Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We have all heard the saying "live in hope die in despair" but have you wondered where it comes from?
It is to be found in Dombey and Son written by Charles Dickens, when the Major said "Tell Joseph, he must live in hope ma'am or he'll die in despair". What would your choice be 'live in hope or die in despair? In today's world many people have abandoned hope and opted for despair and maybe with good reason. Hope and despair share are two sides of the same coin and are the result of the choices that you have made.
Rev Wina Hordijk and her team are working hard preparing for our conference beginning the 19th August. If you plan to attend the Amsterdam conference and have not yet registered, it is not too late. Wina is looking forward to seeing as many of her chaplain colleagues as possible.
Transport to the Hotel: Every 40 minutes there is a shuttle bus to and from the hotel iAM to the airport. The shuttle bus leaves from Schiphol Airport to the hotel from Bus stops A9-A13 and is easily recognisable by the toucan painted on its side. If you wish to book extra nights at the conference hotel before or after the conference please contact the iAM hotel using the Booking Code SCH-GF63056 to get the room at the conference rate.
Please think about who you would like to see lead our Association into the future. We need to fill the casual vacancy for Vice President and receive nominations for the positions of President, Vice President and Media Officer for election at the Annual Business meeting in 2015. Our President, Lewis Rose will not be seeking reelection. Nomination forms are available on our website HERE >> and must be given to the Secretary before the start of the Amsterdam Annual Business Meeting on Saturday 23rd August 2014.
Nominations for Vice President will be received from the floor at the Amsterdam Business Meeting to fill the one-year vacancy caused by the resignation of the Rev Howie Adan. The Constitution states that at least twenty-four hours must elapse between the receipt of nominations and any vote. So the Business Meeting will be convened on the afternoon of Thursday 21st August 2014 to receive any nominations to fill the position of Vice President until the next election in 2015. Any vote required will be taken during the Business Meeting on Saturday morning.
Rev Pierre de Mareuil from CDG Paris has asked that we continue to keep the families and friends of those lost aboard Air Algérie flight AH5017.
Rev Wina Hordijk tells us of the work they have been doing following the downing of Malaysia Air flight MH17. She says "It's such a busy time, working extra hours and extra days, taking care of each other, and of the volunteers, who are busy comforting people at the outside where all the flowers are, and the condolences books. So much grief and pain, tears and powerlessness, also so much overwhelming connectedness! This is my first day off, and it's filled with phone calls of newspapers and television stations that want an interview with us. I was on Dutch television last Thursday, in a program about 'consolation'. Two more to come next week. So important".
The chaplaincy team at Melbourne Airport have also been deeply involved in meeting family members of those lost on MH17 as well as meeting the crews and working with the staff of Malaysia Airlines.
Just a quick reminder to all that despite recent tragedy of MH17 and heavy involvement of the Schiphol Chaplaincy, our Conference in Amsterdam is still on in LESS than a MONTH! There are still rooms available in the hotel. If you haven't registered yet, REGISTER NOW! Make it easier on our colleagues in Amsterdam, don't wait until the last moment: REGISTER NOW!
You can register HERE >>
The IACAC's thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and loved ones of Air Algerie flight 5017. We pray also for our colleagues at Paris CDG airport and all responders to this tragedy elsewhere in the world.
The most wasted of days is one without laughter
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