How to Join
A Welcome to new Clubs
The Chilterns Association (CACC) is a regional federation of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB), with a wealth of experience and information available to help new Clubs. We aim to find ways of helping a new Club become established within the CACC rather than finding reasons for excluding them.
CACC Rule 2: “Applications for membership of the Association are welcomed from clubs and societies holding regular meetings in the area of the Chilterns, as agreed by the committee, and who have a membership of six or more.”
The Committee wishes to know that Clubs can contribute effectively as Association members, through being active in photography, being open to all, and being well managed. Neither CACC or PAGB seek to specify or interfere in the internal management of member/affiliated Clubs.
How to Join
To apply for membership, an appropriate officer of the Club should write to the Association Secretary (see Committee page). It would help the Committee if you would cover the following topics in your letter/email:
- What is your Club name?
- What are the contact details for correspondence?
- Where is your Club based? (CACC covers a declared area (see About Us page), although there is some flexibility)
- What are your general aims as a Club?
- How many members do you have?
- Is your membership open to anyone? (We would not expect any conditions of photographic ability as we all have to start somewhere)
- How do you attract new members?
- How often do you meet? (Six meetings per year might be considered a minimum)
- How is your Club managed?
- How will joining CACC help your Club?
- Is your Club already a member of another PAGB Federation? (See the note about multiple Federation membership)
Clubs which belong to the Association:
- Receive copies of the Yearbook. The yearbook lists other member Clubs, and lists judges and lecturers who volunteer to visit Clubs to contribute to their programmes
- Participate in Association affairs eg, via the AGM and by nominating members for the Committee
- Can enter CACC events, as listed in the Yearbook and shown on the web site
- Are affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB)
- Receive copies of the PAGB Handbook, including more judges and lecturers prepared to visit clubs
- Can access PAGB events and the PAGB Awards scheme for members, either via CACC or directly eg, the GB Cups
- Are automatically covered by the PAGB Charity (Trustee) Liability insurance policy
- Can access the PAGB Public Liability insurance policy
- Can access other PAGB insurance policies eg, for equipment
The cost of membership is met by paying the annual subscription (2016: £57). Renewal is at 1st January.
- CACC rules mean that PAGB affiliation is compulsory for member Clubs. Clubs which are near a Federation boundary may opt to belong to two Federations. In that case, they must agree which Federation to use for PAGB affiliation. That decision must be known to both Federations, and also determines through which Federation any entries to PAGB events are made.
- All Clubs should have Public Liability insurance as this protects their visiting speakers. The PAGB policy has cover of £5M, and the premium is banded according to the number of members. Failure to use the policy may have to be justified. Renewal of the policy is at 1st February, and premiums are collected with the annual subscriptions.