happening all over the world.
As Christmas 2019 approaches, organized
air cargo, at gateways here in the USA and abroad, is wrapping hearts
and minds around helping others.
Sure, the time is right for parties
and celebrations but keeping a weather eye out for others is also
very much in season for air cargo folks these days, as issues and
challenges are put aside if only for a short while as the new year
of 2020 approaches.
But of course, business does march
In London, as the
British International Freight Association (BIFA) is out front with
its big January awards glitter bash that includes a must-to-attend
luncheon ceremony on Thursday January 16, 2020 at The Brewery.
Robert “Peachy“ Keen
(pictured here with Geoffrey Arend) was feted recently
at a bow-tie party for his unerring dedication to building freight
forwarding as an officer and gentleman at BIFA.
A great supporter of FIATA and all-around
good guy, Robert deserves every accolade and honor our industry
can give this very great man . . .
York, The Air Cargo Association at JFK International
Airport will gather at Russo’s On The Bay in nearby Howard
Beach, December 12 for a luncheon Christmas party. Attendees are
encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift. www.jfkaircargo.net . . .
The Los Angeles Air Cargo Association meets to ring in the season,
also on Thursday December 12 at 11:30 at Los Angeles Marriott (Century
Blvd) Contact: www.laaca.us . . .
O’Hare, the International Air Cargo Association
of Chicago gathers December 10 from 11:15 until 1400 hours in Elk
Grove Village at Belvedere Events. IACAC is affiliated with Toys
for Tots, so everyone is encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy. Contact: www.iacac.com . . .
the Air Cargo Association (ACA) takes off on December 12 as well
at the Holiday Inn Atlanta Airport North at 11 AM. ACA is asking
for clean new blankets or $10USD in cash . . .
Air Cargo Club Germany (ACD) meets December 12 to review the past
and hopefully learn about the future with a presentation by Peter
Gerber, CEO-Lufthansa Cargo.
The meeting (and party) begins at
16:00 and goes until 19:30 at LSG Sky Chefs, Jean-Gardner-Batten-Strasse
5 (Gateway Gardens) Frankfurt am Main, 60549 Germany . . .
On January 14 ( same time & venue)
ACD will toast the New Year at their Annual General Meeting with
Prost and Fröhliche Weihnachten,
Dees', a plant
and flower nursery, is an old time, family business that has been
located just off the main runways at John F. Kennedy International
Airport in Oceanside, New York since 1958.
Dees' spends most of the year selling
plants and trees and lawn care products to people from all over
the metropolitan area.
But once a year for the past eight
years now, Dees' chops down several hundred Christmas Trees from
its big farm in Maine and, in partnership with DHL, sends the trees
free of charge to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
The Christmas Trees for Troops initiative
was launched in December 2004 after local businessman Jim Adelis
overheard a woman at Dees' Nursery near JFK inquiring about how
to ship a Christmas tree to her son in Iraq.
Adelis, whose son was stationed in
Iraq at the time, reached out to DHL and the local community to
deliver more than just a single tree.
Usually the press pick-up of this
event goes mostly to DHL and their big trailers and airplanes, and
the helicopter with Santa aboard that shows up at Dees' for the
Christmas tree shipment before the evergreens are sent to the airport
This year Dees' donated 500 trees
for troops overseas for the 16th consecutive year. Local students
assisted in loading trees for shipment from JFK.
The Dees' brothers, Joseph and Tom
DiDominica, said “We will continue to provide these trees
until the soldiers get home.
“That is the least we can do
to support our troops,” added brother Joe.
Business is business, but these brothers
bring home the real meaning of Christmas and make the Yuletide bright.
Dees' is located at: 69 Atlantic
Avenue, Oceanside, NY 11572. (516) 678-3535. www.deesnursery.com