A warm and friendly gathering of members attended OOTA’s Annual General meeting on Saturday, 27 October, 2018 at the Fremantle Arts Centre.
Members were pleased to adopt outgoing President Julie Watts report on another successful year supporting and encouraging members and WA writers in their various writing activities.
Treasurer Leanne Searle reported that the association was financially healthy largely due to an increase in membership and enhanced fundraising.
Membership Coordinator Richard Regan reported an increase in membership from 92 in 2017 to 107 as of the date of the AGM.
Secretary Rita Tognini reported that due to changes in the legislation governing clubs and associations, there was a need to update our constitution. A motion to replace the current constitution with the Model Rules recommended by the Department (DMI&S) was unanimously accepted and, after ratification by the Department, the new Rules will be posted on our website.
Rita also conducted the elections for the new committee and the following were elected unopposed
Veronica Lake: President
Julie Watts: Vice President
Rita Tognini: Secretary
Leanne Searle: Treasurer
Richard Regan: Membership
Marlish Glorie: Ordinary Member
Jan Napier: Ordinary Member
Jenny Jones: Ordinary Member
Peter Burges: Ordinary member
Rose Van Son: Ordinary Member
A vote of thanks to Julie for all her hard work over her years as President was unanimously approved. Thanks were also voted for outgoing committee members Maureen Gibbons and Rae Hillhorst.
The meeting also included the announcement of winners of OOTA’s biannual Spilt Ink Competition.
The Prose category was judged by Rosemary Stevens whose report may be viewed here. The winners were:
First Prize - Josephine Clarke - Looking for the Grain
Second Prize – Tracey Feakes - His Dog
Third Prize – Tracey Feakes - Christmas Cheer
Highly Commended - Rod Mackay - Moscow Heat
Highly Commended - Eugenia Howell - The Promise
The Poetry category was judged by Marcella Polain, whose report may be viewed here. The winners were:
First Prize - Kevin Gillam - small religion
Second Prize - Kevin Gillam - Airfix hours
Third Prize - Jan Napier - The Bridge
Highly Commended- Kay Cairns - Wacol Migrant Hostel
Highly Commended - Josephine Clarke - It is Enough
A vote of thanks was approved to both Rosemary and Marcella for their work judging the competition.
Following the awards incoming President Veronica Lake introduced the 2019 OOTA Anthology on Place.
Poetry 50 line limit
Short Stories: 1,500 word limit
Flash Fiction: 500 word limit.
Previously published and unpublished work will be accepted
Closing date: possibly end of April, to be confirmed.
The anthology will be launched in August and members further details will be published in Network Tuesday as details are firmed up. Entry in the anthology will be confined to OOTA members.