The MPVA is a non-profit organization composed of individuals dedicated to excellence in video production. The purpose of our association is to recognize Videography as a specialized field of endeavor and to promote the professionalism of our members. Our mission is to provide an ongoing forum for continuing education and skills enhancement in all phases of professional video production.
Much was accomplished at the January 2015. So as to not conflict with the current By-Laws of the MPVA, it was decided to stick with a traditional leadership structure of Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary/Treasurer. Going back to an older model that worked before and we will implement again..each year we will elect a new Vice Chair who will be groomed for the position of Chair the following year. So there will be a succession of leadership that will allow for greater continuity and success.This years newly elected leadership team will be Jeff Fuchs as Chair, Brad Rich as Vice Chair and Lori Pagenkopf as Secretary/Treasurer. Congratulations to you and thank you in advance for your service to the group. Some of the most sweeping changes come in the responsibilities of the leadership team, in particular, the Chair and Vice Chair. It was agreed that asking the Chair to come up with the speakers, topics, field trips, etc. each and every month was a tremendous burden and should be spread across the entire group. So each month’s meeting will be handed off to a pair of members (a sign-up sheet went around at the meeting) who will search for topics, find guest speakers or field trip opportunities. This information will be relayed back to the Chair who will coordinate all the efforts so as to avoid duplication or conflict. The Chair will run the meeting. The Vice Chair will take on the responsibility of communicating to the group about upcoming meetings and events. The Secretary/Treasurer will take notes at each meeting (which will be posted to the new blog being implemented by Allan Block, more on this in a bit) and will be responsible for the financials of the group, including dues collection and bill paying. Each month, three members of the group will contact 5 new people each about the meeting. This means that every month, we will be reaching out to 15 potential new members. We will invite them to attend a meeting or two for free, to see if it’s a good fit. I may be stretching here a bit, but I feel like Ken Kurita volunteered to coordinate this effort. We talked about a potential name change, as the term VIDEOGRAPHER may have become a bit long in the tooth. A more relevant term for today’s video professional may be VIDEO PRODUCER, FILM-MAKER or MEDIA SPECIALIST. More discussion on this will be needed and it would require a change to the By-Laws. As mentioned earlier, Allan Block has graciously volunteered to create an MPVA blog, with weekly, even daily posts. He will be definitely looking for all of our help with this. This blog could contain links to YouTube videos that you found interesting, an article you saw, an article you WROTE, a video you created, very nearly anything. A clearinghouse for our cumulative ideas.For me, the most important thing that came from last nights meeting was a sense of hope and optimism for the group. For the last several years, our group has had a certain complacency and lack of focus. It was great to see a renewed sense of direction and purpose. It is clear that the group needs to evolve to stay relevant, as we all do in our business or hobby. I commend you all for your commitment to this thing we call the MPVA (at least for now, that’s what we call it) and I hope and pray for it’s continued success for many years to come.