The thought of creating an organization which would unite local area camera clubs and
promote the photographic interest of their members, was the early dream of several Illinois
Some of the earliest people to conceive of such an organization were dreaming as early as
1945. Clarence Einhaus, Frank Fuller and Spee Wright, were each actively, though without
the knowledge of the other, trying to promote such an organization.
However, it was Spee Wright in the early 1950's who was instrumental in the birth of what is
today known as:
The Central Illinois Camera Clubs Association.
In it's early stages Sam Levy, served as the CICCA President as the organization under
went many changes until it's first official fall meeting in November of 1950. Soon after this
meeting a Constitution was born and adopted, giving legal status to the CICCA
November 1950 also marked the beginning of the first annual Fall CICCA Salon. This Salon
promotes competition in both color and monochrome, and has continued to be held yearly
between mid October and mid November.
CICCA also promotes a Individual Spring Salon, which is held annually around May. Each of
these Salons are randomly sponsored by a membership club in their respective cities.
Moving into the 21st century, CICCA has been updated to provide the latest in digital
photography techniques and competitions among its member clubs.
CICCA's record of achievement could not have been accomplished without the selfless efforts
of many faithful individuals. Their contributions, large and small, are greatly appreciated.