PPSNYS Convention

Hello to all,

Convention is just days away and everything has come together. Not only are we going to have great education, but great fun, parties, food and friendship. Why, we’re even having the largest trade show we have seen in many, many years. I’m excited and ready to be inspired!

Taking into account any errors or omissions which I may have made, I’d like to offer my opinion of what PPSNYS is and how we operate.

What is PPSNYS?
We are an organization dedicated to educating photographers and have been educating photographers for over 100 years! I know I don’t look that old but I’ve heard that we have some members that go back to charcoal, berries and cave wall drawings! All joking aside, PPSNYS is a dedicated group of members distributed across all of New York State and beyond. These members have grouped together in areas around the state to meet, learn and grow as photographers. These groups are called sections. Sections are self sufficient groups of PPSNYS members. There are not individual state and section memberships, there are only PPSNYS memberships. You participate with a group of PPSNYS members (sections) who have gathered together and established their own procedures and fees to regulate how their group is run. These procedures, generally called a constitution and by-laws, help guide how these members conduct the business of their group and are not allowed to conflict with the PPSNYS constitution. All members are required by the PPSNYS constitution to associate themselves with a group (section). Each section has delegates, the number of which are determined by the number of members participating in the section. Delegates, section chairs, workshop trustees, past presidents and the officers make up what is known as the Executive Council. The Executive Council meets 4 times a year to oversee the operations of PPSNYS. Daily operations are done by the officers and business service. Changes on how PPSNYS operates or the direction PPSNYS goes is controlled by the officers and council. The ideas or concerns of members should be brought to your council delegate for them to bring up at the next council meeting. By the way, I also highly recommend communicating your ideas and concerns to the president or another officer also. PPSNYS wants to represent its membership. Every year at convention the entire membership of PPSNYS (those in good standing and having met voting requirements) have the right to participate at two annual meetings of PPSNYS and vote on the proposed slate of officers, trustees and delegates at large (they represent all of PPSNYS not just their area) along with any other nominations or business presented at the meetings.

I know this description is very basic but there are a lot of members who really don’t know how PPSNYS operates. I want them to know that PPSNYS is about fulfilling their needs and goals. PPSNYS is my inspiration, teacher and social network of friends.

I’ve heard the economy is tough out there! (I speak from direct experience!) That’s why we need to “Learn More to Earn More”. Whether it’s by convention, workshop, seminars, local programs or my best choice, an experienced PPSNYS member who has become my newest or oldest friend, we all need to learn, grow and adapt in order to prosper.

I look forward to seeing you at our first Northeast Regional District Convention (history in the making) and our last PPA regional print judging of PPSNYS and PPO (Ontario, Canada).

Craig Hutchings
PPSNYS President

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