(IIW President Kapila lighting the flame of friendship at the opening ceremony.)
IIW President Dr. Kapila Gupta was met at Brisbane Airport by David Winters the husband of National President Karen and they drove through the countryside to the Gold Coast to pick up Board Director KayMorland before continuing on to Lismore. That evening President enjoyed dinner and interactions with the IWA Executive and their partners.
Wednesday morning was pleasant with a drive into the country to the home of IWC of Alstonville member Colleen Anderson where they were treated to time in her studio admiring her beautiful collection of handmade dolls and a stroll through her stunning garden.
In the afternoon President was privileged to plant an IW Rose with IWA President Karen who planted an IWA Friendship Rose at a Rose garden on the site of recent devastating floods and in the evening President Kapila enjoyed a dinner with Past IWA Presidents which provided a great opportunity to catch up with many IW friends.
(Our International President Kapila showing her gardening skills planting IWA Friendship Rose, and IWA President Karen planting IIWRose)
On Thursday President Kapila had the opportunity to share morning tea with the IWA Governing Body members, briefing them on her vision and in the evening she attended the Conference Welcome Dinner attended by all delegates.
Friday morning she shared breakfast with the 14 District Chairmen discussing thrust areas with them, followed by the Conference Opening Ceremony at which President Kapila was delighted to honour 97 year old member at large Telka Williams with a Margarette Golding Award.
(IIW Kapila presenting our Member at Large Telka Williams with her Margaret Golding Award.)
Friday night’s Gala Dinner was a glittering affair with Cord Blood Research Grants being awarded to 3 researchers.
(The Cord Blood Research Grant recipients for 2017 presentation at Gala Dinner and IIW Melbourne Convention co-ordinator Val Corva stirring up to register for convention 2018.)
(Major Susanna Fernandez, the only female Combat Task Group Commander to serve in Afghanistan, married with 2 children)
Saturday morning started with the Conference Business Session, conducted very capably by National President Karen and Executives and in the evening they enjoyed the Friendship Dinner and a little dancing.
After breakfast on Sunday, President Kapila was driven back to Brisbane Airport by President Karen for her trip home.