Ippag group photo commemorating the 50th anniversary of the international association.

Ippag group photo commemorating the 50th anniversary of the international association.

F – This year’s autumn meeting of the Ippag (International Partnership for Premiums & Gifts) was held in Saint-Paul de Vence, near to Nice, from September 23-27, 2015, which at the same time offered an ideal occasion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the group.

Ippag President Thibaut Fontaine (r) and Ippag General Manager Florence Mosnier (m) together with several former Presidents. F.t.l.: Saro Circo, George Murton, Bob Lederer, Fritz Bauer and Søren Langhoff.

Ippag President Thibaut Fontaine (r) and Ippag General Manager Florence Mosnier (m) together with several former Presidents. F.t.l.: Saro Circo, George Murton, Bob Lederer, Fritz Bauer and Søren Langhoff.

The “Open Space Forum“ was held on the first two days of the event, which comprised of constructive discussions and strategic planning on the future alignment of the association that has 25 members. Social activities were on the agenda on the following three days – including a rally along the Côte d’ Azur in the historic Citroën 2CV and a visit to the French artists’ village, Saint-Paul de Vence. Furthermore, in the course of the anniversary celebrations, tribute was paid to the former Ippag Presidents, some of whom had travelled to Nice despite their advanced age. Finally, all of the participants received a brochure containing photo material from the past decades, depicting the ranks of the “Old Tigers” and “Young Lions” – as the younger members of Ippag are referred to – at their annual meetings.

A detailed report on the autumn meeting and the 50th anniversary of Ippag will be published in eppi magazine, No. 108 (December 2, 2015).

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