All of the miscellaneous stories that are of interest to Society Members.

Three Awards: Round 2 PSA Nature Competition

Tim Clifton for ‘Beauty’ received Best in Show.

Steve Russell for ‘Yellow Jacket’ received an award of merit.

Dan Suckow for ‘Young Grizzly’ received an Honorable Mention.

These awards were made from hundreds of submissions from all over the world.

Thanks also to Bruce Benson (‘Foxes’) and Maggie Tieger (‘Rockhopper Penguin’) who also did very well.

We had one image disqualified because there was an identifying watermark. I didn’t notice it. Let’s be sure that these aren’t on any future images.

It is a privilege to be able to share such great information with all of you.

Kathy Admire
PSA Representative

TPS Meetings and Competitions Cancelled Through April

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, the Board of Directors of the Tacoma Photographic Society has decided to cancel the Photo Salon and Competition at the Spring Fair, as well as our regular Print and Projection meetings through the end of April.

Our next scheduled meeting will be the Projection Division Meeting on Thursday, May 7th, with the Print Division Meeting on May 21st.

Annual Banquet

At this time, we are not changing the Annual Banquet schedule. It is May 16th, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Fife, 1:00 pm

Annual Competition

As the Annual Banquet is still going ahead, so will the Annual Competition – with some rule changes – 9 images instead of 10 as we won’t have any from April to select from. Total of 18 images – 9 from Projection, 9 from Print.

We do have the issue of where to drop off Prints as we won’t be meeting in time for Judging. – We will communicate the plan as it develops.

Stay Well – Stay Safe

Please take care.

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Congratulations to TPS members Bruce Benson, Jett Brooks, Judi Kubes, Larry Maddox, Maria DeKoker and Steve Russell, for our placing well in the latest round in the PSA (Photographic Society of America) Open Competition.  We are in the highest ‘grouping’ and doing well.  TPS is proud!

2020 Spring Fair Photo Contest Cancelled

At this time the TPS Board of Directors has decided to suspend the TPS sponsored Photo Salon and competition at the Spring Fair.

If the Spring Fair is moved to a later date this year, we will consider reopening the competition. Otherwise, we look forward to returning next year and seeing all the great photos.

Thank you for your support and please stay safe and stay healthy.


Fall Fair

The Washington State Fair hosts two fairs every year: The Fair, which runs from Labor Day through most of the month of September, and The Spring Fair, which runs for 4 days in April. The Fair, in September, presents a large photo salon with two competitions, The Northwest International Exhibition of Photography, and the Cascadia Photographers Exhibition.

Spring Fair

Tacoma Photographic Society has managed The Spring Fair Photo Salon for over ten years now. We like to think it is a much more relaxed affair. For one thing, all family-friendly entries will be accepted and displayed. All images that place and major category winners receive cash prizes and all awarded entries will receive a ribbon.

To view the complete contest rules, click the Read More button.

To jump directly to the entry form, click here: Entry Forms

Post expires at 7:00 pm on Thursday April 2nd, 2020

Change to Society Bylaws – Approved

Thank you to our members for voting for the amendment which will enable us to collect dues on a recurring annual basis.

  • 68 Members in good standing in the Society 25% of which makes a quorum
  • there were 21 members attending the meeting which exceeds the 17 members required for the quorum
  • There were 21 votes for the amendment
  • No votes against

Motion Carried!

Opportunity to Be a Judge for the Pierce County Fair!

The Pierce County Fair (Graham) is a small local fair that is held in August.  The fair has a small photo competition each year.  There is one competition for children/youth and a separate one for adults.  They are looking for two people to judge this year.

Since there are just two judges, the judging is simply an in/out type of judging (no numerical scoring). The two judges can work independently or can work together. It’s a great way to further share your expertise and to develop your judging skills.

Judging will be on Sunday, August 2.  Judging starts at about 9 am to about 3-4 pm. Lunch is included and a small stipend is paid to the judges.

We have many members who are qualified to do this if you are interested, please contact Janey Sumner at  I’m sure Janey would like to have judges lined up as soon as possible.

If any questions, feel free to contact me.

       Dorinda Wills


Important Society News – Please Read!

Spring Fair Committee Chair

Unfortunately, Stan Bratten got away. He ran off to Arizona and so is not able to manage the Spring Fair Photo Salon for TPS any more. This year, Heather is acting as Manager but she already has a full plate. If you can, please join us for a planning and project meeting on Monday, February 17th, Presidents Day.

The location is yet to be confirmed.

The Spring Fair Photo Salon is a huge source of income for the Society. Now that we must rent our meeting facilities, this income is very important to us. Please show your support for YOUR Society by helping out in any way you can.

Other Committee Changes

As most members are aware, Dave Scott is shedding a number of roles he currently performs for the club:

  • Scorekeeper
    • receives the division meeting scorecards and posts them to the member’s activity report
    • posts activity report to the website
    • creates results post
  • Awards Chair
    • works with scorekeeper to ensure record-keeping is accurate
    • manages Division Annual Competition (collection of images, judging, recording results)
  • Annual Banquet Manager / MC
    • prepare agenda for Annual Awards Banquet
    • obtain prizes/ribbons for the annual competition winners
    • prepare awards certificates for Service Award Winners
    • prepare award certificates for Society Rank Advancement Winners

If you are interested in any of these committee positions, please let Heather know. If you want more information, feel free to give Dave a shout.

Membership Dues Collection Changes

Collection of Member Dues.

Last month, a notice of an amendment to the Society Bylaws was announced. The purpose of the amendment is to simplify the collection of member dues.

The details of the amendment are in this post.

The vote will take place at the Print Division Meeting on February 20th.

Reason for Change

Currently, our Treasurer, Rich Thomas, receives member dues directly from members, or through the Society Shop on the website. When he receives your money, he then has to update the membership roles in our accounting system and the website. He should also be sending a notification to the Division Secretaries who then know who is eligible to enter into division competition.

A lot of things to remember to do.

The changes which we are making will simplify this process.

New process

Payment of Dues

All dues will be collected through this website. A new piece of software enables this change. When you pay your dues through the website, your membership status will automatically be recorded.

Competition Entries

All competition entries will be made through this website. Members are already using the system. The big change is that as soon as your membership becomes due, you must renew it in order to access the entry forms.

Because your membership status is automatically updated on payment, you will be able to enter into the competition without having to wait for the Treasurer to take your money and update your status.

Other Website Changes

While the change to the Dues Collection Process is a big deal, there are changes coming to this website that will have a greater visual impact.

We invite members to visit our test site at to see what is in store. – You can join the test society if you like. It is not connected to a payment gateway, so you won’t be asked for a credit card. You will be asked to pay with Monopoly Money.

Reason for change

Again, the reason for this change is a simplification of systems and processes.

The new design removes the need for a Member Store. This removes the need to maintain a product list and makes training of members on how to use the store.

The new design changes the WordPress Theme we are using to a simpler one. This simpler theme is easier to manage with fewer components to confuse website contributors.

Change to Society Bylaws

At the meeting of the Board of Directors held on Monday, January 6th, 2020, it was decided that a revision of the Society Bylaws was in order. This article explains the need for the change and the impact it will have.

(1) Individual dues are payable at the time of joining and annually thereafter by June first.

The Board recommends that Article 4 of the Bylaws be amended as follows:

(1) Individual dues are payable at the time of joining and annually thereafter.

Simply put, if you pay your dues on June 1st, you will be a member in good standing through June 1st of the following year. If you pay your dues on November 15th, you will be a member in good standing through November 15th of the following year.

Reason for Change

Currently, when a member joins the Society, they are assessed full dues at joining and then again on June 1st. If the new member joins in January they are unfairly accessed the full fee for less than 1/2 of the year.

Several methods have been applied in attempt to rectify this issue. Charging a prorated fee; allowing the membership to stand through the following year; are some of the methods used. None of these methods align with the actual wording of the paragraph.

This change will enable the Society Website to record and maintain membership records automatically. The treasurer will receive the dues collected and will be able to manage reports made by the Website Software.

Membership Approval

As this is a change to the Society Bylaws, a vote of the membership must be taken to approve it.

Amendments to the Bylaws may be made at any regular meeting of the Society or at a special meeting called for such purpose, upon thirty days written notice to the membership. A two-thirds vote of the members present at such meeting shall be necessary to carry an amendment. Twenty-five percent of the Society membership, excluding Life members who are not present, shall constitute a quorum.


An email was sent to all members on January 7th, 2020, giving notice of the change. The next meeting after 30 days from that date is the Print Division Meeting on February 20th.

The board recommends approval of this change as it streamlines the Dues collection process and makes the payments equal and fair for all members.

Change to Membership Fees

At the meeting of the Board of Directors held on Monday, January 6th, 2020, it was decided to discontinue the membership discounts currently offered to Society Members. This article explains the need for change and the impact it will have on you.

Current Fee Structure

Membership in the Society is available as a Society Only Membership, or a Society Membership with Division Affiliation.

Sometime in the past, the following fee structure was created:

  • Society Only Individual Membership [$30.00]
  • Society Only Family Membership (First Two Members) [$40.00]
  • Society Only Additional Family Membership [$8.00]
  • Society Only Student Membership [$27.00]
  • Division Affiliate Individual Membership [$40.00]
  • Division Affiliate Family Membership (First Two Members) [$60.00]
  • Division Affiliate Additional Family Membership [$18.00]
  • Division Affiliate Student Membership [$18.00]

New Fee Structure

Effective with your membership renewal for the 2020/2021 year, the Board has approved streamlining this to a very simple:

  • Society Only Individual Membership [$20.00]
  • Division Affiliate Individual Membership [$40.00]

Reason for the Change

The main reason for this change is to align the Society fee schedule with the membership management component of our website. This new component will simplify a number of processes that are dependent on membership level.

  • Members renewing or purchasing a new membership – process is automatic
  • Membership expiration after 1 year – process is automatic
  • Membership level is recorded automatically by the website and retained against the member record
  • Member qualification to enter into competition is automatic

Currently it is the Treasurer’s responsibility to track membership. On receiving payment the treasurer would record the member’s level into the club bookkeeping software. Each month, a report must be generated for the Division Secretaries so that they can verify the member submitting the entry is current. A process that is not always followed.

Going forward, the website will capture the member’s level and automatically reveal the competition entry form that is appropriate for that member.

Impact to Members

Members who are Society Only Members will see their fees for individual membership reduced by $10.00.

Members of the Society who take a Family Membership at the Society Only level will now purchase two individual memberships at $20.00 each. This is the same as the $40.00 family membership option.

There are a number of families who use the family membership to reduce their entry fees. Most of these families will change such that the member who actually competes will take out a Division Affiliate Membership while the partner will take a Society Only membership. The cost of this arrangement is the same as the former Division Affiliation Family Membership of $60.00

Those families whose members both compete will now purchase two Division Affiliate memberships. This will increase your cost by $20.00 per year to your family.


The Society Bylaws define when dues are payable (June 1st of each year). The amount charged for Society Dues is not defined and left to the discretion of the Board.

Should you have issues or comments about this change in dues, feel free to make them known below or contact the Society President with your concerns.

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