President’s Message

And so it begins…my year as NERC President! I am very excited and proud to be taking the reins of what I think is one of AIFD’s hardest working chapters! Let me begin by thanking Janet Black AIFD, PFCI, CFD for her amazing service to our region this past year as our president. Janet is so committed to AIFD and all it stands for. She will be a tough act to follow.

At our amazing Symposium in the OC we installed our new Officers and Board members. I look forward to working with this amazing group of people. I would like to introduce you to our new officers: Dan Firth AIFD, CFD (President-Elect), Dot Chenevert AIFD, CFD (Vice President), Laurie Lemek AIFD, PFCI, CFD (Secretary), Suzanne Sampson AIFD, CFD (Treasurer), and Janet Black AIFD, PFCI, CFD (Past President). And here are our board members: Susan Krabill AIFD, CFD, Chris Ondrak AIFD, CFD, David Siders AIFD, CFD, Alisha Simone Bell AIFD, CFD, Rebecca Carter AIFD, CFD, Marianne Suess AIFD, CFD, Cres Motzi AIFD, CFD, Bunnie Hovan AIFD, CFD, Christy King AIFD, CFD and Jennifer Plasky AIFD, CFD. Ron Mulray AIFD, CFD will once again represent us on the National Board and Polly Berginic AIFD, CFD will be our foundation representative.

This year at Symposium the NERC hosted the first night Hospitality Party on July Fourth! With the help of our sponsors Burton & Burton and World Class Flowers, I can honestly say (and many have come up to me and said it too) that it was one of the best, over the top, crazy- fun hospitality nights we have had in years! Thanks to the balloon artistry of Peggy Williams and Melissa Rhea Vinson, my co-chair Linda Murray AIFD, CFD, and a group of our talented floral artists, guests entered through a huge balloon arch with wild, red, white, and blue palm trees, played with beach balls and danced the night away flanked by a 10’ x 20’ American flag made entirely of balloons! And who could resist the Patriotic CANDY BAR! All those who attended sported their finest patriotic beach wear and let’s not forget our hostess with the mostess, Ms. Libertee Belle LOL!

This year our region was proud to induct 12 new AIFD members and two new CFD members. Welcome and congratulations to Maureen Christmas AIFD, CFD, Theresa Clower AIFD, CFD, Janet Corrao AIFD, CFD, Patti Fowler AIFD, CFD, Darcie Garcia AIFD, CFD, Yoli La Guerre AIFD, CFD, John Lechliter AIFD, CFD, Linda Murray AIFD, CFD, Michele Peters AIFD, CFD, Cullen Schneider AIFD, CFD, Shannon Toal AIFD, CFD, Rene Tucci AIFD, CFD, Mieko Kawazoe CFD and Yong Hee Petrik CFD. We are honored to have you become part of our NERC family.

We have an exciting year ahead of us with our fall design program chaired by Chrs Ondrak AIFD, CFD and Rick Cuneo AIFD, CFD on October 19 at Sieck Wright Wholesalers in Hightstown, N.J. This exciting wedding program is going to be chock full of amazing AIFD designers. Be sure to try to attend and support our region.

Of course, we have the Philadelphia Flower Show chaired this year by Cres Motzi AIFD, CFD. This year’s theme is Holland. Cres promises our booth will knock your wooden shoes off! Opening night Gala is March 10 with the show then running March 11- 18. Please reach out to Cres if you would like to help out. Anyone who has worked on the PFS in the past will tell you it’s quite an experience!

Lastly, I would like to congratulate our six new 2017 AIFD Inductees to our region. They are Sun Ja Park CFD, Caroline Crabb CFD, Kathryn Delve CFD, Amanda Randell CFD, Mieko Kawazoe CFD and Lori Kunian CFD. We also welcome three new CFD members: Shawn Brown CFD, Elizabeth Kim CFD and Yong Hee Petrik CFD. Welcome all and we celebrate your achievements!

Robert DeBellis AIFD, PFCI, CFD
North East Regional Chapter President 2016-2017


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