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  • in reply to: Lease or buy? #18992

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Hi Florian,

    i have no idea why you write thoose points and create a diccusion on things we have though of allready way before, certain options are not possible and not feasable.

    Why I ask questions? For Québec 2016, we had lengthy discussions about the benefits of leasing or acquiring equipment. The answer was that it was a lot better to stay current with these technologies which evolve too fast. These discussions were about a 3D projector. A video recording system is obviously a different story.

    Also, if you lease, it means that there is a learning curve every year. If we own the system, normally we learn once.

    But the answer from Karyn was very clear. Explained, it does make sens. I would have liked to get this information in a quarterly newsletter maybe.

    Being someone who planned the video recording for 2 conferences, knowing the real value of these videos, it’s important to master the video production.

    Related to the number of volunteers needed to do that, for Québec I had one volunteer who delivered the final videos very quickly. It cost me a conference ticket plus $1000 for post processing. I am quite sure that I already shared this information with you while you were preparing Vienna.

    alos if nobody contributes, the people who do the work should decide what and how they do it.

    I have been in that position for 3 years. I am now only an active professional member who cares.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Lease or buy? #18941

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Hi Karyn,

    Thank you for your answer.

    I am not against the acquisition of tools that can help event organizers, on the contrary. For being closely associated with the organization of Prague 2015 and Quebec 2016, it is a somewhat complicated item on the to-do list of the organizer. I think it’s a great addition to our asset.

    In addition, these videos are a very important aspect of the value of IVRPA. Anyone who can not get around has access to the videos anyway. Seen from this angle, this system pays for himself. Moreover, by using the same system, the risks of errors are minimized.

    The purchase of a projector would have been unjustifiable because too little used. A video recording system is a different.

    I would love to see this jewel at work.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Jürgen Schrader (2018) #18889

    Luc Villeneuve
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    But there was a date and none of Karyn Laudisi, Florian Frey, Michael Kolchesky or you sent a Candidate statement on time. Why? As a BoD member, weren’t you aware of this date?

    If you think that it’s not time to step aside. What is your plan?

    It’s so difficult to get an answer on this simple question.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Jürgen Schrader (2018) #18882

    Luc Villeneuve
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    while some may think of being an IVRPA director as a game in which they can hop in or out as suits their weekly mood,

    This is another of your funny statements. But it is certainly misleading people and let them think that I have been on a Hop On Hop Off tour during I was on the BoD. This could not be further from the truth.

    I don’t know what’s your goal because you have been a witness that since the first minute I have been on the BoD, I spent all my efforts and creativity to rebuild IVRPA. That was a real black era. No one had the main passwords to run the association. I had to create a main keychain maintain by our secretary to avoid such a silly situation. Worst, at that time, we even lost access to our treasury. I could go on and on and talk about all the bits’ and pieces I fixed during these 3 years.

    Coming from an organized corporation, these situations denote the lack of experience of the directors. Most BoD members had no idea about the role of being an administrator of a corporation.

    But let’s come back to this Hop On Hop Off joke.

    But no matter the hurdles, I never gave up until I started to get severe health problems. In December 2016, Mr. Schrader told the BoD that he was not applying for a seat because he was not happy about the direction of IVRPA. That was quite a strange statement from someone who was VP for IVRPA and who had all the privileges to stand up and to speak about anything wrong. This was a kind of Hop Off. Unfortunately, some of the BoD brought Mr. Schrader back on the BoD as a non-elected member. He then Hop On the IVRPA bus. Right?

    Autumn 2018, the timeframe to submit a Candidate statement was over and Mr. Schrader did another Hop Off by not sending his Candidate Statement on time.

    When I decided to send my candidate statement, it was clear in my mind that it would be for a short term, no more than 3 years. If I could not achieve a profound structuration with clear goals, which would be a consensus of the BoD members, new professional services to members and an updated bylaw which are clearly outdated, I would leave my seat. Period.

    But for an unknown reason, my candidate’s statement, which was on time, could not be posted. I first try to solve this with Keith Martin but he could not solve it. I then asked your help which helps have been declined by you. “It’s 500% KEITH problem”. That was a great example of a team spirit. The BoD decided to “reset” the candidate statement period. THAT IS PROBABLY THE WEIRDEST DECISION THE BOD EVER MADE. “We do not like the candidates so let’s restart the election process.”

    Within a few days, all the actual BoD members who had to renew and who never sent a Candidate Statement on time, were back and filled the Hop On bus. I never sent a second Candidate Statement for a single reason, I consider this election as an anti-democratic election. If I was on the BoD, I would be ashamed.

    Please don’t mislead members about what I wanted to do at IVRPA. With others, I had a plan.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Jürgen Schrader (2018) #18881

    Luc Villeneuve
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    But you didn’t answer my first question. What do you want to do in the next 2 years that you haven’t been able to achieve within all the years you have been on the BoD?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Jürgen Schrader (2018) #18752

    Luc Villeneuve
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    IVRPA just post a huge loss for 2017. How do you explain that?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Jürgen Schrader (2018) #18738

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Many corporations have regulations that prevent a character from rooting for too long. Since when are you on the BoD?

    In your case, I would like to know what you propose to do, that you never had time to do.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Reminder: Facebook is NOT the IVRPA Members Forum! #18735

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Please @Kyle, you don’t know how many times I tried to post unsuccessfully my candidate statement.

    I am certainly not a troublemaker Kyle. You read me wrong.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Florian Frey (2018) #18734

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Dear Florian,

    First of all, thank you for your answer.

    As a business man, I am used to planning so I can expect results. During my 22-year career in the communication industry, my partners and I had a main goal, being profitable by offering services and products that meet the market needs. To be profitable, our company needed a good planning and as the VP technology for a high-end printing company, a predictable workflow was the key. Throughout this career, I have been surrounded by very good employees who were my real partners. Being on the BoD of a private or a non-profitable corporation request the same reflexes.

    During the 3 years I was on the BoD, I spent a very good part of my time and solution mindset to recover a minimum of functionality. IT WAS A REAL MESS. I always wanted to build, with the help of others a better IVRPA. As an example, handling the treasury has always be a key element. You can screw up a corporation with lousy follow up. Thanks to Denis Gadbois, who accept my proposition to become the treasurer of IVRPA. He did not just accept the job, he did it. Treasury was a problem? I “found” Denis, the problem was solved so we can move on to one of the next actions.

    I have been a troubleshooter more than a troublemaker. If problems exist it’s to give jobs to the guys who have solutions. But please, don’t read me wrong, I am also a businessman so, I also have to be a fighter. When I see the same error, repeated all over again, I tend to raise my voice to wake up whoever is sleeping. And when someone, I recruit, as a non-elected member of IVRPA, receive a message from a guy of the “old guard,” also non-elected, telling her to stop talking to me, I am getting for my dusted armour out of the closet, ready to go to fight.

    Negative actions? Negative comments?
    Lately, I was searching for a way to exchange with other members about IVRPA because I still have great ideas even if the old guard replied to me, “it has been tried before.” I am sorry but there are many routes to Rome. If a project fails, it’s because it has been poorly planned. You won’t leave a trace in the world if you always walk in the path of others.

    So… I created a Facebook group for which I would slowly build the community with IVRPA members to get a better and more effective communication tool. In a matter of minutes, I started to get flooded by unsustainable comments that lasted one night, accusing me of all the words and also threatening to be suspended. oH my God!… What a waste of time. This guy should have waited a little bit to see the trend of the discussions before doing whatever he could do to discredit me and my actions. The only person who was proactive with me on my goals was Roxanne who disappeared. It’s very sad, she was a very dedicated and kind person.

    I never wanted to hide myself, the first person to be added on this group was BoD members. Within a few days, there was an official post from IVRPA on one of MY Facebook page saying that this was misleading people, I was not on the BoD of IVRPA anymore, and blah, blah, blah… There were people obviously scared about what would come out of this “suggestion box.” Me negative?

    Maybe we should have a discussion face to face. I am sure one day, we will laugh about this era but, in the meantime, I have to go to my dresser because I took a little weight and my armour needs some adjustments.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Reminder: Facebook is NOT the IVRPA Members Forum! #18727

    Luc Villeneuve
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    And when I, as a former President, has been “accidentally” banned from posting, and I contact the webmaster because I know that he is the only one capable of solving this problem, tell me that it’s not his business, I am sorry but you left me only one choice and post my Candidate Statement somewhere so there is a proof, even if you say the contrary. I even sent e personal email to all BoD members and none could say that they received my Candidate Statement on time.

    Even Al Caudullo tried to post it for me but it never go through.

    Maybe you should stop bringing the Bylaws as a reason of threaten me Sam and do your job. Please grow up.

    Talking about the bylaws, they should be updated.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Reminder: Facebook is NOT the IVRPA Members Forum! #18726

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Threats just for me? I am honoured to be considered so dangerous.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Florian Frey (2018) #18679

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Mr. Frey,

    You gaine experience from the last 2 IVRPA conferences?

    Could you post the financial reports?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Tanja Barnes (2018) #18664

    Luc Villeneuve
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    That’s a plan Tanja!

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: IVRPA 2018 Board of Directors Election: Announcement #18601

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Resume is useless. For 3 years, I realized that many “stars” who occupied a seat had an impressive resume but unfortunately, they had no vision to grow a professional association. I also realized that they could not spell the word TEAM.

    Please, tell us what is your agenda.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Improving member communications #17765

    Luc Villeneuve
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    The name makes sense because, IVRPA has to promote professional work. Related to the huge applause from the members assisting the member’s meeting in Tokyo, it remembered me the one during Vienna when all members seemed interested by an accreditation process. I recently talked to the CEO of PPOC and he told me the for the members, these accreditation reinforce their professional status.

    I know that it has been tried before. I have been part of the accreditation process for PPOC (2012) and it’s still working. Certainly a good way to add value to our membership.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Improving member communications #17763

    Luc Villeneuve
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    It is certainly a good move and not having to change the logo is great.

    Thank you for your answer.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Improving member communications #17762

    Luc Villeneuve
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    You are right I used MANY channels to ask the same important questions about the finance of IVRPA. But why?

    Keep in mind that I organized Prague 2015 for which I have been compensated with $6K, this conference generated a profit of $45. Keep in mind that I was also the organizer of Québec 2016 for which I have been compensated with $6K, and generated a profit of $15. Altogether it’s an additional $60K in the bank account. A nice pile of money to invest in projects. I care about how the finance is evolving. As a member, it’s my right, I care.

    I started by sending one email, which remained without an answer, about the finance of Vienna 2017 to the organizer. Only one person because? Well, I asked myself, why should I bother the other BoD members or alert the crowd for a simple question. I then realized that I might have sent it to the wrong person. I open the bylaws and check who was responsible for answers on my request. It is one of the secretary’s duty written in the Bylaws so I went by the book and I sent the same question to the organizer, again, so he does not work on an answer and the secretary. This email also remained silent. I then post it here. After 3 weeks or so, I finally got an answer.

    If the first person who received my private email had dared to answer me, we are not here to talk about communication problems. Because to me, the numbers speak.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Improving member communications #17760

    Luc Villeneuve
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    One quick question.

    Why did the BoD changed the name of the association to International Virtual Reality Photography Association (IVRPA)? What is the plan?

    Thank you

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Improving member communications #17753

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Sam, please check the title of this thread, “Improving member communications”. I don’t understand where you want to go with this? Please come back to Improving the communications.

    The assertion that “IVRPA does not communicate with its members” is totally false and purposefully misleading

    PURPOSELY Misleading? Really? That’s a quite bold accusation, who said such thing? But sorry, we are out of order Sam.

    Can our communications be improved? – YES!

    So… We agree on this. Right? And for 3 years, we worked together, among other tasks, on this specific problem. Right? A new web site, links between the membership and Mailchimp ti get an up to date list of members. It’s so easy to use. I used it as many times, and the main reason was  to be sure that all members had the same information.

    I once did an error while communicating important information to members. I publish on FB that the early bird ticket for Prague 2015 were available. They have been sold within 24 hours. I got mails from people who told me I go on FB twice a week during the weekend! On that day, I reported to the board that I did a mistake and advise that I would find a solution. On the next day, I issue another bunch of tickets and announced it using Mailchimp and never did the error again.

    Lately, the name of IVRPA has been changed to International Virtual Reality Professional Association. I would have liked to get a newsletter to know what was the mindset behind this renaming? Was there a plan or just a change to look better? I don’t know.

    Maybe the information was available somewhere on the web site but I learned it from another member. Did I missed something?

    As a member, I agree with Brian Richards who started this post, Improving member communication should be a real concern.

    We have the tool, Mailchimp.
    IVRPA needs a Communication Director.

    The best thing that could happened would be to get a monthly Newsletter. Simple.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Financial reports and BoD minutes #17699

    Luc Villeneuve
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    But when the member click on subscribe, he acknowledge the reception of these communications. No?

    It can also be a double approval process like for our newsletter.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Financial reports and BoD minutes #17696

    Luc Villeneuve
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    I see that some reports, for 2018 started to appear in the section with the documents requested by IVRPA Bylaw. Great!

    I don’t know how many times, this subject has been discussed and unsolved by the BoD.

    Is there a way we can get an automated email when new documents, financial or minutes are uploaded in this sections?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Improving member communications #17673

    Luc Villeneuve
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    A monthly newsletter would certainly help.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Improving member communications #17672

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Please explain what makes this issue suddenly important?
    And what do you think is it that keeps members from starting a communication with us, should they feel they need or want to have one?

    Communication has always been very important. It is not something new.

    When I was the owner of a printing company, we had a monthly meeting to let all employees know where was the market, new clients, awards, etc.

    Even though most employees would never show up in the president’s office, to know where the development was in a particular sector, everyone appreciated the monthly information. There was, in this operation of communication, a HUGE benefit because suddenly very good ideas were emerging from the base, from those who do not have the nose stuck on the glass.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Financial reports and BoD minutes #17592

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Hi Keith,

    Thank you for your answer. I am very happy to collaborate to solve a problem that persists in 2018.

    This problem appears in 2015 when Carlos left. I didn’t create it, but like you, I inherit from it. Now I suffer from it because I don’t know what’s going on at IVRPA and I can’t figure out the points that hold the attention of the Board.

    One of the first point at the agenda of a Board meeting is Approval of the minutes of the last meeting. Right? How can someone approve the minutes if they haven’t been written? This document also helps for the follow up on each tasks.

    2014-2016
    Willy Kaemena used to record all BoD meetings I attend as a BoD member. So we are “safe” for 2014-2016, no matter if I was the President or just a plain but sweet vanilla director.

    During this period, I remember that Sam Rohn proposed a solution, a web site which allows you to publish the summary of a meeting very easily. Sam and I had a discussion on this matter and within a few minutes Both were sold. Unfortunately, it has never been adopted by the former Secretary and at that time, there was no volunteer for this task.

    Again, Sam has the solution for the future but for the 2017-2018 period, does the secretary has recordings and notes?

    I thank you for your trust,

    Luc

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Financial reports and BoD minutes #17570

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Thank you Brian for your support.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Panorama Pole Question #15207

    Luc Villeneuve
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    gianluca milasi, there is a video from Jürgen and Markus Matern. it is available for IVRPA members in our video archive for Vienna 2017 conference.

    http://ivrpa.org/ivrpa-conference-video-archive/

    Luc

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Kyle Giesbrecht (2017) #14990

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Good statement Kyle, education is very important and there is a lot to do.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Sam Rohn (2017) #14988

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Thank you Sam, for the work you did in the past and the future.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Al Caudullo (2017) #14958

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Hi Al,
    Thank you for your Candidate Statement, I am sure you would be an asset for IVRPA.

    I know that you like to share your knowledge. This is certainly the most important mission of IVRPA.

    Go for it.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: IVRPA 2017 Board of Directors Election: Announcement #14955

    Luc Villeneuve
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    Hi everyone,
    Even if Keith wrote that it’s a serious commitment, I want to insist on this commitment.

    First of all, being a board member can be fun. You have great ideas? GO FOR IT! Keep in mind that you have to give some of your time to IVRPA outside the online meetings.

    Someone on the board is only one piece of the IVRPA engine. There are 6 other Board members. YOU HAVE TO WORK AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER. If you are not a good teammate, forget it. If you can’t spell respect without 3 typos, forget it.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

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