Meeting Summary

2006 May - San Antonio, TX - Hyatt Regency Hotel

Attendance for our meeting in San Antonio was the largest in our 20 year history. There were 212 attendees. There were 177 members and 35 spouses/guests attending. Currently, the membership is at 271 members. The Mini-Expo featured 31 exhibitors and129 speaker tables. Thank you to this year’s sponsors who provided hors d'oeuvres and drinks at the Monday evening reception: Akrochem, Blair Rubber, Excel-Polymers, Gold Key Processing, Graphic Arts Rubber, Lanxess, Memphis Solutions, Perastic LLC and Zeon Chemicals. Thank you to each and every one – your contribution is greatly appreciated! The fourth annual golf tournament was sunny and beautiful with our biggest turnout yet. We had 40 golfers participate this year! Thank you Steve Chase of Excel-Polymers for organizing the event each year.

2005 May - Orlando, FL - Wyndham Orlando Resort

Attendance for our meeting in Orlando was down slightly. The meeting landed on Mother's Day weekend and although that does lower attendance, it also lowers our rates at hotels. There were 141 members and 32 spouses attending. Currently, the membership is at 258 members. The Mini-Expo featured 24 exhibitors and 9 speaker tables. Thank you to this year’s sponsors who provided food and drinks at Sunday evenings reception: ChemRep, Degussa, Excel-Polymers, Gold Key Processing, Intertex, Lanxess Corporation, Perastic LLC, REMCO, Wacker Chemical-Silmix and Zeon Chemicals. Our third annual golf tournament was sunny and beautiful with our biggest turnout yet. We had 38 golfers participate this year! Thank you Steve Chase of Excel-Polymers for organizing the event each year.

2004 May - New Orleans, LA - Wyndham on Canal Blvd:

Thank you to all who attended our Annual Technical Meeting and Mini-Expo in New Orleans in May this year. Your attendance is key to our success as a group. New Orleans brought in 152 members (93 suppliers and 59 manufacturers), 199 total attendees including spouses and guests. With a membership of 279 members, that is over half of our members in attendance. The Mini-Expo featured 26 exhibitors and 6 speaker tables. A big thank you to this year’s sponsors who provided food and drinks at Sunday evenings reception: Associated Rubber, Friction Coating, Graphic Arts Rubber, H.M. Royal Inc., Perastic L.L.C., PolyOne-Chase, REMCO, Rohm and Haas Co., Wacker Chemical Corp-Wacker Silicones, and Zeon Chemicals. Our second annual golf tournament was a little rainier this year. We had 28 golfers participate and hope to have more in Orlando.

2003 May - Las Vegas, NV - Monte Carlo Resort:

We received rave reviews and excellent comments. Thank you to all the speakers and our Vice – President and Meeting Chair, John Finzer who did an excellent job with the program! I would like to extend a special thank you to our Suppliers Rep, Steve Chase for organizing and hosting the FIRST ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT. Everyone I talked with had a great time and will be looking forward to another day of comradery in New Orleans. The Mini-Expo seemed to be a great success also! We had 33 exhibitors plus 4 speaker tables. Many of the exhibitors reported to me that they were pleased with the turn out. John Slotten, Handbook Chair and Editor in Chief, reported on our Handbook. We are in the early stages of receiving chapters to begin the editing process. My sincere thanks go out to our contributing authors. We are very excited with the high turnout of our 36 new members this year and a total attendance of 182.

2002 May - Kansas City, MO:

All members who attended our 2002 Annual Technical Meeting had a fantastic time. Comments from first time manufacturing members were very positive and most stated that meeting their peers was the greatest value. The OSHA and Lean Manufacturing presentations were well received. John Slotten from Valley Roller gave one of the best hands-on technical papers on lathes and their future in roll manufacturing. It was an honor to have John join us and present at our meeting this year. The topic of thermoplastic uses in the roll industry sparked great interest after Dr. Carl McAfee finished his authoritative presentation. Composite sleeve processing continues to be on the cutting edge of roll processing and Dana Green gave a thorough presentation on this process.

2001 April - Baltimore, Maryland:

Attendance for this year's meeting was 226 people, with 182 members and 44 spouses (not including speakers and late registrants). Membership is over 300. Three RRG members were singled out because they traveled the longest distance to attend: M.P Singal and A.N. Singal of Amar Elastomers Pvt. Ltd. from New Delhi, India; Eduardo Cobankiat of Hicor Mfg. Corp. from Paranaque City Philippines. RRG officers for 2001-02 are: Chairman, Randy Apperson - Finzer Roller Inc President, Robbi Mooney - Mid South Roller Vice-President, Lenette Rucker - Columbia Rubber Mills Secretary / Treasurer, Wyatt Neal - L.R. Oliver & Co. Manufacturers' Representatives, John Finzer - Finzer Roller and Larry Wallace, Sun Roller Corp Suppliers' representative, Bob Rose - Arnco Parliamentarian, Ronny Rhodes, Craftex Protective Coatings.

1999 March - Las Vegas, Nevada:

The handbook was presented to the members for review. With that additional input, it was scheduled for release. Of the 230 members, 170 attended this meeting along with 43 spouses. Mike Gist resigned from the Secretary / Treasurer position and John Baldwin was appointed as his replacement. Larry Wallace was appointed as Manufacturers' Representative to take John's place on the Board.

1998 April - New Orleans, Louisiana:

Fred Lanting, now an independent consultant and technical writer, presented the draft of the RRG Handbook he was contracted to prepare for comments by general membership and final approval by the Board. He was honored by being named the group's first Life Member. A mini-exposition of suppliers' offerings circled the room where the roundtable discussions were held. Once again, New Orleans gave the highest attendance of all meeting locations.

1997 June - Orlando, Florida:

Randy Apperson was elected Vice-President (and therefore President - elect) for the terms after the 1998 convention. John Baldwin took on the task of putting together a newsletter naming it, "Roll Call".

1996 May - New Orleans, Louisiana:

The overwhelming popularity of this city as a meeting site brought another excellent turnout. This was the organization's tenth anniversary meeting, and more than a few retrospective papers were based on that fact, with speakers being mostly drawn from the ranks of charter members. Gerald "Butch" Grimmer of Contact Rubber became President.

1995 March - Las Vegas, Nevada:

The return to the "City of Lost Wages" was a natural result due to the good attendance the first time the group met here. As in many meetings, both the social gatherings and the technical sessions reflected the unique character of the RRG, that of both management and production workers being equally involved.