President’s Message

Greetings Northeast Region,

I had the pleasure to attend GROW in Chicago, which was remarkable! Seeing all of our colleagues and florist friends is always a delight. The programs, workshops, dinners, partners showcase and much more did not disappoint. Much appreciation to all who take the time to make Symposium happen.

Congratulations to the PFDE designers who took the leap and courage to take part!

We have some exciting chapter and industry events and news that you do not want to miss!

The North East region has endowed a SECOND fund through the Foundation! In addition to the North East Fund that provides scholarships for regional members to attend Symposium, you will also see The SAIFD Endowed Fund Powered by the North East Region.

The interests and dividends from this fund will be used to sponsor a hands-on class for every student that attends Symposium, in perpetuity!

Without the support of our members, through all of our events and fundraising, we wouldn’t have been able to bring this to fruition. Thank you to Ron Mulray for his unending dedication to the SAIFD students, and for helping facilitate the fund. Through this endeavor, we are truly seeing our mission come to life!

A reminder for members who are interested in Foundation Scholarships to apply through the link below. Applications are due by February 1, 2023.

The region is excited to host a live program at Bill Doran in Albany, NY on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 featuring Marlin Hargrove AIFD AAF PFC. The design program will focus on preparing your “Open Houses” for the holiday season! Purchase your tickets today!

In September, florists from around the world will meet in Manchester for the world’s most prestigious floristry competition, to battle it out for the title of world champion. Wishing designers the best of luck and safe travels!

Our industry is flourishing and I am proud to see all of your progression. Open your mind and know that anything is possible when you believe in yourself.

Shannon Toal AIFD, CFD
AIFD North East President

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