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June 2021

From the Board...

As we roll into Summer many of our members have returned home or are now traveling as the Covid-19 restrictions are easing.

However, your camera club continues to offer learning opportunities. Special Interest Group (SIG) hosts continue to offer SIG activities on Zoom. The following SIG sessions are available to you each week:

        Monday at 10:00 am - Multimedia SIG

        Monday at 1:30 pm – Studio and Fine Art Photography SIG

        Tuesday at 1:30 pm – Black and White SIG

        Wednesday at 9:30 am – Photoshop CC/Lightroom CC SIG

        Wednesday at 1:30 pm – Bird Photography SIG

        Thursday at 9:30 am – Photoshop Elements SIG

        Friday at 9:00 am – Rebel Rousers SIG

If you would like to participate in any of these SIG sessions, you can register to receive a Zoom invite on the Club’s Calendar site. Once the Club opens, our plans are to offer the SIG sessions in-person and on Zoom.

We are still awaiting final protocols from GVR for our planned Monday July 12th opening. Covid-19 restrictions are fluid and appear to be changing weekly. As far as we can tell as of this writing, we will open the Club as planned. Monitors will receive refresher training to consider GVR requirements and safety.

Currently the mask policy aligns with Pima County’s as follows:

1.  Masks or social distancing are not required for fully vaccinated individuals, although they may choose to maintain both.

2.  It is recommended that unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing.

3.  Vaccination status is not a criterion for participation, and GVR does not require proof or attestation of vaccination of any illness, including Covid-19.

4.  We will continue to wipe down equipment after use.

5.   Capacity will increase in classrooms and meeting rooms with extra space being included to accommodate those who prefer or should maintain social distancing.

Members, as always, participate at their own risk. Members must make their own assessment of risk based on their circumstances and tolerance. Please note that as of May 17, the percentage of vaccinated individuals in zip codes 85614 and 85622 was over 80%.

We look forward to getting activities back to normal as we move forward with Club opening preparations. Stay safe, travel safely, and know we are doing all we can to bring you the best in photo education and field trip opportunities.

Danny Valenzuela, Interim President

Photo of the Month

The June Photo of the Month is by Wally Watson titled Little Cowboy. It makes me remember when...... Congratulations, Wally.

Members, please note: Our Photo of the Month is selected from the collection of photos that are submitted for our Facebook Photo of the Day series. This collection is getting depleted and we need your support to keep us supplied so we can continue to feature your creative work for all the members to enjoy. Please take some time during the Summer break and choose one or a few of the best of your work and send them to me at


Judy Pollard, POD/POM Coordinator

The Photo of the Month is chosen from the Photo of the Day series published on the Club's Facebook page from the 26th of the previous month to the 25th of last month. Keep sending the best of your work to Judith Pollard at

This Month's Club Activities

With the exception of the on-line Zoom SIG meetings the Camera Club remains closed and in-person club activities remain suspended. Plans are in place to reopen the Club facilities in July and resume in-person SIG meetings for those still meeting over the Summer break. We all look forward to getting back to normal times.

Please check the club calendar here for the latest information on future club activities.


On Summer Break

Travelogue has been well attended this season in spite of, and indeed because of the Covid pandemic driving the format from in-person to on-line Zoom presentations, as well as the excellent presentations of the many contributors.

Thanks to all who contributed and supported our new Zoom format. Look forward to another great season of Travelogue in the fall.

Field Trips

On Summer Break

Although extremely limited by the pandemic this season, a number of trips were enjoyed by many members. Thanks to all the trip leaders who worked hard to make it happen and to the participants who supported our efforts. Planning is in the works for a full season of trips starting in the fall.

June Photo Opportunities

Three great Summer events to take advantage of. Get out and enjoy!

Celebracion Sahuarita

  • June 5 - 6-8 pm - Free - RSVP requested
  • Quail Creek - Veterans Municipal Park - 1905 N. Old Nogales Hwy, Sahuarita, AZ 
  • Find more information here.

2nd Annual Pop-Up Drive Through Sculpture Show

  • Through June 13 - 8am-8pm - Free
  • Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
  • Find more information here.

Dia de San Juan Splash Fest

  • June 24 - 1-3 pm - Normal entrance fees apply
  • Tumacacori National Historical Park - Courtyard Garden
  • Find more information here.

    Patty Ferguson, Photo Op Coordinator


      Closed for the Season

      We hope you enjoyed our creative series of Showtime presentations this season. Look forward to another great Showtime series starting in December. We'll see you then, maybe even in person!

      Speaker Series

      On Summer Break

      The Speaker Series presentations this season were enjoyed by the largest audience ever because of the on-line Zoom format.

      Thank you for your participation.

      Special Interest Groups are fun and informative. Any member of the Camera Club is welcome to attend any of the SIGs. Many are meeting on-line during the pandemic closures, but not all are meeting during the summer break. Details below.

      • Multimedia SIG - Sherry Lucia, moderator.
      • Learn what it’s all about. Bring your video project to share for comments & suggestions.
      • Mondays @ 10:00 am - Meetings are online via Zoom. Register here on the GVR website to join and get the Zoom link to attend.
      • Black and White SIG - Wendell Werner, moderator.
      • Members bring their images to examine the special qualities of monochrome photography and share editing techniques in composition and lighting.
      • Tuesdays @ 1:30 am - Meetings are online via Zoom. Register here on the GVR website to join and get the Zoom link to attend.
      • Studio and Fine Art Photography SIG - Sandy Ostroff, moderator.
      • Explore new techniques and broaden your skills.
      • Monday's @ 1:30 pm - Meetings are online via Zoom. Register here on the GVR website to join and get the Zoom link to attend.
      • Hit me with Your Best Shot SIG - Pat Caniff, moderator.
      • Bring five examples of your best efforts to show.
      • Thursdays at 1:00 pm - Meetings suspended until further notice.
      • Photoshop/Lightroom SIG - Al Crawford, Moderator.
      • Study techniques found in Photoshop CS and Lightroom that are not found in other photo processing tools.
      • Wednesdays @ 9:30 am - Meetings are online via Zoom. Register here on the GVR website to join and get the Zoom link to attend.
      • Field Trip SIG - Sue Rock, moderator.
      • Plan, arrange, guide and advertise field trips.
      • Wednesdays @ 4:00 pm - Meetings suspended until further notice.
      • Photoshop Elements SIG - Linda Gregory, moderator.
      • Learn how to use the magic of Photoshop Elements post processing on your photos.
      • Thursdays @ 9:30-11:00 am - Meetings are online via Zoom. Register here on the GVR website to join and get the Zoom link to attend. Participants have the option to send a few photos to Linda in an email for processing hereSubmit at least one day prior to the SIG. Put "Elements SIG" in the subject line and describe what you want improved. 
      • Bird Photography SIG - Mike McMinn, moderator.
      • Improve your bird photography skills and share your best shots of our feathered friends.
      • Wednesdays @ 1:30 pm - Meetings are online via Zoom. Register here on the GVR website to join and get the Zoom link to attend.
      • Rebel Rousers SIG - Al Crawford, Moderator.
      • Share your interest in Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras.
      • Fridays @ 9:30 am - Meetings are online via Zoom. Register here on the GVR website to join and get the Zoom link to attend.

      Monitor Notes

      Help us provide all the benefits the Club offers to its members by volunteering as a monitor. As you take advantage of the Club's activities and its extensive digital processing equipment, consider sharing the effort in providing these services by volunteering as a monitor.

      Monitors typically check in club members, answer the phone, and welcome those seeking information about the Club. You are not expected to know how to use the equipment. Training takes about an hour.

      Contact: for more information.

      Green Valley Recreation Camera Club

      The GVR Camera Club was established in the early 1970’s as one of many Green Valley Recreation organizations to serve its members and our community. Our main interest is photography, both still and video imaging. The Club has grown into one of the largest camera clubs in the country with over 750 active members.

      The Club is located on the 2nd floor of the west wing at the Santa Rita Springs GVR Recreation Center. You may contact us at:

      PO Box 1423, Green Valley, AZ 85622 or 

      Neil Wicai, Newsletter Editor - - 575-224-1238

      The GVR Photography Club is located in the Recreation Village of Santa Rita Springs.
      921 West Via Rio Fuerte, Green Valley, AZ 85622 
      Phone 520-648-1315

      If you have any questions or concerns please call the above number during business hours or email us at:

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