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NEWS SHEET 4.Volume 1. No.4. APRIL 1975. [14pp folio]
EDITOR: George O'Halloran, Address: London.
Cost of this NEWS SHEET.This NEWS SHEET has cost about 40p. per copy to produce and post. It would be a service to the Society if Members made a donation accordingly. The sum, large or small, will be placed in a separate account to help finance future publications. Please send your contribution to the Honorary Secretary, London.
Depending on the success of this appeal future publications may become more worthy of the Society in format and appearance.
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MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO REFORM BY ATTENDING YOUR CONFERENCE
TAKE YOUR FULL PART IN THE AFFAIRS OF THE SOCIETY BY ATTENDING OUR CONFERENCE.
THE SOCIETY NEEDS YOUR HELP AT OUR FIRST CONFERENCE
IF ONLY HALF OF THE MEMBERS ON THIS LIST WERE TO ATTEND FOR ONLY HALF OF OUR CONFERENCE, THE CONFERENCE WOULD BE A FINANCIAL SUCCESS.
BOOK EARLY FOR OUR CONFERENCE.
HELP TO ESTABLISH THE SOCIETY AS A CREDIBLE INFLUENCE FOR REFORM BY ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE.
AN EARLY BOOKING FOR THE CONFERENCE WILL HELP OUR PLANNING.
EDITORIAL.I had been expecting to produce this NEWS SHEET in journal form (32 pages, spine stapled, 8"x 5") as a first step towards a printed journal. Unfortunately in the rush of other work (Conference, etc.) I forgot to tell Mr Smith about this when commissioning his excellent article (which appears elsewhere herein) and so when he went to the trouble of bringing it to me beautifully typed on a duplicating 'skin' in our older layout I felt we would have to have just one more issue on A4.
Our next issue will be in journal form and perhaps also in print. I have found a printer whose prices seem reasonable and going into real print, if only to test the market for our type of publication, seems to me to be something we should do as soon as possible. Our next step ought, perhaps, to be the circulation of copies of NEWS SHEET around university, and other, libraries with an invitation to subscribe on a regular basis.
If we are successful in building up a reasonable circulation in this way, we might take the final obvious step of tentatively test-marketing to the public. This might be done by putting out a number of copies to booksellers and other vendors in selected areas on a sale or return basis. If this were not successful we should not have lost very much. If it were to be successful we should have greatly increased the influence of the Society in the field of education and reform. We should not, of course, try this until the groundwork has been most carefully done.
And there would be a great deal to do. We should need to establish a policy for NEWS SHEET. This should have regard to the kind of material we should publish; whether we should accept advertising to help out with production costs, if so what kind of advertising; what kind of charges for it; should we have an editorial board; if so, should this board control the contents of the journal or should it merely assist the editor when he asks for help; on what kind of things should the editor seek help; if there is to be an editorial board how should it be chosen; should it be elected or selected; if selected who should do the selection - the members? the Committee? the editor himself? There are many other things also. It is necessary that the journal should remain answerable in some way to the Society and not become an independent entity answerable to none. How is this best achieved? by electing the editor annually? by having him (or her) as an elected officer of the Society and so subject to supervision by the Committee and consequently of the members? or how? I would appreciate greatly suggestions from Members about this. There will be time to discuss all these things without haste at the Conference and so ensure we do not make decisions bad because they were hasty. I am sure we all look forward to hearing what all Members have to say about this at the Conference.
In addition to the names mentioned in 'Society News' I have just heard from Mr Tom Gourdie, M.B.E., the eminent calligrapher, and from Miss Beatrix Tudor-Hart that they will be presenting papers at the Conference. Miss Tudor-Hart, formerly of the Reading Research Institute of the University of London, will need no introduction to our Members. Mr Gourdie's paper will deal with co-relating alphabets for the teaching of reading and writing. Mr Gourdie tells me that he will also be happy to give practical lessons in handwriting to conference members who may wish for them.
Mr Gourdie's generous offer reminds me that Miss Marjorie Chaplin has also offered to give practical help with apparatus making and also recreational art to conference members. We hope that conference members, especially 'social' members, will avail themselves of Miss Chaplin's kindness. Miss Chaplin can offer help, and instruction, in painting in oils and water colours, lettering with pen and brush, lino-cutting, etc. She has been 'hung' in a number of exhibitions.
There are still a few vacant spaces on the programme for papers dealing with topics related to the teaching of reading and writing. If you have ideas you think are good why not share them with others? [See program.]
Mr Ken Jones, inventor of COLOUR STORY will be giving a paper at the conference.
SOCIETY NEWS.At a Committee Meeting held on 1st March the Committee decided to advise the A.G.M. to pass a resolution doubling the current subscription rates to the Society. If the A.G.M. accepts, this means the annual subscription will become £2.00 - not an excessive sum when one considers how costs of paper, postage, etc. have risen. At the same meeting the Committee also decided to advise the A.G.M. to waive the payment of subscriptions by Members who have retired from employment and who are living on the state retirement pension. Such members should apply in a confidential letter to the Secretary who will place their names on the new confidential Free List for Senior Members. Such Senior Members retain all the duties and rights of membership.
This meeting also approved the expenditure of £250.00 from funds already voted by the A.G.M. to meet the preliminary expenses of the Conference.
(If the Conference is adequately supported by Members, this amount will be recovered).
The Committee also decided that "In future copies of the agenda for Committee and other meetings of the Society must be registered (in the Minute book) side by side with the Minutes of the meeting to which they refer". This practice has now been started.
A subsequent Committee Meeting held on 5th April on behalf of the Society passed a vote of deepest sympathy with the family, relatives and associates of the late Professor Harold Orton, late Mr Kingsley Read and late Miss P.H.L. Van Dijk. There is an obituary for Mr Kingsley Read elsewhere in the NEWS SHEET. We hope to publish an obituary for Professor Orton in NEWS SHEET 5. We should be grateful for an obituary for Miss Van Dijk.
This meeting began discussions on the appointment of new Trustees. Only one of the former four trustees still survives and, with Prof. Orton's death, the need for new appointments has become urgent. No definite proposals had been made formally, Members of the Committee felt the need for clearer information and so the meeting was adjourned until April 12th.
At the resumed meeting on 12th April copies of the Society's trust deed and other relevant documents were produced. A number of resolutions were passed whose cumulative effect is that a number of gentlemen were approved as suitable to be trustees of the Society and their names have been put forward to the general membership of the Society for ratification. There is a polling paper elsewhere in this NEWS SHEET and members are requested to use it to record their opinions.
The arrangements for the Conference are well under way. A number of eminent scholars, among whom are Prof. Downing, Prof. Daniels, Dr D.G. Scragg, have already agreed even at this early date to present papers so that we will be able to offer a nutritious and stimulating intellectual pabulum together with congenial companionship in comfortable surroundings. Please book early. It will help with our arrangements. This is the first ever conference held by the Society and its success will add greatly to our influence.
ELECTIONS 1975.The election of officers and Committee members will take place by secret postal ballot under the constitution in 1975. We are hoping that the Electoral Reform Society will, as they did last year, undertake to conduct the election.
Nominations are needed for a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Education Secretary, Financial Secretary, Publications Secretary, Records Secretary and six Committee Members.
There are four Committee members who should continue in office until the elections in 1976. These are Miss B.M.S.T. Darley, Messrs. O'Halloran, J.R. Orange and R.E. Hayley.
We have not been able to contact R.E. Hayley for some time. All letters addressed to him had been returned. Unless he contacts me before 30th June, I propose to ask the committee to suspend him formally from office and the A.G.M. to confirm the suspension. This would create another vacancy for a committee member for one year. Such suspension would not mean anything to Mr Hayley's detriment - merely that he is not available as a functioning committee member. I should be glad of the views of members on this.
Nominations for these offices, properly seconded and accompanied by a note from the nominee stating that he is willing to accept office, should reach me not later than 30th June. The envelope should contain only the items mentioned in this paragraph and should be marked outside on the top left hand corner with the words NOMINATION FOR OFFICE.
The results of the election will be formally announced at the Conference and published in the first NEWS SHEET after the Conference.
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