President’s Message

I’m glad that you all survived the holidays, I hope that you had time to stop and enjoy your family and friends at this wonderful time of year. Now, as we prepare for one of the biggest days of the year for anyone in our industry, I wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope that you are all planning on attending Southern Conference March 4-6, 2016 in beautiful Louisville, Kentucky. Your conference chairs have been hard at work planning an education packed weekend for you. This year we have really worked hard to plan a conference where you can arrive late afternoon/evening Friday and leave Sunday afternoon and not miss any of the conference. We have a fabulous lineup of AIFD members for this conference, from newly inducted members to long time members and the Mississippi State University students. They are busy planning for stage presentations, lobby flowers, and table arrangements for brunch and for the final night dinner. We are so excited to share with you, who some of the designers are: Aisha Crivens AIFD, CFD, Tammy Gibson AIFD, CFD, Christopher Branham AIFD, CFD, Jessica Morris AIFD, CFD, Shawn Michael Foley CFD, Ben Lee AIFD, CFD, Brooke Raulerson AIFD, CFD, Kathy Whalen AIFD, CFD, Randy Wooten AIFD, CFD and the students from MSU. ‘

Once again, I would like to encourage you to make your room reservation early. The cut-off date is Feb. 22, so PLEASE make you room reservation now. The telephone number for the Galt House Hotel reservations is 1-800-843-4258. Please make sure to reference AIFD Southern Chapter. You have two choices in rooms: Rivue Tower is $142.00 a night and Suite Tower is $162.00 a night. All programs will be held in the Rivue Tower side of the hotel.

Don’t forget, Arts and Bloom will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, April 7-10, 2016. Carol Dowd AIFD, CFD is heading this event up for AIFD members. If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact Carol at This event is for the public and it would be great if Southern AIFD members could really get involved, so that the public can see what we do and what AIFD is all about.

If you are interested in getting involved in AIFD Southern Chapter in anyway, please don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an e-mail at We are always looking for people who would like to become board members, volunteer at conference or just get involved in some way. Trust me, you won’t regret it. You are never too old to learn something new and make new friends that you will have for a life time.

I look forward to seeing you in Kentucky.

Robyn Arnold AIFD, CFD


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