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2009 CIA Winter Congress - Bratislava, SLOVAKIA
121st CIA General Assembly of Delegates
January 30 - February 1, 2009
Host: CIA Member
Methodical Center of Prof. Marta Szokeová for Accordion (MCA)

 General Information | Summary of Activities and Pictures from Congress
Friday, January 30, 2009
Members of the 121st General Assembly of Delegates met in Bratislava for their annual Winter Congress. Hosted by the Methodical Center of Prof. Marta Szokeová for Accordion (MCA) under the direction of CIA Vice President Tibor Racz, this is the second time the CIA has held their Winter Congress in Slovakia.

Delegates in attendance were:

Executive Committee
USA - Kevin FRIEDRICH Slovakia - Tibor RACZ
United Kingdom - Raymond BODELL Finland - Kimmo MATTILA
Austria - Herbert SCHEIBENREIF France - Frederic DESCHAMPS
Music Committee Advancement & Development Committee
France - Frederic DESCHAMPS (Chairperson) Italy - Mirco PATARINI (Chairperson)

Delegates in Attendance Lithuania - Mindaugas LABANAUSKAS
Austria - Werner WEIBERT Lithuania - Reeda LABANAUSKAS
Croatia - Vjera ODAK-JEMBRIH Serbia - Aleksandar NIKOLIC
Germany - Günther ZEILINGER United Kingdom - Anna BODELL

Apologies for Non-Attendance

Brazil - Lauro VALERIO

Denmark - Peter ANDERS Sweden - Jörgen SUNDEQVIST
Fiji - Harley JONES USA (AAA) - Faithe DEFFNER
New Zealand - Heather MASEFIELD USA (AAA) - Linda Soley REED
Russia - Viatcheslav SEMIONOV USA-ATG - Joan SOMMERS
Australia - Elizabeth JONES USA-ATG - Dee LANGLEY
Macedonia - Anica KARAKUTOVSKA Italy - Luigi BRUTI
Macedonia - Elizabeta ILIEVSKA France - Jacques MORNET
Macedonia - Zorica KARAKUTOVSKA Bosnia & Herzegovinia - Zoran RAKIĆ

On Friday afternoon, members of the Executive Committee held their meetings, followed by a welcome reception and dinner for the attendees. All events were hosted at the Holiday Inn Bratislava.

executive committee
Pictured are Tibor Racz (Vice President), Kimmo Mattila (General Secretary/Treasurer),
Kevin Friedrich (President), Raymond Bodell (Vice President), Frederic Deschamps (Music Committee Chairperson)
and Herbert Scheibenreif (Vice President).
Welcome Reception and Dinner
Methodical Center of Prof. Marta Szokeová for Accordion (MCA) held a welcome reception and dinner for the Delegates and Guest Artists for the Winter Congress.
Pictured above are members enjoying this social event.

Pictured below left Guest Artist Julien 'Speedy' Gonzales (France), CIA President Kevin Friedrich, Guest Artist
Grayson Masefield (New Zealand) and CIA Music Committee Chairperson Frederic Deschamps.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Above: Delegates of the 121st General Assembly Winter Congress

Below left: Delegate Mindaugas Labanauskas (Lithuania) (center) from the CIA's newest member the Kaunas Accordion Society, addressing the General Assembly.

Below right: Guest Artist Grayson Masefield from New Zealand.
Grayson performed the work by Gorka Hermoza (Spain) called Fragelissimo
Below left: Guest Artist Peter Maric (Serbia) who performed Impasse by Frank Angelis (4th Movement),
and Valse a Margot by Richard Galliano
Above: Grayson Masefield performing Pinscher Tango Jérome Richard and Julien 'Speedy' Gonzales performing Tango for Claude by Richard Galliano and a Medley of French Waltzes by Jérome Richard
Back row left to right:
Aleksandar NIKOLIC, Günther ZEILINGER, Frederic DESCHAMPS,
Front row left to right:

Reeda LABANAUSKAS and host Tibor RACZ.
Winter Congress Guest Artists: Grayson MASEFIELD, Julien GONZALES, Peter MARIC
Slovakian Evening
Tibor RACZ, Artistic Director of the CIA Member the Methodical Center of Prof. Marta Szokeová for Accordion (MCA) hosted the guests for evening of Slovakian hospitality.

Above: Host Tibor RACZ (left) with CIA President Kevin Friedrich and right,
with Chairperson of the Music Committee Frederic DESCHAMPS.

Below left with
Günther ZEILINGER and right are
Herbert Scheibenreif, Vjera ODAK-JEMBRIH
, Mindaugas LABANAUSKAS and his wife Reeda.

reception reception
Above: Delegates enjoying an evening together and below, Aleksander NIKOLIC,
Mirco PATARINI, Peter MARIC and

Below Right: 2008 CIA Honorary Vice President and Coupe Modale Organizer Anna BODELL (United Kingdom)
and Julien GONZALES (France).
Above left: Grayson MASEFIELD and fellow New Zealand born accordionist CIA President Kevin FRIEDRICH.

Above right: Mr. and Mrs. Werner WEIBERT and Herbert SCHEIBENREIF all from Austria.
Walking Tour of Bratislava
The visiting Delegates were treated to a beautiful walking tour of Bratislava, with the first picture celebrating the change to the Euro as the official currency of Slovakia on January 1st, 2009.
Above: City Hall, located in the center of Bratislava
Visitors are pictured walking through the gated archway in the Old City. Traditional has it, that if you hold your breath while walking through the archway, your wish will come true. Many wished for some slightly warmer temperatures, however, were then informed that the wish comes true later!!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Sunday saw the closing session of the General Assembly, followed by a farewell lunch, and some free time for further sightseeing.

A detailed report of activites including Award recipients and other CIA business actvities from the General Assembly will be mailed to CIA Members.

Confederation Internationale Des Accordeonistes (CIA) - General Secretary
Kimmo Mattila, Kyrösselänkatu 3, FIN-39500 IKAALINEN, Finland. E-mail: kimmo.mattila@satahamesoi.fi

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