AGM & Council Meetings
The WCPF hold the AGM usually on the second Saturday in October and the Council Meeting on the first Saturday in March.
The AGM meeting takes place in the morning leaving the afternoon for an invited quest speaker(s).
Each club is invited to send two delegates to both meetings but other club members are welcome to attend and enjoy the afternoon lectures.
Election of executives members is held annually at the AGM. To download a nomination form, click;- executivenominationform.doc
Click for minutes of the 2012 AGM
Minutes of the 2012 Council Meeting
2012 WCPF Council Meeting
From Polar Bears to Garden Birds
was the inspiring presentaion given by wildlife photographer and animal behaviourist, Tracey Rich at the 2012 Council meeting.
Thirtythree clubs were represented at the Council meeting with seventynine people.
An EGM was held in order to put a more workable time scale in place to allow for information to be sent to clubs. At the Council Meeting reports from executive members had been circulated to clubs in advance which allowed plenty of time for attendees to question officers at the meeting.
After the meeting WCPF President, Brain Galbraith CPAGB judged the entry for the Knightshayes Trophy which was won by Victor Tullin of Penryn CC. More details can be seen.
The 2012 AGM of the Federation was again held at the Village Hall, Clyst St Mary, Exeter. As reports were previously distributed to the clubs, only comments and queries were dealt with at the business meeting.
The new executive committee was elected with Eddy Lane ARPS DPAGB (Calne Woodlands CC) taking up his two year term as President of the WCPF, with Peter Fry ARPS DPAGB BPE3* ( Barnstaple CC ) as incoming Vice President.
After 3 years as President Brian Galbraith stood down from the position. Brian will continue serving on the Executive as PAGB Rep. vacated by Barrie Castle LRPS ( Axminster CC ) who has stepped down from the Exective and was thanked for his services.
Pam Lane ARPS & DPGB (Calne Woodlands CC) takes up the role of Assistant PAGB Awards Officer.
After serving for twenty years on the Executive and running the WCPF website, almost from it’s conception, Bill Aven APAGB DPAGB LRPS ( Frome Wessex CC ) has retired from the Executive. Bill was thanked for his long service to the Federation. This role has been taken up by Andy White LRPS ( Sydenham CC ).
Pam Sherren takes over the running of the Members Exhibition from Eddie & Pam Lane.
Carol Attrell ( Bideford CC ) also stepped down from the committee and was thanked for her many years as Audio Visual Secretary. This role is now taken up by Peter Fry ARPS DPAGB BPE3* ( Barnstaple CC ).
Sandie Cox (Norhtwest Bristol CC) joins the Executive as Ordinary Committee Member.
At the AGM Bill Aven Presented the APAGB Award to Brian Galbraith. The Award was for the quality of service Brian has given, and continues to give, the Federation over many years.
The following is the citation read by Bill on the day.
“Some two years ago I was approached by a member of a camera club to ask if any award was available to reflect the endless efforts of one of its members. In discussion I commented that there was no such award within the WCPF but the PAGB do offer one but only in the most robust of cases. We agreed to put together a CV and with the help of one of our executive members we sent it off to a sub committee at the PAGB. This award is for meritous service and is not given lightly.
This person has been a member of his own club for about thirty years and throughout this time has organised several major exhibitions and represented the club at the WCPF.
Most Clubs in Cornwall and even some in Devon have benefited from his generosity of collecting and redelivering prints for WCPF competitions – that’s after he had persuaded them to enter.
The Cornwall Alliance has also benefited by his enthusiasm as he played a major role in staging a WCPF Members Exhibition complete with seminars in Bodmin in 2002
The WCPF were delighted to accept this person onto the executive committee in 2005 where again his enthusiasm and practical experience added to the benefit of all clubs in the Federation. Just look around you today and the print stands used are those modified by him to suit our current needs. Always someone to rely on, you can be sure he is one of the first at our events, opening up and off loading a car full of equipment – only to be last man out again reloading for a long journey home.
He has run the Kingswood Salver, the Knightshayes Trophy and stood in many positions when no one else was available. His latest role was to assist with representing the WCPF at the PAGB – a position we have today elected him to do for the future.
At the PAGB executive meeting this last weekend he and his wife sat alongside the Chairman of the sub-committee that granted him this award with no knowledge that our application had even been discussed and approved. – What Timing! I understand that past schools and Rugby matches formed part of the conversation. However my grateful thanks go to John Evans-Jones of Wadebridge CC and Barrie Bluer, a past President of the WCPF for their help which has made this award possible.
I now have great pleasure in presenting Brian Galbraith with the honour of APAGB which is for meritous service. Well done Brian.”
The Speaker for the 2012 AGM was Peter Rees FRPS EFIAP/p MPAGB from Shropshire with a talk entitled "A Printer's Progress".
It was a wide-ranging talk, with lots of Peter’s award-winning pictures.