The Twin City Camera Club was founded in the fall of 1933 by six men. The meetings were held at the St. Joseph Fire Department.
1935 – 45
Sponsor of the Blossom Festival Salon of Photography.
Publication of a newsletter the “View Finder” was initiated.
First Slide Competition.
Travel & Adventure Series launched with Harold Cawthorne as Chairman. The programs were held in the Benton Harbor High School auditorium.
First Print and Slide of the Year Contests.
Twin City Camera Club is incorporated.
- Southwestern Michigan Council of Camera Clubs formed.
- Travel & Adventure Series expanded to two shows.
Building on Elm Street purchased.
Remodeling completed and the new clubhouse occupied. Travel & Adventure Series travelogues moved to the recently constructed St. Joseph High School auditorium.
LaVerne Andrews assumes Travel & Adventure Series Chairmanship.
Richard Lyon assumes Travel & Adventure Series Chairmanship.
Man of the Year Award established.
First use of dual projectors with dissolve for Slide of the Year Show.
Competition Rules changed to include Color Prints made by the member.
Remodeled the building including the Meeting rooms, Black & White darkroom and added a new Color darkroom.
Herbert Hein assumes Travel & Adventure Series Chairmanship.
Amended the Bylaws to read “Membership in the club shall be entirely voluntary on the part of the members”.
Ron Bonczkowski assumes Travel & Adventure Series Chairmanship.
- New web site unveiled for Twin City Camera Club.
- Travel & Adventure Series ends after 53 years.
- Amended the Bylaws to eliminate the Travel & Adventure Chairman position and to add two (2) at-large directors to the Board of Directors. Membership to read: Any adult engaged in photography primarily as a hobby, avocation, or for personal pleasure shall be eligible to become a member.
First issue of the “ViewFinder” delivered via e-mail and posted on Twin City Camera Club web site.
The Competition Divisions were amended to include Digital Slide Competition.
- The Competition Divisions were amended to exclude Film Slide Competition.
- The Twin City Camera Club Web site was awarded Third Place, Large Club category, in the 2010 PSA International Web site Competition.
The Twin City Camera Club Web site was awarded First Place, Large Club category, in the 2012 PSA International Web site Competition.
The Competition Divisions were amended to include Black and White Digital Slide Competition.
The Twin City Camera Club Facebook group was created.
- The Twin City Camera Club Board of Directors voted on April 26th. to cancel all in-club activities for the rest of the season. The 2019 – 2020 Competition season was classified as incomplete, due to a COVID 19 pandemic in which all in-club activities were canceled starting in March of 2020, when Michigan Governor Whitmer issued an “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order.
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Twin City Camera Club has transitioned over to video conferencing with Zoom Meetings that allow our members to share information and photographs in real-time without being physically located together. By using virtual meetings we are able to permit our members and invited guests to participate in a face-to-face meeting experience online.
- The Competition judging was transitioned over to Zoom Meetings to resume the Digital Slide Monthly Competitions for the membership.
What do all of these things have in common?
The board game Monopoly is invented.
The chocolate chip cookie is invented.
“The Lone Ranger” premiers on the radio.
Congress passes the first federal minimum wage law in the United States: 33 cents per hour.
Prohibition is repealed.
Century of Progress World’s Fair opens in Chicago.
Twin City Camera Club established.
They all happened in 1933
September 2021 we resumed meetings at the clubhouse.