Staff changes in IPEd national office

New secretary for IPEd

There has recently been an important change to staffing in the IPEd national office. Margaret Telford, IPEd secretary since 2013–14 has resigned for personal reasons.

Margaret has been an invaluable, highly professional and highly respected secretary for IPEd during her tenure, especially over the transition from IPEd as a peak body for State societies to the direct membership model. She also became a much-relied-upon source of information and knowledge about IPEd’s constitution and functions, and who’s who.

Margaret’s replacement is Mike Willoughby. Mike has been a fully qualified company secretary for 16 years, with a background in accounting and subsequently in company law overseas and in Australia. He has worked in both corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Thus, Mike brings a wealth of experience to the position in which he will work on a 0.3 FTE basis.

The email for Mike remains the same: secretary@iped-editors.org

We will keep you abreast of any other changes to national office staffing if and as they arise.


In other news…

WA editors may be interested to know that IPEd has identified thesis and academic editing as an important early project for the restructured organisation to work on. Thesis editing appears to be one of the most controversial disciplines for editors across the country. Notwithstanding the professional guidelines (http://iped-editors.org/About_editing/Editing_theses.aspx), debate erupts sporadically about the level of editing that can and should be applied to theses, and the ways in which edits are implemented.

Another significant current and on-going project for IPEd is the revision of Style manual. The sixth edition is now more than a decade old and is in urgent need of updating. IPEd is one of several organisations with the credentials to undertake this important task. An IPEd working party comprising representatives from all states and territories is being set up to coordinate a strategy and IPEd is looking at possible collaborative working arrangements with other organisations. Word on progress will be disseminated as the project unfolds.

For more information on these or any other news from IPEd, go to http://iped-editors.org/News_and_events/View_News.aspx or contact your IPEd WA Councillor, Stephen White.

Society of Editors (WA) now closed

 

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.

Acknowledgements

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!

Branch committee

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.

Best wishes,

Stephen White

IPEd Councillor for Western Australia
E: cr.edwa@iped-editors.org
Web: editorswa.com
Web: iped-editors.org
Ph. 0430 921 929

SoEWA–IPEd transition 2016: 3rd ballot results

The results of the 3rd Society of Editors (WA) – IPEd transition ballot have been tallied. Members of the Society have voted by a substantial margin to approve the resolution that the Society shall wind up.

Total 62
Survey answers Number Percent
YES, I agree to the special resolution 60 96.8
NO, I reject the special resolution 2 3.2

This is a very pleasing turn out. More details can be viewed in surveysummary_all-results_final_11232016 derived directly from an export of data out of SurveyMonkey.

Once winding up of the Society is effected, this leaves Editors WA – as the branch of IPEd succeeding the Society – to represent, advocate for and support the interests of editors in Western Australia.

I would like to personally thank everyone who has participated in the process, from its beginnings in 2013–14 up to now, and into the future. Despite many uncertainties, doubts, fears, glitches and a multitude of considerations to be digested, it’s heartening to see such a large majority of members embracing the change.

It has not been easy and it has never been the only option; Canberra Society of Editors remains an independent organisation in that territory. Our task now is to make the most of the opportunities the national membership structure offers editors in Western Australia. Please support your branch.

Coming up

A few places are still available for the Christmas function:
When: Sunday 4 December
Where: The Royal in East Perth

A final AGM for the Society of Editors (WA) will open at 12.00 noon. The Christmas function will get underway from 12.30 pm. We will be acknowledging our debt to the Society of Editors (WA) since its inception – as EditorsWA – nearly 25 years ago.

Go to https://ipedmembers.memnet.com.au to login and book a place. Booking through MemNet is free; payment is per person on the day.

Ballot re: winding up of Society of Editors (WA)

NOTICE OF SPECIAL RESOLUTION

Important third ballot on IPEd Direct Membership and proposed winding up of the Society of Editors (WA) Inc.

Introduction

Following the results of the ballot that culminated in the General Meeting held on 16 May 2016:

  • memberships of most Society of Editors (WA) members were transferred to the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) on 1 July 2016
  • funds and assets of SOEWA are (as of October 2016) in the process of being transferred to IPEd
  • SOEWA ceased to be a society member of IPEd
  • a branch of IPEd in Western Australia — Editors WA — was formed.

These actions mean that, as determined by the constitution of SOEWA clause 25 and the Associations Incorporation Act 1987, 2015, SOEWA is now limited in its powers to actions related to winding up. Accordingly, the SOEWA committee invites members to vote on the following motion:

Special Resolution

That the Society of Editors (WA) A1008898X (‘the Society’) shall, according to the rules of the Society constitution clause 25 and the Associations Incorporation Act 1987, 2015, copies of which have been made available to each Member of the Society, voluntarily wind up and cease to operate as an incorporated society in Western Australia.

The SOEWA constitution, and the Associations Incorporation Act 1987 Part 6 (p. 27) and  Associations Incorporation Act 2015 Part 10, Division 2 (p. 68) can be viewed by clicking on the links.

This motion is put to the vote by online ballot, and may also be voted on by proxy, and in person at a General Meeting to be held on Monday, 21 November 2016. In circulating this notice, SOEWA is fulfilling its obligations to provide members with a minimum of 21 days notice before the resolution is presented to the General Meeting and the results of voting declared.

To pass a special resolution requires that at least 75% of eligible members who vote cast votes in favour of the resolution. If the resolution is passed, actions to initiate winding up of SOEWA will proceed forthwith.

How to vote

You must be a financial member or honorary life member of SOEWA in order to vote. Membership of Editors WA means you are also a member of SOEWA, until the society winds up. There are three ways to vote (you may only vote once using one of these).

1. Vote online

The link to a SurveyMonkey online ballot is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RL3RRDL
Please reply to either of the contacts below if you have any difficulty opening the SurveyMonkey page.
Online voting opens at 9.00 pm, Sunday 30 October 2016
Online voting will close at 9.00 pm, Sunday 20 November 2016.

2. Vote in person at the special general meeting

Date: Monday 21 November 2016
Time: 6:00 – 6:30 pm
Where: The Warehouse Café, 221 Onslow Road, Shenton Park WA 6008

3. Vote by proxy

Complete the ‘Appointment of proxy’ form. Send it by email to Stephen White, WA Councillor for IPEd, at southwind07@icloud.com or post it to PO Box 99, Subiaco, 6904. Proxy appointments must be received by SOEWA by 5 pm WST, Friday 18 November 2016. If posting, please allow enough transit time for delivery.

For enquiries on the voting process, contact:

Stephen White
southwind07@icloud.com
phone 0430 921 929
OR
Cheryl Bettridge, President, Society of Editors (WA)
cbettridge@hotmail.com
phone 0418 947 836

Thank you

Changes to contact emails

IPEd recently announced changes to contact email addresses for several positions on the Editors WA committee. The new emails have been created to standardise the lines of communication throughout IPEd, and to reflect the move towards a common ‘look and feel’ for IPEd branches across the country.

The new email address for Editors WA committee positions are as listed below.

President edwa.president@iped-editors.org
Secretary edwa.admin@iped-editors.org
IPEd councillor cr.edwa@iped-editors.org
Accreditation Board delegate edwa.abd@iped-editors.org
Budget (formerly Treasurer) edwa.budget@iped-editors.org

We have updated these addresses at various places in this website. For instance, if you go to Contacts on the left side of the Home page and, in the list of names of committee members you see there, click on Cheryl Bettridge, you will find it opens a new email message to edwa.president@iped-editors.org.

These position-based emails are now being used for all specified committee positions. Committee members without particular positions still use their personal email addresses.

These addresses allow you to directly contact the committee member best able to help with any questions, requests or suggestions to do with particular aspects of your membership, such as accreditation, council representation, and so forth.

For preference, we ask that you send enquiries about your IPEd membership to Nicole Mathers* at members@iped-editors.org. However, you can also contact me, Stephen White, or the secretary, Georgina Gregory, if you need an intermediary to speak with IPEd staff.

Please contact Stephen White if you find any email addresses in this website don’t work, or if position titles still point to personal emails. Please also contact Stephen to suggest further improvements to the website, or to let us know about corrections or updates for your Register of Editors profile (the website administrator position is not yet linked to an IPEd address).


(* The IPEd membership officer hired in July, Karen Gillen, has unfortunately had to resign for personal reasons. The position of membership officer is currently being handled by Nicole Mathers of Editors Victoria. We will keep you up to date if and when there are any other changes to IPEd staff positions.)

Welcome to the new IPEd!

On 1 July 2016, the transition from state society to direct, individual membership of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) took effect. A new branch of IPEd in WA—Editors WA—was constituted at the same time. Editors who were members of the Society of Editors (WA) at 14 June 2016 have had their membership transferred to be managed by IPEd.

The new Editors WA will support editors in Western Australia and continue to run activities for IPEd members: this includes regular meetings, networking events and professional development programs. Editors WA will continue for some time to host a branch website (http://editorswa.com), produce the Bookworm newsletter and maintain social media accounts (https://www.facebook.com/SocietyofEditorsWA/https://twitter.com/editorswa).

Questions specifically about membership may be emailed to the IPEd Membership Officer: members@iped-editors.org.

Once login usernames and passwords have been distributed, membership information may be viewed and updated via the new My Membership portal (https:ipedmembers.memnet.com.au/Login.aspx). This is also one avenue for booking meetings and events you would like to attend.

Over the next few days and weeks, you will notice changes to this website as we rebrand and realign the content to the new membership structure. For further information about changes to the way we, as individual members, will interact with IPEd, and with our state branch, please email WA IPEd councillor, Stephen White: southwind07@icloud.com.

Welcome to your direct membership of the Institute of Professional Editors – IPEd!

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IPEd from 1 July 2016 – what can you expect?

This page contains important information about changes to the Society of Editors (WA) Inc. For other news, events and options, please click this button

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From 1 July 2016, the members of state-based societies of editors that supported the IPEd transition will become direct members of IPEd. This includes Society of Editors (WA). Transfer of membership records is currently underway.

The new IPEd membership system, MemNet, will have an online member portal on the IPEd website that members will be able to use to:

  • review and update personal records
  • renew and pay subscriptions
  • book and pay for events
  • subscribe to the Editors Directory (ED), if eligible, and enter and maintain directory information
  • access members-only information.

At the same time, these societies of editors become branches of IPEd and will continue to organise events, member meetings, training and mentoring activities much the same way as the societies did. Events and meetings will be promoted on the branch websites but with bookings and payments handled by IPEd.

Renewing your membership
As a member of IPEd, we will keep the same membership renewal date as we had in our society. For members in Western Australia, the next renewal date will be 31 January 2017.  On this date, we will be sent a renewal notice from IPEd and will be able to renew our membership using the MemNet online portal.

WA members will receive a credit against the IPEd subscription fee for the unexpired portion of our membership (that is, until 31 January 2017). The new IPEd fee may be higher than our society fee, requiring a pro-rate top-up fee for the balance of the IPEd subscription for the year. We will receive an invoice indicating the top-up fee. The WA committee is considering ways to subsidise our members for this top-up amount.

More detail regarding the above is available in the ‘Your Transition questions answered’ document on the IPEd website.

IPEd membership fees for the 2016—17 financial year

Honorary Life MemberNil
Professional Member$180
Associate Member$135
Student Member$65
Corporate Member:
• 2–3 editorial staff
• 4–6 editorial staff
• 7–10 editorial staff*

$360
$720
$1,260
Concessional subscriptions (available for any of the above categories):
• Retired or temporary (>6 months)
• Concession-card holders
• Hardship consideration (for existing members only)


$85
$65
$65

* For more than 10 staff, add additional subscriptions as appropriate

Editors Directory (ED)
The records of the freelance registers and databases from the societies of editors will be transferred to IPEd and, soon after 1 July, the national Editors Directory (for professional members only) will be created. This will be publicly available on the IPEd website. The branches of IPEd will maintain their freelance registers until the ED has been developed to ensure a consistent online presence for freelancers.

Please refer to the FAQs page on the IPEd website for more information.

Memberships on the move

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While we are always glad to receive new members, at present the Society of Editors (WA) is in the process of transitioning to direct membership of the Australian national body, the Institute of Professional Editors (iped-editors.org/).

This means that, in the period from 14 to 30 June 2016, new membership applications are unable to be processed. In this time the membership of financial SOEWA members will be transferred to direct membership of IPEd and a new Western Australian branch of IPEd EditorsWA – will be formed, becoming active as of 1 July 2016. The former committee of SOEWA will become the interim committee of EditorsWA, and the structures and funds of the society will be transferred and aligned with those of IPEd over the following months.

From 1 July 2016, new members are requested to register directly through IPEd on the IPEd website.

Thank you to everyone for your help and patience as we adjust to the new landscape. We look forward to welcoming you in our newly minted professional organisation for editors in Western Australia, a branch of the national body, IPEd!

Position paper on new Style manual

By the end of our October networking meeting, ‘Defending the barricades—you, me and the Style manual’, attendees were in agreement: Australian editors need a new edition of the Style manual. However, it was evident from the discussion of the evening that there was no clear path to attaining this goal.

The many problems and possible solutions have been distilled into a position paper that can now be read online. This has been developed by SoE(WA) members Michèle Drouart, Satima Flavell, Helen Renwick and Ilsa Sharp, who formed a working group after the meeting to research and explore the future of the Style manual.

It is the hope of the working group and the committee of SoE(WA) that this paper will prompt greater conversation and forward movement at the national level.

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Win free registration for IPEd conference

As a gesture of thanks for SoE(WA)’s sponsorship of write | edit | index, the 7th IPEd National Editors Conference 2015 in Canberra, the Canberra Society of Editors is offering two of our members complimentary conference registration (excludes the conference dinner).

If you would like to win this fantastic prize, please send a simple ‘Yes’ in an email to express your interest to Cheryl Bettridge at president@editorswa.com with the subject line ‘CANBERRA CONFERENCE’ by midnight Monday 16 February 2015. (Those who have already registered are welcome to enter.)

Please note: This is not a test of skill/merit; two names will simply be drawn out of a hat at our networking meeting on Tuesday 17 February. Also, the prize is payment of the conference registration fee only, i.e. winners need to pay for their own accommodation, flights, etc.  If you are a winner but find you are unable to attend, please let us know asap so we can do a re-draw to let someone else attend.

If you miss out you on the complimentary passes, you will still be able to take advantage of Early Bird registration for the conference before it closes on 20 February. The conference is being held on 6-9 May, 2015.

For the conference program and more details about the venue, see http://writeeditindex.net.au/.