IPA Newsletter October 2020 - Word of introduction

04 Oct 2020

Dear friends,

This month the IPA World Congress was supposed to take place in Lloret de Mar, Spain, and at the same time, the IPA had planned to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of our association by Arthur Troop.

Unfortunately, everything turned out differently.

Covid-19 has kept the world in suspense for more than 9 months by now, and resulted in the deaths of more than a million people. Daily life has completely changed, and it is uncertain how long this extraordinary situation will last.

During this difficult time, I took a moment to think about what the IPA means for me, and came to the following conclusion:

  • Friendship
  • Solidarity
  • Mutual Support

‘Service through friendship’ is the motto of our association. The IPA makes it possible to find friends all over the world, friends, that we might see several times a year, friends, with whom we keep in contact via social media, email or telephone, friends, that we can count on for help at home or further away, friends, who organise a day out on vacation, friends, who are there for you when you need someone, friends, with whom you can go through thick and thin. When I think of many different countries around the world, good friends in those countries immediately come to my mind!

The solidarity of these friendships means that should our friends leave this world, the IPA mourns around the globe, as was recently the case with our IPA friend from Monaco, Claude Amadori, or our friend from Northern Ireland, Hilary Boyd. Even though I may only have seen them a few times, the IPA has enabled me to feel close to them. My condolences and thoughts go to both families.

Solidarity also means that everyone can count on mutual support. I have often benefitted from the support of IPA members all over the world, both on private holidays and with work. To reciprocate, I am happy to offer support with travel plans for anyone coming to Vienna or Austria, as long as my schedule allows me time for this, and to meet you and go out for a drink or a meal.

In my role as Treasurer Social Affairs in the IEB, it is my job to help IPA members who are affected by disasters, at the request of a section. If you have any questions in this regard, please contact me. After consultation with the IEB, we will try to help you as soon as possible, in accordance with our international documents.

Let us make sure to stay in contact, to stand together, and to help each other! Friendships are worth their weight in gold during these difficult times!

Martin Hoffmann, Treasurer Social Affairs