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IDC - An International Forum
of the Textile Care Industry
In 1957, George Shepherd, the Executive Director of the California Drycleaners Association (CDA), was inspired by President Dwight D. Eisenhower's plea for "People-to-People Diplomacy." President Eisenhower encouraged private contacts between people of different nationalities rather than through government channels to develop peace and friendship on an international basis.
George Shepherd thought that "People-to People Diplomacy" could be used to reach out to cleaners in other countries. He shared his vision with two of his friends in the drycleaning business, Tom Jones and Jack Wada who had roots in Japan. In August 1958, Lano Nakano, Jack Wada's brother-in-law, sent a letter to Makoto Igarashi in Japan. The letter expressed Mr. Wada's desire to hold an international convention to deepen the mutual understanding between the cleaners in both Japan and the United States. This initiative coincided with the formation of the Japanese Cleaning Productivity Council (JCPC), organized under the guidance of the Japan Productivity Center to improve productivity in the Japanese industry.
Joint efforts led to the first IDC Convention, sponsored by JCPC and CDA at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo on June 24-26, 1959. Over 200 delegates from Japan, United States, Taiwan, Philippines, Korea and other Asian countries attended the conference. The attendees passed a resolution "that hereafter, the convention will be held each year." As envisioned by its founders, annual conventions have been held all over the world. They provide a unique international forum for fostering friendship, as well as exchanging ideas and knowledge among industry members everywhere in the world.
The mission of IDC is not just to meet with other industry leaders, but also to see and learn about the people and the country hosting the IDC conventions. Visiting countries with widely variant social, economic and political histories constantly reminds us that people everywhere have pretty much the same ideals. Increased knowledge of personal and cultural backgrounds of people in other countries gives us a greater tolerance of the differences between peoples as well as the opportunity to harmonize similarities. The "Spirit of IDC" envisioned by our founders is to respect and appreciate people everywhere with the goal that it will lead to a finer industry and better world for all of us.
This spirit is expressed in our Mission:
"The mission of the International Drycleaners Congress (IDC) is to strengthen international understanding and good will in the textile care industry by providing opportunities for travel, exchange of information and communication for its worldwide members.
At the convention in Tokyo, Japan in 1965, the IDC Board of Directors approved the following Statement of Policy:
The mission and policy statements indicate that IDC is not just another business organization. It is an ideal, and the "People-to-People Diplomacy" is one major aspect of this idealism. But it is also down to earth in that the members get valuable information that they can use in their daily work, make more money and enjoy their business.