President’s Message

As we begin this New Year, I must say how excited I am to serve as president of our South Central Region. I look forward to visiting with many of you this coming year. First, let me begin by thanking, Bradley Shane Cranford AIFD, CFD for his amazing service to our region this past year as president. During our Xceptional symposium that was held in Seattle, our chapter install its new set of officers and board. Ken Senter AIFD, CFD (President), Lisa Weddel AIFD, CFD (President-elect), Sandi Yoshihara-Sniff AIFD, CFD  (Vice-President), Damon Samuel AIFD, CFD (Secretary), Rhonda Lynn-Moeckel AIFD, CFD (Treasuer), Bradley Shane Cranford AIFD, CFD (Past President), and your board Glenn Schnetzinger AIFD, CFD, Todd Sweeden AIFD, CFD, Mike Hillis AIFD, CFD, Adrianna Duran-Leon AIFD, CFD, Nicola Gail Parker AIFD, CFD, Marisa Guerrero AIFD, CFD, and our newest board members, Kay Schaefl AIFD, CFD, Oralia Espinoza AIFD, CFD, and Kari Smith AIFD, CFD. I especially want to thank Marisa and Todd for stepping in and filling vacancies on this year’s board.

During our national chapter meeting we were proud to recognize the newest members of AIFD from our region. They are Sheri Jentsch AIFD, CFD, Julia Maria Pauleialii Schmitt AIFD, CFD, Bill Hattel AIFD, CFD, Sherrilyn Roundy AIFD, CFD, Melanie Pentecost AIFD, CFD, and Aki Ishiguro AIFD, CFD. We are also excited to recognize Karen Shain CFD and Russell Plowman CFD as the newest CFD members from our region. Congratulations to all!

The strength of our chapter, comes from its members. I am excited to speak and listen to any suggestion that our members might have. I can be reached on my cell at 281-384-2838 or email at kensenter@aol.com. I especially look forward to drawing information and wisdom from our past presidents. During our meeting in Seattle, we were honored to have 10 present. Thank you to Chris Norwood AIFD, CFD, Dan Long AIFD, CFD, Lou Lynne Moss AIFD, CFD, Damon Samuel AIFD, CFD, Karyn Brooke AIFD, CFD, BJ Dyer AIFD, CFD, Bradley Shane Cranford AIFD, CFD, Eva Ritter AIFD, CFD, Kerry Sallabedra AIFD, CFD and Beth O’ Reilly AIFD, CFD who was not present during the photo. Such an amazing group of leaders.

South Central AIFD was well represented during the stage programs in Seattle. Congratulations to Gail Terrill AIFD, CFD, Nicola Parker AIFD, CFD and Alex Torres AIFD, CFD, for an outstanding program titled “Are you Faux Real?”

A reminder to all floral organizations within our region, that we have set aside funds to help promote AIFD and education. You can apply for $1500.00 to help offset your cost. Please contact Lisa Weddel AIFD, CFD or myself for further information.

I am so excited to announce that our spring fundraiser, will be held in March at Baisch and Skinner Wholesale in St. Louis. Co-Chairing the event will be Rhonda Lynn Moeckel AIFD, CFD and Damon Samuel AIFD, CFD. I will post further details when they become know.

Thanks you for this opportunity to serve as your President.

Sincerely,

Ken Senter AIFD, CFD
South Central Regional President 2017-2018

 

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