Report from the President

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The beginning of May marks 18 weeks into 2017 – double that number and we’ll be packing for Queensland! And it’s the first national conference where we’ll be gathering as a group of branches. While we’re talking numbers, you have up to two months to register and save with the earlybird special. The good thing is that, if you’re having a quiet year now, you can pay after 30 June and claim the deduction in the 2017–18 financial year. And remember, we provide some subsidies for our earlybird registrants to attend. Keep an eye on your email inbox for details later in the month.

We’re thrilled to announce our new IPEd councillor, Renée Otmar. Renée is a Distinguished Editor, having joined the Society of Editors (Vic.) in 1992, and she was instrumental in establishing CASE (now IPEd) in 1998. Renée was involved in developing the accreditation scheme and exam, and has continued her involvement in the biennial exam process. Renée also served on the Editors Victoria committee in various roles for 14 years, including three terms as president. Renée will bring her deep knowledge of the heritage of both Editors Victoria and IPEd to the board – as well as her history as one of the founders of CASE. We’re also chuffed that Mary-Jo O’Rourke will continue as alternate councillor, after stepping up to the position for the past few months.

Our full committee of executive and subcommittee members will meet this month with an exciting agenda that considers the big picture. Now in a position to stand back and look at strategy, IPEd is seeking input from branch presidents in preparation for a face-to-face meeting of all branch councillors in Sydney at the end of the month. I’ll be well primed after our committee meeting. In terms of our branding, we’re updating our marketing collateral for getting out there into the writing and publishing community later in the year. In addition, we’re hosting the 2019 national IPEd conference, so we’ll start putting the first brushstrokes onto the canvas. Our conference subcommittee is forming already, so please register your interest in contributing your talent, time and experience to make this a stand-out among stand-outs.

At our AGM in August, we’ll see some changes in the committee line-up, as some officers end their terms. So we’re calling on our pool of immensely talented, creative and skilled members – yes, we’re talking to you! – to volunteer as part of our country’s oldest and largest society, now branch, of editors. You’ll also learn lots, and it’s fun! Please contact Nicole, our friendly admin officer, or any of us on the committee, for info about where you can help, whether you’re a social media guru, a budget whiz or a professional development pro.

See you at the June dinner meeting! Be well.

Jackey Coyle