Message from the President
Presidents Report To The Club ’77
A great deal of activity has taken place during this past month. The Society has been “Restructured” and several new committees have been formed. The members who have accepted appointments have held a number of meetings and plans have been formulated for the coming year. This decisive action is a tribute to the seriousness of purpose of the various committee members.
Several events come to mind and should be mentioned, one of which was the well-attended and exciting meeting for the selection of best prints of the year – an event that will be long remembered. Another achievement is the publication of The Silver Image Newsletter. It was a tough assignment, tirelessly pursued, and successfully carried out. Much determination and imagination was demonstrated by the staff involved. And finally, the scheduling of the annual banquet meeting (a first) for January 25th. It is at this function that the new officers will be installed, awards given for the best prints of the year, and recognition made to various individuals for outstanding service. Harry Booker of Mainland College will be the speaker of the evening at this gala event.
I might observe that prints submitted for monthly competition and critiquing have shown a decided improvement in craftsmanship, and even more important, in picture content during the past year or two. I have entered prints for such judging and critiquing as often as possible and have likewise benefited. I would urge all members to participate as often as possible in the monthly competition.
On a final note, let me say I am very pleased by the response of members when I asked them to serve on various committees. We have a talented group working diligently to fulfill their programs.
1977 should be a stimulating and exciting year for the Society.
William J. Ullman
During our September program meeting, we had a visitor to HPS, John Vogt. Mr. Vogt is a former member and past president of Houston Photographic Society. While he was cleaning out old stuff from his house, he came across a box of HPS memorabilia from his time with us. He brought the box to me thinking we might be interested in it contents.
Yes, yes I was.
Buried within the well-organized box of papers contained the origins of what you read above and it’s an integral part of the history of the Houston Photographic Society as well as the first issue of The Silver Image newsletter.
The excerpt above is from a man who was instrumental in building the Society into what it is today — Bill Ullman.
I was 7-months old when this first newsletter was distributed. It was the first time for the annual awards banquet awards and a tradition that continues to this day.
While we may no longer have The Silver Image published monthly anymore, thanks to HPS webmaster Don Hill, we have a website, a Facebook as well as Twitter presence that gives HPS a global presence.
We still have a year-end print competition, monthly print competitions, and program meetings. Latter years would add the portfolio challenge (now called the portfolio review) and an annual exhibition at the Houston Public Library-Downtown.
It’s hard to fathom that someone out there today my grandson’s age will talking about the long history of HPS — possibly even referencing words I have written.
Reading that statement and the rest of the articles in that first newsletter made me realize the unwritten tradition that we have in the Society too — service.
HPS could never have survived for the past 64 years without a steady supply of people willing to give a little of their time and talent to keep the Society alive and well. When times were tough, members stepped forward and ensured that the Society would still be around for another generation. I think these past decades have shown the quality of people that make up the Society.
With the Thanksgiving season coming upon us, I find myself thankful to all of those who have given a little of themselves to make HPS what it is today. Even the small roles that no one remembers build upon the foundation we already have.
On the inside cover of that first newsletter is a list of people who held officer and committee positions in 1977. I only recognize one name. I never met any of them, and doubt I ever will. But, all of us in the Society today stand upon their shoulders as well as the work of the countless others who came before and after them.
Thank you, all of you.
I have scanned the entirety of the January 1977 issue and read through it. It’s interesting how much and how little has changed in 34 years.
~ John Kleb, 2011 HPS President