Photo by Bob Krist (1999) for the Greater
Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. (GPTMC)
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March 4th, 2014
Dinner at Vitarelli’s Restaurant
Cherry Hill, NJ
RESERVATIONS CLOSED. SORRY, NO
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|TO ADVANCE THE
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF FOOD THROUGH THE EXCHANGE OF KNOWLEDGE.
Marjorie B. Medina,
Words from the Chair
Wishing You All Peace, Joy and Prosperity in 2014!
Thank you all for your participation and services. The 2013 activities
closed with the Holiday/December meeting at Manayunk Brewery where we
had a tour of the microbrewery and learned the technology from the
master brewer, Doug Marchakitus. Thanks to Brya Sturges, Jessica
Berkley, Ellie Kardaras, Sue Mayer and Mary Randzo for the arrangements
and registration. Congratulations to the winners of the door prizes
(wines and stem glasses): Jessica Apgar (Drexel University), Jon Deustch
(Drexel University), Dave Horowitz (DuPont Nutrition and Health), Rohan
Tikekar (Drexel University), and Judith Trevino (Campbell Soup). An IFT
sponsored Day of Service in September was a new activity in 2013. Drexel
University students prepared macaroni and cheese lunch for about 40
homeless of St. John’s Hospice in Philadelphia. The Chair volunteered at
Philabundance bagging tomatoes and at the Delaware Food Bank, assembling
500+ lunch packs for after school kids. These organizations also enjoyed
the Phillies game with tickets donated by the Section. A Day of Service
at Philabundance followed by a networking event (at McFadden’s) has been
suggested for September 2014.
Again, we acknowledge the support of the 2013 Golf Outing participants,
the industry and the volunteers, particularly Bill Kirkland, Lisa Sadar
and Sue Mayer. The Suppliers’ Expo had 100+ industry participants. The
‘lunch and learn’ lecture on Global Food Safety by Jorge Acosta was also
well attended. Thanks to Sue Mayer, Mike Villari and Damien Vitali for
managing this sub-committee.
We thank and acknowledge the dedicated services of the Section Excom
members who relocated and are making career changes. Nitin Joshi has
reinstated the honored Julius Bauermann Lectureship Award in 2013 and
his team has selected the 2014 awardee and he also served as Chair of
the Scholarship Awards Committee. Ellie Kardaras, Treasurer and
photographer will be missed. Mike Villari, Member-at-large relocated to
Maryland and traded Excom positions with John Ostermiller. On behalf of
the Section, I wish you ALL lots of luck and success!
We welcome the new volunteers, Erica Maywood Bradley, Irv Megargee, John
Ostermiller, Jay Hegenboden, Rosemary Trout, Joan Lorenz, and John
Pscolar, and thank them for heeding our call. The Executive Committee
meets 3-4 times a year and many issues are resolved via emails.
The 1st Excom meeting was in January 7th, 2014 and will be followed by a
meeting in March 2014. Please feel free to contact me or any of the
EXCOM committee members if anyone wishes to volunteer. We will be happy
to welcome you in leading and keeping the Philadelphia IFT vigorous.
Changes for the upcoming year are the Unified Membership for Sections
and an IFT linked and managed Section website. This Unified Membership
means that all Section members must also be National members.
See you all on February 4th at the Joint Meeting of the Phila IFT and
AACT at Café Vietnam. Save the dates and watch out for the upcoming
program and speakers put together by Mary Randzo, Chair-elect/Program
Chair. Check the Philadelphia IFT website for these programs. Also,
please send us suggestions for monthly program topics and speakers.
The Philadelphia Section founded in March, 1945 is celebrating its 70th
Anniversary in 2015. Share your ideas with us on how to celebrate
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