Posted by Monroe L. Payne on Sep 16, 2017
FocusNY 2018 is history, and what a time it was!
 
There are a great number of people to thank, beginning with Owen Kassimir and Paul Bernstein - Paul for his encouragement and Owen for his pointed shoes.
Thank you to Barb Bovat whose masterful organization of the image competition made it a great success. Thank you to the speaker buddies, Sue Chesler, Sherrie Fryxell, Gina Babbage, Stephanie Cunningham, and of course Alan Vollweiler whose determination to make FocusNY a success was the keystone of the convention.
Alan Vollweiler will be the new PPSNYS president as of May, and he will do a wonderful job, WITH OUR SUPPORT!
FocusNY 2018 is history, and what a time it was!
 
There are a great number of people to thank, beginning with Owen Kassimir and Paul Bernstein - Paul for his encouragement and Owen for his pointed shoes.
Thank you to Barb Bovat whose masterful organization of the image competition made it a great success.
Thank you to the speaker buddies, Sue Chesler, Sherrie Fryxell, Gina Babbage, Stephanie Cunningham, and of course Alan Vollweiler whose determination to make FocusNY a success was the keystone of the convention.
Alan Vollweiler will be the new PPSNYS president as of May, and he will do a wonderful job, WITH OUR SUPPORT!
 
A special thank you to Gary Farber from Hunt's Photo and Video (www.huntsphotoandvideo.com). I think I called him Gary Hunt at one point because he and Hunt's are pretty much one and the same. All of our vendors are essential to the operation of PPSNYS, and we are genuinely grateful.
 
PPSNYS has challenges in our future - and a great deal of enthusiasm in our younger membership.
I've already been asked by one new member what he can do, "I've had a great time this year, and I want to make DAMN sure there is one next year!"
Michel, Thank you for your offer. We'll take you up on it.
 
Everyone has something to contribute - and the great part is that when you contribute, everything works better - not just for you or I, but for everyone.
 
Our next big event is the PPSNYS Photo Imaging Workshop this July 15-20, 2018. Those who attended FocusNY have already met Vince Versace, Rick Friedman and Marilyn Sholin, who all gave excellent presentations. Add to the mix Chris Smith, founder of "Out of Chicago Photography" and author of "The Photographer's Guide to Chicago".
 
The workshop is the greatest value in photographic education anywhere, A full week with world class instructors, room and board and evening recreation all for less than $1,000 for members.
 
Please visit ppsnysworkshop.com for much more information.
 
Thank you again to everyone who participated in FocusNY 2018.
Your attendance, help, comaraderie and humor made Convention a wonderful time.
 
Monroe Payne
PPSNYS President (for another month)