Vasily Korablev (Russia)
President of the Fund for Support of Lighthouses and Lighthouse Keepers within the Russian Lighthouse Society
Vasily Korablev is the founder and leader of one of the oldest, non-commercial, Russian civil societies for collecting information on Russia’s lighthouses, as well as those of the world. Founded in 2008, the Russian Lighthouse Society accumulates data on lighthouses and their keepers in the form of an encyclopedia. In many ways, the society popularizes lighthouses, endeavoring to bring lighthouses to the attention of people of all ages. For example, it creates models of the lighthouses of the world, holds exhibitions, and assists lighthouse keepers with associated projects.
Geoff Leece (England)
I am 65 years old and live in Clarendon, Somerset. I am a member of the Association of Lighthouse Keepers, a Life Patron of the Mary Rose and the SS Great Britain, a Life Patron of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society and a Life Governor of the RNLI. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a Member of the Hydrographic Society and an Associate of the British Naturalists Association. I am also a member of the World Ship Society and the Ocean Liner Society.
I have an interest in all things maritime and this of course includes lighthouses. I think we should try top keep as many lighthouses as possible as they are part of our maritime heritage.
Jang, Jaedong (Korea)
Director for the National Lighthouse Museum of Korea
It is truly my pleasure and honor to introduce the National Lighthouse Museum of Korea to World Lighthouse Society members. The Museum is located at Homigot harmonised with blue sea with seagulls flying high and gently lapping waves. I strongly believe you will experience and enjoy the history of lighthouses, maritime culture and unique relaxation which you can’t have in the city.
My experiences as the director of the Museum make me very proud of my job and appreciate the beauty of lighthouses. Every visitor to the museum carries their unforgettable memories to home with them. These have encouraged me to cherish the memory and the value of the lighthouse even more. I hope that many people have the same experiences. I always welcome all of you to the National Lighthouse Museum of Korea.
In addition, I am also honored to invite you to the 19th IALA Conference, which Korea is very privileged to host. The 19th IALA Conference will be held from May 27 to June 2, 2018 at Songdo Convensia, located in Incheon Metropolitan City, Korea. If you need more detailed information, please visit our official conference website (www.iala2018korea.org).
The 19th IALA Conference is now one step closer to you. We are sincerely looking forward to your visit to Incheon, Korea!
Thank you very much.
Richard Wahl (U.S.A.)
My interest in lighthouses began as a child with my first visit to Montauk Lighthouse at the tip of Long Island. Over the years, wherever I've been, I’ve sorted out the closest lighthouse to visit. I've visited all the lighthouses around Long Island. I visited the light at Tybee Island in Georgia, when I was stationed at Ft. Stewart. I have at least fifty books on lighthouses. My two favourite lighthouses are Fire Island Lighthouse [New Jersey, U.S.A.] and the Eddystone Lighthouse [England]; the Fire Island Light because it's close to my home and I can visit it often; the Eddystone because it's so powerful a sentinel, so far from land, yet still protecting mankind. Also, because it's a light I may never see.
I'm a member of US Lighthouse Society and Association of Lighthouse Keepers (UK). I have learned so much from them which increases my love of lighthouses.