Christmas Slideshow and Photo Contests


We had our Christmas Pot Luck dinner at our last meeting December 15. We showed a member’s photo slideshow. For those of you who could not attend, check out this link Slideshow . These photos are on the new Zen photo app. This is a site connected to our website that you can have your photos shown here under your name.

I want to thank the Dyes, Headleys, and Mininnis for their hard work setting up and organizing the pot luck.

If you are interested in having your own portfolio added to this, contact your webmaster . Please note this is for Fontenelle Forest Photo Club members only.

Bird Spotter Photo Contest

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is holding a bird photo contest. Check the link to their site BirdSpotter .

Your photo has to be in by February 5, 2023.

Nebraskaland Magazine photo contest underway

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept submissions for the 2022 Nebraskaland Magazine photo contest through Jan. 1, 2023. click on the Nebraskaland for details. Submissions needed soon!

One of Our Member’s is ill

Jim Hughes has become very ill. Lorraine has sent me info. She says Jim might enjoy cards sent to him. I don’t want to post his home address for all the world to see (literally). If you would like to send Jim any Christmas and/or encouragement cards, contact your webmaster for his address. Thank you!

Photo Club members must be members of the Fontenelle Forest

We were given a list of 6 members that are not members of the forest. We will be getting a hold of them to verify their status.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

To everyone and I hope it will be a better year for all!

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Pot Luck for December 15 Meeting.

It is that time of year. Club members voted to have a pot luck dinner for the December meeting. Kathleen has been a major force in organizing this event in the past. She won’t be able to this year. Your webmaster will try to coordinate the event with help from Mary Headley and Sue Mininni. This dinner is for members only and their guest(s). I hope to see you all there December 15 at 7:00 PM.

RSVP by December 13

The club will provide chicken (fried and baked), soda, coffee, plates and silverware. Members should bring a side dish, salad or dessert. We need to get a head count so we know how much chicken to buy. Also need to know to have enough tables set up. You can send me that you are coming and how many. Email your . Also we need to get an idea how many side dishes, salads, or deserts are coming. We want to keep from getting 15 salads and one desert. I believe in the past these were pretty evenly sorted.


Annual Christmas Slideshow for December 15 meeting.

Once again we will have a slideshow at our pot luck dinner. Please send to the 4 or 5 photos of your choice to share with the club. Be prepared to talk about your pictures. The cut-off date for photo submission will be December 13.

New portfolios/album for the website

Our particular website portfolio section has room for only 10 portfolios. Brent Headley came up with a app that allows more. This would allow more members to literally have their own link to their own portfolio. If you are interested in having your photos in this gallery, let me know. Check out this site. For now you would send me photos and I will post for you. Later on as I learn more on the usage of the site, You may be able to add your own photos to your gallery/album/portfolio. In any case you will have your own link you can share photos with other people.

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Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting Minutes

Location: Fontenelle Forest
Date: 10/20/2022
Time: 7:00 PM

  1. Welcome by President Emeritus Phil Mininni.
  2. New Brochures for the Photo Club will be printed. Cost $250.00
  3. Please consider volunteering for President and Vice-President.
  4. Phil reminded everyone the November 17th meeting will be @ Camp Brewster. Speaker/Program will be presented by Rockbrook Camera, What’s New.
  5. Kathleen Crawford-Rose reminded members of club dues. Annual membership dues are due in September $12.00 for singles and $20.00 for family membership. She also reminded photo club members to check for a valid Fontenelle Forest (FF) membership. Members of the photo club must be members of FF.
  6. Steve Reese from Mervin Reese Photography gave a presentation on Portrait Photography.
  7. Attendees: 15
  8. New members: none
  9. Input from current officers, committee members and helpers:

    President and Vice-President– Open for Volunteers

    Photo Display Organizers- Judy and Frank Dye
    ⦁ Future exhibit: Monuments and Anything Green please bring to meeting. You may also contact Frank or Judy Dye @ 402-734-3627 or ⦁ You may also drop off prints @ Kathleen’s house, 123 Bellevue Blvd S. ⦁ or Phil’s house, 621 S. 51st Ave

    Treasurer- Kathleen Crawford-Rose: Treasurer’s report: October Balance $1304.00.
    Secretary- Mary Headley:
    Photo Contest Organizer: Donna Gray:
    Webmaster- Phil Mininni:
    Brent Headley (helps webmaster and with video at meetings and other volunteering)
  10. Speakers/Programs:
    Nov 17: Rockbrook Camera- What’s New (Camp Brewster)
    Dec 15: Potluck/slideshow? (Members will vote on Potluck @ November Meeting)
    January 19: Albert Rhea- Subject matter TBD
    Feb 16: Brad Williams Photography, Subject TBD
    Mar 16: TBD (Possible Nebraska Land Magazine)
    Apr 20: TBD
    May 18: Raptor Shoot (Camp Brewster)
    June 15: Photo Contest (Bellevue University)

Treats (brought by): Terry & Donna Turner, Brent & Mary Headley

Submitted by Club Secretary: Mary Headley

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Meeting Reminder November 17, 2022

Our meeting will be on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 7:00 PM. Please note it will be at Camp Brewster. The address is 1313 Bellevue Blvd N. Bellevue, NE. Google Map link . Camp Brewster is a little north of the Fontenelle Forest.

Our guest speaker is a representative from Rockbrook Camera Center. He will talk about some of the new equipment in photography. Just in time for Christmas.

To have or not to have

We need to vote on whether to have a pot luck dinner for our December 15 meeting. My vote is to have it.

Please leave a comment below with your questions, thoughts, and suggestions.

And don’t forget to consider volunteering to becoming our president of the club.


Jason Bowers and Donna Gray are scheduled to bring treats for the meeting.

Nikon | Learn & Explore

Tory Ewing sent us some links to a Nikon site for Learning, Tips & Tricks…etc. is a link to the Nikon Learn and Explore webpage.

Accessories Video

This video is a little over 14 minutes. Enjoy!

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October 20, 2022 Club Meeting

Just a reminder about our upcoming meeting on October 20 at 7:00 PM-8:30 PM. It will be at the Forest. Donna and Terry Turner and Brent and Mary Headley are scheduled to bring treats.

If you haven’t paid your dues, please do so. Kathleen will be taking your monies. Don’t forget, to be a member you must also be a member of the Fontenelle Forest.

Our Photo Club is still in need of a president and vice-president. Please consider volunteering for one of these positions.

Treasurer’s Report

Greetings all. 

Treasurer’s Report:

Income from dues,   $344.00

Expenses, soda pop    $27.36

Balance 9/30           $1,304.39

Photo Display

Bring your “Anything Old” photos to the meeting.

Steve Reese is our guest speaker

Steve is with Mervin Reese Photography. Steve has been in the business since 1972. His grandfather, Mervin Sr., started the business in 1936. Steve is a Master Craftsman Photographer. He will be talking to us about portraiture photography.

Tips for Portrait Photography Video

This is a short 10 minute video about taking better portraits.

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September 15, 2022 Meeting Minutes

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting Minutes

Location:Fontenelle Forest
Time:7:00 PM

  1. Welcome by President emeritus Phil Mininni.
  2. The club needs volunteers for President and Vice-President. Please consider volunteering.
  3. Phil shared the Fontenelle Forest 2022-2023 Partnership Agreement with club members. There were no complaints from those members present. He will post the agreement on the photo club website. Emily Prauner, Director of Donor and Visitor Services at Fontenelle Forest, has asked that the agreement be acknowledged by the end of this month.
  4. Phil shared the Speakers/Programs for the year. (See in minutes under #10)
  5. Members shared 3-4 favorite photos @ tonight’s meeting for a group slide show. Members discussed their photos with club members.
  6. Kathleen Crawford-Rose collected membership dues for the Photo Club @ tonight’s meeting. Dues are due in Sept. $12.00 for singles and $20.00 for family membership. Kathleen reminded photo club members to check for a valid Fontenelle Forest (FF) membership. Members of the photo club must be members of FF. She will provide an updated membership list to FF October 1st.
  7. Attendees: 35
  8. New members:

Barb Rimel- enjoys photographing wildlife

Guest~ William Targy- enjoys nature photography and animals

  1. Input from current officers, committee members and helpers:

VP-Kathy Holm: Kathy has resigned as Vice President of the club.

Photo Display Organizers- Judy and Frank Dye

  • The new exhibit of Fountain photos is up at the Bellevue Public Library.
  • Members turned in their photos: Animals of Fontenelle Forest for next month’s display.
  • Next display for Bellevue library: “Anything Old” please bring your photos to October meeting.
  • Future exhibit: Monuments and Anything Green.

Treasurer- Kathleen Crawford-Rose: Treasurer’s report: July 31st Balance $987.75. Summer activities:

+$24.00 in dues

-$75.00 Contest Judge

Secretary- Mary Headley:

Passed around members roster to confirm member information. Please update as needed.

Passed Sign-up sheet for Treats for Club Meetings (October 2022-June 2023)

Photo Contest Organizer: Donna Gray with help from Terry and Donna Turner:

Going forward Donna Gray will be the Photo Contest Organizer.

Thank you to Terry and Donna Turner for organizing the photo contest this past year.

Webmaster- Phil Mininni:

Phil will continue as webmaster for the club.

Brent Headley (helps webmaster and with video at meetings and other volunteering):

Brent will continue to assist as needed

  1. Speakers/Programs:

Sept 15: Member’s slide show

Oct 20: Steve Reese- Mervin Reese Photography, Portrait photography

Nov 17: Rockbrook Camera- What’s New (Camp Brewster)

Dec 15: Potluck/slideshow? (Members will vote on Potluck @ November Meeting)

January 19: Albert Rhea- Subject matter TBD

Feb 16: Brad Williams Photography, Subject TBD

Mar 16: TBD (Possible Nebraska Land Magazine)

Apr 20: TBD

May 18: Raptor Shoot (Camp Brewster)

June 15: Photo Contest (Bellevue University)

Treats (brought by): Dick Keefe and Kathleen Crawford-Rose

Submitted by Club Secretary: Mary Headley

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Agreement with Fontenelle Forest

Our meeting times will remain the same, 7:00-8:30 PM, unless if notified it will be different. Much like when we do raptors in May when that meeting will start at 6:30 PM. The 6:30 PM time mentioned in the agreement below is for our people who will arrive early to prep for the 7:00 PM meeting.

Please keep in mind that you will need to be a member of Fontenelle Forest to be a member of the photo club. It has always been this way. We have to send to the Forest a membership list and they may check to see if you are a member of the Forest.

Click on the link below to view the signed agreement. You should have the Adobe PDF reader. You also can get the file in the menu at top of page “Agreement with Forest”

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September 15, 2022 Meeting Reminder

Photos for meeting

11 members have sent me photos for the September 15 meeting slideshow.

I can always use more to show.


Will be taken at our September meeting. $12 for single, and $20 for family. Please bring some money.

Fontenelle Forest Display

Our next exhibit at the forest will be Animals of Fontenelle Forest.   Please bring prints to the Sept . meeting.  This includes all animals except raptors.  Don’t forget the little ones like insects, reptiles, amphibians, etc.

Bellevue Public Library Display

The new exhibit of Fountain photos is up at he Bellevue Public Library.  Stop by to see it.

In Closing…

Your club is in need of a president. Please Please consider volunteering to be our president

That is it. A short post. Mainly to remind you about the meeting.


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Photos for September 15 meeting

It turns out I was unable to get a speaker for our September meeting. That means I need your photos you have taken this summer. Send me 3 or 4 of you favorite photos taken by you. Be prepared to discuss your photos with the club. Send them to Webmaster . You can copy and paste “”, without the quotes, in the send address bar in your mail program. We will view your pictures on the big screen at the forest. I have already received photos from some members.

Photo Display

Bellevue Library display has been changed out. Contest winners can pick up their photos at the September 15 meeting. Over the summer take pictures to submit when we return in September of Old Everything, Monument’s and Clouds.

Photo Contest

Richard Keefe send us a note about a photo contest from Birds and Blooms. It is short notice. If you have a photo stored somewhere… Go to their website,

For details and rules. The final closing date is August 31, 2022.

Summer Photo Shooting

What would a new post be without a video. It is short of 10 minutes.

See you all in September!


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Programs for September and October

I am in contact with several photographers to be speakers for September and October. No commitments yet. In the meantime, just in case, will you all gather 3 to 4 of your best photos taken this summer? You can send the files to me, I will show them on the projection screen at September 15 meeting if I can’t procure a speaker.- Phil

June 16, 2022 Meeting Minutes

Fontenelle Forest Photo Club Meeting minutes

Location:Fontenelle Forest
Time:7:00 PM (At Bellevue Univ Humanities Bldg)

  1. Welcome by President Phil Mininni. He thought there was greater improvement and confidence in the photos displayed this year than in years past.
  2. If you still have any photos of the eclipse, send to the webmaster and he will post them.
  3. Attendees: 32

New members: None

Judy and Frank: If you did not bring photos of fountains, you can contact Judy and/or Frank to set up a time to get the photos to them. First and Second place winners of photo contest will be on display at the library first and then fountains. Over the summer take pictures to submit when we return in September of Old Everything, Monument’s and Clouds.

Kathleen: Treasurer’s report: amount in Treasury is: $987.75

Brent: Talked again about organizing a trip with Ken Smith (Astrophotography). Upcoming “New Moon” dates are Thursday June 23rd, or Friday June 24th.  He will let us know the exact date. There needs to be no moon or below the horizon. It will be out about 10 miles from Beatrice in a town called Filley at the Filley Stone Barn. There is a windmill there as well as one or two tractors to compliment your photo. We will need to arrive before sunset to get set up and get organized.  Dark conditions will be around 10:30 or 11:00pm until 4:00 or 4:30am.  Ken thinks most people would be ready to leave by 12:30 or 1:00am. We will try for another shoot in July maybe somewhere else.

Sue: None

Terry and Donna Turner: Photo Contest: Jay Davis was our judge and picked our winners and gave a good critique on all photos. Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone that submitted photos.

Kathy Holm: None

  1. No treats tonight.
  2. Elections: No volunteers for President. Think about it over the summer if you might be interested. Vice President will still be Kathy Holm, Treasurer will still be Kathleen Crawford-Rose, Secretary will be Mary Headley and Phil Mininni will still be the webmaster. Photo Contest Organizer will go back to Donna Gray with the Turners helping out if needed. Photo displays will still be handled by Judy and Frank Dye.
  3. See you on September 15th for the next meeting. Have a great summer.

Submitted by Club Secretary: Sue Mininni

Ron Tillman Photography

Introduction from an April Wargo. May be of interest to you. I checked out the website and it is legit-Phil

I wanted to reach out and introduce you to Ron Tilman Photography. Ron
offers photography workshops throughout Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas,
and Nebraska. In October he will be offering his fall Elk workshop.
Ron offers both a half-day
and three-day option. The three-day workshop includes bison
photography. Check out Ron's website for details.

Please feel free to visit Ron's website,

Thank you,

April Wargo

Treasurer Report

Hi all.

We had no income and no expenses in July.  Our balance is $987.75

We will collect dues in September.  They remain $12.00 for single membership and $20.00 for a family.

We received a thank you during the summer from FF for our $300/00 donation to the Raptor program.

Bird Photography with Melissa Groo

Check out this website for more information about the course. Course on sale till August 28, 2022.

Click on the link Course above.

Forest Display Change Out

Greetings Photographers.

The subject of our  next photo display at the Forest will be animals of the forest. This includes everything except raptors.  We’d like to see insects, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds (except for raptors).

We hope to have your photos on or before the September 15th meeting.  Dyes will be out of town for the next couple of weeks so you can drop off photos at:

Phil and Sue’s house.  621 South 51 Ave. in Omaha.   or

Kathleen’s house.  123 Bellevue Blvd South in Bellevue.    Email Webmaster for phone numbers for Phil or Kathleen. Call them to arrange photo delivery.

Or bring them to the Sept Meeting.

Club Meeting Dates for this coming year

The 2022-2023 Photo Club meetings will be hosted at Fontenelle Forest on the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 15 (Nature Center)
  • Thursday, October 20 (Nature Center)
  • Thursday, November 17 (Camp Brewster)
  • Thursday, December 15 (Nature Center)
  • Thursday, January 19 (Nature Center)
  • Thursday, February 16 (Nature Center)
  • Thursday, March 16 (Nature Center)
  • Thursday, April 20 (Nature Center)
  • Thursday, May 18 (Camp Brewster)

Crop Sensor Video

This is an interesting video about sensors. It is a little more than 13 minutes long.

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