With the exciting news from this year’s Chapters Regional Conference (CRC), the History Committee decided to dig into our archives and explore CRC’s from years past. As part of our ongoing effort to digitize Chapter historical records, we stumbled upon a treasure trove of information on the 1980 CRC hosted right here in Central Florida some thirty-five years ago.
The 1980 Region XII Chapters Regional Conference was held from October 15-17th at the High-Quality Hotel on International Drive in Orlando, FL. A number of great social and technical events were planned for attendees and their guest, including a golf, tennis, a luau at Sea World and a forum on the future of nuclear power in Florida. Other spouse and social events included a tour of Kennedy Space Center, a visit to the Tupperware factory and a champagne brunch /fashion show at the Orlando Fashion Square Mall. Have a look at the original event program below:
In 1980, Region XII was composed of eight chapters: Central Florida, Florida West Coast, Gold Coast, Gulfstream, Jacksonville, Miami, Puerto Rico and Southwest Georgia. Director and Regional Chair, J. Wesley Floreth wrote an exceptionally energetic assessment of the Region’s performance leading up to the CRC.
Regional officers and delegates included a number of Central Florida members. John Simonds and Joe McCarthy were the Central Florida delegates to the regional business session. Bill Dillard took over as Regional Vice Chair for Energy Management and helped put together the technical program on nuclear power. Bill even wrote the chapter announcement encouraging our membership to attend the conference. Lucky for Bill, we found that chapter announcement and saved it for posterity’s sake.
The History Committee looks forward to bringing our members even more Chapter history as we continue to sift through the hundreds of documents we’ve received from current and former members. Check back over the coming weeks and months as we begin to build and organize a digital timeline and archive in the History section of our chapter website.
The History Committee has recently received a large amount of documents and artifacts related to our Chapter’s history. To ensure this information is saved for future ASHRAE members, the committee is in the process of organizing, scanning and archiving these materials. The ultimate goal is to create a Chapter timeline on this site and allow users to view these pieces of Chapter history. Check back for further updates on the archival progress.