At the invitation of ICMA member LIFE International Ministries, the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the International Christian Maritime Association is, God willing, set to take place in Bucharest, Rumania.
At its meeting in London on Friday 17th May, the Executive Committee accepted the invitation of LIFE to gather in Bucharest. The decision was taken in line with the policy to visit members of the Association. Two members had offered to host the 2013 Annual General Meeting. ICMA appreciates its members’ hospitality.
Our smaller members face unique challenges. Our visit to LIFE shows the Association’s solidarity with its smaller members.
Director of LIFE, Florin Garbea, said:
“We are a small member, but would be honoured to host the ICMA family in Rumania.”
Members will be expected to arrive in Bucharest by the evening of September 30th, in time for the opening reception.
The members will meet on the 1st of October to discuss the results of the ICMA Strategic Review, and will participate in the planning for its implementation. The Executive Committee will present a Strategic Plan for ICMA that reflects the outcomes of last year’s Members’ Consultation in Rome. The Strategic Plan will be available by September 1st, 2013.
The Annual General Meeting will take place on the morning of October 2nd, 2013, followed by an ecumenical service of worship.
Members will depart from Bucharest after lunch on 2 October.
At its meeting earlier this year in Dublin, the Executive Committee urged members to participate in the discussions on the Strategic Plan. To facilitate input from the whole Association, papers would be circulated well in advance. Comments and suggestions sent to the Secretariat by e-mail before the meeting, would be considered, even if the member cannot be present in Bucharest. In London, the Executive Committee invited members to send delegations to Bucharest. It was hoped that all members would be represented.
Information and registration forms will reach members shortly. Guests are encouraged to book flights well in advance to ensure the best fares. LIFE has secured excellent accommodation in Bucharest at a good price.
Delegates will pay all their own costs. ICMA and LIFE will do our best to keep costs down.