North Central Branch Newsletter
January Newsletter from NCB President John Ruberson
Holy Cheese, Batman! We're just seven weeks away!
The meeting is getting very close, and preparations are in full swing. Christelle Guedot, Chris Williamson, and the rest of the Local Arrangements Committee have done an amazing job pulling things together so far, including some fun activities, and they are getting even busier as the meeting draws close. Please make sure you thank these folks when you see them at the meeting. They’re amazing! Program Chair Joe Louis also has worked hard to put together a strong program, and is now putting the final touches on the program so that it will be available online in advance of the meeting. Give him some kudos when you see him in Madison, as well. Lots of details to address in the weeks ahead!
Registration and Lodging
Registration is still open and will be throughout the meeting itself, but the Early Bird rates have ended. If you haven’t gotten a hotel room, please make sure you do so soon, in case our spaces fill up. More detailed information about the meeting is available online.
We have an excellent slate of candidates for two important positions in the branch: NCB Branch President-Elect and NCB Member-at-Large. Please review the candidates’ biosketches and cast your votes online. Voting deadline is February 4th. And a big thank you to our Branch Nominations Committee - Boris Castro (chair), Ernest Delfosse, and Zsofia Szendrei – for doing a great job of finding such a solid group of candidates.
Photo Salon for the Branch Meeting
If you are a photographer of arthropods, then we are looking for you! The Photo Salon Committee is calling for high-quality digital images to compete. The images will be submitted electronically, and can be no larger than 1 MB (maximum pixel size of 1920 horizontal by 1080 vertical). There is a cost of $7.00 per entrant (and a maximum of 4 images submitted per entrant). Deadline for submissions is February 15th. The submission form and instructions is available on the NCB website or go to the Creative Camera Club website for additional information. If you have any questions, please contact Tom Myers.
Starting at 4 pm on Tuesday afternoon of the meeting (March 20th), folks are invited to go to the Capital Brewery for a tour and tasting. The visit itself lasts about 40 minutes, and visitors will receive a commemorative glass and either 4 samples or one pint of their award-winning beer. The cost is $5.00 per person (to be paid onsite), and visitors can either walk there from the hotel (it takes about 10-15 minutes one way) or ride the complimentary Middleton Trolley. If you would like to attend, please notify Ben Jaffe as soon as possible so he can inform the brewery of expected numbers.
Photographer Still Needed
We are looking for a branch member with strong photographic skills, and good equipment for indoor photography, to volunteer as our meeting photographer for the Madison meeting. We are needing images of the awards and recognition presentations, and perhaps some other pictures as needed. If you would like to help and have the expertise and equipment, please contact me.
More information about the meeting will continue to come, so keep your cheese on for Madison in 7 weeks!