President’s Message

Wow, I hope everyone enjoyed AIFD’s National Symposium as much as I did. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate a couple of our Southern Chapter family members on the awards they received in Denver. I would like to congratulate Sylvia Bird AIFD, CFD, PFCI. Sylvia was recognized with the Award of Distinguished Service to the Floral Industry. I would also like to congratulate Camille Tedder from Mississippi State University, during the student competition at National Symposium, she won 1st place in the duplicate design category, tied for 1st place in the body flowers category and had the Over-all highest Student Score. Because Camille was the over-all highest scoring student this year, the AIFD Foundation gave her a scholarship, this full scholarship will pay for her to take the PFDE evaluation one time in the next three years. Way to go ladies! We also had nine people pass the PFDE evaluation and were invited to become AIFD. They are: Samantha Bates CFD, Lindsie Carter CFD, Chinizu Delia Chen CFD, Penny Hamann CFD, Nishazad Sheikh CFD, Angelyn Tipton CFD, Cindy Tole CFD, Robert Tucker CFD, and Barbie Turner CFD. Congratulations, we look forward to welcoming you all into the Southern Chapter family next July in the OC.

As we look forward to the coming year, the Southern Chapter is busy planning the 2016 Southern Conference. “Southern Traditions” will be held March 4-6, 2016 in Louisville, Ky. at the Galt House Hotel on the beautiful Ohio River. Our conference chairs Roger Dennis AIFD, CFD and John Kittinger AIFD, CFD are hard at work planning an education packed weekend. If you would like to help in any way, be sure to contact Roger at or John at as soon as possible and they will put you to work. I would like to personally invite all our members and friends to attend “Southern Traditions.” If you haven’t been to conference lately, we’ve missed you. If you have been at conference before, we look forward to seeing you again and please bring a friend with you.

Southern Chapter once again is planning to participate in the Arts in Bloom event in Raleigh, N.C., April 7-10, 2016. Carol Dowd AIFD, CFD will be handling Southern Chapter’s participation in this event. Please contact Carol at if you would like to help in any way.

As you can see, we’re planning for another busy year. I would like to challenge you to be a part of your chapter, we need your help. It takes a whole group of people to be successful in what we have planned for this year. If you would like to be a part of any of the events listed, this is your opportunity to be involved. Consider this your personal invitation from me. For more up to date information, as it comes in, keep tuned in to our Facebook page, AIFD Southern Chapter. I would love to hear from you, if you have any questions or concerns, I’m available at or give me a call anytime at 813-973-9176.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Robyn Arnold AIFD, CFD


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