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Awareness of the CLIC linen man- agement system was one of these, with David Dowling back in the 90s. This was the first attempt to comput- erise linen stocks and track them through laundries and customers stores. An ongoing challenge for the laundry industry, with the occasional amnesty of “lost linen” courtesy of the ambulance transport system. We also explored Costing, to assist Managers in working out their production costs, and staffing levels. VILA has worked with the Australian Standards Association on Laundry Standards, and Linen Standards, and even though the Laundry Standards have not been updated as they should be, due to the perceived low interest from the industry by Standards Australia, which incorrectly views our low numbers as lack of interest. We developed the Code of Ethical Practice ourselves when they would not upgrade the Standard. This better informs launderers of how modern laundries should tackle hygiene. Regarding Linen Standards we were always pushing to get standardised sizes, tensile strength tests, to ensure that the industry could rely on a consistent quality product coming through their laundry. The industry has been fortunate in its suppliers over the years and its relationship with key industry bodies such as the CSIRO and AWTA. “We initiated a State Disaster Plan, so that should there be a disaster, natural or otherwise, the linen services could respond as one organism to ensure the hospital system gets the essential linen and laundry back up it will need at such a time. “Every step of the way there have been people in our industry who stepped up. It is sad to look around the room tonight and see how many of these great men are no longer with us.” Bill concluded. JACK LOOKS BACK Jack looked back on some impor- tant dates in the life of VILA. It’s inception in 1967 as a Training body for laundry managers, when nothing else was available. “Think of our audacity, that we could see the industry changing in front of our eyes, and recognised that we needed to be more than a sudsy cottage industry. Here are some dates and events following the momentous meeting of 1966, and the Constitution of the VILA being written in 1967. From 1967 to 1980 fourteen Seminars were held at Mayfield Centre. Of the original 16 Members, eleven have closed. In 1981, following comment from Melbourne Based Managers, we moved the location of the Seminar to Bendigo, and his was hosted by BHHA and included a tour of Loddon Linen. The first Life Memberships were awarded as early as 1969 when Dr. Tom Presley, Principal Research Scientist CSIRO and Mr Norm Acklom, Manager of the Mayfield Center, were acknowledged by VILA for their key initiatives. And as you will see form the previous page, over the years – not every year – many Members of the VILA group were recognised for their contribution to the health and advancement of the Association. The Conference went back to Mayfield Centre for 1982 and1983, then off to Ballarat in1984. A tour of the Central Highlands Linen Service was included. Following four more years at Mayfield Centre (20 years in total) VILA went once more out into the country in 1988 at Geelong, and 1989 and 1990 at Warburton. Remember Warburton! “In fact, like gypsies, we kept moving. VILA Members enjoyed both the opportunity to host and THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER 2017 73 SPOT THE FAMOUS INDUSTRY PEOPLE!
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