Monday, 31 July 2017

HONORARY CONDUCTORS

What now?



Norman Perrin blogs –

In a few days' time, on the 1st August, the Petö Andras College will be absorbed into the Semmelweis Medical University.

Of what then will I be an Honorary Conductor?


The Honorary Conductor Award has been conferred by the Senate of the Pető Institute at the recommendation of the International Peto Foundation. Following nationalisaton in 2014, the András Pető College as the Institute's successor organisation took up this custom. With tomorrow's further reorganisation, the Senate of the András Pető College will cease to exist and, if this custom is to continue, then granting this Award will have to be assumed by some other organisation. Either within the Semmelweis Medical University or without.

Whatever happens, technically Norman will be an Honorary Conductor of the Pető András for the rest of his life, the body that made the Award back in 2013, and will remain so whatever happens to the Award in future years (including its possible discontinuation). If so wishes. he is entitled to continue using what will be a historical title (as I suppose, very strictly speaking, it has been since the year after he was awarded it).. This will be nobody's business but his own. Those who were made Honorary Conductors after the Pető Institute was renationalised to become the PAF, may similarly continue to refer to themselves as Honorary Conductors of the András Pető College, should they so wish.
Neither the Pető Institute/ András Pető College nor the international Pető Foundation have established routine communication with Honorary Conductors. I strongly suspect that many, perhaps even most Honorary Conductors know anything about the current fate of the organisation that presented them with their Award, or of the circumstances that have led up the present situation. They may never know.
Norman also writes –
In the great scheme of things, it matters not a lot. But it matters to me. 
In other words it is just one of these personal details that may go unnoticed in corporate reorganisations, unless someone makes a fuss.

World Congresses

By the way, it has been customary for these Awards to be made on the occasion of the time-to-time clan-gatherings of the World Congress of Conductive Education. These are also organised under the auspices of the International Pető Foundation, the actual work being wholly in the hands of a local CE organisation. I have heard conflicting accounts of where the next (the tenth) such Congress will be held.

Reference

Perrin, N. (2017) Proud to be an Honorary Conductor – but of what? C.E. Jottings, 31 July

5 comments:

  1. Andrew, we missed you at the last Congress. So you are aware, we promoted Chicago in tandem with Aquinas in Grand Rapids Michigan as a possibility for the 10th World Congress. That option appeared to resonate with some leaders, but have heard nothing more. Hope you are well...and our kind regards, Charles Herbst

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  2. Thanks for that Charles. I have now heard conflicting reports and altered the above posting accordingly. Sorry if I gave uncertain information...

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  3. Hi Andrew,
    At the end of the last World Congress in Budapest it was named the next congress organiser: Peto Institute again.

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  4. Thank you for confirming that Laci. You are not the only one to assure me of this.

    I was not there and the Congresses do not offer concluding bulletins.

    I think that the Congress finished in early-mid December last year. In mid-April this year, the PAF's incorporation into Semmelweis University was announced as a done deal already passed by the Senates of both institutions.

    Thinks had moved very fast to a position that few if any at the Congress could have
    anticipated.

    Today is the PAF's final day as an entity. Perhaps after tomorrow all the activities, commitments of the PAF (ex-PAI) will continue as before, except that they will occur within Semmelweis, including that commitment to organising a World Congress. within Semmelweis.

    I am sure that Semmelweis must be very experienced at running Congresses and will have its own views.



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  5. Many thanks, Andrew, for your detailed reply. I am proud, therefore, to continue as I am, an "Honorary Conductor of the András Pető Institute"

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