President’s Message

Hello from the Northwest Chapter! I am so honored and humbled to be the new incoming president of the Northwest region. This has been a journey of a lifetime! We just got back from Seattle Symposium. What an incredible Xperience! As always, it was a great chance to recharge, reconnect and be among the greatness of what AIFD is all about. Special thanks to Wil Gonzalez AIFD, CFD and Cindy Anderson AIFD, CFD for the incredible work that they did to present to us a Symposium that was truly Xhilarating!

This year we welcome 13 new inductees into our region! Congratulations are in order for Frank Blanchard AIFD, CFD, Sue Choi AIFD, CFD, Lynde Disomma AIFD, CFD, Mandie Grunewald AIFD, CFD, Michelle Headrick AIFD, CFD, Joy Hill AIFD, CFD, Kathy Jones AIFD, CFD, Hee Joo AIFD, CFD, Janet Killian AIFD, CFD, Kyung Kim AIFD, CFD, Wendy Kissack AIFD, CFD, Fiona Li AIFD, CFD, and Hidemi Ono AIFD, CFD! We are so proud of your accomplishments and looking forward to seeing you all this year and utilizing your talents!

This past year has been an incredible journey under my mentor Sharrai Morgan AIFD, CFD. Her presidential character, passion and ability to communicate and accomplish so many great things has been completely inspiring to me! I am so humbled by her direction and mentorship and look forward to this next year as president! Kimberly Oldis AIFD, CFD is also an incredible force and inspiration to me. Without her I would not be in this position today, and I am grateful for that!

This year will bring some great things to the Northwest Region. We continue our involvement in great programs around the region. I am excited to highlight that Brenna Quan AIFD, CFD will be the featured designer at Ninth Moon Floral Design Showcase the weekend of November 3-5 in Portland, Oregon at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. We are super excited for her! There will be several additional NW regional AIFD members participating in the competition as always, which draws hundreds of locals in to the garden to view the exception floral design works of 25 designers from around the region. Talk about an incredible awareness event and a great way to showcase the art of floral design!

We are hoping to also do a holiday program here in the Northwest in the fall in the region as well as an awareness booth at United Floral Inc. in Burnaby, BC in the spring or fall. This spring, we are thrilled to announce that our region will host a wedding program sponsored by Flora Fresh Sacramento and presented by Karen Genoud AIFD, CFD and Nita Robertson AIFD, CFD. These two ladies are passionate, funny, and witty! We look forward to seeing what they present to our region! We have a few other plans in the works, so stay tuned for more details!

Congratulations to our new and continuing CFD members, we are happy to have you in our region! With membership in AIFD, I would like to encourage you to be a part of a committee and ask to help out at a program. We are all here, and welcome you and would love to get you involved! If you are interested in volunteering in our region please call me, we want to get to know you. This year is going to be an incredible year for our region!

Erik Witcraft AIFD, CFD
Northwest Regional Chapter President 2017-2018

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