October 18th Hands-On Meeting Recap

It’s been raining all week causing severe flooding in the Hill Country, so it was a pleasant surprise to have 17 members attend on a chilly, damp night. Plus, the scheduled speaker couldn’t come. So the meeting was billed as “social networking, slide show, gear swap, and meet & greet.” The socializing was aided by ample snacks including chips, veggies, sweet rolls, cookies, spicy chili, and water, tea, and apple cider. The club’s first unstructured, hang-out meeting.

New Leadership Introduced

Last month’s newly elected 2019 President Phil Hawkins was introduced by current President Andrew Fritz. Phil has years of photography experience and leads workshops in cool places like Yosemite National Park. In fact, he just returned from the photokina exhibition in Cologne, Germany. The 2019 11-person Leadership Team was also introduced.

Earlier in the evening, the Team had their own brief meeting to brainstorm 2019 ideas. Members can expect interesting speakers, monthly photo competitions, hands-on meetings, invitations for wildlife photo trips, and meetups in Austin locations to take pictures. To become more familiar with what members want from NAPfS, the Team is creating a questionnaire to collect suggestions for topics and activities,.

Get On Board for Photo Adventures

After some time to look at camera equipment for sale/swap and several member print collections, we started the slide show. Phil Hawkins narrated a collection of his incredible landscape photography, as well as eclectic street portraits. After Phil finished, new Vice President Randy Dykstra shared his own beautiful wildlife images and invited us to join him for his guided trip to Alaska September 30 – October 3, 2019 to photograph polar bears. He also is guiding a Dec 9 – 12, 2018 trip to Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico to photograph flocks of migrating birds. To go, you need to immediately reserve your spot. Read more on the NAPfS web site.