Happy New Year to each of you, 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 and Valentines Holiday’s. 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, and many thanks to Tim Lawing AIFD 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, Alabama, 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 and Kevin Hinton AIFD for co-chairing this event. Please go on line at the national website and make your reservations and come and join the fun of an educational weekend. The board met back in October still working on items that would make information more available to both the public and floral members of our industry. Carol Dowd AIFD 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 Members that would help with the organization, please feel free to contact me or a board member. Looking forward to seeing you all at the Southern Conference.
Russ Barley AIFD, CFD, AAF, FSMD