Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Shared Ideas – Designs of Greenery
Facilitator – VP Program – Dana O’Sullivan
Congratulations – Christi Lopez!
Winner of AIFD 2017 Symposium Contest!
“I’m thrilled to have won this scholarship and can’t wait to share my experience with IFDA members in December. Thank you :)”
President’s Annual Letter to the Membership
It is so hard to believe that another year has gone by!
2016 was another great year for IFDA, we presented wonderful programs and workshops and our membership grew to 82 people! I am thrilled that we are serving so many people and contributing to their floral education.
In 2016, we offered a nice variety of workshops, presentations and collaboratives.
- In January, Karen Nelson Kent AIFD gave a humorous and informative talk on freelancing. She laid out many dos and don’ts and people interested in freelancing came away with good information.
- February was a shared ideas program, “What’s in Your Toolbox?” Members came and shared important and at times odd items that they carry to set ups.
- March brought us a station’s workshop format on bouquet handle treatments organized by Dottie and taught by Anahit, Donna, Dana, and myself. Members were able to visit several stations and make interesting items to enhance their wedding bouquet holders.
- Keith Stanley was our April presenter and gave a wonderful program on using branches and natural forms as structures. This was the first time Keith had presented to our group and attendees were intrigued by both his designs and his history in the industry.
- In May, our member Nha Vo, led a featured product workshop using calla lilies. She brought several of her own lovely designs, introduced the characteristics of callas and some tips for working with them. Then members used calla bunches to enhance their own vases and structures.
- David Shover AIFD was the good sport during his June presentation on color theory. There was a terrible thunderstorm the night of the meeting and power went out at our venue. We moved outside under cover where there a little more light and he went on with the show. His presentation was great and very colorful and informative.
- In July, Lori Himes AIFD, led a workshop on the currently popular Constance Spry style of compote design. Under her expert guidance our members made beautiful pieces.
- Dana O’Sullivan led the very fun workshop on floral crowns in August and we had a huge crowd sporting floral crowns at the end of the workshop.
- September’s meeting was a Shared Ideas format with members previewing designs and displays that they make for the upcoming holiday events and decorating.
- Jennifer Litterst of Amaryllis was the speaker for the Floral Walls presentation in October. She shared pictures of some of the amazing floral walls that Amaryllis makes and showed us in a smaller version, how to make our own.
- November brought us a seasonal workshop on foliages and greenery led by member Kirsten Luise with the most unusual species of conifers by Fanciful Foliages shipped directly Oregon.
- And in December we celebrated our members and our group with a winter social that included the induction of officers for 2017, a preview of our 2017 program schedule and lots of delicious food, drinks and deserts.
We also had a special workshop in 2016 featuring Neil Whittaker from England. Neil is a supremely talented designer with a second place win in the 2015 World Floral Cup. His work is very innovative and unusual. He agreed to do a one-day workshop for us while he was in town for the Potomac Floral Wholesale open house. Neil taught several different bouquet techniques. He was very generous with his time and knowledge and a pleasure to be with which made it a great day for everyone. Since then Neil has opened a floral design school in Singapore and we wish him all the best.
I am really proud of what we had to offer in 2016. We work hard to bring a wide range of programs to our members and to address the many different skill levels of our members.
We wish to thank our sponsors who help us offer great programs. In 2016 Potomac Floral Wholesale, Dilly Dally Farms, Fanciful Foliages, Crockett and Myers, and Plantmasters were all generous donors.
As always, I have to thank the board for their diligence and hard work over the year. We have a lovely group of people who put in many hours in order to make IFDA run in the easy way it does. This is definitely a group effort and I appreciate every one of them. Many board members have served in various roles for years now and their dedication to IFDA is what makes this organization what it is.
In 2016 our board members included Terry Godfrey, Nancy Bushwick-Malloy, Shelley Chasen, Donna Snyder, Terri Powers, Cathy Houston, Anahit Hakobyan and Dottie Harrigan. We welcome Dana O’Sullivan and Gabby Williams to the 2017 board. They will each serve 2 year terms.
Our outreach has really paid off. In addition to our record number of members, we have a growing number of people on our Yahoo list and hundreds of people who follow us on Facebook. On Facebook I post whatever comes my way from you folks, so please, if you have a Facebook Page, make sure I am aware of it so I can share it on our IFDA Facebook page: Independent Floral Designers Association-MD.
We also have a brand new Instagram account with more than a hundred followers, which features IFDA’s monthly activity and special events. Check out our Instagram page: IFDAForists.
There are photos of our meetings, programs and activities on our Facebook and Instagram page.
Our website is an important part of disseminating information. There is a lot of information about our group, its members and activities on the site: our programs, meeting formats, members list, board positions, special opportunities and events and more – so please check there frequently. Many of the questions you have can be answered there: www.MyIFDA.com.
This year we are thrilled to be partnering with AIFD to offer one full scholarship to the 2017 AIFD Symposium in Seattle in July. AIFD will pick up the entire education tab for the 3 days of programs (no AIFD meals included). In addition to the AIFD offer, IFDA will kick in $200 towards travel expenses (airfare, hotel, food) and an additional $200 at our December meeting where the winner will make a presentation inspired by their AIFD experience. We are excited to offer this sweepstakes style contest to our members as part of our 2017 membership campaign and look forward to the winner’s program in December. Details of this opportunity have been posted at MyIFDA.com and will be updated there as the partnership opportunity continues to unfold.
In addition to the AIFD incentive we are offering a handy black tool pouch as a member incentive this year – if you join before the end of January it’s our gift to you. We look for this handsome little tool bag to be totally useful for our workshops throughout the year.
We have a good list of programs coming along for 2017 kicking off with a panel discussion on pricing in January featuring Sue Prutting, Janet Flowers and Dana O’Sullivan. We look forward to hearing their views on business. A full year of great programs will follow this January kick off program and you can find this list on the website or pick up a hard copy at our monthly meetings.
The Board met in January and in addition to refining the 2017 monthly meeting schedule has a few extra activities in mind for the year. We’ll keep you posted in person at meetings and online via our website as things play out during the year.
We are so very proud of how our organization has grown in membership and educational programming throughout the years. And we are looking forward to a dynamic year of workshops, presentations, shared ideas … and a few surprise activities for networking, collaboration, and socializing in 2017!
Join us for the floral fun!
The Independent Floral Designer’s Association was established in 1989 by a small group of professional floral designers who intended to offer educational, technical and moral support to one another. Over the years we have endured and expanded.
Our mission is to support floral designers in their endeavors by offering educational, technical and networking support and to help expand their knowledge of floral design and business practices.
The IFDA provides an opportunity for floral designers to meet, network and share design ideas and resources. And to provide educational programs related to the floral industry.
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