The terms party conference, political convention, party congress refer to a general meeting of a political party. The conference is attended by certain delegates. In most political parties, the party conference is the highest decision-making body of the organization, tasked with electing or nominating the party's leaders or leadership bodies, deciding party policy, setting the party's platform and agendas; the term conference or caucus may refer to the organization of all party members as a whole. The definitions of all of these terms vary depending on the country and situation in which they are used. Chairmanship — Chosen from within the body's membership to preside over its business. Secretary — Responsible for keeping minutes of the conference's proceedings. Policy committees — Responsible for setting and maintaining review of current party policy, preparing proposals for presentation to the full conference. In Canada, besides annual or biennial conventions, parties hold special conventions to elect new leaders.
Communist parties convene a congress to elect a Central Committee, which in turn sets up a Politburo. A Communist conference may meet on occasion, to discuss a particular issue or plan an event, but would have no such official powers. Irish Labour Party has an annual Party Conference at which party policy is decided by the membership and the Party Chairperson and Executive Board are elected. In the United Kingdom the political conferences take place in three weeks of September and October of each year, whilst the House of Commons is in recess; the conferences of the three largest UK-wide parties, the Conservative Party Conference, the Labour Party Conference and the Liberal Democrat Federal Conference, are held during this time. In the United States, the term party conference is used to refer to the equivalent of parliamentary groups in other countries. Ardfheis, Irish term for a party conference Political parties List of political parties around the world Political conventions
Patrícia Filler Amorim is a former Olympic freestyle swimmer from Brazil and former president of Clube de Regatas do Flamengo. She is the first female president of the club, elected on December 7, 2009, she was born to a primary school teacher. When Amorim was 3 years old, her sister Paula who had asthma was recommended by a doctor to take up swimming to help with her asthma. Amorim started swimming by going along with Paula to the swimming classes. At 5 years old, Amorim swam across Guanabara Bay in Rio, she represented her native country at the 1988 Summer Olympics in South Korea. She retired from swimming in 1991. At the 1986 World Aquatics Championships in Madrid, Amorim finished 25th in the 200m freestyle, 24th in the 400m freestyle, 20th in the 800m freestyle, she was at the 1987 Pan American Games, in Indianapolis, where she finished 4th in the 4×200-metre freestyle, 5th in the 200-metre, 400-metre and 800-metre freestyle. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Amorim finished 11th in the 4×100-metre medley, 21st in the 800-metre freestyle, 24th in the 400-metre freestyle, 25th in the 200-metre freestyle.
Amorim broke the South American record of the 400-metre freestyle at the 1988 Summer Olympics, with a time of 4:19.64. The record lasted 10 years, was only broken in 1998 by Nayara Ribeiro. Amorim broke several South American records in the 800-metre free, the first in 1985 and the last in 1988 Seoul: 8:51.95. Her record lasted until 1999, when Ana Muniz did 8:48.53. She is the person who most hit the Brazilian record of 800-metre freestyle, six times. Amorim has four children. On December 3, 2012, in spite of running for Flamengo's presidency re-election, she was defeated by Eduardo Bandeira de Mello. Patrícia Amorim at GazetaEsportiva.net at the Wayback Machine Patricia Amorim at the International Olympic Committee