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FLEXO Magazine : June 2008
Afterward, Joe Tuccitto, FTA educa- tion director, discussed details of the Association's TEST (Technical Education Services Team) program. "TEST isn't one person, it's all of us," he said. Tuccitto re- vealed plans to launch a Virtual Campus (see page 10) and provide FIRST accredita- tion to flexographic education programs. N ext, Gilbert introduced the keynote speaker. Jackie Pflug told a heart-wrench- ing tale of her experience of an airplane hij acking and hostage situation that ended with her taking a bullet in the brain-and somehow surviving. "Choices in your life require faith in the idea that no matter what you do, you will be OK," said Pflug. She explained, "We think a lot with our heads, but we sometimes have to think with our feelings." Pflug advised attend- ees to "behave your way to success." She recommended: · Have a great attitude. Expect more success than failure. . Don't worry over the little things in life. · Be grateful every day. She concluded her talk by reminding the audience that "nothing great is accom- plished alone." The keynote ended with a standing ovation from all in attendance. Gilbert exclaimed that the speech was well received by all. "Sometimes we make as- sumptions that everyone wants business or technical information. In this case, Jackie gave us something we needed but didn't necessarily know we wanted." FTA TODAY HAPPY 50TH, FTA! Corks were popped. Champagne was poured. Cake was cut. Golden Anniversary Mylar balloon bouquets sat centered on every banquet table. On stage, Mark Cisternino, FTA presi- dent, called Dave Nieman (All Printing Resources), FTA Board chairman, and Paul Lancelle (Green Bay Engraving), FFTA Board chairman, to join him in a toast. The three clanked champagne flutes and invited the audience to do likewise. "As we celebrate FTA's Golden Anniversary, here's to the people... past and present... who have so generously given their time and talent for the bet- terment of the flexo industry, and the Flexographic Technical Association." The 50th Anniversary Luncheon, staged Monday, April 28 as part of FFT A www.f I exog ra p hy.o rg Forum 2008, saw the debut of the hotly anticipated Commemorative Journal. This coffee table keepsake captured, in pictures and words, the exploits and accomplishments of half a century. Also at the event, special recognition was given to George Parisi, former president and executive director of FT A. Fellow Hall of Famers Jerry Shields, Joe Trungale, Wally Nard and Sam Gilbert recalled fond memories, and commend- ed him on his many years of steadfast lead- ership. Joined on stage by his wife, Grace, an emotional Parisi noted that he had worked for several associations in his working years, but that the member- ship ofFTA was the most dedicated and progressive. After the luncheon, Mark Andy Inc. showed its appreciation for FTA's five decades of dedication to flexo by presenting Cisternino with John Pil's framed artwork of St. Louis. JUNE 2008 - FLEXO