The La Crosse Area Camera Club has a variety of activities throughout the year with twice monthly meetings, field trips, volunteer projects, and social events.
The following information is based on pre-pandemic times. Until we are able to resume normal gatherings, we are making use of virtual meetings and outdoor events. Each event's page will have details on how it is being handled.
We have meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays September through May, skipping the fourth Tuesday in December due to the Holidays. We do not have the monthly meetings over the summer because many of our members are traveling, but we often have field trips and other special events during that time.
Each meeting starts off with Fundamentals, which is 30 minutes of instruction on a beginner photography topic. Those interested in trying out the instruction should bring their cameras and manuals.
At 7pm we have the business meeting where we go over any important information the club needs to know as well as discussions related to running the club. The length of the business meeting varies, though we try to keep it as short as possible. If the main program is a speaker from outside the club, we will defer the business meeting until after the speaker is finished.
Following the business meeting is the main program. The first meeting each month, the program is the results of the monthly competition. We see each of the images, are told their score and place, and the judges share their comments. The second meeting each month is an educational program, speaker, or workshop. You will need to bring your camera and tripod for workshops, so be sure to check the schedule.
Cookies and Conversation
After the program, we have informal social time where you can talk to other members and ask questions while munching on a snack.
Most regular meetings are held at the Black River Beach Neighborhood Center (1433 Rose St. La Crosse) but are occasionally held at a different location so be sure to check the schedule before attending.
At various times throughout the year we have field trips to places offering a photographic opportunity. Many of these field trips are to places not open to the public or public places where we are granted special access. Past field trips have included a private bluff in Minnesota with aged buildings and a gorgeous view of the Mississippi, the Shrine with its lights turned on for us (a rare event), ice caves at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, and many more. Most field trips are free and require only a current club membership.
Our club volunteers for the Park and Rec department and charitable organizations throughout the year. We are given badges that provide full access to photograph all parts of the event. In return, we give copies of our photos to the organization to be given out to the participants as well as used in marketing future events. Regular events include RecFest (January), the Special Olympics Polar Plunge (March), and the Grandad Bluff Festival Foods Half Marathon (May)
Our major social events are the Pizza Party (usually February), the End of Year Banquet (early June), and the Summer Picnic (August).