President’s Message

Well it’s report time again and nothing much has happened within Southern Region since the last report.

This medium does however give me opportunity to remind you all of the Southern Chapter Conference – Originality – Where Nature & Creativity Collide. It will be held April 4-6, 2014. The venue is the Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort, St. Simons Island, Georgia.

The excellent designers who have agreed to show their many skills are Gerry Gregg AIFD, CFD, Brooke Raulerson AIFD, CFD, Jackie Lacey AIFD, CFD, PFCI and René van Rems AIFD, CFD. We look forward to being inspired and motivated by these talented designers. During the conference there will also be a Student Design Competition, a New Products display and an area for Vendors to show you their products.

René van Rems AIFD, CFD will also be conducting a Workshop, where he will demonstrate his ‘up-to-the-minute’ ideas and designs.

All details can be found on the Southern website or by contacting Randy Wooten AIFD, CFD, PFCI at who is the chairman for the Conference. We look forward to welcoming you all to Georgia and the Southern Conference. If any of you have ideas to promote education throughout the Southern Region then feel free to contact any of the Southern Board. In February we will be assisting FFA in Florida. Robyn Arnold AIFD, CFD will be helping FNGLA with this program. Lynette McDougald AIFD, CFD is our FFA liaison person for National FFA so for any help and/or information contact Lynette.

Remember that Tim Lawing AIFD, CFD, Carol Inskeep AIFD, CFD and Janet Frye AIFD, CFD are continually posting notices on social media – check out their latest news and reports.

I guess for some of you it’s been ‘the lazy days of summer’ but of course for others it has been a busy time with weddings and events. Why don’t you write to Southern Board with some of your experiences – be they good or not so good. I’ve personally just worked on a wedding which was held in two very large tents. Everything was fine for the four days of build up until the bride and groom arrived at the venue. Then the heavens opened and we had one of the biggest thunderstorms you can imagine, we had to sweep the water out of the tent whilst the guests were in the ‘cocktail reception’. All was fine once the bride and groom walked in…but as we all find out you never know what will happen to test us.

Enjoy the rest of the summer – busy season will start before we know it!


Sylvia Bird AIFD, CFD


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