President’s Message

I am honored to begin this journey as President of the Southern Chapter. I want to thank the Officers and Board of Directors for their continued support and dedication and look forward to working with all of you over the course of the next year.

Congratulations to our newly inducted Class of 2017 in Seattle, Washington:
David Arrieta AIFD, CFD
Brenda Blackburn AIFD, CFD
Michael Elder AIFD, CFD
Victor Erarte AIFD, CFD
Shawn Foley AIFD, CFD
Doris Hargrove AIFD, CFD
Donny Johnson AIFD, CFD
Melinda Varvarigos AIFD, CFD

To all of our CFD and AIFD members, I am excited to have all of you in our chapter and hope you will become active members sharing your talent as we promote AIFD within our region.

To date, we have the following events scheduled:

September 30 – October 1, 2017
Reeves Wholesale in Gainesville, GA
Hands-on Workshop & Design Program
Chair: Sherry Moon AIFD, CFD
Designer: Jeff Lott AIFD, CFD

November 30, 2017
Mississippi State University
Opening of the Ulysses S. Grant Library in Starkville, MS
Co-Chair: Terry Conerly AIFD, CFD & Lynette McDougald AIFD, CFD

February 3-4, 2018,
Student Competition/Program/Workshop
Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS
Chair: Aisha Crivens AIFD, CFD

March 22-25, 2018
Museum of Art for their annual “Art In Bloom” weekend
Raleigh, NC
Co-Chair: Terry Godfrey AIFD, CFD & Jody Mcleod AIFD, CFD

All regions will meet in Washington, D.C. at our National Symposium “Discover” June 30 – July 4, 2018 with Southern being the host region.

We have many activities planned this year, and together I know we can make great things happen! We will continue to post details of our events on the AIFD Southern Chapter Facebook page and the AIFD website calendar at If you are interested in volunteering or have additional questions, please contact me, as this is our chapter and I want everyone to be a part. I look forward to hearing for you! My email address is

Kevin Hinton AIFD, CFD
Southern Regional Chapter President 2017-2018



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