KPS the Club.
KPS has adopted a club administration software package designed specifically for photographic clubs to alleviate much of the work heaped on committee members, especially the Image Steward, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Steward and Webmaster.
A number of Victorian clubs, including KPS, have already adopted this software which is called Visual Pursuits.
It simplifies submitting images for Image Evaluation/Judging, though you will still need to physically bring prints to meetings. If you have submitted images for the recent Image Evaluations, you are already using Visual Pursuits, or VP as we usually call it.
From now, when paying membership fees you will need to do it via VP using PayPal (You DO NOT NEED a PayPal account).
If you have a problem with that, we will of course help you.
Each year we pay about $8 per member to VAPS (Victorian Association of Photographic Societies) for affiliation and public liability insurance. VP also charges by the member, but only members that submit images for Competitions, Image Evaluation, or Judging.
We will be asking you if you want to be a “Competing Member" or a "Non Competing member” (VP terms). You can change at any time.
The fees, if paid before the 2021 AGM, will be the same as this year, $50 single and $65 family.
After the AGM, our new simplified membership and fee structure will replace the old system.
We are currently considering an increase of $20 pa for a full membership (which is about $0.40 per week).
Our healthy bank balance is largely due to fund raising such as: Beginners photography and Lightroom Classes as well as Mountain District Learning Centre classes and photography for private industry.
Special projects as photographing Boronia West productions and graduations as well as Knox Council projects such as the 2019 Bushland project. However, this extra income is erratic and starting to dry up.
What we get from membership fees does not cover the normal running of the club, particularly if our rent at the school were to rise.
In other words we are going backwards financially.
Unless we do something, we will eventually go broke.
We are guessing very few members would be keen to man/woman a Bunning’s sausage sizzle.
The annual fees have not changed at KPS since about 2008, over 12 years ago.
According to the Reserve Bank, the average annual inflation rate from 2008 to 2019, has been 2.1% which means that, in real terms, our current membership fee is 25.5% cheaper than it was in 2008.
If you take a look at other clubs such as Camberwell, Maroondah and Waverley you will see we are very, very inexpensive.
We hope that you look upon KPS fees an an investment in knowledge rather than a cost.