North East Newsletter AIFD
In This Issue
Greeetings from our President
Philadelphia FLower Show was "Brilliant"!
NERC Members Release Books at the Philadelphia Flower Show
Wendy Andrade, Bill Schaffer, and Kris Kratt
NERC Members 'Wow' Members at Garden Club of America
Ron Mulray, Jane Godshalk and Cres Motzi
SUNY Cobleskill SAIFD Chapter News
Students Design for Several Events
AIFD Foundation Needs your Creative Talents!
Parisian Masks to be auctioned for Foundation
NERC facebook Page Buzzing with Activity
AIFD Northeast Chapter - Look us up on facebook!
AFE Study Brings Advances in Cut Flower Packaging
NERC Memorial Scholarship Application
2014 Application
NERC Chapter Pins Available
Calendar of Events
Northeast Newsletter Contact Information
Northeast Regional Chapter
Board Contact Information



May 30, 2013

Greeetings from our President

Hello Northeast Members,

 The calendar says its June and my term as president is almost over. It seems like mere weeks have passed since taking this office in Miami. The NE Region is blessed to have great volunteers who give time and talent to AIFD. I am humbled and honored to have worked with such great people. Thank you to everyone that has helped to keep the NERC moving forward.

In Miami goals were set...Fall Show, Flower show, Spring Show and CFA. Glad to report all of those events were successful. I hope the next board has as much fun, fiscal success and mentoring opportunities as this one has.

It is very sad that we will have no new inductees to our region this year. I would like to challenge all our members to identify potential members and mentor them: get them to regional events, educational opportunities like the NE Floral Expo. Try to get them as excited about the industry as we were when it all began. Think of your mentor and how they brought you along then return the favor and do it for the next generation.

Enjoy this newsletter and while you are reading think about who you would like to bring to symposium next year as a first time attendee.

Sincerely,

Lisa Greene

 

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Philadelphia FLower Show was "Brilliant"!

The Northeast region of AIFD shone again with their royal display of the magnificent 'Crown Jewels' of Britain's Royalty through floral artistic interpretation.   Led by Chairperson Polly Berginc AIFD, Co-Chair Sue Weisser AIFD, and PHS liaison Ron Mulray AIFD, the set was designed to portray the Tower of London, where collection is currently housed. The stunning set received a special achievement award from PHS for the 'Best Achievement in Floral Artistry and Interpretation', and was a crowd favorite for photo opportunities the entire week.

AIFD Designers on this year's exhibit were:  Dot Chenevert, Rob DeBellis, Jane Godshalk, Jo Jarvis, Susan Krabill, Cres Motzi, Bill Murphy, Michael O'Neill, Patricia Patrick, Suzanne Sampson, Dan Vaughn, Sue Weisser, Polly Berginc, Ron Mulray, Wendy Andrade, Robin Weir, Linda Pirek, Beth O'Reilly, Lori Himes, Adriene Presti, Michael Brody, and CFD Shawn Foley.  Many other AIFD members and volunteers came and helped with set-up and assembling the flowers to present to the public at the Gala Premier event. 

For an outstanding collection of photography from our exhibit, please visit our 'AIFD Northeast Chapter' Facebook page, and 'like' our designs! Our sincere thanks for a wonderful team effort, and for representing AIFD so professionally and creatively to the public. We were 'Brilliant'!

 The Tower of London castle facade was designed by Wish Painting and Sculpture, which was the perfect setting for all the designer's jewel interpretations.

Enter into the Tower of London, the focal point a throne of red roses designed by Polly Berginc, complimented with two towers of lush red assorted roses designed by Dan Vaughn and Michael O'Neill.  

Co-Chair Sue Weisser led a team of designers, which created a collection of crown jewels regalia made of  botanical elements.

Suzanne Sampson adds the finishing touches to her spectacular  'Golden Sapphire' display.

Ron Mulray, PHS Liaison, works on medallions given out to the public during the gala opening event.

Patricia Patrick AIFD and volunteer Jackie Johns gave show attendees pin-on posies of spray roses adorned with jeweled bling, which were a huge hit with guests.  

The exhibit was given a Special Achievement Award for 'Best Achievement in Floral Artistry & Interpretation'.

At show tear-down, Chair Polly Berginc, PFS Liaison Ron Mulray, Co-Chair Sue Weisser, and Designer Bill Murphy  over-see the final details.

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NERC Members Release Books at the Philadelphia Flower Show
Wendy Andrade, Bill Schaffer, and Kris Kratt

Wendy Andrade AIFD, a NERC member from the United Kingdom, introduced her first book publication at the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show.  The book, entitled 'Introduction to Fresh Floral Jewelry, is a â€˜how to’ teaching publication; the first of its kind to blending the two crafts of beautiful, simple jewelry making and fresh floral design into creating wearable art.

Wendy signs books following her book unveiling presentation.

Wendy created a matched set of her stunning and intricate jewelry pieces for the AIFD 'Crown Jewels' exhibit at this year's Philadelphia Flower Show.

 

Bill Schaffer and Kristine Kratt released their new book about their designs at the Philadelphia Flower Show.  Congrats to Bill and Kris for their 'Best in Show' award 3rd year in a row with their unique display of 'Jack' - Great job and team effort! 

 

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NERC Members 'Wow' Members at Garden Club of America
Ron Mulray, Jane Godshalk and Cres Motzi

Designers Jane Godshalk, Cres Motzi and Ron Mulray presented the program 'Creativity through the Ages" at the GCA's annual meeting.  Ron's addition to the workshop was a real "WOW" with his dresses that went with his designs. On the right is a model wearing bottle caps, in the middle the VooDoo Princess and next to Ron a lovely lady in a dress and hat made from red Solo cups. I can't think of anyone more creative that our wonderful Ron Mulray AIFD!

Designer Ron Mulray and his 'Ladies' 

This is a picture of a design made by Cres for the GCA Annual Meeting workshop.  It is a metal rod with metal twists and purple orchids---specatcular.

Submitted by Jane Godshalk AIFD

 

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SUNY Cobleskill SAIFD Chapter News
Students Design for Several Events

The SUNY Cobleskill SAIFD Chapter has been very busy the last month!

* The students had the opportunity to create centerpieces for the college gala on March 29. They each had the same flowers to work with and created arrangements for cocktail high top tables. Each one was very creative and unique.

* They also designed arrangements for the Ag. banquet on March 22. Each table had a non floral element from each agriculture club on campus that had to be incorporated into their design. They had sketched their ideas and were ready come design day. They received the same flowers and really got inventive! What a terrific display of creativity.

* On April 23rd, they held their Artist in Residence program. Ken Norman AIFD, PFCI was the guest designer who lead them in designing 4 beautiful themed tablescapes. The students loved working with Ken. He collaborated with them on each theme, and worked to make their visions come alive! What a wonderful experience for all. A big thank you to Ken!

* The students along with Mary Robinson AIFD, will be doing floral demonstrations all day at the Agriculture Fair held at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds on April 27th. The fair is expected to have over 700 attendees!

Ken Norman AIFD works with the students for their Artist in Residence program.

 

Whew! NOW THEY LOOK FORWARD TO SYMPOSIUM!

Submitted by:

Theresa Colucci AIFD
Student Chapter Adviser

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AIFD Foundation Needs your Creative Talents!
Parisian Masks to be auctioned for Foundation

 • The AIFD Foundation needs your help! At Symposium this year, the AIFD Foundation has decided to create a “PARISIAN MASK” Event & Auction to be held during lunch. The luncheon will be titled "Strolling the Gardens of Versailles." The MARIE ANTOINETTE STYLE PARISIAN MASK will be on display one day prior to the other auction items on live models in the hall outside the main stage. We are displaying the items earlier to give attendees ample time to view them prior to the lunch program. The following day we plan to do a lunchtime fashion show with all of the designs with a live auction of some of those masks. These masks will be able to be worn to the leadership gala banquet that will have a masquerade theme and will be called "Boule de masque dansVersailles." Anything goes but no fresh flowers or greens, please make entire mask of permanent  type embellishments; the size does not matter.

 If you are willing and interested to create these fashionable designs and could create a unique and one of a kind Masquerade ball mask, please contact Ron Mulray AIFD, CFD at your earliest convenience at ronmulray@aol.com.

Below are some examples of masks being made for the auction.

 

 

Submitted for Ron Mulray


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NERC facebook Page Buzzing with Activity
AIFD Northeast Chapter - Look us up on facebook!

For our social media members, we need your help!  Please visit our facebook page and become a fan. 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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AFE Study Brings Advances in Cut Flower Packaging

 

20 April 2013

A recent scientific study financed by the American Floral Endowment looks at how the shelf life of cut flowers can be optimized through improvements in distribution and packaging. The project focused on roses and snapdragons, but the conclusions are likely valid for other flower types as well.

The researchers from New Jersey’s Rutgers University successfully combined – in an apparent first – three well-known technologies that help maintain the quality of fresh cut flowers:

  • Thyme oil
  • Modified atmosphere packaging, a special film that increases shelf life
  • 1-methylcyclopropene (MCP), a synthetic plant growth regulator that inhibits ethylene

Moreover, the technology is eco-friendly as it uses natural compounds as an alternative to fungicide treatments. The compounds are volatile, however, so the researchers had to figure out how to package them so they would release their active compounds at the appropriate time.

The correct combination of thyme oil sachets, ethylene sachets and film achieved that; significantly increasing postharvest longevity while reducing shatter and disease. “This should increase our shipping and storage options while lowering shipping costs and maintaining flower quality”, lead researcher Thomas Gianfagna points out.

“I envision flowers will be shipped from all different sources using thyme oil and ethylene sachets to improve the quality of flowers for the consumer,” he continued optimistically.

To have a look at the complete research report, please click here.

Source: American Floral Endowment

From Florint News, April 2013 Edition.

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NERC Memorial Scholarship Application
2014 Application

Congratulations to our NERC Scholarship winner, Mira Haier of Ontario, Canada, who will be coming to Las Vegas for Symposium.  Please welcome her at our annual meeting.

Tom Simmons and his staff are a few weeks away from 'Passion', and works are underway for next year's 2014 Symposium in Chicago on July 3 to 7, 2014. If you know of a promising floral student or intuitive designer who would like to attend symposium next year, 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 2014 scholarship are due in by March 1, 2014.

NERC Scholarship App 2014 link is below:

NERC Scholarship App 2014 - Revised May 13.doc

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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

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

Oct. 2013
NERC Fall Design Show
Alders Wholesale Florist
Campbell Hall, NY
Theresa Colucci - Coordinating event 

March 1 - 9, 2014
Philadelphia Flower Show - 'Articulture'
Philadelphia Convention Center

March 8 - 9, 2014
Northeast Floral Expo (CFA)
Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
Mystic, CT

 

 

 

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Northeast Newsletter Contact Information

Please contact Polly Berginc or Lisa Greene 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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