The Kendall Camera Club Through The Years by Ibis Hillencamp
1977 - 1987 The idea of a camera club was conceived by Morris Beck, Roy J. O’Nan and Bobi Dimond. After attending a photography workshop together, the three decided to organize a club dedicated to the purpose of promoting and enjoying photography – The birth of the Kendall Camera Club!
Who were/are these individuals?
Morris Beck – a physician served as the Club’s first President and Board Director as well as Program and Field Trip Chair.
Roy J. O’Nan – a builder and designer by trade, was one of the club’s most dedicated members. He not only served as President, Director, Secretary and Treasurer, he also served as Clicktique, Newsletter and Advertising Chair.
Bobi Dimond – served as Vice President, Board Director and Program Chair. She is an award winning fine arts photographer living in Atlanta. Some of her work can be viewed here.
The Club’s first meeting was on June 29, 1976 at the home of Dr. Robert Stempfel. Ten persons attended and planned the future of the club. The second meeting was held at the King’s Bay Yacht Resort - 36 photographers attended. By year’s end, membership had increased to 68.
Articles of Incorporation were filed on June 23rd, 1977 and the group was officially recognized as the Kendall Camera Cub, Inc. The Club later became a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and the newsletter carried the seal.
At the end of the Club's first year, President, Morris Beck, wrote:
" … From a small nucleus of very serious photographers we have now grown to more than 60 members. Within the membership we have found an unexpected amount of fine talent. And, we have seen a sensitivity displayed in your work and critiques that is rare in most camera clubs. But more, drawn by our common interest we have discovered, a warmth and friendship in our group that would be the envy of any organization. …