 6:00pm-9:30pm
2016-17 Kickoff Meeting, Photo Walk and mini-round table.
$20 includes room rental, buffet dinner, soft drinks/coffee/tea.
Adult beverages and dessert available for purchase.
Schmidt's Sausage Haus und Restaurant
2nd Floor Banquet Room
240 E Kossuth St
Columbus, OH 43206
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