Hello everyone from the Northwest Chapter!

Before I get into all that our chapter has been involved in in 2017-early 2018, I would like to extend a CONGRATULATIONS to the 13 new AIFD inductees, and countless CFD members that we welcomed into our chapter in Seattle this past July. Also, a huge Congratulations to all who tested in Seattle and will be introduced in AIFD through the CFD and AIFD programs in Washington DC! It’s a big step to put yourself out there as a designer and test, and we are so very proud of each of you for your efforts and you should be as proud as we are of your hard work! See you in DC!

In the fall, the NW Chapter was involved in two wonderful awareness events. Our Canada flower friends and many other AIFD members attended the Fall Gala at UFI – United in Burnaby, Canada! It was a wonderful event filled with inspiration and flower fellowship. Our chapter hosted an awareness table for AIFD and sold AIFD terminology books! It is always great to spread the word of the AIFD organization to eager and fresh faces. Thank you to Kim Oldis AIFD, CFD, Suzanne Law AIFD, CFD, Louisa Lam AIFD, CFD and Sandy Schroeck AIFD, CFD for all the help and efforts in selling over a full case of books! WOOHOO!

Another great event for spreading the news of what AIFD is all about occurred at the Montana State Florist Association yearly event hosted in Bozeman, Mont. We hosted an awareness booth at this event as well. Special thanks to Linda Marshall Robbins AIFD, CFD and Lindsey Peterson AIFD, CFD for their help in this event and getting our booth together! These events are so very valuable for our chapter and growing our flower community and we are so thankful for all the opportunities to host these awareness events.

I also want to take this opportunity to highlight all our florist friends that helped with the Pasadena Rose Parade this year! Many veteran faces and lots of fresh faces of AIFD joined together in late December to create beauty spending hours upon hours working to bring one of the most beautiful parade experiences for the witnessing public to see! Designers were creating magic from scaffolding, on their hands and knees, and to all ends of the night to bring beauty through flowers! I am so impressed by the teamwork and floral excellence demonstrated during this event! To everyone involved, we are very proud as a chapter of all your efforts!

Now it’s on to 2018! We have had a wonderful year in the Northwest region! However, I think everyone can agree, we are very much looking forward to this year and the new discoveries harkening on the horizon! Early in February, some our great chapter members are participating at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. Sharrai Morgan AIFD, CFD, Gina Thresher AIFD, CFD and Jon Robert Throne AIFD, CFD are participating in lectures, floral wars and other fun things including promoting the greatness of being involved with AIFD! We are so proud of our northwest peeps and all they do to help education and spread AIFD awareness!

In March, our chapter is bustling busy, and boy…we can’t wait! On March 12, our chapter is planning a great wedding hands-on program at Flora Fresh, Sacramento (chaired by Karen Genoud AIFD, CFD and Nita Robertson AIFD, CFD) taught by John Hosek AIFD, CFD. The very next weekend on March 18, our chapter in conjunction with UFI Burnaby and the wonderful Mr. Tony Graaf is helping education and inspire with a great wedding program. The morning segment of the program (chaired by Louisa Lam AIFD, CFD and Susanne Law AIFD, CFD) will be presented by the Yukari Mitsu AIFD, CFD, Sharrai Morgan AIFD, CFD, Ian Whipple AIFD, CFD, and Poppy Parsons AIFD, CFD. Our region will be doing ceremony to reception décor design. The afternoon will be presented by Hitomi Gillam AIFD, CFD and Brooke Raulson AIFD, CFD and will be inspired wedding bouquets. We are so thrilled for all the work and participation and hope you can join us for one of these great programs in March!

We are looking forward to reconnecting with all our floral family in Washington, DC, it really is going to be MONUMENTAL! Special thanks needs to be extended to president Kim Oldis AIFD, CFD for her support, and Suzie Kostick AIFD, CFD and John Kittinger AIFD, CFD this year’s symposium coordinator and program coordinator for all their hard work and efforts in making this year’s symposium so unique! And so great!

Thanks for all your support and I can’t wait to see you all in DC! Until then, if you have something happening, if you need some help or support, give me a shout! IF you have a great event, let us know, we can help promote it!

Erik Witcraft AIFD, CFD
President AIFD Northwest Region

 

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