Meeting of the Socio-Cultural Commission in Montenegro

26 Jul 2019


Montenegro, a beautiful and young country, with a young and energetic IPA section, is where we decided to hold the SCC meeting 2019.

Section Montenegro will host the IPA Games 2020 in the city of Bar. After the first IPA Games were held in Lisbon in 2018, surveys, questionnaires and an SCC meeting have so far accompanied the preparations for the second IPA Games.

The IPA Games were the main focus of our SCC meeting 2019, which started in Podgorica and continued in the host city  of the next IPA Games, Bar.  A summary of the conclusions, and surveys from the IPA Games in Lisbon were presented.

Advice for the IPA Games in Montenegro 2020 was prepared by the leaders of the sports project within the SCC, Vytautas Pliuskus and Anabela Alferes. All commission members of the organising team joined the meeting with Section Montenegro.

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The IPA Games will be held from 10-15 May 2020, with participants arriving on Sunday 10 May and leaving on Friday 15 May.

In Bar, we met with a representative of the local parliament, as well as the mayor and the director of the sports department, who is in charge of sports facilities. We visited all the facilities and hotels that will host the participants.

This visit was important, as it provided us with an accurate picture of the quality of the facilities, the accommodation options, the distance from the airports, as well as the prices and the planned social activities.

The cooperation between all parties at municipal, political and professional level facilitates a successful performance. We wish Section Montenegro all the best, and of course the SCC will continue to assist with the preparations.

One of the first pieces of advice I received from one of my fellow board members, when I was elected onto the board in 2009, was to initiate only one project each term. Now, when I look back on the past 3 terms of the ISC and the new SCC, I conclude that such a restriction was not necessary. We are here to work and contribute to the association. We initiated many projects and changed and improved some of the rules.

We introduced workshops, professional seminars, surveys and questionnaires. We started with the IPA Games, and continued with photo and video competitions, website awards, as well as projects involving the IPA heritage and the association’s hobbies. Last, but not least, we produced the new Hosting Book.

Within the ISC, we started with 5 big projects. With the SCC, since we are a ‘double team’, we have 11 projects, most of which are very large, influential and significant. The IPA Games on their own, with its next edition in Bar, is a giant project.

I am proud of each one of my Commission members. We are working on 10 more projects than the number recommended to me at the beginning, and we can conclude our term as a term full of achievements.

All the projects we are dealing with need a long-term project leader, as continuity is vital. After a very successful term, we can come to the conclusion that it would not work any other way.

The credit does not belong to me, but to the SCC members. They are the ones who are leading the projects, and every achievement is mutual, we are a team. That is the way I believe it should work.

Gal Sharon, IPA Vice President and Chairperson of the SCC