IPA Lithuania’s 2017 Summer Days Event
Have you ever felt like this? When you hear the news about the Summer Days event of IPA Lithuania, the first thought that comes to your mind is that ‘this year, I am definitely not going’, because it’s too far, the Lithuanian summer is too wet, sleeping in a tent is no longer convenient, you are concerned regarding the organisation of the event in general … and maybe, it would be better to spend the weekend at home with a book!
Still, once the event is approaching, you start gathering your backpack, tent, sleeping bag – Okay, you will go there once again!
So what attracts people to the IPA Lithuania Summer Days? The answer is the exclusive, almost tangible spirit, which is created by your colleagues who you have known for many years, the relaxation and community, and the feeling that you are part of the organisation.
Perhaps this is what Police Commissioner General Linas Pernavas meant when sending his greetings to the participants of the festival: ‘IPA gathering – the only one where I come voluntarily.’
You could for certain feel this familiar spirit this year: the event took place from 30 June – 2 July 2017 in the district of Trakai. The organisers of the event, from the Vilnius region, had chosen an excellent campsite on a lake shore.
As usual, the camp was attended by a number of teams from IPA Lithuania, as well as by guests from Estonia, Latvia, Poland, and our well-known friend from the USA who has Lithuanian roots: ex police officer Larry Kiceina.
‘Sport spirit – in our hearts’ – the motto of this year’s Summer Days set the tone for the whole event.
The Summer Days started with a 5 km race and the lighting of the Olympic flame. The event was opened by the president of IPA Lithuania, Vytautas Pliuskus, the Deputy Police Commissioner, General Edvardas Šileris, and the Chief of State Border Guard, Renatas Požėla.
Sport always forms an important part of such events. Many members of IPA are interested and involved in sports, and are therefore very proactive. This year’s competitions were not too intensive: team leaders participated in shooting competitions, team members played beach volleyball and water football.
Our younger participants were fascinated by an attraction called ‘Sweeper’.
The sports spirit also prevailed in the artistic performances on the campsite. With the theme of ‘These sportsmen promote our land’, everyone was impressed by a bodybuilder from Panevezys (who instead of recovering from major championships, was on a diet all week – what a nice sacrifice for the team!). Equally impressive were the performances of the women from the Public Security Bureau.
It’s impossible to count how many times the region of Kaunas became the winners of IPA Lithuania’s Summer Days, and once again they showed that the strength of their team is in its unity, inspiring them to be simply the best.
Servo per Amikeco.