Hi and Hello to our wonderful AIFD NW Flower Family,
I hope this letter finds you all very well and in bright Holiday spirits. Just like the squirrels in Autumn, our members have been busy scurrying about preparing and planning for winter and the bright holiday season ahead. We are sending many congratulations to Brenna Quan AIFD, CFD as the 2nd place overall winner of the Gateways to America’s cup floral design competition recently held at United Wholesale in Vancouver Canada BC as well as all of our AIFD NW participants and trophy winners, Aniko Kovacs AIFD, CFD, and Gordon Fulton AIFD, CFD. Our coordinators Hitomi Gilliam AIFD, CFD and Heather DeKok AIFD, CFD put together an amazing event and all in attendance were held in warm and inviting embrace. We have had some fabulous fall events filled with flower fun and friendships! From Anniversaries to open houses lots of our supporting partner wholesalers have recently celebrated in style. In the South, United Wholesale Flowers San Jose CA held their anniversary event and in the North, United Floral Inc. held their grand re opening celebration. In the East, Montana State Floral Association held their annual convention in Helena Montana. For our Middle Region folks we’ve had two incredible events. Erik Witcraft AIFD, CFD and Frank Blanchard CFD wowed the crowd as our featured designers during their Holiday extravaganza design program held at Frank Adams Wholesale at the Portland OR Flower Market. We are so truly thankful to Frank Adams Wholesale on their continued support and partnerships with our region. The following weekend we had the wonderful opportunity to participate as a region in the 9th Moon floral design showcase held at the Chinese Lan Su Gardens in Portland OR. What an incredibly serene and inspiring weekend! As an event sponsor our region was invited to have an informational booth as well as perform design demonstrations for the attending public audience. Kim Oldis AIFD, CFD was wonderful in her out reach interaction with booth visitors While Gina Thresher AIFD, CFD presented new modern floral jewelry techniques and Sharrai Morgan AIFD, CFD showcased fun with foliage manipulations and tricks. We send many congratulations and raise a toast to the Juried winners and AIFD Northwest Exhibitors. Brenna Quan AIFD, CFD placed second in the juried showcases and Erik Witcraft AIFD, CFD won 3rd place in this category as well as designers choice favorite. More AIFD Northwest members participation by Kim Oldis AIFD, CFD, Gina Thresher AIFD, CFD, Frank Blanchard CFD, and Greg Lum AIFD, CFD. Special guests also included featured AIFD designer Gerry Toh AIFD, CFD, assistant Louisa Lam AIFD, CFD and our very own national president Anthony Vigliotta AIFD, CFD. The FDI team was in attendance to create visitor flower fashions. David and Leanne Kessler AIFD, CFD and Callie Dewolf AIFD, CFD were the most gracious, cherished, and wonderful hosts. All of this could have not been possible with out the support, hard work, and help from the wonderful sponsors of the Floral Design Institute, Florists Review Magazine, Flower Box, Frank Adams Wholesale, and AIFD Northwest Chapter. The warm and inviting Chinese Lan Su gardens staff opened their incredible serene venue to us and we are so thankful for this weekend of inspiring floral art and Autumn fun with flower family!
Here in the Northwest the cool crisp winds blow and Autumn is in the air. A very wise man recently told me that “the only certain thing in life, is change” and just as the leaves change their color in the Fall we too have had a changing of the guard. We send many congratulations to Erik Witcraft AIFD, CFD as he has been elected as our new President Elect. I know that Erik will fill this position with kindness, diligence, creative flair, and pride. We are so excited and honored to have him by our side so lets all send him lots of support and flower family fellowship. Also, at this time it is with great love that I announce Gina Thresher AIFD, CFD as my appointment to the vacant 2018 Director position. Gina has shown such enthusiasm and initiative with her recent social media duties and at all the events she attends. I know that Gina strives to be active, talented, compassionate, current, creative, informed, and kind so at this time we welcome her with open arms and celebrate her bright new light in our AIFD NW Flower Family Board. We would like to thank all who voted and participated in our recent special Election and encourage all of you to watch in the Spring for next year’s elections and voting opportunity duties.
Winter is the perfect time of year to plan, prepare, learn, reflect, gather and celebrate the mutual love of flowers and each other. So this season, I invite you all to join in, reach out, and then cozy up with a cup of coco while we bask in the holiday glow and dream on lots of new ways in which we can grow together as we sail closer to Seattle Symposium X!
Sharrai Morgan AIFD, CFD
Northwest Regional Chapter President 2016-2017