President’s Report

November already! How can it be?

I love this festive, fast-paced month. Hope you do too. Mine is always a treat – it kicks off with the wonderful Wangaratta Jazz & Blues and bookends at the other end of the state with Queenscliff Music Festival.

IPEd Direct Membership Model Final Vote

Please vote. We’ve now reached the end of proxy voting online, but there’s still time to attend in person at our special general meeting on 12 November to decide whether to be direct members of IPEd. This is not a dinner meeting; it’s convened solely to vote in person, but we’ll welcome you and make sure you don’t go hungry or thirsty by putting on light refreshments.

Some members have been asking for direction as to which way to vote. This is a tricky one – the vote holds mammoth consequences for the future of our society, for members, past, present and future, and for the future of editing.

That’s why we want you, our members, to come to your own decision.

One way to do this is to check back through recent newsletters for articles both for and against. Another is to check out IPEd’s voting pack, which has the main information in six pages, with more information readily available.

If you’re still unsure, I’ve been leaning towards a Benjamin Franklin viewpoint, as in: When in doubt, don’t. That is, if you have doubts, place your vote against.

However, when I went to check that quote, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr said the exact opposite.

But please, take the advice of the great songwriter Harry Chapin: When in doubt, do something.

Our 45th Anniversary Gala Event

You’ll shortly be receiving your invitation to an evening that will not only celebrate this milestone with style, but promises some fun with exciting speakers and extra special touches.

Save the date – 3 December. Love to see you there!

Another Successful Redact

Redact is over! Yet another wonderful intensive weekend residential course for our more experienced members. My deepest thanks and appreciation go to Liz Steele, and to Petra Poupa and Nicole Mathers who assisted her in the lion’s share of organising a brilliant event, from the big picture to the exquisite details.

Attendees have once again asked for Redact to be held annually. To do this, we need person power! Originating convenor Liz is stepping down from the role of main organiser, so we have some very big shoes to fill.

And the Last Word

I’ll now hand over to Raymond Chandler: When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.

Till next time.

Jackey Coyle