Our History

How It All Began

Fred Hartke enrolled in a photography class through the Plano Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) in the fall of 1983. Near the conclusion of the class he reached out to Sue Padden, the PARD activities director, about any organized activities that would further his knowledge and skills in the art.

PARD was sponsoring some clubs and in 1984 decided to organize one in Plano. Early that year they ran an advertisement in the Plano Star Courier for anyone interested in photography.

The kickoff meeting - attended by a small group - took place in Williams High School. The club was formed with Fred Hartke established as the organization's first President.

Contact was made with the Dallas Camera Club and they loaned the Plano club a small manual published by the Photographic Society of America.

Early on, the club decided to have monthly contests as a way of getting people to participate more actively. Additionally, they held the belief that hearing criticism would give feedback on ways to improve or at least to look at another point of view in the art.

Over the next several years, the club continued to grow. In August 1988, the PARD decided that it would no longer sponsor clubs.

The Plano Photography Club - which serves Plano, Dallas and the surrounding suburbs - was then launched on its own and in 1990 was incorporated in the state of Texas as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

 

Early Club Milestones

First Club Meeting   January 1984
First Newsletter Published   March 1984
Club Joins Photographic Society of America (PSA)   April 1984
First Field Trip (Hour Photo)   April 1984
First Participation in Plano Round Up   April 1984
First Photo Contest   May 1984
First Club Meeting   January 1984
First Workshop (Print Mounting)   December 1984
First Club Dinner   June 1985
First Pot Luck Dinner   June 1987
First Scavenger Hunt   October 1987
First Christmas Party   December 1987
First Model Shoot   January 1988
First Overnight Trip (Fredericksburg)   April 1988
Club Joins Gulf States Camera Club Council (GSCCC)   August 1988
Plano PARD Discountinues Club Sponsorshop   August 1988
Club Incorporates   July 1990
First Wonder of Photography Show   July 1991

 

Club Presidents

1984 - 1985    Fred Hartke (Founder)
1985 - 1986    Weldon Fincher
1986 - 1987    Larry Stehno
1987 - 1988    Stewart Baker
1988 - 1989    Marilyn Smith
1989 - 1990    Carl Adkins
1990 - 1991    Weldon Fincher
1991 - 1992    Mike Childers
1992 - 1993    John Reed
1994 - 1995    Cathy Strong
1995 - 1996    Ken Guthrie
1996 - 1997    Bill Vansco
1997 - 1998    Ken Guthrie
1998 - 1999    Nathan White
1999 - 2000    Peg Syverson
2000 - 2001    John and Lois Lehman
2001 - 2002    Inge Johnsson and Russell McGuire
2002 - 2004    David Wille
2004 - 2005    James Stover
2005 - 2006    Ed Auger
2006 - 2007    Dawn Attenberry and Dan Leffel
2007 - 2008    Bernie Pysz and Bob Frank
2008 - 2010    James Stover
2010 - 2012    Dennis Fritsche
2012 - 2014    Carol Barlow
2014 - 2016    Sam Wilson
2016 - 2018    Richard Vestyck
2018 - present    Cliff McKenzie

 

Photographer of the Year Winners

1986 - 1987    M. Dilks
1988 - 1989    Nellie Bretherick
1989 - 1990    Nellie Bretherick
1990 - 1991    Carl Adkins
1991 - 1992    Gary Ballard
1992 - 1993    Gary Ballard
1993 - 1994    Nellie Bretherick


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