‘On the whole I am happy …’
You could see him everywhere, not saying much but seeing everything. A few hours from the end of his task as organiser of this 20th Annual Conference in Lido di Jesolo, he is beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. He has been the director of the Elena Cornaro Institute for five years: ‘I was responsible for closing the old school and opening the new one,’ he says. Ilario Ierace points out with pride, ‘It’s one of the best schools in Italy.’
So, Headmaster, are you pleased?
‘Yes, tired but pleased. My biggest preoccupation has been not to disappoint the participants. That’s why around 50 of my staff were deployed in about 15 organising committees. And outside the school I had the support of the Jesolo Tourist Office, from the county and from the Regional Tourism Authority. I worked on a provisional projection and last July there was still a lot to do. A lot of registrations arrived at the last minute, which caused us some problems. I should tell you that in Jesolo 80% of the 400 hotels are already closed; and we had to find hotels which were not too far from the Tourism Palace.
All in all I am happy. But of course it’s up to the participants to give their opinion. There haven’t been any big problems, though of course there have been little worries. My co-workers have worked very hard and this Annual Conference has been an enriching experience for all of us. Everyone was very enthusiastic. The excursions have been a great success.
I should add that we have been supported by a lot of sponsors, some of them very large companies, notably the SIRMAN company and the large regional businesses. It’s easier to come by products than money! In any case I do not anticipate a deficit. We have benefited from the experience, and the equipment which has been bought remains the property of the Institute. And organising this 20th Annual Conference has made it possible for us to make the Institute even better known’.
‘We must encourage the organisers to put the students to work’
Furthermore we must also make much greater use of students’ skills instead of farming out the operations – we must encourage the organisers to put the students to work. It’s a unique opportunity for them to put into practice what they have learned. We must also prevent the ceremonies from lasting too long, and make the greatest possible use of modern technology to save time.
On the matter of the competitions, we had to eliminate two students who did not fulfil the criteria. And why? Because they were quite incapable of communicating. It is more important to be able to speak and communicate with one’s fellow contestants than to carry out the tasks. It’s a great shame for these two young people. But I’m very pleased with the way we applied the rules drawn up by the Competitions Committee. The competitions went off very well.
Unlike in other years, we decided to ask the views of groups at random as they sat at their tables during the last evening. Here are some of their comments:
Lorenzo di Giacomo, 18 years old from Senigallia and Désirée Sacchetti 17 years old from Giulia Nova have the same message…