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THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2015 65 home and will gladly give up the home wash job if they can find someone reliable to process their work for a reasonable price. Look at what you could charge for bag wash, with dry folding of most items, and ironing of shirts and other items. You could find a new lease of life for your business. Cess added the PDA SA Spotting Course had been very well attended. It was provided to Members free of charge, and the perception was that the Association was doing meaningful things for its Membership. It was a shame that more had not availed themselves of the opportunity to attend this seminar, which was held at a venue so close to Adelaide. Mario thanked Members for coming, and for their support. ”This weekend seminar was not about linen, soap or machinery. It was about being in business, being a human being running a company. I believe it has been very successful but I am concerned that there were launderers who were not here. How do we change that?” Comments around the room suggested sporting fixtures that weekend had affected attendance, and a way around that could be to set dates 3 months in advance so people would have it in their diary. It was agreed that next meeting, whatever the topic, Members should each try to encourage a non Member to attend. Pull people into the association by exposing them to the good it does. As the meeting drew to a close, Mario Marini thanked Anthony and Lynda Kingsley for the work they did in making the conference happen. He confirmed that as he was no longer a launderer it was unconstitutional for him to continue as President. Manuel Gatis as VP will chair the AGM in December. “Whatever happens in the future, I hope to continue to be connected with TRLA and the laundry industry.” There was strong applause for Mario, who has been an energetic and committed President for the association. No doubt, he will be missed. For me, another wonderful example of what an assocaition can do with commitment. Has your state held a seminar lately? Probably not. But please don’t complain if you aren’t prepared to be helpful. They don’t just happen. Get onboard, get involved, and watch wonderful things happen for your state. n Cess Batten, PDASA President Mario Marini, retiring as TRLA SA President Kerry King, Editor Extraordinaire of the combined association Newsletter Lynda Kingsley, Secretary of PDA SA, Anthony Kingsley, Secretary for TRLA SA and their son Oliver, who shows great forbearance in attendaning the seminars.
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