Message from the IPA President
Happy New Year to you all! May trouble and sorrows stay away, and may you enjoy good health and happiness.
I know that most IPA sections and regions have already planned a lot of events that will give the opportunity to many of you to enjoy the IPA spirit and make new friends from all over the world. Congratulations to all those who will take an active part in organising events and also to all participants. Social events are a vital part of IPA life and I am always amazed and pleased to see and read about the successes of such gatherings happening throughout the year.
For the International Executive Board, 2019 will be, as every elective year, a busy one, ending the current term of office and preparing the World Congress in order to guarantee a productive meeting for all delegations, and good conditions for the elections of the new board members for the period 2019 -2023.
But what are good conditions for elections?
In my opinion, it means to be able to count on motivated candidates, ready to give a lot, and to work hard for the tasks linked to their job description, but also for the common projects and vision of the whole board, guided by the spirit of the founder in order not only to consolidate what has been done, but also to develop new ideas, and to bring new countries into the affiliation process.
I trust that the delegates will make the right choices. They will have time before the congress – together with their respective national board, but also with other sections during the various regional conferences organised during the spring season – to discuss the elections in advance. Although the deadline for submitting candidatures for IEB positions is 90 days before the World Congress, I can only encourage potential candidates to let everybody know about their intentions earlier, so that the debate can be constructive and open.
So… let’s see and hope for the best.
Once again, Happy New Year to you all, and thank you for your dedication to the IPA and its goals. If all the smiles generated by the IPA in one year could be converted into a shiny ray of hope for people less fortunate than ourselves who need our help, we could do miracles. I know that we do a lot already, but let us continue increasing our positive actions to make this planet a better place to live on. Rather than finding excuses to stay inactive, let us find a way to do good.
Servo per Amikeco