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 hobbies.
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 years.
Like all clubs, the Don Mills Camera Club is run by an executive voted in by the membership. One of the many beneficial rules is that the position of the president can only be held by an individual for two years. This 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 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 club 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 below. We salute their efforts and those of their executive for donating their time and skills to the club.
Acknowledgements: Thank you to 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 venue for the competition would alternate between club headquarters. The competition included a potluck buffet provided by the host club, and a presentation by the judges, while the scores were tallied.
The first competition was held in Hamilton, in the spring of 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 and to win the trophy, a bronzed, vintage, box camera provided by Mr. Moody.
The Reeser Trophy
In this annual competition, awards are given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The creator of the winning photo essay is awarded the Reeser Trophy.
The trophy was donated to the club in 2002 by the Reeser family, in recognition of Karl and Phyllis Reeser's contribution to photography while they were members of the Don Mills Camera Club.
It was in honour of their 55th wedding anniversary.
Karl and Phyllis especially liked photo essays and mentored some of our members on the art of storytelling through photography.
Background Photo Taken by Club Member George Novotny
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