President’s Message

Wow what a year we’ve had in North Central! We had so much fun Discovering all there was in Washington DC. Being with our AIFD family as we gathered to learn more and become friends with new floral artists from around the globe.

Moving on to Chicago in late July, our NC family gathered to celebrate Bobbi Ecker for a design contest that bears her name. Six very talented floral artists competed to be named the 2018 Bobbi Cup Champion. Our extremely talented floral artists Derek Woodruff AIFD, CFD was named the winner by our team of evaluators.

After what we thought was just “talk” when we discussed our mid-year meeting plans we made it happen. The ever outgoing and get-er done North Central Chapter of AIFD decided to move our mid-year Meeting to Philadelphia, to Philadelphia but the Philadelphia Flower Show and the World Cup Design Contest sponsored by FTD. Not only did we show up in full force but many of our members worked behind the scenes in the workroom, the floor show as pod monitors or even competing in on-the-spot design challenges. It was a wonderful experience by all who attend. Yet another great opportunity as a member of AIFD. It seemed like a “mini” Symposium with the number of our AIFD family in attendance. I can’t say enough thanks and graditudes to the board and specifically our president elect Carolyn M. for making it happen!

While all this happened in Philadelphia we had a team of talented and determined members who stayed back in our region to participate at the Indy Flower and Patio Show. The chapter sold flowers and did stage demonstrations during the week. Funds raised from the show go to support our scholarship program.

Throughout the year our talented team of AIFD floral artists participated in design shows and competed in numerous contests. All I can say is we are so proud of each and all of our members!

With this being my final letter for Focal Points I can’t express my appreciation enough to our members for having the confidence in me to lead our chapter. It was a wonderful learning experience, one I will cherish forever. Looking forward to seeing the entire AIFD Floral family in Las Vegas in July!

Now go make someone’s day better with FLOWERS!

Laurel Hollopeter AIFD, CFD, IMF
North Central AIFD President 2019 – 2019



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