President’s Message

Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner, I hope you are all enjoying the spring sunshine and all the beautiful flowers and new growth that this time of year brings.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended “Southern Traditions,” our Southern Conference. Thank you to the presenters: Randy Wooten AIFD, CFD, PFCI, Susie Kostick AIFD, CFD, PFCI, Kathy Whalen AIFD, CFD, Jessica Morris AIFD, CFD, Shawn Michael Foley CFD, Frank Laning AIFD, CFD, PFCI, Ben Lee AIFD, CFD, and Brooke Raulerson AIFD, CFD for your great programs and for sharing your talents with us. Thank you to Aisha Crivens AIFD, CFD for the beautiful lobby décor, the SAIFD student chapter of MSU and Lynette McDougald AIFD, CFD for the gorgeous flowers for the Saturday night dinner and Tammy Gibson AIFD, CFD and Chris Branham AIFD, CFD for the fantastic brunch centerpieces. We were also blessed to have one of our very own Southern Chapter members entertain us with his beautiful talent for playing the piano for both the Presidents night and Sunday brunch. Thank you Tim Lawing AIFD, CFD, I really loved it, and I know everyone else did, too.

We also need to say a big THANK YOU to all our sponsors, without whom we could not have had such a successful conference: Accent Décor, Fitz Design, Carlstedt’s of Lexington, Kentucky Florist Association, Connie Duglin Linens, David Austin Roses, Floristware,, Garcia Group, Candle Artisans, JD Royer Wholesale Perry GA, KD and Company, Knud Nielsen, Mayesh Wholesale Florist, Royal Flowers of Ecuador, I Do Liners, Smithers-Oasis, The Milam House Florist, DV Flora, and Metro Wholesale. I’m sure I missed someone, but please know that we are truly appreciate all that you continually do to support education. Thank you doesn’t seem to be enough for our chair people, John Kittenger AIFD, CFD and Roger Dennis AIFD, CFD, but we really appreciate all you did to make this year’s Southern Conference a success.

Randy Wooten AIFD, CFD, PFCI, Carol Dowd AIFD, CFD and Stephanie Garrett AIFD, CFD gave presentations at Art in Bloom, April 7-10 at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh N.C. Several AIFD members interpreted their art pieces as part of the event.

I know that everyone is getting ready for Prom, Mother’s Day, and the start of your busy wedding and event time of the year, I hope that you are all prepared and that you have great success.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all at our Southern Chapter members meeting that is held at National Symposium in Orange County so until then, Happy Spring!

Robyn Arnold AIFD, CFD


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