The National : DRYCLEANER DECEMBER 2018
Roger Bancroft was a stalwart of the drycleaning industry, and had a distinguished career over a period for more than 30 years. Roger served as both DIA VIC State and DIA National President, and was also a World President of the International Dry Cleaners Congress and was awarded International Dry Cleaner of the Year in 1979. The Roger Bancroft Award was inaugurated in 2016, and presented to Dan Smith by Nick Bancroft, in a moving tribute to his Dad and mentor. Roger Bancroft Award 2018 As Dan took to the podium to describe the winner of the Roger Bancroft Award 2018, he said this person comes from a strong drycleaning family, is a previous winner of the Horscroft Overseas Study Award, and has enjoyed a meaningful career in drycleaning. Together with his brothers, he had developed a successful chain of retail outlets in Victoria, carrying on from their parents initial successful drycleaning career. This person had served as a Director on the Board of the DIA, and was a driving force behind two very successful national conferences in Queensland. He established a separate business in Queensland, with a friend from NSW, later taking over the business. And although he has sold his drycleaning business to his son, he has continued to make himself available to the industry and has been a valuable member of the TwinClean Organising Committee. Now ... I do realise that I am not building much suspense here, with photographs of the fabulous BILL HUDSON splashed all over the page, but that’s the way it unfolded on the night. Bill Hudson has always been a great asset to our industry, and associations, and it was fitting that he be recognised for his contribution. Since retiring, he has returned to his love of fishing, and enjoying the land, a throwback to his days in the Department of Agriculture in Victoria, as an Ag Economist. Bill was very humble in accepting the Award, and called his brothers, Peter and Jimmy, to the podium, saying nothing he has achieved could have happened without them, or his wife Maxine. Congratulations, BILL HUDSON on your recognition as an industry icon. Roger would be delighted. ROGER BANCROFT AWARD 2018 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2018 39 presented for outstanding Service to the Drycleaning Industry Top: Bill Hudson receives his Award from Dan Smith. DIA President Cameron van Balen congratulated Bill Hudson. Peter, Bill and Jimmy Hudson are congratulated by good friend, George Masselos, himself a former DIA NSW and DIA National President.
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