By Vince Sheridan - Past President (1981-1983)
In 1963 a small group of friends who were enthusiastic
amateur photographers, residing in Don Mills, decided
that they should organize and form a club that would
further their interest in photography, and allow them
to invite like-minded people to join and share their hobby.
This group of founding members included Harry Ballinger,
who became the club's first president. The club was
organized on a non-profit basis, and after several
meetings, as the membership grew, it was decided that
larger premises were needed for the meetings, and
the Don Mills Library was selected as the club's headquarters.
In 1971, future presidents Dave Broadhurst and Tom
Yates together with June Haylock (now Yates)
joined the club, and would leave their mark in later
Like all clubs, the Don Mills Camera Club is run
by an executive voted in by the membership. One
of the more unusual rules is that the position of
president can only be occupied by an individual for
a maximum of two years. This rule has helped
keep the club vibrant, and ensured that no one person
can dominate the club in the long term.
The club has always emphasized a good mix of age
groups, from students to senior citizens,
and through the years has worked energetically to recruit new members
by showings of members' work at the the Don Mills Centre,
the Canadian National Exhibition, Henry's Exposure shows
and through our website and MeetUp.
Membership is currently limited to 105,
to ensure our meetings and workshops are a comfortable size.
As the years go by the clubs activities have changed,
but we believe that most members join to improve
their photography in a congenial atmosphere. This
is our goal, and the club's reputation for quality
attests to its success in meeting that goal.
The Past Presidents are listed on the right. We salute their efforts
and those of their executive for donating their time and skills to the club.
Thank you to some of our other Past Presidents, David Barr, Dave Broadhurst and Tom Yates for providing historical information.
The Bronze Box
In 1973 a group of Hamilton Camera Club (HCC) members
headed by Bill Moody proposed that the two clubs should
have a friendly annual competition. In the fall following
a DMCC meeting, 3 HCC members and 3 DMCC members (Dave
Broadhurst - President, Tom Yates - Vice President,
and June Haylock - Competitions Chairperson) met to
set up the competition format. The same number of
members of each club would each submit a slide or
monochrome print to represent the club's performance
as a whole. Judging of the entries would be by a panel
of judges who were not members of either club. The
trophy for the winning club was a bronzed vintage
box camera provided by Mr. Moody. The venue for competition
would alternate between club headquarters. The first
competition was held in Hamilton in Spring 1974, and
the result was a win for Hamilton. Over the years, the number of victories
by each club was almost equal, as each club strived
to make the evening one to be proud of. The competition
included a buffet provided by the host club, and a presentation by the judges
while the scores were tallied.
The final competition was held in November of 2014 with Hamilton winning.
In 2015 a mutual decision was made to discontinue the competition. The trophy will remain in Hamilton with its home club.
| Past Presidents
|1964 - 1967
|1967 - 1969
|1969 - 1971
|| Donald Beaumont
|1971 - 1973
|1973 - 1975
|1975 - 1977
|| Thomas Yates
|1977 - 1979
|1979 - 1981
|1981 - 1983
|1983 - 1985
|1985 - 1987
|1987 - 1989
|1989 - 1991
|1991 - 1993
|1993 - 1995
|1995 - 1997
|1997 - 1999
|1999 - 2001
|2001 - 2003
|2003 - 2005
|2005 - 2007
|2007 - 2008
|2008 - 2010
|2010 - 2012
|2012 - 2013
|2013 - 2015
|2015 - 2017