President’s Message

Hello North Central! Let me start by saying congratulations to our nine successful candidates who will be inducted in Washington, D.C. next July. They are: Andrea Ancel CFD of Downers Grove, Ill., Tara Carlson CFD of Woodbury, Minn., Brian Coovert CFD of Columbus, Ohio, Youngmi Hong CFD of Grosse Point Farms, Mich., Hsiao Oak Park CFD of , Illinois, Cara Prescott CFD of Jamestown, N.D., Elizabeth Stocker CFD of North Canton, Ohio, Olena Tcaci CFD of Deerfield, Ill., and Kelsey Thompson CFD of Algona, Iowa. I am so proud of all of you and cannot wait to welcome you into our AIFD family. Also, congratulations to Adam Gladue CFD of Minneapolis, Minn. for attaining his CFD credentials and to Jordan Clare CFD for retaining her CFD credentials.

The August issue of Florists’ Review magazine did a spotlight on 35 designers under 35 as some of the brightest stars in the floral business. Our own Sheryl Timmermann AIFD, CFD, Derek Woodruff AIFD, PFCI, CFD and one of our newest members, Jessica Leopold AIFD, CFD, were featured. Congratulations to each of you.

This year we have a new project entitled “Art in the Elements.” This will take place at the Cranbrook House and Gardens in Bloomfield, Michigan from Sept. 8-10. The North Central Chapter and the Cranbrook auxiliary are co-sponsoring this event. Laura Daluga AIFD, CFD is our chair with the help of Debbie Strand AIFD, CFD. This event will feature one of a kind floral art pieces as well as educational workshops. Participating designers are: Stacey Carlton AIFD, CFD, Sheryl Timmermann AIFD, CFD, Sue Huelsman AIFD, CFD, Mary Linda Horn AIFD, CFD, Sue Vanderhulst AIFD, CFD, Lisa Belisle AIFD, CFD, Debbie Strand AIFD, CFD, Laura Daluga AIFD, CFD and myself. I am looking forward to seeing many of you there and experiencing this beautiful location.

The National FFA Floriculture event takes place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds again this October. Judging dates are the 25th and 26th. If you get the chance to attend and judge this event, I highly recommend that you do. It is so encouraging and rewarding to work with and see these students compete. The future does look bright!

I know we are all busy these next few months with homecomings, weddings and preparing our shops for the upcoming holidays, so here’s wishing everyone a successful fall season! Stay healthy, stay happy and stay in touch!


Brent Leech AIFD, CFD
North Central Chapter President 2017-2018



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