To the Editor,

I read your October editorial and wanted to share a couple of things. I am an executive assistant and meeting planner for a trade association in the New York metro area. My husband and I lost a son and a cousin in the attacks. Both were helping in the rescue efforts and were killed when the Twin Towers collapsed. My husband and I are volunteers in our local fire department, he a firefighter and I an EMT, so our involvement is ongoing.

Of course, my business life has been affected. I was responsible for a meeting that was scheduled for late September at Kiawah Island Resort. Our president felt that it was important to carry on with our meeting despite the obstacles. He assigned different people in my office to do my job at the meeting. I cannot tell you how helpful and understanding the people in the hotel, the attendees, and the association's employees were in handling the situation.

We had people coming from all over the country for this meeting. Our attendance was about 70 percent, which, under the circumstances, I felt was very good. In the end, in spite of everything that had happened, the meeting was successful.
Barbara W. Jurgens, meeting planner
NPTA Alliance
Farmingdale, N.Y.

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you at this time, as our readers' will be. Perhaps, in some small way, that can be of help.
The Editors

To the Editor,

I was touched by your “Never Again” editorial about the World Trade Center bombings. You put into words many of the emotions I have not been able to articulate so well. Thank you.
John Farrell, senior director, client strategy
Carlson Marketing Group
Minneapolis, Minn.

To the Editor,

I was thrown into shock as the awful news of September 11 broke. You, your family, your friends, and your colleagues — indeed all Americans — are in our thoughts and our prayers.

Last night in Dublin, I attended a dinner at which Hillary Clinton was to speak. For obvious reasons, she could not make it, but she did link up with us by satellite, and spoke for more than 15 minutes in a way that moved us all. More importantly, she reflected an American nation and an American people that are stronger and more determined than ever. Life will go on and good will triumph over evil.

In our own modest way, we are here to help and support you in any way we can.
Pat Crowley, managing director
Castle Tours
Shannon, County Clare, Ireland


To the Editor,

I really enjoyed the October piece Regina McGee did about my old friend Virginia Lofft (Corporate Meetings & Incentives' newly retired vice president/publishing director). What a great job!

I recall meeting her in the editorial offices of Successful Meetings on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia — way back when!
Linc Colby

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