The National : JUNE-SEPT 2017
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER 2017 71 Jack proposed a toast to VILA. This was taken up with mighty acclaim. Indeed, we are jolly good fellows, and VILA has much to be proud of. We broke for dinner and the tables were abuzz with memories. LIFE MEMBER TRIBUTE AND PRESENTATIONS Bill Crotty reviewed the wonderful Members of VILA who had been inducted as Life Members since 1969 and praised the efforts they had made long after Retirement to join with VILA at social events. Heather Adamson Bill had the honour of inducting Heather Adamson as a Life Member and pointed out, quite rightly, that VILA would not still be in existence if Heather had not taken up the reigns of the Secretariat. Back then she was shy, didn’t like being front of attention, which makes her contribution all the more laudable. “Thank you, Heather, we appreciate your contribution over the past several years and the work you have done to get us all here tonight,” Bill Crotty said as he presented her with the Life Membership badge. The room responded with acclaim, as this quiet achiever has worked very hard on behalf of the Members. Monica McMahon Bill detailed how Monica McMahon started in the industry 35 years ago at Eureka Linen, on the floor in Production. From there she went into admin. and eventually became Assistant Manager. Monica has been Manager of Eureka Linen, a plant doing around 70 ton a week, for the past five years. And apart from overseeing some major redevelopment of the linen service over the past three years, Monica stepped up for the industry and joined the VILA Executive three years ago. Monica also hosted a plant tour, which was very well received. “Thank you Monica, for your contribution to VILA, and our best wishes going forward. Thank you for your contribution to VILA, I have pleasure in presenting you with Life Membership.” ALLIED TRADERS, THEIR CONTRIBUTION Doug Ash, always a Committee Man, active helper, and a Life Member, paid tribute to the Allied Traders who supported VILA throughout the years, not only through their financial support and sponsorships, but through the provision of top class overseas speakers, as well as those from within the Australian ranks. Karl Schubert and Uli Eckert from Milnor B.V ., in Belgium, Steen Neilsen and Kaj Andersen from Jensen Group, Denmark; Michael Bohnet from Kannegiesser, Germany, Dick Fenner from D’Hooge, and Chris Ducker from Ducker Engineering both U.K . The exhibition booths which some traders manned during the Seminars provided a great meeting point for traders and hospital laundry managers alike during morning tea and lunch breaks. It was a great opportunity to see new products and a valuable part of the Seminar. A rousing toast to VILA, it’s history and achievements!
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