Camera Club of
Laguna Woods Village

About the Club

The purpose of the Camera Club of Laguna Woods is to promote and advance the art of photography.

To do this, we hold the following periodic evaluations:


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Camera Club 50th Anniversary

2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Laguna Woods Camera Club. On April 20, the Mayor and City Council members of Laguna Woods presented a Certificate of Commendation to Camera Club President Mac McNamar and club officers Joel Goldstein and Mark Rabinowitch. For more information, read Joel Goldstein's excellent article about the club and view a copy of the certificate as well as a photograph commemmorating the ceremony on our 50th Anniversary Page.

View the interview with Joel about the Camera Club on YouTube:

Joel Goldstein Interview

Read the PDF about Who We Are.

The Photographic Society of America sent us a letter commemorating our 50th anniversary and a certificate of recognition:

View the letter.

View the certificate.

Joining the Camera Club

Our annual dues are $20.00 per person per year or $25.00 for two persons living at the same Laguna Woods address. Non-residents are $20 per person (renewals only). Newsletters, brochures, and membership applications are available on our Website or the PhotoLab in Laguna Woods Village Club House 4. New members who join between September through December of the current year have following year included when they pay their dues.

Here is a copy of our 2023 Membership Application in PDF form. You can complete it on your computer and submit it in any of the ways listed on the form.

Mailing List

If you are not yet a member but would like to be on our mailing list for future club updates and event info, please email, with Subject "List", stating your name and whether you are a Laguna Woods Village resident or not. There is absolutely no obligation.


We meet twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at The Laguna Woods Village Performing Arts Center (formerly Club House 3). One meeting is a digital image slide show presentation, and the other is a digital image critique by a professional judge or a speaker. These meetings are a good place to learn about photography and are free to Camera Club members or $3.00 fee for non-member guests, collected at the door. On the second Tuesday of each month we present a Photography Workshop in the Photography Classroom at Laguna Woods Village Clubhouse 4; a donation of $5.00 is suggested for these workshops. We also have annual dinners where awards are presented for prints and digital images; high point aggregate totals from the digital and print critiques for the past year are also presented awards.

End of Year Competition and Awards

At the end of the year, we hold a competition with three judges to select the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category for prints and digital images and present awards to those winners. We learn a lot from the judges' comments on how to improve our photographs.

Aggregate totals are also calculated for each presenter in digital image and print critiques for the entire year and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category are presented awards.

A summary of these awards can be accessed through the Winning Images Archive page.

2022 Officers

Board Members

President Rick Vettraino
Immediate Past President Rodney Cooper
1st Vice President Larry Cunningham
2nd Vice President Joel Goldstein
Secretary Rebeca Gilad
Treasurer Rodney Cooper
Membership Arnold Silverman
Hospitality Patricia Patti
Member-at-Large Peter Battin


Other Officers

Publicity Joel Goldstein
Webmaster Elaine Randolph
Editor, Cameraderie Mary-Rose Hoang



The Camera Club also provides training:

Our workshop presenters, instructors, and training assistants are all volunteer members of your Camera Club. We would like to hear from you if you have experience presenting workshops, training instruction, have developed classes that can be presented in our Learning Center or have developed presentations that may be used for our monthly Special Interest Workshops. Please email, Subject: Education Committee with a brief description of your experience and educational product.


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