Society of Women Writers of Tasmania
General meeting held at the Launceston Library 5.7.2021
Opened - 9.40am
Present Mary Farr, Ros Sydes, Wendy Laing, Ruth Williams, Liz Russell Arnott, Janet Berry, Kathy Duff, Madeline Colam, Annette Clark, Andrea Sindorff, Liz Dobell, Laura Sykes, Philip Archer, Yvonne
Apologies Catherine Marshall, Robyn Mathison.
l The coming Poetry competition is open. Cost is $10.00 for upwards of two poetry entries. Closes 31st October.
l The Short Story competition is closed and judging will begin soon. Sally Odgers will be invited to judge the finalists again this year.
l Wendy has finished archiving 35 years of SWWT paperwork and meeting minutes etc. She will hold
them at her home. Anyone who wishes to view or borrow them is welcome. If Wendy is unable to keep them, they will be passed on to the Secretary at that time.
l Homework titled ‘Winter’ was read out. Next month’s topic
l A ‘round robin’ had everyone introduce themselves; their reason for coming and their love of writing/what they write; Our guest, Philip Archer, was given the advice he sought - how to write his memoirs
and where was there a writing group he could attend?
l Raffle was won by Yvonne Gluyas
l A quick exercise on use of dialogue in writing was completed in record time! Thanks Wendy.
Meeting closed 11.30am.
Present - Mary Farr, Wendy Laing, Ros Sydes, Kathy Duff, Madeline Colam, Annette Clark, Liz Russell-Arnott,
Andrea Sindorff, Liz Dobell, Laura Sykes.
Apologies Catherine Marshall, Robyn Mathison
Minutes of last meeting read. Accepted Robyn, 2nd Annette
l Completed archives to be kept at Wendy’s home. If this becomes impossible they are to be given to the Secretary for safe keeping. If there are any other donations for the archives please give them to Wendy.
The position of Patron for the SWWT is now vacant. Wendy read the duties of a Patron to us, and after discussion, a unanimous vote from members, suggested Sally Odger be offered the position. It was also passed that in the future, Patrons will only hold the
position for 2 years - suggested by Janet Berry. New patron to be welcomed at the coming AGM.
President’s report Short Story competition has closed; Poetry competition has opened; Judging for the short stories will begin; Patron’s
duties read out. To reiterate - Sally Odgers be invited to accept position of Patron - Mary to write letter, also to ask Sally to judge the Rose Francombe Short Story competition finalists.
Treasurer’s report See copies
on file. Commonwealth Bank Account holds $2,868.93; SWWT investment monies of $2,240.09, have been reinvested with TPT Wealth. Accepted by Robyn, 2nd by Liz
Membership report we have 43 current members. Annual membership
fees now due.
Secretary report One outgoing letter to previous Patron, Kate Warner, thanking her for her patronage; Incoming email from member Jacqueline Lonsdale-Ceurton, checking in!; Incoming email from Rachel Edwards seeking info
re SWWT for a coming radio interview.
Competition Co-ordinator see under President’s report. Wendy explained the origins of both Short Story and Poetry comps.
l Mary to send
new members/attendees copy of latest Stylus.
l Mary to send to Wendy names etc of new members/attendees.
l Need to update all members information eg address/phone etc
l A SWWT anthology would be great, but cost
approx $3,000. It will have to wait.
l Kathy updated birthday dates to celebrate at coming meetings etc.
l We were asked to recognise NADOC week, by Liz.
Meeting closed 12.00 noon. Thanks Janet
for photos taken of our lovely large group - see on our facebook page.
Next meeting 2/8/2021