President’s Message

Happy New Year to each of you. I hope 2015 brings much happiness and wealth to all! Now that we have gone through the holiday and winter season, it’s time to recharge ourselves for the upcoming spring. As we regroup for the New Year, I would like to say thank you to those of you who took the time to fill out the survey concerning attendance for conferences that was on our web site. We had about 10% of the membership respond. Many thanks to Tim Lawing AIFD, CFD for all of his hard work and contribution to this task.

We are all looking forward to the upcoming Southern Conference, “Botanical Bliss,” to be held in Birmingham, Ala. from April 10-12, 2015. We have a wonderful lineup of designers and a fun filled weekend in store for you! Many thanks to Mandy Majerik AIFD, CFD, PFCI and Kevin Hinton AIFD, CFD for co-chairing this event. Please make your reservations and come and join the fun of this educational weekend!

Carol Dowd AIFD, CFD is chairing a “Spring Arts and Bloom” at the art museum in her town in North Carolina. Anyone interested in attending or participating can give her a call.

Suggestions are always welcome by Southern Chapter members that would help with the organization. Please feel free to contact me or any board members. I am looking forward to seeing you all at the Southern Conference!

Russ Barley AIFD, CFD, AAF, FSMD


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