The Churchville Photography Club started as an outgrowth of courses that Scott Petersen offered at the Churchville Nature Center in 1983 and 1984. His courses were on the basics of photography and black & white developing and printing. Current and past students started to meet informally at the Churchville Nature Center in April 1985 to continue the learning process by sharing their experiences and bringing in guest lecturers.

From modest beginnings of 9 to 10 members, the Club now counts close to 100 members on its roster. Over the years the Club has presented programs from Len LeRue III, Irene Hinke Sacilotto, Ernest Wildi, Art Morris, Lewis Kemper, Tom ikland, Michael Smith and Tony Sweet along with other local talents. The Club has sponsored an Annual Nature Photography Contest since 1990, which has now grown to a showcase of over 400 entries each year.

Depending on the year you want to use as the official start date, the Churchville Photography Club is 28 years old.  Or, counting from the year the Bylaws were written, 26 years old. This is a brief review of the names that have been active in the Club over the years, and some milestones:

  • During the club's first year, there was no formal structure; Bob Bechtold acted as president, Daniel Ochner was vice-president, and Scott continued in an advisory role. Dues were $5.00, with an additional $5.00 charged those who wanted to use the darkroom. Of the founding group, Scott, Tony DiMattio, Dianne Rose, and Al Williams continued as long-time members.
  • January 1986 brought a more formal organization, as elections were held. Bob Bechtold was president, Tony DiMattio became the treasurer and Dianne Rose acted as the secretary. Dues were kept at $5 and mugs were sold as a fund-raiser. As of June 1986 there were 12 members. The program schedule for 1986 lists a slide show by Dianne, portrait photography by Scott, a matt-cutting seminar by Barbara DiMattio, and competition topics of spring wildflowers, night photography, and fall scenery. The library exhibit schedule already included a show at the Northampton Public Library. The treasury at the end of 1986 stood at $143.30.
  • In 1987 the club bylaws were written and approved. The president was Lou Caparoso, the treasurer was Tony DiMattio and secretary Dorothy Walker. Attendance at meetings ranged from 9 to 11 members, and there were 18 members total by the end of the year. During the summer months the Club met on the picnic benches outside for a discussion and social hour. The 50/50 was already a fixture of meetings, with the average winnings $5.

2013-2014 Churchville Photography Club


Alan Micklin, President
Marty Golin, Vice-President
Dianne Rose, Secretary
Gene Flanagan, Treasurer

Refreshment Committee: Kathleen DiTanna, Sharlene Holliday
Website: Administrator - Janet Hickey, Content [...]

2012-2013 – Churchville Photography Club

Janet Hickey, President
Marty Golin, Vice-President
Dianne Rose, Secretary
Gene Flanagan, Treasurer

Refreshment Committee - John Stritzinger, Marlene Mendez
Trip Committee - John Stritzinger, [...]

2011-2012 Churchville Photography Club


Felix Gomes, President
Marty Golin, Vice-President
Dianne Rose, Secretary
Gene Flanagan, Treasurer

Refreshment Committee - Jean McKenna, Jan Goltz
Website: Administrator - Janet Hickey; [...]

2010-2011 Churchville Photography Club


Felix Gomes, President
Marty Golin, Vice-President
Dianne Rose, Secretary
Gene Flanagan, Treasurer

Jean McKenna, Jan Goltz - Refreshment committee
2010 heralded in the new [...]

2005-2010 Churchville Photography Club


Bruce McIntyre, president
Marty Golin, vice-president
Dianne Rose, secretary
Gene Flanagan, treasurer
Bryan Nord, webmaster; Janet Hickey, assistant webmaster
Jean McKenna, Felix Gomes – [...]

2000-2005 Churchville Photography Club


Warren Holtzman, president
Marty Golin, vice-president
Dianne Rose, secretary
Joan Radomski, treasurer

Bernie Epstein, webmaster
Len Rue Jr presented his program on “Alaska”.
The club [...]

1987-2000 – Churchville Photography Club


Susan Rachlin, president
Ed Maxwell, vice-president
Dianne Rose, secretary
Buck Sleuman, treasurer
Buck Sleuman, Image editor

Michael Smith of “Mad Bluebird” fame presented “Random [...]



Churchville Photography Club



This organization shall be known as the Churchville Photography Club.



The purpose of the Churchville Photography Club shall be the enjoyment of the general art of photography, and the education of its members in techniques and theory to enhance that enjoyment.



Meetings will be held the first and third Monday of each month at the Churchville Nature Center. No formal meetings will be scheduled during July or August unless agreed upon by the Executive Board.



Membership is open to anyone over the age of 14 interested in photography. Membership is open to both amateurs and professionals.

Visitors are welcomed to Club meetings, and will be requested to become due-paying members after the third visit.



Annual dues are assessed for each fiscal year. Dues of renewing members must be paid by the third Monday in October. Dues paid by new members joining in or after April shall be effective for the remainder of the fiscal year and for the next fiscal year.

Dues shall be set by the Executive Board and changes shall be approved by a 2/3 vote of the membership.



The following officers shall be elected by the membership: 1) President; 2) Vice-President;

3) Treasurer; 4) Secretary. The term of office shall be one fiscal year. The office of President or Vice-President shall not be held by the same person for more than three consecutive terms except by the approval of the membership.

The President shall preside at all regular and special meetings of the Club and shall administer the affairs of the Club. The President shall make all special committee appointments and shall appoint the chairperson of each standing committee.  The President should serve as or appoint a program chairperson

The Vice-President shall assist the President in the execution of his duties and shall assume the responsibilities in his absence. .

The Treasurer is responsible for all funds collected. The Treasurer and Secretary shall jointly maintain membership records.  The Treasurer shall make available a detailed written report during the months of October, December, March and June. The Secretary shall take minutes at each meeting, perform Club correspondence, and maintain Club archives



The management of the Club shall be directed by the Executive Board composed of the elected officers, the immediate Past-President and the Chairperson of any standing committees. The Executive Board shall meet to transact the business of the Club as often as necessary, but no less than four (4) times per fiscal year. Generally mid-July, mid-October, mid-January and mid-April. Any five officers or Standing Committee Chairpersons shall constitute a quorum. A simple majority of the quorum shall constitute passage. In the event of a tie vote, the President in his or her absence, the Vice President shall cast the deciding vote.



Standing committees shall consist of the following: Program Committee, Interclub Committee and Website Committees. The President may appoint such special committees as are necessary with the advice and consent of the Executive Board.



Finances shall consist of all Club monies.

All disbursements on behalf of the Club should be by check. The checks shall be signed by the Treasurer or other officer with signatory authority. Receipts for all expenses will be given to the Treasurer. Petty cash can be used for expenses up to $50 per receipt.

The Planning Committee will work within the guidelines set by the Executive Board in establishing the program schedule for the following year.  This budget will be presented to the membership for a vote before mid-June.

All expenditures $50.00 to $100 shall only be made after authorization by three members of the Executive Board.  Expenses over $100 shall be authorized by a majority vote of those present at the meeting at which the item is discussed.

The fiscal year is defined as running from July to June.



At least sixty (60) days prior to the election the President shall appoint a Nominating Committee. This Committee shall announce their nominations by the last meeting in April. Elections of Officers shall be held at the last May meeting. New Officers shall assume their responsibilities at the annual picnic or July 1st, whichever comes first

Election shall be by majority vote of those present at the meeting. Signed proxy ballots submitted to the Secretary prior to the meeting shall be included in the election results. Special elections may be held at any time to fill vacancies left by resignation or impeachment.



All grievances concerning the removal of an Officer due to reasons of dereliction of duty or failure to perform the duties of the position in the best interest of the Club must be in writing and presented to the Executive Board. The Executive Board must investigate the grievance before presenting it to the Club. The Officer in question must be given the opportunity to defend themselves.  The Executive Board should make a proposed decision, and present it to the Club. The Officer must have the opportunity to attend the meeting, if they wish, to defend themselves before the Club. A vote on the motion to remove the Officer shall be taken at the next meeting following the discussion, and passed by a majority vote of the attending membership and submitted signed proxy ballots. All members must be notified of the motion under discussion. Results will be posted in the Members Only section of the Club website and via email.



Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed by any member of the Club to the Executive Board. If approved by the Board, amendments will be discussed at a general meeting of the Club and brought to a vote at the following general meeting. If the Executive Board does not approve the changes proposed, then the club member proposing the changes must obtain the signatures of twenty percent (20%) of the current membership. The changes will then be open to discussion at a general meeting. The changes will be brought to a vote at the following meeting. The changes shall be incorporated into the Bylaws if approved by a majority vote of the members present or who have submitted proxy votes to the Secretary prior to the vote.



The rules contained in the current edition of “Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised” shall be used as the framework to govern the Club in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rule of order the Club may adopt.


Written 2/1/88

Revised 12/5/88; 5/1/89; 1/4/93; 4/17/95; 12/4/95; 1/19/98, 12/3/01, 11/5/07, 02/26/2015, 5/18/2015, 4/3/2017