President’s Message

Seasons come and seasons go and floral design goes on forever!
I really hope that your Mother’s Day trading was encouraging. Most of the reports I have heard says that it was a successful period.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Southern Conference in St. Simon’s Island, Ga. It was a really successful conference. My thanks goes to Randy Wooten AIFD, CFD for coordinating everything and to Jenna for her help and assistance given to Randy. The incredible designers who were there and showing us fantastic designs were Jackie Lacey AIFD, CFD, Brooke Raulerson AIFD, CFD, Rene van Rems AIFD, CFD (who also held a hands-on workshop) and Greg Lum AIFD, CFD (who stepped in when our published designer Gerry Gregg AIFD, CFD couldn’t make conference because of ill health). We wish Gerry all the best and hope he is more comfortable and thanks to Greg for a great “instant’ program.” Ian Prosser AIFD, CFD created wonderful designs for my President’s Banquet, despite suffering from the flu at the time. Sincere thanks to everyone behind the scenes – workroom and staging. And a special thanks to all of the sponsors – their generosity had no bounds – thank you everyone for a really great conference.

May is the time to renew your membership to AIFD. I hope that this reminder will prompt you to pay your dues. Symposium is coming fast – July is the time that we will be energized and inspired in Chicago. I hope to see many of you there. This year we have seven new inductees – Lesley Bolden, Chris Branham, Julie Gennaro, Kirk Joiner, Michelle Morgan, Marcela Lopez-Vallejo and Randy Stone. Well done and congratulations to those. We also have nine new CFD designers in the Southern Region.

Don’t forget to attend the Southern Region Members’ meeting at Symposium on July 4.

I wish those of you that are taking the PFDE in Chicago the very best of luck and hope to see you at your induction ceremony in Denver, Colo. in 2015.

Russ Barley AIFD, CFD will become your new President in July. I wish him a successful year and would like to thank each and everyone of you, Executive Board, Southern Board and you the members, for your help, advice, encouragement and friendliness given to me during my term of office. Thank you all and see you in Chicago.


Sylvia Bird AIFD, CFD


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