The Iberian Section of the IFFR
|The Iberian Section has been officially
recognized at the Nice Convention, in 1995, through the
efforts of Peter Neufert.
The Section is made by Portuguese and Spanish Rotarians.
In 1996, under the Direction of Peter Neufert, the Section had the Annual Group Meeting & Fly-In at Montargil, Portugal. With the presence of several members from the Iberian Section, members from the French Section and the President Elected Graeme LeQuesne we had a very good time.
After the meeting, our Section start to publish a newsletter, both in Portuguese and English, every 3 monthes, to give members all the available information and to keep IFFR presence permanent.
In 1997, under the Direction of Luis Henriques, the Section had the Annual Group Meeting & Fly-In at Portimão, Portugal. With the presence of many members from the Iberian Section, members from the United Kingdom Section, members from the German Section and the World President Graeme LeQuesne we had a wonderfull fellowship. We also promoted a first flight for 30 young children from local schools as a highlight of the Meeting. Every child was given a folder with information about IFFR and aviation, a lot of aviation drawings to paint and a First Flight Certificate.
In 1998, our Annual Group Meeting & Fly-In was planed to be at Oporto, with the aircraft operations at Vilar de Luz airfield (LPVL). The meeting had to be canceled due to bad weather.
In 1999, the Annual Group Meeting & Fly-In was held at Tarragona, near Barcelona, in Spain, with the aircraft operations at Reus airfield (LERS). It was organized by the IFFR Spanish member Victor Merelo, who did a great job. We had great weather and a great attendance of members from Portugal, Spain, UK, Jersey Channel Island, Belgium and Switzerland. The fellowship, as usual, was excellent and everybody had a great time. We decided to elect Victor Merelo as the next Chairman of the Section. We also decided to have a Spanish and a Portuguese Chairman change every two years and to do the Annual Meeting in alternate years in Portugal and Spain. Next Meeting will be at Braga, near Oporto, Portugal.