North East Newsletter AIFD
In This Issue
Greetings from our President
AIFD Connection Workshop This Weekend
Instructor Ann Jordan AIFD,AAF
NERC Hosts Fall Design Show
September 28th, Wilmington, MA
28th World Flower Council Summit - 2 Weeks Away!!
Quintessentially British....with a twist...
NERC Mourns Loss of Candian Member
Andy Hiemstra AIFD
NERC Chapter Pins Available
Shoes Fit for a Princess
The Colors of Summer 2011
Vivid, Rich Colors Dominate Wedding Season
NERC Facebook Page
Win a Free Registration to NEFE 2013
CFA Needs Theme for NEFE 2013
NERC Memorial Scholarship Application
Download Application for 'Caliente' in Miami 2012
Calendar of Events
AIFD Announces New CEU Requirements for AIFD Members
Program begins in 2012
Northeast Regional Chapter
Board Contact Information
Northeast Newsletter Contact Information



September 6, 2011

Greetings from our President

Hello Northeast Members,

Fall is starting to get in the air. With schools back in session and the rhythm of the season starting to take off.  Seeing the mums coming out and the signs for apple picking. The stores starting to put the fall foliage touches in their window displays. This only means that it's time for the NERC to have our fall program.

The Northeast Regional Chapter is hosting a Fall program at Baystate Farm Direct Wholesalers in Wilmington,MA on September 28th, 2011. Come and check out this great program on seasonal decor. We have two very talented designers, Theresa Colucci AIFD and Michael Derouin AIFD.   Great shopping  and light meal will be from 6:00 to 7:00. The show will be from 7-9.  We will have an auction following the program and during the program we will have a 50/50 raffle.

Let's all get excited for the upcoming seasons and get the design juices flowing. We also have pins for the Northeast Region that will be for sale too for any AIFD member  in the North East that hasn't purchased one yet. Thank you, and hope to see you all there on the 28th.

Your NERC President,
Suzanne Sampson
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AIFD Connection Workshop This Weekend
Instructor Ann Jordan AIFD,AAF

 Here is a wonderful educational opportunity for our members in the Northeast Region! The AIFD Connections Program, "The Photography Experience", is being held at Bay State Farm Direct Flowers this coming Saturday, September 10th, from 1 to 5 PM.

This is a hands-on workshop on advanced design application for photography.  These techniques can be extremely helpful in website design, advertising and display. 

To register for this workshop, see the attached link below for costs and the complete flyer information. So bring your digital camera, and be part of a dynamic presentation led by Instructor Ann Jordan. 

2011SeptemberBostonWorkshopFlyer.pdf

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NERC Hosts Fall Design Show
September 28th, Wilmington, MA

The Northeast Region is planning their fall design show for Wednesday, September 28th, at Bay State Farm Direct Flowers in Wilmington, MA.

President-Elect Lisa Greene has been hard at work planning the event, the theme based on 'The Language of Flowers, Fall and Christmas'. The featured designers are Theresa Colucci AIFD and Michael Derouin AIFD PFCI.  With these two intuitive designers, the show will have some amazing designs ideas for everyone's taste.

Watch for more details on our NERC Facebook page within the next couple weeks.  Hope to see you there!

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28th World Flower Council Summit - 2 Weeks Away!!
Quintessentially British....with a twist...

The World Flower Council Summit is less than three weeks away, and it promises to be an exiting event. Attendees are registered from 4 of the 7 continents of the world, so it truly is a global event.

The Team has assembled a fabulous programme for delegates attending the seminar in London at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel Heathrow.
Fours of days of floral fun beginning with the welcome reception on Thursday evening around the tropical pool at the Skyline Sheraton, meet old and new friends who all have a passion for everything botanical.

Friday is an early start to the day with a visit to New Covent Garden Market in the centre of London this is the leading flower market for the UK...while walking around the market take in beautiful and diverse range of floral product for sale...take time to sit and watch some of the live demonstrations by some of England’s well known floral designers. 
Then after all the buzz and excitement of the market we are off on a tour of London with a stop off at one of our more famous landmarks Buckingham Palace. The visit will comprise of the 19 State Rooms and the public rooms where investitures take place.  An added bonus will be viewing The Royal Collection which this year is featuring Faberge collection, this is the world’s greatest collection of the Russian goldsmith and jewellers.

Saturday we start the day off with My Country Designs, showcasing delegate’s creations.

In the afternoon there will be an optional workshop featuring Wendy Andrade NDSF AIFD CFD FBFA.
”Wearable Art”... Wendy is at the forefront of this exciting modern concept - handmade intricate designs interlaced with fresh flowers and foliage.   The workshop will be incorporating stunning jewellery pieces for you to create and wear if you wish at the Gala Night and to take away with you fantastic design ideas. 

To round off the day, Saturday night we will be on the Thames on a dinner cruise enjoying the sights of London all lit up.  We will be aboard the Elizabethan.  This perfect replica of a 1890s Mississippi Stern-wheeled Paddle Steamer beautifully reflects the style and craftsmanship of that bygone era. Concealed, however, behind her Victorian exterior are truly elegant surroundings and facilities that would not be out of place in a five star restaurant or night club.

With a sliding roof, two spacious decks, a unique upper-deck promenade walkway and an experienced professional crew she is in a class of her own.  The Elizabethan is one of the largest vessels on the Thames for private charter, with an enviable reputation for excellent cuisine and service. She makes the perfect venue for any type of event.

Sunday begins with an eye opening demonstration by two of England’s best designers both Chelsea Gold Medal winners ...Sarah Horne AIFD CFD and David Ragg. These two highly creative, innovative designers will keep you glued to your seats with their designs and as great entertainers with amazing stage presence will keep you wanting more. David’s’ philosophy; “is uncomplicated!  Working with flowers should be fun, inventive and exciting; the finished product must stimulate and generate reactions. Contemporary floral design is not about forcing issues but letting the material beauty of flowers speak for themselves and declare their own personalities.”

Sunday afternoon there will be an optional workshop with Sarah Horne and David Ragg. 
One of Sarah’s greatest pleasures is creating intricate bridal designs. This stems from a time when she supplied clients such as Liberty of London and Jenners of Edinburgh with handmade bridal headdresses formed using the silks from bridal gowns. She now uses her intricate techniques to weave fresh flowers and plant material together with delicate crystals, textiles and beautiful decorative wirework.  Sarah is renowned for her wire work and exploring new techniques and mechanics to keep her creative designs current and setting trends for others to follow. Her workshop on bridal design will focus on 'nearly forgotten' traditional techinques updated for today's modern designs.   
David's workshop will feature innovative 'Standing Structures', free-standing designs for a table or foyer.

There will also be an optional tour of Windsor Castle.
Sunday night is the Gala dinner...”Midsummer Night’s Dream” formal attire is required.
There will be a competition for the best wearable design made by you to suit the gala nights theme.


For more information on the featured designers....
Sarah Horne   www.hotflowers.co.uk    and    www.3-5-8productions.co.uk
David Ragg   www.davidraggflorist.com
Wendy Andrade   wendyandrade.co.uk  

For up to date information please go to face book site and like
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Quintessentially-British/100991593299938

Submitted by  Gail Anderson AIFD CFD and Jo Jarvis AIFD CFD 

 

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NERC Mourns Loss of Candian Member
Andy Hiemstra AIFD

It is with deep regret to announce the passing or Andy Hiemstra AIFD on August 18, 2011, a NERC member from Aylmer, Ontario.  Andy was the owner of The Flower Fountain florist shop in Aylmer, Ontario, and was an active member of the Northeast Regional Chapter; he recently attended Symposium in San Francisco.  Andy was an active member of the Aylmer Christian Reformed Church, and loved to sing in their choir. He was inducted into AIFD in 1993, and was an active member of the Northeast Chapter.

Condolences and cards may be sent to his Wife Minnie at: The Flower Fountain, 27 Talbot St. W, Aylmer, ON N5H - 2R3, Canada. Andy's warm smile and contributions to the Northeast Chapter will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time.

 

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NERC Chapter Pins Available

If you do not already own our chapter pin, they are still available to purchase. Members have been requesting information on how to acquire one.  The beautiful gold colored pin represents our chapter with a spray of acorns and oak leaves, which are prevelant throughout the entire Northeast region. The pin is approximately 1" W x 3/4" H.

The pin price is $25.00 (plus $5 shipping). To purchase a pin by mail, please contact our President Suzanne Sampson. Her email address is: plaistowvf@aol.com.  Suzanne's shop phone # is: (603) 382-3033.

The pins will also be available for purchase at upcoming NERC sponsored events.  Get your pin soon!   

 

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Shoes Fit for a Princess

'Shoes Fit for a Princess'

Tuesday, 06 September 2011 12:35 | Written by Austin Clark

How about this for a floral wedding accessory to add to your portfolio – shoes decorated with real flower petals!

Florist Nikola Mihailovic is rushed off his feet providing wedding shoes for brides, which he painstakingly decorates with real flowers.

Nikola, from Gornji Milanovac in Serbia, travels to weddings with a small battery-powered fridge to keep the blooms fresh until the moment the bride walks down the aisle.

“Every girl wants to look like a princess on her wedding day and I’ve found a great way for them to feel that way,” he says. “It started when I did them for a friend and people kept asking and asking. I now have customers all over the world.”

Exerpt from Florist & Wholesale Buyer, Wordhouse Publishing Group, UK

 

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The Colors of Summer 2011
Vivid, Rich Colors Dominate Wedding Season

Traditional whites and pastels for a romantic wedding?  Those colors are elegant and timeless. But Brides this summer of 2011 livened it up with dramatic colors in both gowns and flowers. Here are just a sampling of some colorful hand-tied Bridal bouquets and personal flowers of this summer's wedding season.

All Designs by Polly Berginc AIFD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NERC Facebook Page

For those members that are familiar with social media, please visit and post on our Facebook page often. To find our page, type 'AIFD Northeast Chapter' in the search box. NERC upcoming events will also have information posted there.

So keep in touch with fellow NERC members and check our page often for information on upcoming events.  Thanks to all who have contributed to our page in the past.

 

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Win a Free Registration to NEFE 2013
CFA Needs Theme for NEFE 2013

The CFA is busy planning NEFE 2013 and we need suggestions for the theme / name. Share some of your ideas with us!  If we choose your idea, you will win FREE REGISTRATION TO NEFE 2013!

Log onto Facebook, and go to: Flowers A World of Wonder or The Northeast Floral Expo 2012 page.  Post ideas for the theme or name on the wall, Brainstorm: Share Theme Ideas for NEFE 2013. 

If you do not use Facebook, contact Michael Derouin with your ideas. Let the fun begin! 

 

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NERC Memorial Scholarship Application
Download Application for 'Caliente' in Miami 2012

"Imagine" is now a fond memory, and plans are well underway for the 2012 Symposium "Caliente", which will take place in Miami, FL on July 12-16, 2012.  If you know of a promising floral student or intuitive designer who would like to attend the next Symposium, recommend to them to apply for our Memorial Scholarship. If they are a 1st time attendee and are not already CFD or AIFD designated, they  are elgible to apply.

Our new Scholarship Liaison is Mary Robinson.  The attached application below can be downloaded. Please follow the application instructions, and return the completed application to Mary.

The Applications are due by March 1, 2012. 

NERC Scholarship App 2012.doc

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Calendar of Events

September 10, 2011
AIFD Connection - The Photography Experience
Hands-On Workshop - Instructor Ann Jordan AIFD, AAF
Bay State Farm Direct Flowers
Wilmington, MA    (1-5 pm)


Sept. 14-17, 2011
SAF 127th Annual Convention-Palm Springs, CA
Westin Mission Hills, Rancho Mirage, CA

September 21, 2011
'A Party for All Seasons' - Bert Ford AIFD, PFCI
Pennock Co., Plainview, NY
7-10 PM in Evening
Sponsored by Long Island Retail Florists Assoc.
Contact Ken Beebe for info (631) 665-8877

Sept. 22-26, 2011
Quintessentially British...with a twist...
Design Program featuring NERC Members
Sheraton Skyline Hotel
London, UK

September 28, 2011
NERC Fall Design Show  (7-9 in evening)
'The Language of Flowers, Fall and Christmas'
Bay State Farm Direct Flowers, Wilmington, MA

October 21, 2011
Jouni Seppanen All Day Workshop (For Experienced Designers)
'Trends & Techniques in Nordic Floral Design' 
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA
Register online at: pennhort.net/floralartistryregistration, or
Contact Flossie Narducci at 215-988-8897

March 4-11, 2012
Philadelphia Flower Show 2012
Hawaii; Islands of Aloha
Philadelphia Convention Center

March 9-11, 2012
Northeast Floral Expo 2012
Flowers: A World of Wonder
Sturbridge, MA
Connecticut Florists Association

July 10, 2012
Professional Floral Design Evaluation Session (PFDE)
Miami, FL

July 12-16, 2012
Symposium 2012 - 'Caliente'
Hyatt Regency, Miami, FL

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AIFD Announces New CEU Requirements for AIFD Members
Program begins in 2012

Dear Members,

As AIFD members, we are proudly recognized as leaders within the floral industry.  Recently a subtle, but important, change was incorporated in to our Continuing Education process.  This subtle change will better allow AIFD members the opportunity to be recognized for their contributions to the floral industry, local business or community affairs, and church or school activities.

In the past, each AIFD member was required to earn 25 CEUs (remember - 20 points can come from attending National Symposium) every three years. Under the new guidelines, beginning in 2012 AIFD members will now include within their report at least five units of the twenty five submitted being ‘Service/Leadership’. It is the goal of AIFD to demonstrate that its members are not only talented design artists but also individuals who are truly dedicated to the mission of AIFD which is to advance the art of professional flower design through service and leadership. This small change helps us to further our efforts in achieving this goal.

Service/Leadership CEUs are easy to earn. They can be gained by being an officer/committee chair/committee member of AIFD or any other floral industry organization or, for that matter, in any business or community organization such as your Chamber of Commerce, charitable organization, local business or community organizations, church or school activities. They can also be earned by being the presenter of floral design education. Again, this Service/Leadership requirement will go into effect beginning with those who submit their CEUs in 2012.

Remember, AIFD members only need to report CEUs every three years for the first 21 years of their membership. There is no fee associated with submitting your report. For a list of CE opportunities please visit http://aifd.org/NewMembership/Maintaining.htm.

As always, thank you for your membership in AIFD and for your commitment to advancing the art of professional floral design. Together, we continue to grow AIFD - our industry’s leading floral design organization, and in so doing are bringing greater recognition to you, our valued member.

Thanks for your investment of time and talent.

Sincerely, 

 

Sharon McGukin AIFD, AAF, PFCI
Past President AIFD 2010-2011

 

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Northeast Regional Chapter
Board Contact Information

Includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and the Canadian Providences of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick,
Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and the United Kingdom.

Regional Officers:

President - Suzanne Sampson 781-910-5803
President-Elect - Lisa Greene 978-352-8172
Vice President - Ken Beebe 631-665-8877
Secretary - Polly Berginc 724-679-2872
Treasurer - Janet Black 207-514-3500
Past President - Colleen Kelly 570-785-5322

Board of Directors:
 
Theresa Colucci (12) 845-255-3866 
Deryck de Matis (14) 518-207-6879
Jim Dempsey (13) 732-552-7287
Michael Derouin (14) 203-661-5600
Maryetta Barlett-Downing (12) 973-471-6480
Sue Miller (13) 570-337-4848
Steve Parker (12) 856-722-7034
Patricia Patrick (14) 519-856-9237
Robin Weir (13) 860-543-2104


 

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Northeast Newsletter Contact Information

Please contact Polly Berginc  with any news stories or information you wish to submit by email to: pollyb.aifd@zoominternet.net.   I am always looking for news involving our members and regional upcoming events, so PLEASE help me keep the newsletter interesting by submitting leads and information.

Please also visit the national website at www.aifd.org for additional news and information. 

If you have a change of address, or a new email address, please also forward me the information for our contact distribution list update.  

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