The Ladysmith and District Credit Union’s John De Leeuw and the Ladysmith Camera Club’s Charlie Schaal are excited about joining forces on a new Ladysmith calendar. (Gerry Beltgens photo)

Ladysmith Camera Club and Ladysmith and District Credit Union combine forces for calendar

Not one, but two versions produced featuring local photographers and local scenes

Gerry Beltgens Special to the Chronicle

When Charlie Schaal of the Ladysmith Photography Club approached John de Leeuw of the Ladysmith and District Credit Union with an idea about a calendar with local photos De Leeuw was immediately interested.

“The idea of creating a calendar with all local photos by local photographers caught our attention. We thought it was a great idea,” de Leeuw said. “It would give us something unique for our customers but it would also help support the local camera club.”

Once the concept was agreed upon the real work started.

“We wanted to give all of our members a chance at a page. We had so many good pictures we finally decided to do two versions of the calendar,” said Schaal.” Twenty local photographers are represented between the two calendars.”

The calendars have been a big hit with the members of LDCU. At a cost of only $1 each, they make a great gift and the initial run of 500 calendars is nearly sold out.

The camera club is now looking at how else it can use the photographs to promote Ladysmith. An exhibition of the photos may be in the works. For more information on the Ladysmith Camera Club visit their website.

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