August 2012

The AGM Issue

Hello and welcome to the 2012 AGM edition of the newsletter. If you weren't with us for the AGM, you missed a great night with a warm, jovial atmosphere, 52 super-friendly members and guests, and one very welcoming committee. But fret not - there is always the next dinner meeting to attend! If you didn't miss out, we trust you enjoyed the delicious dinner and the little gifts?

All right, passive-aggressive teasing* aside, the annual AGM issue is always a huge one.

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Presidents' Report

Co-Presidents Liz Steele and Rosemary Noble offered their reports on the past 12 months of Editors Victoria. It was a year that saw our biggest-ever dinner meeting; some exceptional professional development training sessions; a successful accreditation exam in 2011 (and another to come in October 2012); the society's continued sponsorship of events with Writers Victoria; an insightful and comprehensive membership survey; and an intense, productive Strategy Day, resulting in significant future directional plans for both the society and the committee.

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Finance Report

The society's financial result for the year ended 30 June was very good - a credit to the committee and the very full program of activities presented for members throughout the year, and also a credit to you, our members, for your enthusiastic participation in those activities.

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Membership Report

Editors Victoria welcomed 129 new members over the past year. This brings our total membership base at the end of June 2012 to 573 (not including our 18 honorary life members). The number of new members is significantly higher than in the previous year and brings our total member numbers back to what they were in 2010.

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Training Report

This year has been marked by big changes to the way training bookings have traditionally been processed. Participants and organisations can now book online through the new website. Other changes implemented this year include: later starting times for Saturday courses; the capacity for credit card payments; and the development and scheduling of more courses to benefit members.

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Website Report

The past year has been very busy for the website portfolio. The focus and the highlight has been the launch of our new user-friendly website and updated branding.

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Events Report

The past year was another banner year for dinner meetings, as we featured a wonderful variety of guest speakers on all sorts of editorially related topics.

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IPEd Report

Over the past 12 months, IPEd has prioritised its revision of Australian Standards for Editing Practice; compiled a searchable database of professional development opportunities offered by all Australian societies of editors since 2008; and begun planning intensively for the 2013 National Conference. It's also embraced social media, with an active Facebook and Twitter presence.

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Rosemary Steps Down as IPEd Representative

Rosemary Noble officially stood down as Victoria's IPEd representative at the 2012 AGM. Rosemary was one of the inaugural members of the IPEd council (2005-07) and the inaugural Victorian councillor when IPEd was formally established in January 2008.

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Newsletter Report

The biggest story in the Editors Victoria newsletter for the past year was the change in format.  The newsletter now lives in the Editors Victoria website, which is a great model that will make all newsletters accessible all the time.  It also means we can track how popular individual articles are, something we were always dying to get information on but which was a mystery until now.

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