President’s Message

The AIFD National Symposium in Anaheim, Calif. was a wonderful experience this year and North Central was well represented throughout the entire week. First off, I would like to congratulate the four new inductees – Lindsay Luree Busch CFD, Adam Havrilla CFD, Renee Polrets CFD and Shellain Alyse Sarver CFD. We welcome them and look forward to their participation in our chapter.

Symposium was off to a terrific start by Pat Diehl Scace AIFD, CFD with her great presentation “Looking at the Principles and Elements of Design.” Her program was very educational and well attended by many PFDE applicants and students from all of the competing schools. She was assisted by Mary Linda Horn AIFD, PFCI, CFD and Brent Leech AIFD, CFD, who helped move Patti’s designs on and off the stage. Deb Schwartze AIFD, CFD and Frank Feysa AIFD, PFCI, CFD were two of four designers offering hands-on classes which were heavily attended during Symposium.

The main stage was the venue where our own Stacey Carlton AIFD, CFD presented the hot and sassy “Couture Collective” with Shawn Michael Foley CFD. Then, Helen Miller AIFD, CFD and Julie Poelter AIFD, PFCI, CFD shared the stage with Cindy Tole AIFD, CFD presenting “Times of our Lives” about life’s celebrations.

The Leadership Gala (formerly the Final Night Dinner) décor was created by the talented team of Janet Gallagher AIFD, CFD and former NC member Bill McKinley AIFD, CFD, topping off a great week of design presentations and fellowship.

On the National Board level, we are represented by Frank Feysa AIFD, PFCI, CFD as Vice President, Jackie Lacey AIFD, PFCI, CFD as National Secretary and Director at Large and Loann Burke AIFD, PFCI, CFD as the NC Regional Chapter Representative.

One proud moment for North Central was during the Awards and Induction presentation. Not only did we gain four new members but our SAIFD Chapters did very well in the Student Competition. Jordan Claire, Kishwaukee College, won first place for the floral crown category. Katelyn Stoops, Gateway Technical College, won first place for the cocktail arrangement. Sarah Do, Ohio State University, who tied for first place for the duplicate design with Halle Morrison from Texas A&M. Finally, Dawn Mones, Ohio State University, won second place in the duplicate design category. We are so proud of our student chapters, the student advisors/educators and all of the students who participated this year!

And finally, we want to congratulate the four PFDE applicants that received great news that they have passed the test and will become members of AIFD and North Central next year in Seattle. Please congratulate Lisa Belisle CFD, Chicago, Ill., Jessica Leopold CFD, St. Paul, Minn., Jonathon Reiman CFD, Carbondale, Ill. and Trish Fjeldsted CFD, Manitoba, Canada.

I have been diligently working behind the scenes with President-Elect Brent Leech AIFD, CFD, planning and organizing our future events and meetings these last few weeks. We are really excited about what is in store for North Central Chapter. Please continue to check the AIFD North Central Chapter Facebook page and future NC newsletters and Focal Points.

Pete Samak AIFD, CFD
North Central Regional Chapter President 2016-2017



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