Welcome to the August newsletter. For Editors Victoria, this month is dominated by the annual general meeting (AGM) on Thursday 17 August and the election of new committee and subcommittee members. Come along and hear from committee members on the achievements and activities over the past year; you can also show off your trivia knowledge in the quiz. And I hope you’ll nominate for a position if you’d like to help shape the society – lots of contributors lightens the load for all, and helps us keep up all our fantastic programs. If you've got lots of ideas for the Editors Victoria, think about taking on the role of president. To do that, you'll need to nominate for the committee as the president is chosen from committee members.

At the AGM, we’ll farewell Jackey Coyle, who is finishing up as president, Kate Cuthbert, who has been leading the events team, and Charles Houen, in his role as budget officer. Ron Thiele has also finished up as training officer. Thank you for the great work and time you’ve put in.

I’m pleased to introduce a new interest group – the SciFlyers invite freelance science editors to join their regular meetings. I notice that food is involved – is it the networking or the food that gets us in, I wonder? And it sounds like the food was great at the latest freelance lunch, trying out a new venue and time. Mary-Jo O’Rourke, our freelance officer and vice-president, reports back on the first CBD afternoon tea meeting.

We’ve changed the theme of the October dinner – now it will be The State of Publishing – and we’ll hold it as a joint event with RMIT, aimed at editing students from all Melbourne institutions.

In national events, the IPEd conference in Brisbane brings you its list of conference social events, and a brilliant outline of other things you can do while you’re up in Brisbane. The next IPEd conference, in 2019, will be in Melbourne! Editors Victoria is the host, and we’re calling for volunteers to help make that a fantastic event.

In addition to all our events, there are so many other literary and publishing events on this month that I’ve included a What’s On. So much to do!

We have an update from the National Mentoring Program, tips for what to do if your web content is being copied, new members, our monthly typo and more.

Enjoy your read.

Margie Beilharz
Newsletter editor