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Metal Casting Technologies : September 2005
BRIEFINGS VALE Ron Warland OAM The end of an era. A tribute to the late Ron Warland OAM, 1923-2005. Ron passed away on Sunday the 7th August 2005. He is survived by his wife Betty and daughter Janine. Ron was born in his family home in Bexley on the 18th December 1923. He left school at 15 and worked as an office boy with an accountancy firm, went to college and studied accountancy. Even during his stint in the army Ron took his books with him. He served in three theatres of war as a signalman in New Guinea, Bougainville and Rabaul. He married Betty in 1950 and their daughter Janine was born a few years later. Ron inherited the job as secretary of the AFI as a result of the death of the then secretary C Godfrey Hill. The below is a clip from the minutes of the council meeting on February 24 1958. "For the time being", was a long time passing. Ron remained the secretary of the institute for 46 years. He was instrumental in getting the other states to form their own AFI Branches and instigating the Apprentice competition. Ron received an OAM in 2002 for his services to the foundry industry. He was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International for his work particularly relating to public speaking. Sir Eric Neale. Then a member of the South Sydney Branch of Rotary, said the following of Ron upon his selection for the award. "Mr Warland was not only Alwyn's (Thomas) good friend he was a good friend to the organisation he represented (AFI) and to the community. He could be described as the kind of hero who does not owe his heroism to circumstances. He is not the accredited hero of the passing hour but a hero throughout a lifetime". Ron was a life member of the AFI. Cavallaro joins the American Foundry Society as Membership Director Rick Cavallaro recently joined the American Foundry Society Inc (AFS) as the new director of membership services. Cavallaro brings 20 years of metalcasting industry experience to the AFS, serving in sales, material management and safety positions for Thyssen Krupp Stahl, (formerly Stahl Specialty Company) Kingsville, Missouri, in the US. As director of membership services his metalcasting experience in the areas of safety and environmental issues, worker's compensation, training and education, customer service, and casting supply sales in a global environment will prove invaluable. Cavallaro is a graduate of Central Missouri State University with a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Safety and a Master's degree in safety management. Rick Cavallaro 20 www.metals.rala.com.au