Photos by Li Cong, Harley Jones, Kevin Friedrich, Robert Fletcher and Amber Masefield

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Monday, 20 October 2008
 5:00 PM - 9.00 PM  CIA Executive Committee Meeting
9:00 PM  CIA Executive Committee Meeting followed by Executive Committee Reception and Dinner
Executive Committee Meeting

Members of the CIA Executive Committee held their first meeting in advance of the 120th General Assembly of Delegates to be held on Tuesday afternoon. The CIA Executive Committee comprises the President, 3 Vice Presidents, Public Relations Manager, General Secretary/Treaurer and Chairperson of the Music Committee.

Current Officers of the CIA Executive Commitee include:


President: Kevin FRIEDRICH (USA)
Vice President: Raymond BODELL (United Kingdom)
Vice President: Tibor RACZ (Slovakia) Vice President: Herbert SCHEIBENREIF (Austria) 
Public Relations Manager: Harley JONES (Fiji) Secretary General/Treasurer: Kimmo MATTILA (Finland)
CIA Music Committee Chairpseron:  Frédéric DESCHAMPS (France)    
Herbert Scheibenreif, Tibor Racz, Frederic Deschamps, Kimmo Mattila, Kevin Friedrich, Harley Jones and Raymond Bodell
Coupe Mondiale Hotel - Normandy Hotel Welcomes the World
The Normandy Hotel in Glasgow welcomes visitors from more than 30 nations to the 61st Coupe Mondiale, with posters and welcome signs.
Welcome to Paisley, Scotland - home of the 2008 Coupe Mondiale
The 2008 Coupe Mondiale was held at the Normany Hotel, located in Paisley, Scotland.

The administrative capital of the Renfrewshire council area, historical Paisley is a large town situated 7 miles (11 km) from the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow, and 53 miles (85 km) west of Edinburgh, and is the largest town in Scotland. The town grew up around Oakshaw, on the west side of the White Cart river, where a Roman fort may have existed. Its growth in the early 19th century was primarily through textiles (printing, bleaching, cotton thread) and the name 'Paisley' was given to the Kashmiri pattern of curving shapes found on silk and cotton fabric.

Notable buildings include the Paisley Abbey (Founded in 1163 ), Paisley Town Hall (1879-82), Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, the Coats Observatory (1883), the John Neilson Institution (1849-52), Stanely Castle (15th century, in the Stanely Reservoir to the south of the town), the Sma' Shot Cottages, and St. Mirin's Roman Catholic Cathedral.


Above: Coats Memorial: The Church has been part of the Paisley sky-line for a 100 years and is sometimes called the Baptist Cathedral of Europe. The spiritual home of a broad-based congregation in the Baptist tradition, the Church is primarily a place of worship, prayer, music and the preaching of the gospel. As such it offers a welcome to all who come through its great oak doors.The beauty of the building speaks its own silent message. There is the intricate beauty of the wood carvings and the spaciousness and symmetry of the sanctuary with its vaulted roof and cruciform shape. Marble, alabaster and mosaics abound. The building, in red sandstone, is Gothic in design, topped with a crown spire rising to more than 60 metres above ground-level.

Above: The Houston Kilt Shop offers a spectacular variety of Tartan's and traditional Scottish Dress

Below: The Paisley Abbey. Founded in 1163 as a Cluniac Monastery, Paisley Abbey retains its medieval nave with transepts and choir restored in 19th and 20th Centuries. It has Royal Tombs, fine woodcarving and beautiful 19th and 20th century Stained Glass Windows
The streets of Paisley: Paisley Town Hall (above right) is a popular entertainment and conference venue that is host to a variety of concerts, shows and conferences. The main auditorium of the building can seat up to 750 people with a balcony, gallery and stalls area.
for more information on Paisley, please visit: http://www.paisley.org.uk/index.php