President’s Message

Greetings from the North Central Chapter. We have had a super busy spring already, participating in many events and conventions. As I write this the Chicago Flower and Garden Show is in its last days. Loann Burke AIFD, CFD, PFCI and Brent Leech AIFD, CFD were our chairpersons. AIFD returned to the main floor for our awareness exhibit headed up by Brent. Brent also designed the center display along with Tina Davis AIFD, CFD, Katy Selmi Downs AIFD, CFD, Deb Strand AIFD, CFD (all recent inductees), and Adam Havrilla CFD (who will be inducted in Orange County) creating the side displays.

Chicago is also where our chapter holds the “Bobbi Cup” named after a Chicago icon and our NC member Bobbi Eckert Blatchford AIFD, CFD. Loann Burke AIFD, CFD, PFCI coordinated the competing. Toni Piccolo AIFD, CFD was the winner! John Windish AIFD, CFD come in second and Deb Strand AIFD, CFD took third. Congratulations to everyone.

Loann Burke AIFD, CFD, PFCI, Laura Parker AIFD, CFD, and Bobbi Eckert Blatchford AIFD, CFD presented a program on trends over the last 125 years in honor of Kennicott Wholesale Florists’ long history providing fresh flowers for many generations of florists. We want to thank Red and Katie Kennicott and staff for their generous support.

At the same time NC was in Indianapolis at the Indiana Flower and Patio Show for the first time. We sold flowers and presented demonstrations and hands on experiences to the public. Thank you to Carolyn Kurek AIFD, CFD who spearheaded this new endeavor and coordinated the event, and Deb Dawson AIFD, CFD who was the co-chair. Stage presentations were done by our members Carolyn Minutillo AIFD, CFD, Deb Dawson AIFD, CFD, Bob Friese AIFD, CFD, Frank Feysa AIFD, CFD, PFCI, Pat Scace AIFD, CFD, and Leanna Geyhart Theye AIFD, CFD. Thank you’s also go to Toomey Farris AIFD, CFD and McNamara Florist who provided us with cooler and processing space and to Bill Doran Co. and Marvin’s for helping us with our flower needs. We could not have been successful without your gracious support.

Scholarships from NC are in the process of being distributed and will be announced soon. We have worked hard to provide these funds for our members. Thank you to Coleen Carr AIFD, CFD for taking on the task of chairperson for our committee.

North Central wishes you all a prosperous and busy spring!

Rae Roberts Griffith AIFD, CFD
North Central President


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