Well it's got to be said that we have successfully polished off another awesome Conference.
The general consensus was that it was both enjoyable and relevant, with people particularly commenting on the learning and sharing of knowledge aspect.
Below are some of the highlights and a link to the post-conference survey results, and some of the audio files that we recorded over the weekend with the permission of those speaking. A big thank you also, to Shirley Naylor for her fabulous photos.
Friday Meet & Greet then Dinner at The Grand Cafe, Christchurch Casino
The occasion called for a number of presentations and prizes, first was to award John Grocott an Honorary Life Membership to the TCF. John has been the Canterbury region's secretary since 1985 but has been involved with the industry for 57 years since 1961 when he joined Taylors Laundry. He has been a TCF member for around 30 years.
The Filterfab awards were next, but first Stacey thanked this years judges, Steve Barden, Bevan Ritchie and Rod Fisher. This was then closely followed by the announcement of the 2018 Filterfab award winner Jeremy Symonds from Alsco Christchurch. The other contestants were then thanked for taking part, these were Belinda Wherle, Maud de Vries, Tricia Rogers, Paora Te Oka and Mike Dudson.
Finally Simba drew their prize for guessing fibre strength with Ricky being the lucky winner. The Early registration prize went to Julie Borthwick and the Passport prize to Terry Harlan.
THE NEW COMMITTEE
Bev Hamilton (Canterbury Rep), Shaine McMurtrie (Central Rep & Vice President), Tricia Rogers (President), Dave Pene (Auckland Rep), Brad Craig (kneeling) (Wellington Rep), Rick Wellington (Southland/Otago), Deedee Bancroft (Secretary/treasurer), Steve Barden (Standing in for Mark Roberts from Alsco – Corporate Rep), Clive Evans (Gooder – Allied Trader Rep)
HIGH ROLLERS - LAS VEGAS CASINO EVENING
Saturday evening was all fun and games, each delegate was gifted Cashiers Credit of $1000,000 buckaroonies, which they exchanged for a stack of chips so they could try their luck on the Roulette, Black Jack and Anchor & Crown tables. With the Croupiers there to deal and teach the Casino Virgins everything they needed to know to become winners. Some dressed in theme, which I'm sure help us feel like winners, even if our luck on the table was a little lacking. At the end of the evening the five with the biggest pile of chips had a play off on the Roulette table to find the High Roller champion of the evening - Paora Te Oka from Allied Laundry.