Message from the President

As new growth peeks from bare branches, winter is ending at last. August marks a full circle, too, in my time with you as president. It's been a wild ride, with thrills and not too many spills.

When I think about the past year I feel immensely proud of what our committee has achieved. We've enjoyed innovations across all our portfolios in spite of having lives crammed with life events and relationships, with work and with play, and in addition to understanding and responding to the proposed changes to our structure via a national direct membership model.

This week, at our final committee meeting before we all step down and some return, some retire and some join us, lots of laughs were tempered with the poignancy of saying goodbye to several members who are retiring.

What keeps our committee vibrant and inspired is the flow of new energy to refresh and reinvigorate us. I welcome those who would like to contribute to our society as part of our committee, whether full or associate members.

We've been planning a debate to crunch the practicalities of the direct membership model of IPEd. The most practical time has turned out to be our October dinner meeting rather than a separate date. We're planning giveaways and a reduced fee for dinner so, if it's anything like the fiery Canberra session, a lively night is in store. Our aim is to leave you with all the info you need to place your vote.

Redact is almost fully formed and registration opens today. Our brilliant presenters have outlined their sessions and left us wanting to attend each and every one. How to choose?

I'd like to thank all our committee members for their hard work and inspiration this year.

Welcome to another edition of our newsletter. And looking forward to catching up at the AGM!

Jackey Coyle