Charles Stricker

President and Treasurer

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Charles Stricker grew up in rural central Missouri and always enjoyed being outdoors. I became interested in photography while in college and began by taking mostly landscape photos. My earliest camera was a Nikon Nikkomat but I now use Canon equipment, specifically a Canon 7D Mark II. I started with film and slides but now enjoy the ease of digital photography and the ability to improve or enhance my images with Photoshop. My appreciation for imagery may have prompted my decision to spend my career as a diagnostic radiologist. I am now retired and enjoy spending time with my wife Linda, our grown daughters Sarah and Jennifer, and our dog Baylee. I enjoy good food, travel, and photo competitions in my retirement. My wife and I spilt our time between Palm Desert, CA and Flagstaff, AZ to enjoy great weather. This camera club and its members have greatly assisted and challenged my growth and improvements as a photographer. I now enjoy primarily taking the reality based photos in nature, photo travel, and photojournalism, especially the sports action images since I love watching sports. I love the challenge of capturing a great nature story or the peak action of a sporting event. I have been Photographer of the Year in our camera club several consecutive years. I recently joined PSA in July 2020 during the Covid pandemic and began entering photos into international salon/exhibitions. I have been proud to win 27 PSA Gold medals during 2021, plus I earned a PPSA and EPSA during that year. I also enjoy image competition in S4C since 2014. I have been awarded the AS4C and FS4C by S4C. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of CVDCC and S4C as my way to give back to these great camera clubs.

John Erdman


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I took up the hobby in earnest in the 1980's using a Canon SLR which was a shutter preferred model. My interests then were in sports and action photography. Many, many cameras later I've become most interested in macro, landscape and still life. I have also done portraits, sports, documentary and night photography. I am a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. I've captured one first place and one honorable mention in the San Diego County Fair some years ago. Also, received a certificate of completion from one of Bryan Peterson's classes (The Beauty of Flowers).I've also "studied" under Rod and Robin Deutchman in San Diego. I joined this club to learn about places to shoot in this area and learn from the club's experienced photographers and to have a good time doing it.

Gary Vandemark

Webmaster and Competition Chair

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Bev and I have lived in the desert (Rancho Mirage) since 2002. I am a retired Silicon Valley electronics executive with an electrical engineering background in wireless technology. I have also designed dozens of websites. We have 2 sons who live in the SF Bay Area and are both accomplished photographers. I became interested in photography through scuba diving and underwater photography, armed with a Nikonis V underwater film camera. I also had an Olympus digital camera with an underwater housing. My first real camera was a Minolta SRT101 that I purchased in a duty free shop in Hong Kong. Before that as a teen I had a Brownie Hawkeye (remember flash bulbs?), but that didn't really stoke much interest in photography. I presently shoot with a Canon M5 mirrorless with 22mm, 18-55mm, and 55-250mm lenses. I favor landscapes and action photos. I love post processing and digital technology. As Webmaster my goal is to keep members up to date on all aspects of our club in a timely manner and to manage the technical details of our website, emails, competitions, membership, speakers, video conferences and on-line database. As competition chair I manage our 5 competitions during the year plus our end of year competition and awards. Our primary goal is to improve the photographic skills of all members, whether a beginner, advanced or somewhere between.

Craig Toms

Outings and Events

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I'm an amateur photographer and 37 year resident of the Coachella Valley, retired from a career in aviation administration at Palm Springs International Airport. My hobbies are swimming, lots of hiking, travel when possible, and making photographs. I spent some years as a hike, bike and jeep guide locally, and led photo hikes for the Coachella Valley Hiking Club. Currently, I lead photo outings for the Coachella Valley Desert Camera Club several times per year. Taking pictures from age 9, my photographic interests have actually bloomed over the past decade. I loved drawing and painting early on, and studied Fine Art and photography in college. That became Environmental Science at UCSB, following the 1969 oil spill disaster in Santa Barbara.

After a 30 year career, I circled back to photography, in 2010, where my interest has mostly been Landscape and Dark Sky photography. But I enjoy graphic design, and aspire to Fine Art photography. Minimalism and Monochrome are current interests, and my work is available to view at these websites: - or -


Equipment: I'm a Canon DSLR shooter (6D and 5Dsr) and use Canon "L" series lenses. Lightroom, Photoshop and Topaz are my go-to's for post-processing. Am using an iPhone more these days - it's always with you! Some of my best images of late are cellphone captures. I'm a 3rd year Board member of CVDCC, enjoy meeting club members, leading trips, new learning opportunities AND... making new friends!

Jeanne Scott

Past President

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I joined the club in May 2011, fulfilling a promise I made to myself that I'd get more serious about photography as soon as I retired. I shoot Canon DSLRs and I enjoy many types of shooting, though my special passion is night photography, be it the Milky Way in the night sky or cityscapes at night. Particular goals for the future include expanding my night photo skills and improving my ability to create good monochrome images. I consider CVDCC to be a wonderful club that has enabled me to improve greatly as a photographer, and I've tried to give back by serving on the board as secretary, vice president and president at various times, as well as hosting CRITSIG and teaching a few classes.

Robert Rufer

Member Liaison, Calendar and Outings 

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Arizona Highways. That's what did it. My grandfather subscribed in the 1950s. I thought they were the most beautiful pictures of the most beautiful places I'd ever seen. I've loved the desert ever since. And photography. It wasn't until 1978 that I bought my first SLR. A Nikon FM with a 50mm 1.4 lens. I loved that camera. I loved the snap of the shutter firing. I loved the sound of the gears advancing the film as my thumb worked the lever. But that was long ago and I'm in the digital age now. I still love the quiet and the solitude of standing in the wilderness before dawn. Waiting for beautiful light on beautiful places. I've tried to capture some of that beauty. I hope you think I've been successful.

Darcy Quimby

Facebook Admin, Speaker/Judge Scheduling

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I’ve done many things in my life from owning a gift store in the small town of Ely, NV to serving my country in the US Army as an OR Tech. I was medically discharged in 2009 and settled in Palm Desert in 2012. I started photographing seriously in 2016 when my husband and I started to take summer vacations to escape the heat in the desert. In 2018 I was able to experience a photo workshop in Alaska that increased my interest. I started with wildlife photography and have branched out to landscapes and anything unique. I want to be able to take something ordinary or something we’ve seen over and over and have you see and experience it in a way you never have. Photography for me is very therapeutic I have Multiple Sclerosis (MS) so being able to still do something I enjoy is amazing.

Greg Lilly

Board Member

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I had the good fortune to make a living as a professional fly fisherman in Montana. I owned retail fly fishing businesses along with outfitting businesses. The last twenty years of my career my wife and I owned and operated a fly fishing lodge. Being in the outdoor business allowed me the chance to carry a camera regularly and from there i developed a serious interest in photography. My wife and I retired to Palm Desert in 2014. We love the desert and I have enjoyed the opportunity to expand my photography skills in the desert environment. I am a Canon camera user. Recently I joined the Coachella Valley Desert Camera Club and look forward to making new photography friends.