Report from the President

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Happy new year! I hope you are embarking on the 2018 financial year fresh and invigorated.

Having just returned from a few days up north in Victoria’s lovely high country gourmet region, I’m wondering why we don’t get out more. Although Melbourne is always hard to leave, with its myriad attractions, just a few hours away the autumn leaves are still splashing colour across the landscape and the bright sun melts the glistening night frosts away – such beauty and so many treats for the body and soul!

Our 2019 national IPEd conference subcommittee is already working on some exciting ideas for our hosting of this event. Have you registered for September’s Brisbane outing?

We’re already welcoming new talent to our team as the 17 August AGM draws near. Come along to the AGM and find out from your talented volunteer committee members what they’ve been up to – not only in the visible events and communications, but also behind the scenes, where we work hard to keep making your membership work for you. It’s always exciting and inspiring, and for the first time we’re adding a special treat – due to popular demand our events team is lining up some stellar trivia questions to light up the spaces between. Go on, register now!

We’ll be breaking bread for our final executive committee in mid-July and many of us will be preparing to hand over our portfolios to new members who will bring their ideas, inspiration and energy to Editors Victoria. And we are calling on you! Here’s the part where we ask you to put up your hand – or someone else’s – to join us.

We will always be the oldest and largest society of editors in Australia, and, with a membership that now makes up more than a third of the national database, we continue to be trailblazers in delivering innovative and high quality member services.

You can really make a difference, either on our executive committee or as part of one of the subcommittees that support the office-holders. You’ll be working with a highly skilled, inspired team, learning a heap of new skills and gaining valuable experience, as well as sharing your own skills, knowledge and experience – plus adding panache to your CV.

Committee and subcommittee positions

Some practicalities: executive committee officers (E) need to be full members but subcommittees (S) are made up of any kinds of members. We’ve found that subcommittees work really well to spread the workload and brainstorm ideas. Committee meetings are held over dinner every two months, with alternate meetings for executive and full committees. Subcommittees meet when it’s appropriate; some monthly, some on demand. Committee members are entitled to discounts on events and training. Here are the positions we need to fill.

President (E) – I’m stepping down to spend more time travelling and finishing book projects, so we’re looking for someone to take the helm at Editors Victoria for the next year or two. Now that we’re getting settled in as a branch of IPEd, the President’s role is to guide the progress of the branch, with the assistance of the other office-holders. Important general tasks are to lead future strategies to maximise member benefits and cement our place as part of the second City of Literature; a specific task for the near future is leading decision-making into how best to showcase the Editors Victoria heritage in order to honour all members, whether past, present or future.

Budget officer (E) – Charles Houen is bowing out to spend more time with his family. He’s leaving this portfolio in great shape, as its workload is now minimised since finance has been centralised under IPEd. You’ll be well suited if you have some financial nous, but you don’t need to be an accountant. Please contact Nicole for the position description.

Budget officer (S) – Two needed, to assist with agreed tasks.

Communications officer (S) – One needed to help Margie Beilharz (who has agreed to stay on as communication officer) with agreed tasks to do with our web, print and social media presence.

Events (E) – Our outgoing officer, Kate Cuthbert, needs to focus on her PhD, so we’re looking for someone to head up our team organising dinner meetings and liaising on other events. We have a couple of keen subcommittee members who know the ropes already.

Professional development (E) – This takes in training, accreditation and mentoring, so we’re looking for someone to oversee the portfolio. This could be combined with the training officer role.

Training (E or S) – Our training portfolio is undergoing exciting changes as training develops in online as well as face-to-face formats. In addition, we have an Australia-wide pool of training opportunities with IPEd.

Please contact our friendly admin officer Nicole, or any of us on the committee, for nomination forms or more info about where you can help. It’s a simple process – you can nominate yourself or someone else! Get in touch and we’ll get things moving.

Be well and do good work.

Jackey Coyle