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 The Independent Floral Designers Association

IFDA

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President’s Annual Letter to the Membership

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PROGRAMS, MEETING FORMATS, MEMBERS, LEADERSHIP, SPONSORS, SPECIAL EVENTS, HISTORY, and How to JOIN.

Next Meeting

JANUARY 9, 2018

Presentation: Structures & Armatures from AIFD 2017

Speaker: Christi Lopez EMC, CMD

Sponsor: IFDA

AIFD SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY

The American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) is an association dedicated to education for professionals in the field of floral design. They have offered the Independent Floral Designers Association (IFDA) 1 FREE Registration (valued at $600) to attend their 2018 annual National Symposium, which will be held in Washington DC from June 30 – July 4, 2018.

For Details: Download Here.

Good Luck!

MEMBERS

IFDA welcomes everyone with an interest in floral design … whether it’s with curiosity, as a hobby or from a professional point of view …to join our organization.

Our members are varied in their backgrounds and current business interest. Members include business owners (both brick and mortar owners and home based owners), professional floral designers, floral suppliers, design teachers, and those with a general interest in floral design.

Contact them if you are interested in their services.

A 2018 Members List PDF will be posted after the annual Membership Campaign

We Invite You to be a part of the Independent Floral Designers Association

Get our 2018 Membership Form Here

VOLUNTEERS

In addition to the Leadership above IFDA relies on, is served by and appreciates the support of its many active members who participate throughout the year. If you are interested in participating beyond attending monthly meetings touch base with one of the Executive Officers or Board of Directors listed below. They’ll find the perfect role for you.

It takes a committed group of people to make this organization run and to be responsive to its members. The more people that can help the more we can accomplish. If you would like to volunteer please contact our President, Ellen Seagraves, at: esea654@gmail.com or 301-675-1728.

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

INTENSIVE WORKSHOP

Need Volunteer

FIELD TRIP

Need Volunteer

GROWER EVENT

Need Volunteer

2018 PROGRAMS

In 2018 we will meet at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church

9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda MD 20814

Get our 2018 Program Handout PDF Here

Program details will be described below and in updated handouts as soon as they are confirmed

JANUARY 09

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MAY 08

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SEPTEMBER 18

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FEBRUARY 20

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JUNE 12

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OCTOBER 09

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MARCH 13

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JULY 10

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NOVEMBER 13

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APRIL 10

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AUGUST 14

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DECEMBER 04

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Program Handout

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Map

Map to Cedar Lane goes here

 

MONTHLY MEETING FORMATS

IFDA Members meet monthly from 7pm – 9pm.

FORMATS

Our programs utilize a variety of formats.

These descriptions will help you get the most from your memberships.

WORKSHOPS

These are hands-on classes to which you will bring your tools and create a project during the meeting. Workshops often have additional fees, which will be announced in advance of registration.

PRESENTATION

These mixed media educational programs are offered by industry experts on a specified floral design or business topic.

FEATURED PRODUCT WORKSHOPS

A combination of Workshop / Demo. Participants plan a design using a favorite technique, process, method, or prop and bring their own supplies to complete a unique piece in class with fresh product provided by IFDA or our sponsor. Workshops often have additional fees, which will be announced in advance of registration.

SHARED IDEAS

We’ve had great responses to the IFDA version of “Show & Tell” many times over. Some of our best ideas are exchanged between members willing to share with one another.

STATIONS WORKSHOPS

So much to learn … so little time! IFDA’s solution is to set up hands-on work stations with a different project taught at each one. Participants move from station to station to learn a variety of design techniques in a single meeting. Workshops often have additional fees, which will be announced in advance of registration.

LEADERSHIP

IFDA operates through a Volunteer Board of Directors and Directors-At-Large.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT

Ellen Seagraves

2018 / 2019

SECRETARY

Shelley Chasen

2017 / 2018

VICE PRESIDENT

Dana O’Sullivan

2018 / 2019

TREASURER

Donna Snyder for Gabrielle Washington

2017 / 2018

IMMEDITATE PAST PRESIDENT

Terry Godfrey AIFD

2018 / 2019

MEMBERSHIP

Terri Powers

2018 / 2019

PROGRAMS

Vacant – Need Volunteer

2018

DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE

HOSPITALITY

Stevi Allen

2018

VENUE

Cathy Houston

2018

VOLUNTEERS

Vacant – Need Volunteer

2018

2018 SPONSORS

IFDA is greatly indebted to our 2017 Sponsors

They make our Educational Programs Possible!

Members and Guests: “Please Return their Support by Using These Suppliers for Your Floral Needs”.

JANUARY 09

Sponsor

MAY 08

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SEPTEMBER 18

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FEBRUARY 20

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JUNE 12

Sponsor

OCTOBER 09

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MARCH 13

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JULY 10

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NOVEMBER 13

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APRIL 10

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AUGUST 14

Sponsor

DECEMBER 04

Sponsor

We Love Our Sponsors – Thank You!

Contact any Board Member if you are interested in being an IFDA Sponsor

2018 SPECIAL EVENT

We are working on a Special 2018 Spring Workshop Event

Details to Follow!

More to Follow

ABOUT IFDA

HISTORY

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.

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We continue to come together on a regular basis to support each other, to share resources and ideas and to expand our knowledge of floral design as well as the business issues that surround it. Our yearly calendar of programs includes presentations, workshops and panel discussions. Retail florists, flower growers, design schools and teachers, freelance designers, independent floral designers and those who have businesses related to the floral industry are all represented among our membership. Recently, we have developed an ever-increasing presence on the internet and social media with our sizeable Yahoo group email list of friends and supporters and a very active following on Facebook.

MISSION

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.

VISION

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.

JOIN

Membership fees are due in January and cover the entire calendar year. As an alternative to paying an annual membership fee, you are invited to attend meetings as a guest for a fee of $20 per meeting. If you discover us late in the year (October) it may serve you better to pay ($20) guest fees and applicable ($20) workshop fees for the meetings you attend. An early bird Membership Campaign usually starts in November for pre-payment of the next year’s dues. Special incentives are awarded during this time. The Early Bird Campaign insures that our volunteer board has time to gather and organize all membership information to start the year in January. Early Bird dues payments allow the Board to move into the year with confidence that the programs, workshops, presentations, special events and activities that are planned for the year can be produced in a financially safe way.

BENEFITS of MEMBERSHIP

  • Monthly Floral Education Meetings
  • Discounts on Workshops
  • Priority Registration for Special Events
  • Listing on IFDA Website (If Desired)

 

EARLY BIRD RENEWAL / JOIN

This year’s Early Bird Renewal / Join Campaign begins at our November meeting and runs through January 30.

Those who pre-pay their upcoming IFDA Membership Dues of $75 will receive a handy tote bag and have a chance to win registration to AIFD Symposium for 2018 in Washington DC.

2018 IFDA Membership Form

AIFD Free Registration Opportunity

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