The National : JUNE-SEPT 2017
74 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER 2017 show off their linen service, and to travel and tour them. Post 1988 (Geelong), we visited Marysville (1994), Warburton (1989, 1990), Echuca - including a Paddled Steamer Dinner and entertainment from Rod Quantock on one memorable occasion (1995, 2006), Traralgon (1996, 20000, 2011), Geelong (1988, 1997, 2004, 2009, 2010), Lorne - Erskine House) (2001, 2002) and of course, Wangaratta (1992). In addition we had open days at a variety of locations. A comment here on the health and vitality of the group. In 1967 there were 16 local Managers in attendance, in 2010 there were 91 delegates, including 21 from interstate. It had taken VILA 8 years to get around to inviting interstate delegates. However, once they started coming, there was no stopping them, and the VILA seminar was as high on the list of gatherings as any national event. Times and money changed: in 1967 the event was Free, held on H.D.V . property with a staff training programme. The photo on the previous page shows. In 2010, on the other hand, an inclusive cost of $575 for seminar, speakers, food, accommodation and entertainment, saw some serious profit go into the coffers. We believe it was value for money. In 1967 with a bank balance of $77.54, almost 30 years later, it was $544.33 in 1985. By 2014 there was $22,904 in the bank. 1971 - our first paid speaker. Mr Norm Fitzgerald, “The Effective Use of Human Resources”. 1977 - our first H.E .F . speaker Mr Don Joiner, Federation Secretary. “Industrial Relations – The Future.” I don’t think his crystal ball was working too well, had it been, I believe some of us would have resigned then and there. 1988 Frank Nicholas retired, and brought with him to Geelong Shirley Naylor, in her first appearance as Editor of “the National”. Seminars were never the same. 1989 the first of many International Speakers featured on our programme, Simon Nield, (Futurail), Uli Eckart, (Milnor Europa), and Dick Fenner, (E.M. D’Hooge.) In 1990 Karl Schubert of Milnor Europa joined us for the first of several appearances over the years. We also heard from Chris Ducker of Ducker Engineering, a company which had great success with their garment tunnels. Throughout the ‘90s we were regarded as the Premier Industry Association in the country, by virtue of the standard of seminar programs presented each year, and our achievements lifting the standard of linen service operations through the state of Victoria. In 1993 we had our first involvement as an association in the “International Dry Cleaning and Laundry Convention”, sometimes known as TwinClean, held that year in Melbourne. Bob Maslin, VILA President, through his contacts with the private sector, was responsible for our involvement in that major event, which also saw over 100 delegates join us from USA, Canada, UK, and Japan through the IDC (International Dry Cleaning Congress). In 1997 the Geelong Seminar was opened by John Cain, Premier of Victoria. For several years we tried to involve TRLA VIC members in our annual seminars, with only limited success. One of the early Sydney HLMAA Conferences, held at Prince Henry Hospital.
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