Vienna, fishing the Danube

There is probably no activity more relaxing and yet full of promise than fishing. This pair at one with their cast seem to suggest that. Fishing is also a wonderful metaphor for the conference movement. You bait
the hook with a fine venue, invite keynotes and speakers who between them can represent the current cutting edge of your discipline, prepare the program and cast your line out to attract the widest audience
possible. If you get it right, the strikes just build and build and all concerned pronounce it a good thing.
One would be hard pressed to find a hostess and host as friendly and welcoming
as Bettina Terp, Secretary General FICE International and Hermann Radler,
President FICE Austria and newly elected, President FICE International. Both were
in St. Johns, NL and Cape Town, SA and have done the leg work for this fine
event. Hermann had this writer sold in South Africa and the wait was worth it.
Bettina is seen on the right with Heather Modlin, Member of CYC-Net Board of
Governors, partner on the conference; who also brought greetings.

Hermann and Bettina kept the atmosphere light, humorous and warm through the
opening roster and throughout the conference. They were backed up by the staff
and culinary genius of the University of Applied Sciences, FH Campus Wien. The
600 in attendance was appreciative and warm in response.   
Carol Kelly, FICE USA presented the Martha
Mattingly Scholarship to Heather Jacobson from
Indiana for her contributions to foster care. In
turn, the Association for Child and Youth Care
Practice Lifetime Achievement Award was then
presented to Carol Kelly for her singular
dedicated service to the organization over a long
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