North East Newsletter AIFD
In This Issue
Happy Spring from our President
NERC members are busy this February
Scholarship Application for 2013
Las Vegas 2013 Symposium "Passion"
Philadelphia Flower Show 2013 - 'Brilliant!'
AIFD Interprets 'The Crown Jewels' of Britain's Monarchy
NERC Member Receives Award at Symposium 2012
Ron Mulray AIFD
Fall Design Program held at Long Island, NY
Ken Beebe coordinates with Long Island Retail Florist Association
NERC Member Releases First Book at Upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show
Wendy Andrade AIFD NDSF FBFA
NERC Members In PHS 'Greenscene' Magazine
Jane Godshalk AIFD, Cres Motzi AIFD
CFA Rallies Volunteer Response to School Tragedy
FLorists Volunteer to help families in Newtown, CT
Our Condolences
NERC facebook Page Needs Your Support!
AIFD Northeast Chapter - Look us up on facebook!
Fiscal Cliff Averted, Small Business Scores Wins in Cliff Package
Some Provisions of Interest to Floral Industry
NERC Chapter Pins Available
Calendar of Events
Northeast Newsletter Contact Information
Northeast Regional Chapter
Board Contact Information



January 31, 2013

Happy Spring from our President
NERC members are busy this February

Hello Everyone, Valentines Day is upon us as this newsletter comes out and I hope you all have a good one. Happy wishes to all  our members their partners and special friends this February. A special Valentine greeting goes out to Bill and Kris as they return from their honeymoon. Also congratulations to Lori Lemek and her new Husband on their first Valentines Day as a married couple.

Polly is working hard on the Flower show and I am sure our display will be Brilliant! Brilliance requires a little help though...please contact Polly if you can help with manning the booth and/or take down. Michael Brody is working on our Spring Show and he will need help. NEFE is well under way in it's plan but they might need help as well but consider yourself cordially invited. http://www.northeastfloralexpo.com.

Passion is open for registration and this is one symposium you don't want to miss. Check with the volunteer desk for opportunities. The student chapters are working on getting ready for symposium.  Spring is a busy time with design shows, meetings and random gatherings of floral professionals please take a minute to mention Symposium and encourage attendance.

Once again Love is in the air and have a wonderful day February 14th! 

Lisa

 

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Scholarship Application for 2013
Las Vegas 2013 Symposium "Passion"

Tom Simmons and his staff are a few months away from 'Passion', the 2013 Symposium in Las Vegas on June 28 to July 2, 2013. If you know of a promising floral student or intuitive designer who would like to attend symposium, encourage them to apply for our NERC Memorial Scholarship.  If they are not already CFD or AIFD designated, they are eligible to apply. 

Please review the Scholarship Criteria page, as there have been some recent amendments to better serve our applicants applying for the scholarship.

Our scholarship liaison is Mary Robinson.  The attached application can be downloaded. Please follow the application instructions, and return the application to Mary at:  24 Cassidy Dr. Saratoga Springs NY 12866

Applications for the 2013 scholarship are due in by March 1, 2013.

NERC Scholarship App 2013 - Revised Jan. 13.doc

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Philadelphia Flower Show 2013 - 'Brilliant!'
AIFD Interprets 'The Crown Jewels' of Britain's Monarchy

We are 2 months away from arriving in Philadelphia for the upcoming Spring flower show, themed 'Brilliant!' featuring the United Kingdom.  Plans are well underway for the exhibit, under the direction of Chair Polly Berginc AIFD, Co-Chair Sue Weisser AIFD, and PHS Liaison Ron Mulray AIFD. The theme assigned to to AIFD set to interpret is 'The Crown Jewels' of the Monarchy.

This year's exhibit is based on a 50' diameter circular area, a new design challenge for our set.

Below is a basic 3-D vision of the Crown Jewels Tower of London facade.  

Share our vision: Enter into the Jewel House in the Tower of London, where AIFD will interpret the magnificent Crown Jewels of Britain’s Royalty thru floral artistry.  Spanning centuries of the Monarchy, the Royal Regalia will be presented in the splendor of rich jewel tones. This spectacular collection is designed to capture elegance of the historical jewels, with a creative vision for the future. The possibilities are endless for this to be a spectacular display, loaded with Bling! The design teams have been assembled; each given a specific jewel to feature and interpret. 

 WE NEED ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEERS to help with design work and set-up throughout the exhibit.  We also need AIFD members to 'Man the exhibit' during show hours that week. Please email  Polly Berginc @pollyb.aifd@zoominternet  if you are able to help. The set-up days for the design work are Wed. February 27th and Thurs. February 28th. (The show is opening 1 day earlier than in the past years). We truly appreciate your support of this amazing opportunity to showcase our talented designers in the North East Region.  I look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia at the show.

 

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NERC Member Receives Award at Symposium 2012
Ron Mulray AIFD

            Ron Mulray AIFD, following ceremoniesin Miami, where he received his Special Award of Recognition from AIFD.

Ron celebrates with friend Adriene Presti AIFD at Symposium in Miami.

Ron Mulray AIFD, of Philadelphia, PA was honored at ceremonies held during Symposium 2012 in Miami.  Ron was given the 2012 Special Award of Recognition for his continued effforts and dedicated service for the developement and long-held relationship between AIFD and the Philadelphia Flower Show. 

Ron has served as liaison between PHS (Pennsylvania Horticultural Society) who holds the Philadelphia International Flower Show each year, and AIFD Northeast Chapter, who has exhibited breath-taking floral displays in the central feature entrance area of the show for the past several years. Ron's work with PHS is critical to the success of the NERC's exhibit, which has led to several award-winning displays for our region.

Ron is also presenting the opening stage program at the upcoming 'Passion' Symposium in Las Vegas, themed "What Happens in Vegas Spectacular", Ron's version of  'Cirque du Soleil" meets the world of flowers.  If you are interested in volunteering to help with Ron's program, contact him.   

The NERC expresses our sincere thanks to Ron for his dedication these past years, and for his continued efforts as our PHS Liaison. Ron is also our new Regional Chapter Representative to the National Board of AIFD.

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Fall Design Program held at Long Island, NY
Ken Beebe coordinates with Long Island Retail Florist Association

The Northeast Region held their Fall design program on October 10th at Pennock Co. in Plainview, NY.  Ken Beebe coordinated the program, with "Elegant Dinner Parties'  showvcased as the theme for the evening.

Dot Chenevert AIFD, Maryetta Bartlett-Downing AIFD and Chris Ondrak AIFD were the featured designers,  each presenting beautiful collection of dinner party decor in three different styles and color themes. NERC President Lisa Greene AIFD PFCI and Sean Beckert were the commentators for the event.

Our sincere thanks to the Pennock Co. for their generosity and  support of this AIFD program, and to our designers , commentators, and Pennock's staff who helped with the program.     

Ken Beebe and Dot Chenevert  getting ready for the program.

Several arrangements in shades of purple ready for the program on the design bench.

 

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NERC Member Releases First Book at Upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show
Wendy Andrade AIFD NDSF FBFA

Wendy Andrade AIFD, a NERC member from the United Kingdom, will be unveiling her first book publication at the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show.  The book, entitled 'Introduction to Fresh Floral Jewelry - Creating Wearable Art' is a fun and creative publication full of tips and techniques with 124 pages and over 400 photographs along with written instructions ensuring perfect results.With 32 individual projects, influenced by nature and inspired by the endless possibility of colour combinations, Wendy demonstrates how to make a variety of designs suitable for all seasons. 

Intricate and detailed floral design work has always been a passion of Wendy's, which has developed during her long career as a floral designer. This ‘how to’ teaching publication is the first of its kind to blend the two crafts of beautiful, simple jewelery making and fresh floral design into creating wearable art.

Wendy has been designing and teaching at an international level for some time, and is also creating a matched set of her stunning and intricate jewelry pieces for the AIFD 'Crown Jewels' exhibit at this year's Philadelphia Flower Show.

Wendy's book presentation at the flower show is set for March 2nd at 10:30 AM, followed by a book signing. We congratulate Wendy on such a wonderful accomplishment, and wish her the very best success with her first publication.

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NERC Members In PHS 'Greenscene' Magazine
Jane Godshalk AIFD, Cres Motzi AIFD

Cres Motzi AIFD and Jane Godshalk AIFD continue to share their creatve talents in the Nov/Dec 2012 Issue of 'GREENSCENE" magazine, the official publication of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. In the latest article, called "A World of Floral Design",  Jane and Cres have worked their magic to display a beautiful collection of arrangements and various design styles from around the globe. 

Jane and Cres are participating in the 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show, and are also designers on the AIFD 'Crown Jewels' exhibit.  We look forward to seeing their fabulous interpretation of  'Imperial Topaz'!

Cres and Jane's Designing for the Article  

Jane's lush arrangement representing the the 'USA' is influenced by Colonial Williamsburg design, using seasonal fruits, berries, & nuts; mounded with flowers, foliages, and branches.

Cres's beautiful design representiing France is inspired by French Designer Marie Francoise Deprez, whose floral art is graphic, expressive, structural, intricate and original.   

 

 

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CFA Rallies Volunteer Response to School Tragedy
FLorists Volunteer to help families in Newtown, CT

Wreaths with ribbons bearing the names of each of the victims in the Sandy Hook shooting were among the tributes created by the team of volunteer designers at Newtown Florist this week.

Dozens of floral industry designers and countless growers, importers and wholesalers donated their time and product in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14 that took the lives of 20 first grade children and seven adults, including the shooter, at the school. The industry’s outpouring of support for the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., has meant that most of the floral tributes for families of victims were donated.

The Connecticut Florists Association (CFA) led the effort to ensure adequate floral supply and labor, knowing the demand for floral tributes would far exceed the abilities of Newtown Florist, the community’s only flower shop.

“We knew there was only one flower shop in town, one funeral home, and an unprecedented situation that would call for a big floral response,” CFA Executive Director Bob Heffernan said. “We immediately started asking (the state’s florists) for donations of volunteer time.”

After putting the word out, CFA offices quickly received an influx of calls and emails from floral designers in the state and region and from florists offering to travel to Connecticut from as far away as California, Arizona, Michigan and Alabama. Heffernan himself traveled from his office in nearby Monroe, Conn., to help Newtown Florist manage the overwhelming response effort.

Heffernan was easily able to schedule volunteers to supplement owner Judy Grabarz’s staff of seven throughout the week to work on “hundreds and hundreds” of tributes for memorial services and funerals, as well as flowers sent to homes and placed on tributes throughout the town.

“We’ve used about 25 to 30 designers, and they’ve been working on average 16- to 18-hour days,” Heffernan said.

A similar outpouring of support flowed in from flower growers and brokers who wanted to donate product to Newtown — what became “an incredible parade of flowers,” Heffernan said.

“This morning we got another shipment of six pallets, we'll get another 200 boxes this afternoon,” Heffernan said Wednesday afternoon. “We’ve probably gotten close to 1,000 cases of flowers.”

The tributes have been dominated by bears, hearts and wreaths. “Lots of angels and cherubs,” he said. “And a piece with a ribbon with each one of the kids’ names inscribed on it.”

“It’s an incredibly somber moment when the parents (of victims) come in. The whole shop goes silent,” Heffernan said.

The other “job” CFA has handled throughout the week is keeping the media — sometimes as many as 20 satellite vans lined up along the street — away from the shop, so that Grabarz and her crew can give their full attention to the task of getting the tributes to the grieving families and memorial sites. “Judy doesn’t want any of that (media attention),” Heffernan said.

Thanks to so much donated product, there is ample floral supply for the week’s funerals, which began Monday and are scheduled through Friday. Heffernan also made sure some product goes to shops in the nearby towns of Monroe, Stratford Woodbury and Bethel, where additional services are being held.

“We're going to make sure all the donated product gets used,” he said.

Excerpt from SAF E-Brief 12-19-2012
Written by Kate Penn    


 

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Our Condolences

We were saddened to receive notice of the passing of Roberta Schaffer, Mother of NERC member Bill Schaffer and Kris Kratt-Schaffer, on January 27th, 2013. Bill's Mom was a 2nd generation florist in the Philadelphia area, and an inspiration to Bill in his floral career.

Notes of sympathy can be sent to Bill and Chris at:  1021 N. Hancock St., Unit #3, Philadelphia, PA 19123.  

On a happier note, Bill and Kris are also set to launch their new book release at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Thier book, 'Taking the Flower Show Home, Award Winning Designs from Concept to Completion" involves their amazing displays at previous Philadelphia Flower Shows. Congratulations to both on this wonderful accomplishment.  

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NERC facebook Page Needs Your Support!
AIFD Northeast Chapter - Look us up on facebook!

For our social media members, we need your help!  Please visit our facebook page and see what's happening in our region, and 'Like' our posts, share them with friends, etc.  If you are working on anything floral related or have an educational event, please post it and share with other members. 

Our facebook page is listed as AIFD Northeast Chapter.  If you even search 'Northeast' it comes right up.  Without your support, our page will not be gettting the attention it deserves to spread the word on floral related issues.  So please support our Chapter and look us up on facebook! 

 

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Fiscal Cliff Averted, Small Business Scores Wins in Cliff Package
Some Provisions of Interest to Floral Industry

On December 31st, the House of Representatives voted on a Senate-passed measure to prevent significant tax hikes for most Americans and deflect spending reductions in avoiding the so-called “fiscal cliff.” 

Though the last minute deal struck by the administration and Senate Republicans will delay some immediate economic consequences, many of the questions regarding federal spending and the debt ceiling were left unaddressed. The inability of Congress to find bipartisan agreement on longer-term revenue and spending issues could indicate that the start of the 113th session of Congress could strongly resemble the end of the 112th.

However, there are several notable provisions of the fiscal cliff deal that are of interest to floral industry businesses. First, the good news:
Estate Tax: Long an SAF priority, Congress has finally provided some permanency as it relates to estate tax law. Virtually everything for which SAF has advocated, including a $5 million exemption level (indexed for inflation), spousal portability of the exemption and other provisions have been made permanent. The one notable change is an increase in the top rate from 35 percent to 40 percent. Though changes could be made to estate tax law in the context of comprehensive tax reform, a permanent solution will finally allow floral industry businesses to plan future business transfer with some certainty.

Direct Expensing: Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code allows a business to write off a small amount of annual investment in capital assets in lieu of depreciating the investment over a number of years. Congress temporarily extended enhanced direct expensing for the next two years (2012 and 2013) by increasing the amount that could be written off to $500,000 and a $2,000,000 cap. This is a temporary provision that expires in 2014.

Depreciation Bonus: The 50 percent depreciation bonus that was set to expire was extended for another year through 2013.

Income Tax Rates: As many industry businesses are organized as S-Corporations that pay federal taxes at individual rates, it is noteworthy that a slight adjustment was made to taxable income rates at the federal level. Though rates established in 2001 were largely retained, a new top rate of 39.6 percent was established for individuals making $400,000 and households making $450,000 annually.

Alternative Minimum Tax: The AMT was conceived in the 1960s as a way to ensure that the wealthy paid at least some federal taxes. However, the income levels established by the AMT were locked in statute and not indexed for inflation. The cliff package contained a permanent fix to the AMT, setting the levels at $50,600 for individuals and $78,750 for households while indexing those levels for inflation.


There were also some provisions that could be of concern to floral industry businesses.
Farm Bill Extended: The fiscal cliff agreement brings with it both good and not-so-good news for the Farm Bill. It includes an extension of the current Farm Bill, through September 2013, thereby preventing farm policy from reverting to the underlying permanent 1949 law. This means that two important specialty crop programs supported by SAF — the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service research funding and the state Block Grants — have been preserved because they were written into the 2008 Farm Bill without 2012 expiration dates. For other specialty crop priorities, however, the news is not so good. Funding has been changed from “mandatory” to “discretionary” for agricultural research programs that are important to the floral industry, such as the Specialty Crop Research Initiative and the National Clean Plant Network. This means that the money will have to be appropriated through the very contentious annual budget process.

Payroll Tax: Coined a “payroll tax holiday,” the amount of tak- home pay for employees will be reduced by 2 percent as the employee contribution to FICA will be reestablished at 6.2 percent from the 4.2 percent level that it has been for the last two years. In laymen’s terms, your employees will automatically receive 2 percent less in their take home pay than they have for the last two years.

Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Taxes: Two new health care related taxes are set to begin in 2013. First is the Hospital Insurance tax increase of 0.9 percent on wages or self-employment income over $200,000 for an individual return or $250,000 for a joint return. Second is an Unearned Income Medicare Contribution or “Net Investment Income Tax.” A 3.8 percent tax is applied to any income derived from interest, dividends, royalties, rents or other passive income on modified adjusted gross incomes greater than $200,000 on a single return or $250,000 on a joint return.

Excerpt from SAF E-Brief 1-2-2013, Written by Corey Connors

 

 

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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 Janet Black. Her email address is: janetblackaifd@gmail.com. Janet's cell Phone # is: (207) 514-3500.

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

 

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Calendar of Events

March 2 - 10, 2013
Philadelphia International Flower Show - 'Brilliant!'
Philadelphia Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA

March 8 -10, 2013
Northeast Floral Expo
Connecticut Florists Association (CFA)
Mystic Marriott Hotel
Groton, CT

March 11 -12, 2013 
Congressional Action Days
Washington, DC
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA

March 20, 2013
NERC Spring Design Show - 'A Fresh Look at Traditional Designs'
Hillcrest Gardens, Paramas, NJ
6:00 PM Dinner; Show starts at 7:00 PM
Contact Michael Brody for more information

June 26, 2013
 2013 AIFD Professional Floral Design Evaluation Session (PFDE)
 Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
 Las Vegas, NV
 
June 28 – July 2, 2013
 2013 National Symposium – “Passion”
 Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
 Las Vegas, NV
 
July 3, 2013
 2013 AIFD Foundation Workshop
 Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
 Las Vegas, NV

Sept. 18 - 21, 2013
SAF Phoenix 2013
129th Annual Convention
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass
Phoenix, AZ

 

 

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Northeast Newsletter Contact Information

Please contact Lisa Greene or Polly Berginc  with any news stories or information you wish to submit by email to: pollyb.aifd@zoominternet.net or LisaGreeneAIFD@gmail.com.  We are always looking for news involving our members and regional upcoming events, so PLEASE help us keep the newsletter interesting by submitting leads and information.

Please Note: All photos submitted should be sent as a jpg file; We can re-size the images to fit into the newsletter format as needed.

Please also visit the national website at www.aifd.org for additional news and information.  Current and back issues of our NERC Newsletter are available on the NERC Chapter page. 

If you have a change of address, or a new email address, please forward me the information for our contact distribution list update. (Otherwise, you may not receive future newsletters to your email)  

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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 - Lisa Greene 978-902-2754     
President-Elect - Polly Berginc 724-679-2872
Vice President - Theresa Colucci  845-255-3866 
Secretary - Colleen Kelly 570-642-1058
Treasurer - Janet Black 207-514-3500
Past President - Suzanne Sampson  603-819-3663

Board of Directors:
 
Michael Brody (15) 570-522-6476 
Deryck de Matis (14) 518-207-6879
Jim Dempsey (13) 732-552-7287
Michael Derouin (14) 203-661-5600
Jane Godshalk (15) 610-896-8292
Susan Krabill (13) 302-697-3273
Tony Palmieri (15) 860-346-8031
Patricia Patrick (14) 519-856-9237
Robin Weir (13) 860-543-2104


 

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