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feel so honoured by being elected President I hardly know where to begin this
letter. However I will start
with thanks to all of you who have put your trust in me to carry this Society
through the next two years; with
thanks also to ex President Shirley Whiteway who has been so generous spending
time to guide me through the pitfalls of being President.
Members who have shared precious knowledge of the arcane mysteries of
this Society are Rebecca Maxwell, Errol Broome, and Meryl Tobin.
History is important: I wish I had known Kathryn Purnell and Margaret
Hazzard who began it all. Judy
Bartosy, Nina McPherson and Janet Howie have also been most helpful.
I have a strong committee and the blessing of a bright young woman Blaise Van
Hecke as Vice President. She is
someone, along with our valued Newsletter Editor Lauren Thompson, who
understands the intricacies of working the Internet with a view to attracting
younger members to carry the Society into the future.
Receiving Officer for the Biennial Literary Award gave me an excellent chance to
understand the complexities of running a competition.
It also made me realize the opportunities it gives to the
competitors, particularly an Australia-wide one, in bringing out the strengths
of the writers. Both our
judges Molly Travers of Short Story and Article Categories and Maxine Clarke of
Poetry, were most impressed by the high quality of the writing.
A competition like this also raises our prestige and puts us in real
value alongside the wealthier contests.
I recognize the importance of working closely on in-house projects.
There are so many highly talented writers in our membership.
Next year I want to give more opportunities to members to conduct
workshops in their chosen field.
Please come forward with your ideas so the year 2014 can be
writers, I hope you can allow yourselves tranquil time to capture and polish
“the wonders that bubble in your souls”.
for the wonder that bubbles in my soul! I
would be a good instrument,
blur no whisper, spoil no expression”.
-- D.H. Lawrence
Best wishes to all ..