History of WACCO

On August 20, 1982, an organizational meeting was held at the home of Ruth Jaster in Racine, Wisconsin. Present were Bob Schaap, Ruth Jaster, Taylor Mackey, Lee and Joni Agnew and Frank Schulte. The purpose of this meeting was to establish an organization uniting the camera clubs of Southeast Wisconsin. It would encourage and promote photography through the sharing of knowledge and experience. The name proposed was Wisconsin Council of Camera Clubs. 



WACCO The Early Years

In the beginning, like all fledgling groups, WACCO had its share of problems while establishing itself.  Forming new opportunities helped participants get to know each other. The process of attracting members, conducting competitions, planning outings and programs allowed the team to resolve their differences.  Often disagreements and conflict arose until participants learned to trust each other’s judgments and to work effectively as a team. Formulating By-Laws and Operational Procedures for officers and committees, writing the rules for competitions, deciding on awards was difficult.  Through struggle and growth, successful developments occurred. WACCO became a positive performing photography organization. 

  • The first interclub competition was planned for November of 1983 at the Holiday Inn, Waukesha. It was hosted by Image Makers Camera Club.

  • In October of 1987 WACCO undertook hosting the PSA Regional Convention, a quote from President Steve Haynes "Well, folks - we did it! And we did ourselves proud. The convention was a huge success."

  • On Novmeber 3, 1984 all the member clubs ratified the bylaws.

  • On April 20th, 1985 the bylaws were amended and the competition rules were being created. It was decided to hold an annual Fall competition the first Saturday in November.

  • August 17th 1985 the Operational Procedures for Competition were approved.

  • 1984 Club Roster
    reative Photographers Guild, Image Makers Camera Club, Kenosha Camera Club, Menomonee Falls Camera Club, Milwaukee Camera Club, Photo Pictorialists of Milwaukee, Racine Camera Club, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center Camera Club, Western Camera Club

  • January 17, 1989 WACCO was Incorporated.


Officers of WACCO

Year

1985 - 86
1986 - 88
1988 - 89
1989 - 91
1991 - 93
1993 - 95
1995 - 97
1997 - 99
1999 - 01
2001 - 03
2003 - 05
2005 - 07
2007 - 09
2009 - 11
2011 - 13
2013 - 15
2015 - 17
2017 - 19

President

Stehpen Haynes
Stephen Haynes
Lynn Butenhoff
Bill Rietz
Bill Rietz
Paul Moertl
Jeffrey Klug
Jerry Robillard
Jerry Robillard
Bob Schaap
Bob Schaap
Terry Jakubaitis
Terry Jakubaitis
Jeffrey Klug
Jeffrey Klug
Ken Warning
Ken Warning
Elizabeth Whitcomb

Vice President

Bob Schaap
Harry Richards
Bill Rietz
Harvey Eder
Renee Keinert
Jeffrey Klug
Jerry Robillard
Bob Schaap
Fred Fritzsche
Shelia Hall
Terry Jakubaitis
Nancy Greifenhagen
Nancy Greifenhagen
Ken Warning
Ken Warning
Larry Jansen
Elizabeth Whitcomb
Mary Dumont

Secratary

Lynn Butenhoff
Lynn Butenhoff
Renee Keinert
Renee Keinert
Ellen Worzalla
Ellen Worzalla
Mark Mathu
Renee Skiba
Paul Moertl
Lynne Reiger
Kathy Werlein
Jean Sommers
Mary Dumont
Mary Dumont
Diane Jaeger
Diane Jaeger
Paul Moertl
Ken Warning

Treasurer

Kathy Braun
Kathy Braun
Sheila Hall
Sheila Hall
William Turner
Kathy Braun
Kathy Braun
Diane Surendonk
Jeffrey Klug
Jeffrey Klug
Bob Dineen
Jeffrey Klug
Richard Knisbeck
Richard Knisbeck
Richard Knisbeck
Richard Knisbeck
Richard Knisbeck
Ramona Lenger