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MILD ready for celebration of 100th
Celebrating a century of its existence, the Michigan Institute of Laundering and Drycleaning will be pulling out all the stops for its annual convention at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
“We are looking forward to a great 100th anniversary celebration and plan to have 100 people at the 100,” said MILD President Ann Chaffee. “Reservations and pre-conference planning have been outstanding, with a great response.”
This year’s event is perfect for cleaners who really want to get away from it all; Mackinac Island is a resort area that covers 3.8 square miles and is famous for having a ban on almost all motor vehicles.
It has made the cut in Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 10 North American Islands in the past, as well.
“There is no prettier place in Michigan than Mackinac Island,” Chaffee added. “Everyone is welcome to come and join in our celebration.”
Those who do, however, may want to hurry up and make reservations as MILD has procured a limited number of reduced hotel package rates for attendees.
Costs for two-night packages range from $760 for single occupancy (or $860 double) to upgraded packages at $1,320 for deluxe lakeview single occupancy (or $1,420 double).
The packages includes: two nights lodging at the hotel, conference registration, meals, luggage transfer from the ferry and all taxes.
A PDF registration form containing the full spectrum of options is available on the MILD site,
The convention’s activities will begin with a welcome reception at 6 p.m. on Friday. Prior to that, there will be a CompassMax Users Group meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Also during the weekend, the association has planned a busy schedule of drycleaning-related educational programs, all taking place on Friday morning.
First up will be a presentation by Charles Owens. He is the Michigan state director of the National Federation of Independent Business. Before joining NFIB, he served as executive director if MILD.
He will present an update on the regulatory and legislative concerns that stand poised to have an economic impact on the cleaning industry. His program will begin at 9 a.m.
Afterward, MILD will offer a solvent panel from 10 to 11:30 a.m. moderated by industry consultant and lecturer Jane Zellers, CED.
Following a break for lunch, attendees have the option to register for a golf tournament scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Golfers may either sign up as a foursome or submit their names to be matched with a team.
Later in the evening, there will be a black tie gala event to commemorate the association’s 100th anniversary including a special historical presentation.
It will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run late into the night.
On Sunday, attendees can devote their time to relax and explore all Mackinac Island has to offer. Some of the more popular activities include riding a horse or in a horse-drawn carriage, biking, eating fudge, touring the Grand Hotel and seeing Fort Mackinac, which was built by British forces in the late 1700s and was active for about 100 years.
For more information on Mackinac Island, visit online at
To register for the convention, contact the association office at (877) 390-6453.