Melbourne IACAC Annual Conference 2019

Those chaplains who were able to travel to Melbbourne for the annual IACAC conference found themselves challenged to think about diversity in our world and how it is reflected in our airports. There was much to consider and reflect upon as well as renew old friendships and make new ones. Conference presentations and photos have been uploaded to the Members Section of the website and are available for members to access. David Gonzalez, Protestant chaplain at Paris-Orly airport (ORY) sent the following reflection on a workshop held at the conference:

How to recharge your batteries in an airport when you work there? This was the question asked at one of the workshops during the Melbourne Conference. How do you renew your spiritual strength? One of the chaplains does Yoga, another one takes time to contemplate the planes taking off in sundown.

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Meet the New Executive Board

During the IACAC Annual Business Meeting held at Melbourne Conference the new Executive Board was elected and installed.

IACAC Executive Board
left to right: Stephan Pfenninger, Mary Holloway, David Reiser, Romeo Dabee, Pierre de Mareuil, Edward Nambute, Martyn Scrimshaw

President: Rev. Pierre de Mareuil (CDG, FR)
Vice-President: Deacon David Reiser (CLT, USA)
Treasurer: Rev. Romeo Dabee (JFK, USA)
Media Officer: Rev. Stephan Pfenninger Schait (ZRH, CH)
Secretary: Miss Mary Holloway (MEL, AUS)

Host Chaplains:
Capt. Martyn Scrimshaw (MEL, AUS)
Rev. Edward Nambute (NBO, KE)

Nominations were also received for the election of a new Secretary at the Nairobi Conference in 2020. Deacon Jim Martin for St Louis was nominted by Deacon David Reiser and seconded by Canon Liz Hughes.
As his nomination was the only one received, Deacon Jim will be elected unopposed as Secretary in Nairobi.

IACAC Melbourne Conference

We are now in the final month of preparation for this year’s IACAC Conference.  We are looking forward to welcoming all those who are going to travel to Melbourne from far distant lands to join us for a week of fellowship and learning.

Our theme: Diversity – Celebrating Difference as a Gift has certainly got our speakers fired up and I think we can look forward to being inspired and challenged through their presentations.

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IACAC Board Nominations and Elections

Sadly, due to a change in her role within the airport, the Rev Donna Mote has withdrawn her nominations for the positions of president and vice president. As the Rev Pierre de Mareuil has also nominated for the positions of president and vice president, the Constitution provides for nominations to be received from the floor for both positions during the Annual Business Meeting in Melbourne.

A member does not have to be present at the Annual Business Meeting to be nominated but it is desirable that members have an opportunity to learn about them and what they can offer the Association. Only 2019 financial members are eligible to vote in the election and members who are not present at the Annual Business Meeting can vote by proxy. Proxy voting application forms are available from the Treasurer. Any member who is holding proxy vote for another member may only hold a maximum of two proxy votes.

We ask members to think and pray on this matter. Nomination forms are available from the Secretary for the position of president and vice president for election in 2019 and the receipt of nominations for secretary to be elected in 2020.

Airport Chaplaincy Down Under

Airport chaplaincy has a long and varied history in Australia and New Zealand. The first chaplaincies began in Melbourne and Sydney as part of industrial mission then spread to the other airports around Australia and across the Tasman to Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand. Since the early 1970’s Australian airport chaplains have regularly attended IACAC conferences and played an active part in the Association hosting a total of five conferences to date. This year the October conference will be the sixth held in Australia and fifth in Melbourne.

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