Tri-City Photography Club
is a 501(c)(7) nonprofit organization.
The Tri-City Photography Club’s mission is to inspire and empower creativity of all levels.
September 2007 to Present
Jack and Lee Ferrall wanted to join a photography club and learned about the old Tri-City Photography Club from a member, Judi Hastings. She invited them to attend a meeting where they discovered the club was for people using film, but Jack and Lee were very interested in digital photography as it was becoming more popular.
Jack and Lee decided to form the” Tri-City Digital Photograph Club” in September of 2006. They put an advertisement in the Giant Nickle and the first meeting filled the larger meeting room of the Union Street Library. After two monthly meeting they moved to a larger facility, the current meeting location, Benton County PUD Building. When they set up tables Jack made a big deal of setting up more chairs than we expected to need. He said your facilities will never fill more than 80% of our space. If you crowd more than that in some folks won’t come back which seemed to hold true.
At the meetings both Lee and Jack had microphones and the way they went back and forth really kept the members entertained. Their goal was to stay upbeat and have fun while we were learning about photography. They wanted the meetings to have something for the beginners as well as the experienced photographers.
At the end of September in 2008 Jack, Lee and Jeff Friberg travelled to Portland for a two-day Photography Conference. On the second morning, Lee and Jeff slept in while Jack woke early to attend the first workshop. Jack had a heart attack and suddenly died in the parking garage.
We will never forget Jack and Lee’s presentation using the Star War theme for RAW versus JPEG. The music and costumes made learning fun! We had great teachers and motivators to push us to learn new ways to shoot and be creative.
After we lost Jack, the club floundered for a little bit. The Board Members met several times but were not sure how to go about filling the shoes of our upbeat, fun, leader and teacher. His son was dealing with the sudden loss of his father and friend, we wanted to be sympathetic to that as well.
We believed that Jack would have wanted the club to continue. He put so much time and love into it to making it what it was. Board members were given assignments. The hardest of which seemed to be who would take the microphone and give the presentations! But we had some awesome people who gave it their best and brought the club back to life once more.
After approximately five years, the club wanted to be able to vote in new board members and the current board members were getting burned out. The new voting system was created. Board members commit to a two-year term of service and can either step down after term or continue, new Board members are voted upon for vacancies yearly.
To date we have many fine people who still share their love of photography by serving on the board. It is not an easy task to find speakers and to manage the club funds and everything that it takes to keep a non-profit club running. But the dedication, fueled by their love of the hobby, keeps everyone going, and makes it a fun experience for all. When people share their knowledge, and come together its always an adventure.
The Club name was simplified to be Tri-City Photography Club in 2017. We meet on the first Thursday of each month, almost always still at the Benton PUD. Some meetings are interactive with club members sharing their knowledge in small groups and other meetings have featured key note speakers. The club also organizes a monthly Photo-walk at a new location each month in our local area. Our Photo-walks allow for our members to get to know one-another outside in the field, learning photography while building lasting friendships. We have no doubt that Jack would be proud of the club we have built to date. We have many award-winning photographers among us and each month we endeavor to welcome new hobbyists to our family.