Cancellation of incorporation
The Editors WA branch committee received notice on 15 February 2017 that the Department of Commerce had approved the application by the Society of Editors (WA) to cancel incorporation and wind up. Cancellation of incorporation was effected by the Department of Commerce on 6 February 2017.
The application to wind up was accompanied by an assets distribution plan, whereby the Society’s funds of approximately $26,000 were transferred to IPEd. This amount has been split 50:50 between the IPEd operating budget and a branch reserved funds account. The latter is a one-off amount exclusively for the WA branch to use at its discretion.
This brings to a close nearly 25 years of the Society’s support (previously under the name EditorsWA) of editors in Western Australia. Representation of Western Australian editors continues under the Editors WA branch of IPEd.
At the December Christmas function, a short final AGM for the Society included words of farewell from Anne Surma, James Hansen and Jan Knight. The current branch committee extends its sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the Society over the years.
Preserving a record
The Society’s records are now being archived. At present, the electronic records are taken from the Dropbox space the committee uses for business and only go back to about 2007. This clearly falls far short of the Society’s history. If any members have hard copy files you feel deserve to be preserved, please contact WA branch President Cheryl Bettridge or IPEd WA Councillor Stephen White.
The records may be lodged with the Battye Library, under the aegis of the State Library of Western Australia, if the Battye thinks they meet that institution’s goals. If so, all records must be catalogued before submitting. It would be very good to have a couple of long-standing society members volunteer to help, please!
On the advice of IPEd, the Editors WA branch committee rolled over from the Society committee and has been working to help reframe the representation of editors in Western Australia under the changed IPEd structure. I’m sure you will be aware there have been many new processes to get used to. A branch AGM will be held in June or July 2017, at which all committee positions will be open for reselection.
Meanwhile, the committee encourages members to contact us with your ideas about how you would like the branch, and IPEd as a whole, to support editors and the profession of editing in Western Australia. In particular, we would like suggestions for topics for member meetings that help us develop professionally and grow as a branch.