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FLEXO Magazine : June 2011
FTA TODAY Continued from page 19... I then noticed the Marriott security man talk into his wrist radio like a secret service agent, apparently alerting the Indianapolis Fire Department of an im- pending medical emergency. Paramed- ics arrived in no time at all, equipped with a gurney to take me to Methodist Hospital. Upon arrival at the hospital, the emergency room personnel contin- ued the work that the medical techni- cians in the ambulance had started, giv- ing me oxygen, an electrocardiogram (EKG), X-rays, starting an IV, monitoring my blood pressure and other vitals.. It was then that I realized that sitting in a chair next to my gurney was Bet- tylyn Krafft of the Phoenix Challenge. I told her that this was my challenge. She had left the Marriott and went to Methodist Hospital on her own. She told me that she didn’t think it would be right for anyone to be in an emergency room alone. She came over and sat with me through the battery of tests that the medical team took. Her presence was soothing to me and we had a number of conversations which kept my mind occupied. I got to know Bettylyn better than ever before, and I will be eternally grateful to her for being there. The hospital kept me overnight and the next day scheduled me for a stress test. The results were negative, meaning that I passed it without any indications of heart problems. I was released with assur- ance that my heart is strong. I was advised to follow-up with my family physician upon returning home. I did, and after discuss- ing the details with my family physician and two specialists, the experts concluded that I had a spasm of the esophagus, which when they occur are generally mild. On some occasions, when severe, they are painful and exhibit all of the symptoms of a heart seizure. The whole point of this letter is to note that while we had hun- dreds and hundreds, maybe even 1,000 individuals at the ban- quet, the FTA staff looked after me like I was the only one there. I was treated like a member of their family. Then it hit me. We are a family. We may be competitors, but this association brings us together to discuss issues that are common to all of us--printers, suppliers, consultants, students and everybody else. There is nothing that can hurt this printing process and this association because we all pull together in a common cause. I know that some of us “macho guys,” seldom, if ever, use the “L word,” but I love all of you. People’s actions on Sunday, May 1, confirmed my thoughts about how great and wonderful this or- ganization truly has become. While all of us have to work toward improving the profit margins, being true humanitarians doesn’t harm us. Joe Trungale, Geneva, IL FTA Hall of Fame Inductee, 1985 New Hqs. for fTA Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), the world’s leading professional society dedicated to promoting and advancing the flexographic print process announces the relocation of its corporate headquarters from Ronkonkoma, NY, to nearby Bohemia, NY, effective June 2011. FTA now occupies a 3,000-square foot space at 3920 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 9, Bohemia, NY 11716. The new location provides FTA employees closer proximity to transportation hubs and Bohe- mia’s thriving local business community. For out-of- area visitors, the new building is just minutes from Long Island’s MacArthur Airport. “ T he entire FTA staff is excited about the move. ” comments FTA/FFTA President Mark Cisternino. He adds, “While we have enjoyed a rewarding his- tory of growth and success from our long-standing Ronkonkoma headquarters, the move to Bohemia provides the home office staff with enhanced opera- tional efficiencies thereby supporting a more stream- lined workflow and driving FTA’s business initiatives. ” www.flexography.org June 2011 FLEXO 21 Quality, consistency and efficiency in a pressroom translates into lower production costs. And no company is more committed to helping you achieve these goals with unprecedented results than Harper. So much so, we devote an entire division to the cause. Call 800-438-3111 to get started and receive a copy of our “Seven Element Flexo” free. We’retalkingsavings. To learn more, call 704.588.3371 or Toll Free at 800.438.3111 Or visit our website. Graphicsolutions DiVision harpE riM a GE.coM Americas • Europe • Asia ©2011
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