This week, we had our INTO Winter Drinks at the office in London. An opportunity to thank our supporters, particularly our wonderful Amicus members; to reach out to INTO friends here in the British Isles and to spread the word about ICNT 2017 in Indonesia. In fact, the evening was full of the sights, sounds and tastes of Bali thanks to BPPI Member and INTO volunteer, Putri Sasongko, to whom I’m hugely grateful: it was a lovely evening amongst good friends and family.
As we enter the home straight of the Christmas season, I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘family’. Not least as I am writing this blog from my brother’s beautiful home in the middle of France (see below), but also as next year we are going to be working on what it means to be a member of the INTO family, such as membership benefits and how we use our brand and logo.
What do families do? Families go through good and bad times together. We celebrate each other’s achievements and we lean on each other at times of difficulty. Families are built from mutual affection and respect, not necessarily blood, and every member chooses to be part of the family. Family members go out of their way for each other.
I think the same could be said of the family of National Trusts. We are a family, and families share values and look after everyone. In 2016 the INTO Secretariat will continue to support the global National Trust family by providing a forum for our members to assist each other, to learn and to share. We will try to grow the NT family by seeking out new members and supporting the development of new Trusts where there is a call for them. We will also find new ways to raise our combined voice for global heritage – to speak up for ‘the family’.
With that in mind, I wish you the very best of festive seasons and an enjoyable, peaceful and fulfilling start to 2016.
Thanks for reading!