A Message from our Treasurer

It has been a great honor and privilege for me to have been Treasurer for the last 10 years and get to know each and every one of you even better because of this position on the Board.  I have seen many different Board members come and go that  I have had the privilege to work with and get to love. This will be my last year on the Board as I will be retiring and looking forward to my next adventure in life. So, I am asking each and every one of you to continue supporting the  new treasurer so that IACAC will continue to grow.

From this Spiritual Journey that I have been on I pray we all continue to listen to one another. Even if we may disagree, we  can learn still from each other. As a member of the Board I am so looking forward to our 52nd Conference in Melbourne. It will be such a pleasure meeting some of our new members of IACAC as well as renewing friendships with those we know so well. Martyn and Mary have been working hard to accommodate everyone with their special requests and I am positive that we will each go home with a new rich legacy of memories and new friendships.

The Board would like to remind members that after three years if we do not hear from you, your membership can be terminated if you have  not maintained your membership dues. This is in accordance with clause 6.14.2 of the constitution. It is very important each and everyone’s dues are paid, not only because  your membership can be terminated, but also because we do have expenses and help to provide support to chaplaincies as well. We are often asked how our dues are used. The Board works to support chaplains, maintain the website, help support the training of new chaplains, attend at the openings of new chapels whenever possible and provide subsidies for chaplains to attend conferences. The Board also visits proposed conference venues to dicuss with the host chaplains their plans and to give advice for their preparations. Board members are supported with a subsidy for their travel to these meetings and for representing the IACAC at for example, the funeral of a member. Cards and flowers are also sent to members as appropriate. We would be grateful if you could let the Board know of any retiring or passing of chaplains so that we could send a card or try to have a representative present.

However  many times through out  the years the Board members have  often returned their Board subsidy for various reasons to help IACAC. Since I have been on the Board, the costs for the maintenance of the association for the board expenses have been minimal.

Our membership has fluctuated over the years and I would love to see as many airport chaplains as possible join IACAC. Let’s continue to support and encourage each other and bring new members to our Association so that it may continue to expand and develop for many more years.

It is with a great deal of sadness that I will finish my term as treasurer in Melbourne. It has been the upmost privilege to have been to so many different countries and conferences since we had it in Indianapolis in 2001. I have made many wonderful friends and have lost a few through the years that I truly miss but I have been truly blessed. I wish my successor the very best.

May the Lord Bless each and every one!

We are so Blessed to have each and every IACAC Member.


IACAC Board Nominations and Elections

As the Rev Pierre de Mareuil has also nominated for the positions of president and vice president, it is necessary for us to now receive nominations for both positions. In the situation we find ourselves now, 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. It is important for the life of our Association. 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.

President’s Letter | July/August 2019

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Cnut (or Canute) the Great (c. 995 – 1035), was “king of all England and Denmark and the Norwegians and of some of the Swedes”, often referred to as the North Sea Empire. Had his heirs not died in rapid succession and a weakened England not been conquered by William of Normandy in 1066, the European Union might now be a thousand years old with the UK and Scandinavia at its heart. If history was fair, Canute would be better known, as it is, he is often unfairly remembered as the idiot who thought he could stop the tide coming in – a 12th century story recorded by Henry of Huntingdon.

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Chaplaincy at Melbourne Airport

It has been just on eighteen months since I stepped into some very large shoes and followed on from Winton as the Coordinating Chaplain at Melbourne Airport.  What a journey it has been.  So many things to learn, so many people to meet, and the constant demands of supporting the airport community, both staff and passengers.

What an incredible privilege we have in loving people all who have been created in the image of God.

We have the joy of serving a multi-cultural, multi-faith community.  This was evident through the recent celebrations of Ramadan.  Last year I was a bit caught out and we had bottles of fruit juice and food galore brought into our prayer rooms so people could break fast and pray.  The problem was, chicken curry and unrefrigerated fruit juice are not very inviting the next morning.  So this year we placed posters in our prayer room with a greeting for our Muslim brothers and sisters and said our team would provide the water and dates to break the fast.  It was amazing, the feed back from passengers and staff was incredible with emails, phone calls and great conversations thanking the team for caring about Ramadan and providing those small refreshments.  We had not food or juice that could prove a danger or we had to clean up.

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