President’s Message

To say that reality is not quite matching up with my expectations for the tone of this year, is a gigantic understatement! I had grand visions, big plans, and oh-so-many hugs to give out. I’m sure I’m not the only one who shed a few tears when the word finally came down that our time together in Chicago would have to be delayed by a year. Even after we made our way through a surprisingly successful spring and entered a glimmer-of-hope summer, there were still so many uncertainties swirling around as I worked with Past President Laurie Lemek to transition into my new role.

Luckily, I am not afraid of change and relish the chance to reinvent, innovate and to find the silver linings around the clouds! With the help, and dare I say anxious excitement, of the North East Regional executive board and board of directors, we held our first virtual meetings in July. We had over 50 regional members join in for our membership meeting; what a thrill to see how we can all be together through the magic of the internet!

I have felt nothing but support from our membership since the start of our year. Everywhere I look I’m finding silver linings. We miss being in person, but having virtual meetings means we can be “together” faster and easier than before. And that means we can get more done! I’ve enjoyed watching our membership find the silver linings in their own worlds, both personally and professionally.

Ami Harbig of Catskill NY, has been enjoying the new-timey, old-timey trend of taking a movie at the Drive-In theatre. Cres Motzi of Downingtown PA, has really enjoyed the time in her garden and has taken up a new medium-Pastel Painting!

Realizing that we won’t be able to run this year “business as usual”, I’ve already gotten to work encouraging unique and engaging fundraising opportunities. Several task forces have been created and our regional busy-bees are constructing and coordinating some out-of-the box ways to help support our goals. Our social media presence and committee is expanding, and we have fun virtual events planned that will be shared on our Facebook page so keep your eyes peeled!

I’m seeing silver linings everywhere I look now; in the resilience of the industry, in the creativity of our flower family, in the innovation that we are in the midst of, and that we haven’t even experienced yet. I can’t wait to see and share what the next few weeks bring us!

Renee Tucci AIFD, PFCI
North East Chapter President 2020 – 2021

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