President’s Message

After such a brutal winter season let us hope that spring will be kinder. Of course in South West Florida, with the temperature an average 80 degrees, winter never seems so strong. I hope that it’s getting milder for you all. TPIE in January was well supported, by wholesalers and growers and delegates.

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, hopefully you all had the best of sales etc. It seems to be the consensus that things are improving in retail sales.

Robyn Arnold AIFD, CFD headed a great team of Southern members at the recent FFA Career Development Event in Orlando, Fla. There were approximately 175 FFA students attending, both juniors and seniors in High School. This is more than in previous years. I thank Jayne Myers AIFD, CFD, Len Beckett AIFD, CFD, Eddie Payne AIFD, CFD, Gary Snow AIFD, CFD, Kathy Whalen AIFD, CFD and of course Robyn for their input and help with this program. We were totally sponsored with product. Elite Flowers donated all of the floral product, Syndicate Sales donated bud vases, Lion/Offray and Robyn donated ribbons. I thank everyone for their assistance with the smooth running of this event.

In Maryland, Jeanne Ha AIFD, CFD and Terry Godfrey AIFD, CFD continue to operate the Washington Flower school – they are in the process of applying to be an Education Pathway for the PFDE.

Social Media is a good way to stay in touch with everyone and everything. Tim Lawing AIFD, CFD, Janet Frye AIFD, CFD and Carol Inskeep AIFD, CFD are continually keeping everything updated, we thank them for this.


Sylvia Bird AIFD, CFD


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