With great sadness members farewell another member who made a significant contribution to the Society.
A former accountant, Phyl Macleod was entreated to take over as Treasurer in October, 1996. Despite not being able to get to meetings for the last two years she served, she managed the Society’s financial affairs for nearly nine years until August, 2005 and trained Del Nightingale to take over the office. At the inception of the Imprint postal magazine in February, 1999, Phyl became Editor. She held this position for well over 11 years until October, 2010. She was also Postal Workshop Co-ordinator for about nine years from 1999 until 2008.
In the late 1990s she did a part-time Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing & Editing) at Chisholm Institute, Berwick, and studied the art of writing poetry under Doris Leadbetter. This was a great help in her editing and writing work.
Her poems and short stories appeared in Centoria, Fifty Plus News, Imago, Poetry Monash, The Dawn and The Write Art and in numerous anthologies. Her books include From Bernisdale to Bairnsdale: the story of Archibald and Colina Macleod and their descendants in Australia, 1821-1994, 1994 and Tilting at Windmills, 2000.
Vale on a life well lived, Phyl.
Meryl Brown Tobin