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Monday, December 12, 2016 – MAPS Annual Holiday Party

It was so wonderful to see everyone at our annual Holiday Party! The Arbor Room was transformed into party mode by the many hard-working volunteers who arrived early to help out. As everyone arrived they walked into a venue full of candy canes and gingerbread men. 

During the President’s business meeting, we re-elected current secretary, Bill Miotek, by unanimous vote. We heard about new audio-visual equipment coming to the Arbor Room, and about the wonderful speaker lineup next year, including a special weekend with internationally-renowned photographer, Bryan Peterson, in May.

Everyone brought in wonderful dishes to share, and we all had plenty to eat. We were treated to another wonderful slideshow of members’ images titled “Say Anything”. Our members were very clever with their captions! The “Gingerbread man Scavenger Hunt” had twenty happy gift bag winners. Fifteen lucky attendees won an edible table centerpiece. Cora Jacobs lead a wonderful special tribute to photographer, Walt Anderson, who is retiring from teaching at the Arboretum this year. The evening ended with six members winning the special raffle prizes, including a free class from The Morton Arboretum.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who arrived early and got everything set up. Thanks to those who helped out during the evening with games, raffles, contests, food, drinks, lighting, sound and video. Thanks also to those who stayed late and cleaned everything up. Without all your help, this wouldn’t have been the fantastic evening that it was! Happy Holidays!

Click on an image below for some images from the evening:

Monday, December 14, 2015 – MAPS Annual Holiday Party

It was so wonderful to see everyone at our annual Holiday Party – what a great turnout! Well over 100 MAPS members came out to have fun and celebrate the spirit of the season together. The Arbor Room was transformed into an elegant wintry venue by the many hard-working volunteers who arrived early to help out. 

During the President’s business meeting, we re-elected many current Board members and voted in our new Vice President, Tim O’Brien. We got to see the final graduating class of the Nature Photography Certificate Program, which included MAPS members Bill Schauert, Lydia Rindt, Connie Wolf, Bill Miotek, John Harris and Linda Haynes…Congratulations!

Everyone brought in wonderful dishes to share. It was a pleasure to fill our plates by the fire in the Founders Room. Our MAPS elves sold a record breaking number of raffle tickets. We were treated to another wonderful slideshow of members’ images titled “The Beauties and the Beasts”. The “Green Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt” had twenty happy gift bag winners. The “Distinctive Holiday Wear Contest” was a hit, and Mary Smith walked away with a Morton Arboretum gift certificate card for her wonderful Christmas tree costume. Fifteen lucky attendees won a table centerpiece. The evening ended with four members winning the special raffle gifts, including a free class awarded by Megan Dunning from The Morton Arboretum.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who arrived early and got everything set up. Thanks to those who helped out during the evening with games, raffles, contests, food, drinks, lighting, sound and video. Thanks also to those who stayed late and cleaned everything up. Without all your help, this wouldn’t have been the fantastic evening that it was! Happy Holidays!

Click on an image below for some candid shots of the evening:

  • Saturday, July 18, 2015 – MAPS Annual Picnic – Meadow Lake at The Morton Arboretum

We got lucky – the rain stopped Saturday afternoon just in time for us to start the picnic.  It was nice to see so many hardy MAPS members brave the hot weather to come out to our annual MAPS picnic. Thanks to everyone for bringing such great food and cool drinks. Thanks also for everyone who helped set up the picnic area and take down everything when the day was over. Many of us tried the macro challenge shooting water drops on CDs, and others walked around the lake to photograph the LEGO Exhibit installations. Good food, good friends, good fun!

Click here to see everyone’s photos.

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