Flashback: From the Harvester, September 1969

“Next 25” all set to go – a look into the future

When a state organization nationally recognized for excellence in its field holds an annual convention, the eyes and ears of all concerned are trained in that direction.

That’s what’s happening as Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association prepares for the 26th Annual Convention, Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 at the Hotel Americana, Bal Harbor, Miami Beach.

Theme for the convention is “The Next 25 Years.” Cola B. Streetman, Vero Beach, general convention chairman, says that members and guests will be looking into the rapidly changing future of Florida’s fresh fruit and vegetable industry and try to gain a glimpse of things to come.

Convention activities are prepared and waiting, kicking off with the golf tournaments on Monday, Sept. 29.

Registration for the convention will begin at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the hotel lobby. Registration Committee Chairman is Vance V. Vogel, Gibsonton. Committee members are: Robert D. Apelgren, Pahokee; W. Rex Clonts, Oviedo; G. B. Hogan, Jr., Pompano Beach; William D. Long, Apopka; Henry R. Pridgen, Homestead; and W. H. (Billy) Wynne, McIntosh.

First business session – Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m.

The first business session will open Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. President Sydney O. Chase, Jr., Sanford, will sound the official meeting call and set the verbal stage for the convention.

There will be introductory remarks by the general convention chairman; ladies’ activity chairman Mrs. Vance V. Vogel, Gibsonton; vice president George H. Wedgworth, Belle Glade; and general manager and secretary-treasurer Joffre C. David, Orlando.

Chase will introduce Gen. William E. Potter, Orlando, vice president of Walt Disney World Co., who will make the keynote address.

Walt Disney World Co., the Orlando-based subsidiary of Walt Disney Productions, has overall responsibility for construction, operation and administration of Disney’s gigantic Florida project.

Gen. Potter is vice president of EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) planning. Because of his particular interest, experience and vocation, Gen. Potter was chosen to make the keynote address.

He is a West Point graduate (Maj. Gen., U.S. Army Retired) with a distinguished Army career. He was appointed governor of the Panama Canal Zone in 1956 by President Eisenhower. He retired from the Army in 1960, and served as executive vice president of the New York World’s Fair prior to joining Disney in 1965.

Following the keynote address, Leon W. Miller, Oviedo, chairman of the FFVA Research Committee, will present the Annual Research Award. The award has been made by FFVA since 1956 to recognize outstanding researchers whose contributions are vital to the improvement and advancement of agriculture.

Research committee members in addition to Miler are Henry R. Pridgen, Homestead, vice chairman; Pat F. Ferlise, Sarasota; Kenneth F. Jorgenssen, Zellwood; Dan P. McClure, Bradenton; Louis F. Rauth, Delray Beach; and B.J. Sweat, Balm.

Florida Citrus Breakfast – Wed., Oct. 1, 8:30 a.m.

Secretary of Labor George P. Shultz is to be speaker for the Florida Citrus Commission’s citrus breakfast Wed., Oct. 1, one of the outstanding functions on the agenda for the annual convention of FFVA.

Dr. Shultz, the nation’s 11th secretary of labor, was dean of the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business at the time he was sworn into office last January. He began his teaching career after World War II, serving as an instructor in economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his doctorate in industrial economics. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University shortly before entering the Marine Corps during the war.

While at MIT, he obtained a leave of absence to serve as staff economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisors.

Since the mid-1950s, Dr. Shultz has served three presidents and three secretaries of labor in a variety of capacities, and has participated on arbitration panels for labor-management disputes in such diverse industries as electrical equipment, farm implements, textiles, chemicals, food products and metal fabricating.

The New York City native also has been a consultant to the President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Management Policy, chairman of the task force on the U.S. Employment Service, member of the National Manpower Policy Task Force for the Labor Department, and member of the steering committee for the study of collective bargaining in the basic steel industry, issued by the Labor Department.

In addition, Dr. Shultz has authored or edited a number of books and has written numerous articles and reports dealing with labor matters.

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