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A Brief History of the Tri-State photographic Society
By John Deering -- Founder of the Club 

            The Tri-State Photographic Society was founded in 1976 by Ann and John Deering for a rather strange reason: There was no print club in the Greater Cincinnati area that would accept women as members. Yes, in the bicentennial year of the greatest republic the world has yet known, women were not welcome to join any of them... Therefore, we started the Tri-State group.
            The first meetings were held in the Covington, Kentucky, Library at 11th and Scott Streets. At first, there were approximately eight members, and we met bimonthly in a basement room where we displayed our slides and prints until one evening when the custodian forgot to let us in. Then we found a bank room in Campbell County that remained our meeting place for several years.
            The club “struggled’ along for a few years until finally it began to catch on. The first Friday of the month, we had color slides contests and discussions and occasionally a program; and on the third Friday, we had print competitions and displays. Membership began to grow and the photography became better and better. A nature interest was introduced and it has become a significant part of that which was originally a “pictorial” club. Through the years the club has grown to approximately seventy members – most of whom are active throughout the year.
            Even though the club was founded as a “film” club, in recent years it has become more and more film and digital. This, of course, is a kind of “sign of the time” where almost all such clubs have either totally made the transition to digital or are in the process of doing so.
            There have always been other photographic activities: field trips of one or more days, outside speakers for the programs, outside judges of the photographs, and displays of the members’ work in such places as malls and local libraries.
            The club ususally meets bimonthly at theCampbell County Cooperative Extension Service Office at 3500 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights,KY. The meetings are usually held on the first and third Friday evenings of every month at 7:00 PM. Visitors and prospective members are welcome – both men and women! In fact, the membership is about half and half in gender.