Herman C. Vermeulen
Since 1973 I have been a member of The Theosophical Society Point Loma Blavatsky House. I lead this organization since 1985 and I am also the director of the affiliated I.S.I.S. Foundation (International Study-centre for Independent Search for Truth). I am the chief editor of the periodical Lucifer, the Light-bringer, conduct courses, hold lectures and organize annual symposiums, national and international, always emphasizing on the practical use of Theo-Sophia in daily life.
My interest in Theo-Sofia was roused by a combination of factors: study of Buddhism – mainly Mahâyâna Buddhism, work for ESA (European Space Agency) where I supervised young research workers, and pacifist activities.
In 2007 I attended an ITC Conference for the first time (Petaluma, California), and I immediately realized the massive potential of ITC as a new impulse for the Theosophical Movement. I have attended all Conferences since then.
For me ITC is a platform for meeting other theosophists from different backgrounds, working together, sharing experiences, study together, inspiring each other in our never-ending quest for the Theo-Sophia, finding ways to disseminate Theosophy and to take it to its rightful place in society, TO KEEP THE LINK UNBROKEN.
I actively support the ITC initiative since 2007, successfully encouraged many other members of the TS Point Loma Blavatskyhouse to do the same, became a board member in 2009, Vice President in 2013 and have been a (co-) host of the conferences in 2010, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.
ITC is in my heart and should be in the heart of all Theosophists.
ITC is a still growing organization, active in an environment with many dangers lurking from within as well as from outside the Theosophical Movement, which might cause severe damage not only to this wonderful new initiative but also to the entire Movement as a whole.
For that reason, it is essential that the Board functions as a strong unity, as the fingers of one hand, is aware of their responsibilities for the soul of the organization, the members, inspire them, be an example of compassion, dedication, and discipline.
Much has been achieved in recent years in this respect, especially after the Naarden declaration in 2014 and the following conferences, and still much more work has to be done in the future. One of the major tasks for the Board in the coming years will be strengthening the relationship between itself and the membership, optimizing communication and identifying areas where the members can be actively involved in the work.
I would appreciate being given the opportunity to contribute to ITC as a board member for another three years and help to realize this and any other tasks.