The National : NOV DEC 2016
66 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2016 Murder By Chocolate! The Victorian Institutional Laundries Association cele- brates 50 years in May 2017, but it’s half yearly meeting of Members, Life Members, and partners shows that while it’s original role as a training body for hospital laundry managers has been usurped by the progress of wider training opportunities, and the closure of so many Victorian linen services, it is still a great group for fellowship and fun. The half yearly meeting was held on Wednesday, November 30th and Thursday December 1st at the Grange Cleveland Winery Function Centre, 55 Shannons Road Lancefield, just an hour from Tullamarine Airport. The Grange is an excellent facility, set in rural surroundings, formerly the Cleveland Winery, and as such perfect for a relaxing day and a half. The standard of food was excellent, and I would suggest if you are looking for ambience and fuss free service, with imaginative food thrown in for some family or company event, you could give them a once over. http://www.grangecc.com.au/ LUNCH AND BUSINESS Following a most enjoyable lunch reports were to be pre- sented. Regrettably “Health Purchasing Victoria” (Paul Sinclair), did not eventuate, as Paul was called away by end of year dramas. Your Editor reported on the progress of the newly developed LAA (Laundry Association of Australia) and a recent Meeting of LAA Members in Melbourne. That meeting is covered elsewhere this issue. Members also discussed the upcoming 50th anniversary of VILA and it was agreed it would be held in Bendigo, where the Association was instituted. President Jack Runnalls emphasised it would need a Committee to get on board to make this happen. The Anniversary Seminar will feature speakers, and a program, and all launderers and allied traders are invited to participate. If you would like to get involved in the Working Committee please contact Secretary Heather Adamson firstname.lastname@example.org DINNER AND KRIS KRINGLE Wednesday evening’s Dinner (OMG! the barramundi!) included the popular “Kris Kringle” and everyone donated a suitedly wrapped gift to the value of around $20.00 A sneaky addition to the blind present giving, was a new rule that if you saw something you liked better than your pick, you could take it! I mean, really! Some people resorted to hiding their gift under their chair in the hopes it would be forgotten. MURDER BY CHOCOLATE! A murder mystery entitled “Death by Chocolate”, set in Paris, 1900, by “The VILA Repertory Group” was a hoot! This play was organised by Jack Runnalls and all of the actors really got into character! Several budding stars were revealed in the course of the evening. Members dressed up and took on the personas indicated in their individual play booklets, where conversations and suspicions were suggested. The ad libbing (and accents) were incredible! Characters were individually implicated in the murder of chocoletier, Billy Bonka by a bomb encased in an Easter egg. Was it the opposition, the critic, or the fling, the celebrated novelist, the pugilist, the professor, the psychologist or the artiste? Suspects were all very suspicious and the real culprit was only revealed at the end – and no one had picked him! Top Marks, VILA. A very enjoyable get together. I hope you will take the opportunity next year to renew old acquaintances and network with work colleagues at VILA’s 50th.
SEPT OCT 2016