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May 26, 2017


Reminder: Kevin Karlson is coming to speak on Monday, June 5th. This is really going to be a learning experience. His Topic, "Shooting Outside the Box". He's sending me information to share with you and he wants audience participation. Toward the end, he'd like those who will to bring 3 pictures on a thumb drive and we'll pull them up and gently make comments, as he said. We are very lucky to have him with us! Please save the date.We’re planning an evening social and shoot at Hawk Haven Vineyard, June 18th, kind of off day for them. The club will provide a couple nice trays of cheese and crackers. Beverages we have to buy there. They close at 7:00pm but we can stay and take pictures after for sunset. Please save that date as well.

More later.


So we had a great time at Flemings Auto Salvage. I mean it is a great shoot! Endless opportunities for creative images. I'll share a few. Did HDR for some. Still processing. We'll do it again maybe in the Fall. No tick problem that I know of. We went with lots of bug spray. Rich Beecher did his in black and white and that was very effective. Watch for our summer shoots!

May 3-4, 2017

DUE TO THE VERY CRITICAL ILLNESS OF TONY’S MOTHER, TONY HAD TO POSTPONE HIS TALK SCHEDULED FOR 6:30 THIS EVENING (MAY 3RD) AND THE “SWEET SHOOT” TOMORROW (MAY 4TH). HE/WE WILL RESCHEDULE FOR LATER THIS YEAR.
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH TONY AS HE GOES THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO FRIENDS AND CLUBS NEAR YOU.
THANK YOU AND TONY SAID “SO SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.”
DOTTIE

So what are PCCM’s Small Group Meetings all about?

We have lots of new members and maybe it would be good to clarify and/or describe what we mean when we use that term. Let me try.

PCCM provides many things for members, Speakers, Workshops, Social Events, Exhibits so our members can Sell Their Photos, Challenges, Group Shoots, and once a year the opportunity to Share a Themed Slideshow with the Group. All basically to encourage members to learn and improve in all facets of photography. It also is a place where you can meet like minded, talented, creative people and talk shop, probably become friends. One thing was missing, however, and that was an opportunity to meet in small groups and discuss or learn about a specific skill or tool you as an individual want to learn, or meet with people who are interested in one facet of photography you especially like, or an opportunity to get help when trying something out of the box for you. So we decided to meet the third Weds. of each month in the evening to explore and learn together in small groups, sometime 4 people, sometimes 10, every once in a while 15. It does not matter. If you are curious about something, someone else surely is, too, and someone else surely can help you. At these meetings we usually have someone who excels in that area, sometimes a group leader, sometimes we have a discussion or share equipment, we’ve had critiques on a small scale. Our plan was to provide a venue and opportunity for members to work toward mastering techniques and camera and computer skills. It is informal, and a huge help because it is Small Group. Anyone can come. So... watch for the topics, come when you can or you are interested, and very important- let Dottie know if you have something you want to learn more about in that format. Remember, the name of PCCM’s Game is "Learn and Improve”. There is ALWAYS room to hone those skills! Small Group meetings may be a comfortable way for you to do it.


April 3, 2017


Springtime Greetings to You All! I think Spring has finally arrived.


Member David Woeller shared his video about using the brush tool in Lightroom, showed us examples of before and after images, and using the pictures he sent for us to download, he demonstrated how to go about making dramatic changes. Then we took some time to work on a few of our own photos. The Brush is a mighty sword and it was fun to experiment with it as Dave walked around and helped. Thank you, Dave. If you have not pulled up Dave's Website, you should. He has a great Blog going and offers many opportunities for you to learn and improve your skills. We’re lucky to have him with us Monday and in our group. Fun day! Now go home and practice everyone! Dave has linked to his video here Lightroom Brush Tool


Bill Horin, Creative Director for ARTC in Millville was with us to share information about a 2 day photo/video event on June 14 and 15 that that organization has organized called “Photo SJ 2017”. They say and I’ll quote "8 of South Jersey’s most talented photographers and videographers will give workshops and presentations, and nationally known wildlife photographer, Charles Glatzer, will be the Keynote speaker." Registration is available through their website. (David Woeller is one of the presenters and his event is the only free thing I saw. It is limited to 40 according to Dave. For more info & to register visit Photo SJ 2017


I wanted to thank Jim Dixon for leading the group to the Franklin Bridge Shoot. It was great to try our luck with the sunset, Philly Skyline, trains coming fairly often to jiggle our cameras and challenge us all. We ate at a local pub and tried the nighttime full view from the ground as well. Thanks so much, Jim! I know individually we’ll go back. Safe, easy walk, and pleasant with good weather.

And I wanted to thank Martie Grubb for faithfully providing refreshments at every meeting. Phyllis Graham helps her as well. It’s really nice to have tea and crumpets. Thank You ladies!!


I would ask all members to pay their dues so we can plan and carry out a program for this year we all enjoy. And I’d like to encourage all members to spread the word about our group and encourage friends or camera buffs you know to join us as we hone our skills and have fun. We do several things each month, surely everyone can learn from and enjoy something we offer.

More members would help our treasury.


We got organized for our next meeting. Our Tony Sweet talk and shoot. I hope you’ve seen our announcement. Please save the dates and please every member do your best to attend the talk. It’s 6:30 pm at the club, free for members, but we’re charging $10 for non-members since we have some expenses. We will try to start on time, but have simple refreshments afterward. To have a nationally respected photographer be with us and support our club is a phenomenon. One way to say thank you is to attend his talk Thursday, May 3rd. I’ve notified all the photo clubs in our area (South Jersey), a couple Delaware clubs, T&C Camera Shop, put it on our Website, Facebook Page, and News Feeds on Facebook which people are sharing. I will send out a couple more Facebook blurbs as well. The “Shoot with Sweet” is $75 and will be limited to 15. It is an early morning event with breakfast at a local diner. He offers a video critique of 3 to 5 pictures for those who go, I don’t think they have to be taken that morning. We’ll gather them and send them to him shortly after the event. Pre-registration for that is required. I already have 8 committed. Let’s enjoy this special couple days and be proud as a club.


On June 5th we are lucky to have a naturalist who specializes in birds Kevin Karlson coming and he’ll share “Shooting Outside the Box”. He has traveled the world and gathered photos of birds everywhere. He has images representing most of the major bird families in North America. He has authored several books including “Shorebird Guide" and "Birding by Impression”. For his amazing images visit his website and browse his Photo Gallery. Gorgeous! I’m excited to have Kevin with us and learn he considers this Cape May his home ground. Don’t miss this event! AND..We talked about having a time to bring photographic items you want to sell after our June meeting a while ago. Let me know if you think this is a good idea. After the lecture we could set things on a table or 2 that you have priced and a few volunteers would have to man.


Our April small group meeting will be 2 things. On Thursday April 19th at 6:30, we’re offering a Boot Camp for Lightroom (Booting Up the Program) for whose who are having trouble getting started, and we had a request to go over some basic things in photography so a Boot Camp for Basics reviewing the terminology and skills needed to go places with your DSLR Camera. Now this takes getting members together who can help both areas. So we need a head count. Please email me if you are interested and can attend. dottierogers2@gmail.com If we don’t get enough to make it worthwhile, we’ll try something individually.


A number of people have asked to go to Flemings Auto Salvage for a Shoot. Harry was very nice. Our group is welcome, I just have to call. I thought it would be good to go on a Saturday or Sunday this time. It’s not greening up very fast this year and we need a little color, I think, and with the holidays this month and storms, I’m thinking Sunday, May 14th, rain date Saturday, May 20th. Save the date. In June we’ll do something related to our talk on birds/birding.


Avalon Historical Society Photography Contest is coming up. It’s usually in May. As soon as I get the notice I’ll shoot it out to you. We do very well each year. Several first place awards always.


Our meeting in October is a Pot Luck dinner and our annual Challenge “Shows”. I like to get the topic out before summer so everyone has plenty of time to gather images you are pleased with. The theme this year will be Our Own County. We actually voted this time. Pictures must be taken in the county you live in or one county. The idea is, for those who are new, to put together a slideshow of pictures on the theme and show it that night. We call for them a week ahead so our member Bill Riches can put them together and they run smoothly. There is a five minute limit, and you can put music to it and make it as simple or fancy as you’d like. Bill will help you with the music if need be. We love this event. It’s a bring your spouse or a friend time. Good opportunity to bring someone you think might be interested in joining our club.


So enjoy Spring. Get out there and take lots of pictures. Share them on our Facebook page, Please!!

Dottie

March 11th, 2017


Hello to All. Welcome to Spring?


Just a few quick notes from Monday’s Meeting.

Nicole Albertson, local artist who is a Creative Portrait, Child, and Family Photographer, talked to us about her work, her work flow, her style, and her passion. On her Website she says, “Life is my Canvas, Light is my paint. Time is measured not by the clock, but by moments. I capture those moments.” She shared many images of her family portraits, weddings, and her favorite- children. She is best known for her hazy, interesting background with her subjects as she said, popping out bright and crystal clear. I love that she mentors newbies and shares her love of photography. Really fun presentation. She left us with lots of good ideas and techniques to try. Thank you so much Nicki!!


2017 Dues are due by the end of March. We do many things with our funds including pay rent for our really nice facility, for our Website, refreshments, speakers, small group gatherings, and for social functions we like so much. We need your support to make it a fun and interesting year. It helps so much if you get your dues in on time. Thank you!! We want to make a Directory for members to have. So nice to have email addresses and phone numbers handy.


Next month on April 3rd, 1:00pm, member David Woeller will teach us some things about using the PAINTBRUSH in Lightroom. You have to see this. You’ll love what he does and you can do with this LIGHTROOM TOOL. He’s going to show us a video he created explaining how he goes about tweaking photos, bringing corners out of the dark, accenting details, lots of really cool tricks to make images pop. And we hope to be able to send you some images you can download, then work on at the meeting with him. If you don’t have a Laptop, we’ll gather around those who bring one and have fun experimenting. More details closer to the meeting.


In May Tony Sweet is with us. Note the change from our regular day. He’ll speak Wednesday, May 3rd, 6:30pm, at the Clubhouse. His topic, “In Camera Creative Effects”. This will be amazing and should be shared with every photographer you know. So spread the word please. Talk is free to members ($10 for non-members), $75 fee for an early morning shoot with Tony May 4th. We plan to advertise every way we can and hope to have a really good crowd. Just out of respect for him- a world class photographer who helps us and encourages us as a group, and is generous enough to give us his time and energy, every member should come to his evening talk. Make plans now to be there. It’s one way we can say THANK YOU!!


In June Kevin Karlson, wildlife Photographer, particularly birds, will speak to us. His topic, “Shooting Outside the Box”. He has a new book out called “Birding by Impression", which discusses his approach to bird/field identification. It should be fun to see his photos and learn what he means by shooting outside the box.


In July we will be celebrating our 10th year anniversary somehow. We had a great time last year at Willow Creek Winery shooting the grapes, then sharing a little food and wine. Something like that, but with less personal expense. I’d like the club to provide food somehow/somewhere. I’m working on it…...


We had 9 people with us on our Shoot in Philly. The Benjamin Franklin Bridge was beautiful that evening! It was quite a climb to the top, but easy walking and safely lighted. What an experience it was to be out there in the wind waiting for the sun to set, tripods ready, all cameras aimed for the skyline, being shaken by the trains as they whizzed by underneath. Really fun. We had dinner at a local pub, then did the full length of the bridge from the ground. Thank you Jim Dixon for arranging all the details and leading the pack. Great time had by ALL!!


Our May shoot to East Point Lighthouse is on hold. They are not sure when the construction crews actually will allow visitors inside and paper work for grants will allow the fence to come down. Not a great thing to include in our photos. We’re on the list and we’ll see what happens. I’ll blast out an email notice when we get the OK.


If you have a chance, visit the River Renaissance Gallery sometime this month. Member David Woeller has several photos in the exhibits. And Scott Wheaton has a couple of his smoke pictures. The topic is “Digital Art”. Abstract Art. Really interesting. Check it out this month.


I have a call in to Pam at the Mad Batter trying to set up a date for our Exhibit at the Restaurant. She told me to call in March. I’ll keep you posted. We can exhibit at one of the libraries in the Cape May County system if we want to. I’ll talk to you about it at our next meeting. We’d need to commit and we’ll have to decide if it is something we really want to do.


It has come to our attention that we have quite a few new members and we are wondering if there is a need or desire for us to have a few small group meetings to discuss basic concepts like the Exposure Triangle (IOS, Aperture, Shutter Speed), Composition, etc. We’d need at least 6 to commit to maybe 2/3 meetings. Let me know if you are interested. Email me at dottierogers2@gmail.com. to save a spot. Could be a fun learning experience.


Until next time…..get out and shoot Springtime!! Share your images on our FACEBOOK PAGE! Check out our WEBPAGE!! Send me ideas for shoots, speakers, and topics we need to discuss at our meetings. THANK YOU!!

Dottie

Jan 11th, 2017


2017-Hard to believe. Happy New Year Everyone!

Thank you all for coming to the meeting Monday. We had a good crowd even though weather was a problem. I know it was icy in many places and difficult for some of you to travel. Hopefully February will be better.


Craig Phillips and John Snidenbach took us on a trip to Cuba. As a photographer the question is, why take a trip to Cuba now/soon. Both John and Craig went now to beat the influx of tourists that will hit the island when the Cruise ships start daily tours. And things are bound to change dramatically once that is in full gear. The bright colors of the old buildings most of them in need of a huge amount of repair, the 1958 cars painted bright colors, the friendly people dressed casually and willing to be photographed, and the unique culture make it a photographers' hotspot. Guides help you understand the history and culture, but they also let you know questions are restricted. I loved the doors and windows repaired and painted, the decaying architecture, church, John’s night photos, the cigar rolling process, the barns, cars, faces and the dancing. John showed a couple videos with music of a street band and dancing, and a routine some women do using brightly painted chairs and drumsticks. Great fun and unique. THANK YOU JOHN AND CRAIG!! You made me want to go ASAP!


PSA (the Photographic Society of America) representatives were with us as well. Gerie Vergona and Dr. Kah-Wai Lin gave us information about the world wide organization we need to know, but missed the boat as far as I was concerned. So I’ll tell you we joined PSA as a club, not because of competition opportunities, but because it is a great source of information and a resource for speakers at a reasonable price, and because it has a "lending library” from which we can borrow videos and material on all sorts of topics related to photography. At a meeting we can show a video on a topic and have a panel discuss it. We can show a video on a topic in small group meetings. And they are a source of support as we grow and explore directions we think we want to take or try. We have at our fingertips experts in every facet of photography, business end and photo information end, and we plan to take advantage of it. They have a national conference each year at really wonderful places. Recently in Albuquerque and the Balloon Fiesta, and Yosemite. This year it is in Pittsburgh. We’ll talk about attending when the flyer comes out. Most clubs belong to PSA. Now we’re on their map. Now as an individual since we don’t hold competitions, if you are interested in advice, critiques, a mentor, many areas of competition on an individual level, an individual membership can might be a good idea for you. They gave a really nice book of photographs out for a door prize. John Marcelliano was the winner.


I gave out cash to the people who sold photographs at the Mad Batter Exhibit. Karen Goldberg and James Daubert sold 2 each, Sandy Allison and Tina Giaimo each sold 1. We discussed that effort because for those who participate and help set up and take down, and replacing what is sold, it is a big job. This year in December we sold 6. Last year in September, we sold 14. We need to have a committee that is interested in studying the situation and exploring options. And we need to educate ourselves on the complexities involved. Last Spring we had a few volunteers for such a committee. (Denise Bongiovanni, Melissa Bailey, Gail Van Scoyk and myself). I’ll contact a few more and get this ball rolling. Email me if you want to be part of this committee. Thank you!


We are looking into becoming a non-profit organization. I asked Craig Phillips to help me and John Marcelliano said he’d help. It may or may not be to our advantage. We’ll keep you informed.


Dues are due for 2017 by the first of March. Can send to me (Dottie Rogers, 201 South Broadway, CM, 08204- check made out to Photography Club of Cape May). $30 for an individual membership, $50 for family. We plan to run off a Directory for members this year. We’ve run into situations this year where someone wants to call another member but has no phone number. It is handy for car pools, sharing information, answering quick questions, asking for help, inviting others on a shoot, etc. It’s so nice to have at your fingertips address, email address, phone number. Let me know if you do not want you phone number included. Most organizations have a directory.


Small group meeting January 25th at 201 South Broadway, 6;30pm, Lightroom workshop

Next meeting at the clubhouse: February 6th Macro Workshop-1 to 4:00pm

Small Group Meeting 3rd Weds: February 15, 6:30pm Macro Workshop follow Up


For our February meeting we will have lots of stations set up with marbles, colored straws, flowers, bubbles, witches ball or 2, glass container with water, old tools, kitchen utensils, a Lava Light, Big Bottle we can probably put things in and small ones, sea glass, sand a shells, berries, grapes, etc. We’ll rotate around. I’ll have several backdrops and at least 1 Lightbox. I’ll try to get a couple more.

BRING YOUR TRIPOD AND APPROPRIATE LENS, and A FLASHLIGHT ANY SIZE.

You do not have to have a Macro Lens to do this. Karen Messick took (takes) pictures with her iPhone that are outstanding because you can zoom in close. Come and join in the fun the best you can, experiment, have fun watching.


At our December meeting someone put a note in our suggestion box for a shoot in New York City, a couple specific places, evening. We’re considering an overnight in the Spring. Ed and Cindy Russell have given us some advice. And a shoot at Longwood Gardens has been suggested. We’d carpool, not get a bus. Anyone interested?


I think that’s about it…….

Dottie

Dec 7th, 2016


We had such a good time Monday being creative and socializing. Diane Supple sent pictures she snapped with her iPhone that I thought you would enjoy. Thank you, Diane! It was REALLY, REALLY fun. Good refreshments, too.Thank you to those who brought a snack! Thank you Melissa for thinking to microwave the sand! You saved the day! We keep saying, what a great bunch of people we have in PCCM. Wow! We have to do this kind of thing again!


HEADS UP!!! WE HANG AT THE MAD BATTER THIS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8TH, AT 12:00 NOON.

WE COULD USE SOME HELP. MELISSA BAILEY AND JOHN MARCELLIANO HAVE VOLUNTEERED. NEED MORE HANDS, PLEASE!

(We have a nice amount of really, really beautiful photos so far. This will be exciting exhibit to see.)

OUR OPENING IS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH AT 3:00. PLEASE LET’S MAKE THIS FUN. THEY ALWAYS HAVE A NICE SPREAD OF FOOD FOR US. SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. WE SHOULD CELEBRATE. WE HAVE A LOT TO BE PROUD OF AND SHARE. SEE YOU AT THE OPENING! (you don’t have to dress up- very casual!

HEADS UP!! WE WILL SHOOT THE LIGHTS OF CAPE MAY WEDS. DECEMBER 14TH. MEET AT ROTARY PARK (the one they have completely redone) AT 4:30. NEW BLUE AND PURPLE DECORATIONS AND WHOLE NEW LOOK THERE. AND WE'LL MEET AT MY HOUSE AFTERWARD FOR LIGHT REFRESHMENTS— wine and cheese plus I’m thinking sandwiches maybe or we’ll order pizza…. Fun night! Please join us.


Next meeting, January 9th, John Snidenbach and Craig Phillips will share pictures and thoughts from a photographer’s viewpoint about Cuba.


Please bookmark or add the club website to your contacts. There is no signup or registration. We’re trying to keep our calendar and blog current so send let us know if you spot errors or omissions. You can email the club right from a link on the page. Hopefully this will eventually be your one stop spot on the web for club info as well as a place to view members’ photos, read news and learn and leave tips and point to good deals you want to share.


CALLING FOR PICTURES! Please send pictures for our website NOW to Jim Brennan . We want to change them often. Let’s just say the first week of every month, if you want to post pictures send them to Jim and he’ll put them up. We’ll eventually create individual member galleries if the interest is there. And we want to make our Blog interesting and worth seeking out. If you have anything about photography you want to share or an experience you have that is photographically interesting, equipment you’ve tried and like, techniques you try and find slick or cool, send a paragraph or write up to me and I’ll include it or send it to Bob Finlay to put up. Don’t be shy or humble. Be bold and help our membership learn and improve! We can communicate to each other through our BLOG. So keep checking it out. We’re learning and improving the site each month.

Please Help Us Do That.


And we still need a LOGO. Only have one so far, and an idea but not picture for another. We need several to make a choice. Maybe we push that in 2017…...


Welcome two new members, John and Madeleine Tryon!


Happy Holidays!!

-Dottie

Nov 9th, 2016

Hello this morning after Election Day. I don’t know about you, but I lost a whole night’s sleep! So excuse my mistakes!! God Bless America, right?? Crazy, crazy……


We had a really good turn out for our meeting Monday with Eric Weeks and Karen Michael. They talked about the Flash and showed us their technique. It was very informative and fun!! I’ll have to try the two hands shots. I’m not so steady as they seem to be. Good handout for anyone who wants one. Lots of information you might like to see.

A few quick points to remember:

The f stop controls the flash exposure.

The shutterspeed determines the exposure.

Most cameras Flash at 1/250.

They like to use their flash unattached to the camera, pointing the light head to bounce off a wall or ceiling.

There are several Lighting Patterns and Types of Light they talked about Plus lots more!

Thank You Eric and Karen!! Lots of Fun!

We had refreshments after the meeting and a good social time. Hoping to figure out how to do that each meeting. Really nice!!


Important Business Items for you to Remember:

We hang at the MAD BATTER December 8th. 1:00pm We can use help with that task! I will assume there is an Opening the 11th. Usually 4:00pm. (Refreshments and social time for our club members and friends- a celebration!)

Remember Photos must be 8x10 or larger. MUST be matted white/off white and framed, and ready to hang with wire. Black frames in the bar area, white/off white frames in the back restaurant room. Silver or canvass works as well. We need a bunch, so please participate if you can. Photos must be brought to 201 South Broadway, CM, by noon Wednesday Dec 7th, so I can make identification cards and print up a list for Pam to keep in the office. She needs to keep organized since we are different from most shows because we have many artists, making bookkeeping complex. WEDS. DEC.7TH, by NOON!!

No word yet about the Winery.


On December 5th we are going to have a party!‼︎ We have worked very hard this last several months with the Webpage construction, Sturdy Bank Exhibit, the Mad Batter Exhibit, joining PSA and setting up our Sturdy Bank account. Very time consuming and brain rattling. So we figure we deserve to have a party! We will have 3 Make and Take projects to work on and a techie try by request and vote on a Club Logo. I have 2 ideas for Logos so far. Think about it and email me your entry if you think of something eye catching. Free membership for a year as a prize. Sooooo, Bring a snack if you can and come socialize and be creative. If you are not creative, bring a friend/spouse who can help you! You will need to bring at least 4 4x6 pictures you love with you for the activities planned. More details closer to the meeting. This will be fun!


Meetings Scheduled for the next 6 months. We have some great speakers coming and plenty of opportunity to hone your skills and learn something new. Small group meetings will be made as we go through each month. Plan on the 3rd Weds. evening each month for small group events.

Check back here on our Website Blog for chatty details. We have a busy and exciting Spring “Semester”. Please keep club email announcements handy. Mark your calendar, and watch for small group events and SHOOTS. And check our Website Upcoming Events for details as each events gets close.


Please let Bob Finlay or me or Jim Brennan know things you want to discuss or programs you would like to have, or people you see or know about who could talk to our club or give seminars or workshops. If you express a need or topic, we do try to find someone to help out.


Thanks everyone for your help when we need it and support!

Dottie



We have joined PSA, the Photographic Society of America, which is a worldwide organization for anyone with an interest in photography. Every organization belongs, now we are on the list! We’l benefit many ways. A member will come to an upcoming meeting and welcome us and inform us of all the ways you can gain access and benefits. Check it out at Photographic Society of America.


We are having a contest!! We need a LOGO, for our website, but in general. Prize is one year membership to our club. Must include PCCM and Cape May some way. Look up other clubs online and see examples. Send entries to dottierogers2@gmail.com. We’ll vote and choose at a meeting very at the December meeting.


Dottie is proposing our club take a week to 10 day trip to New Mexico this time next year 2017 to take in the Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Ghost Ranch, and sights in between. This is not an expensive trip, but a major undertaking for our group. If anyone is interesting in exploring the idea, please attend a meeting, at Dottie’s house October 19th at 6:30 to discuss details. New Mexico is a photographers delight. This would be a photography trip not sight seeing event.


—Dottie