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                                                                  2011 CONVENTION NEWSLETTER

                          WOW! What a year it has been!! Can‟t believe it‟s almost convention time again.
                          Here‟s hoping everyone is making plans to join us for our “Mardi Gras” celebration. I know
                          you will appreciate the “Celebration” of flowers and the usage of them.
                      The board and committees have worked hard all year to make all of this happen for us. Many surprises are
n                     in store for you on the Trade Market Floor—many of your favorite vendors, some new vendors, Up Close
                      & Personal and some other surprises! Some new and different Arkansas Florists Academy classes are being
held this year. So come prepared to learn about new products, new techniques & shop „til you drop!
Hope all of you are as excited as I am for the upcoming ”Mardi Gras – A Floral Celebration Royale” and can‟t wait to see all the
great designers coming from all over the “Who Dat Nation” to share & teach all of us. I feel certain that there will be something for
every member to learn. Do not miss this opportunity.
Early birds who arrive on Wednesday or Thursday are invited to attend a “Thank You” reception on Thursday evening. See infor-
mation below.
Thank you. I can‟t wait to “beads” you!
Terry Bates, President

           Board members, committees, vendors and guests are invited to the President’s Reception at the
            Old Mill Wedding Chapel—2026 Park Avenue in Hot Springs on Thursday evening from 6-9PM.
               Transportation to the reception will be available at the Austin Hotel entrance at 5:30PM.

The 4th Annual AFA Golf Tournament was held on Saturday, April 9 at Stone Links. A good turn out made for a fun filled day of golf, food and fellowship.
We would like to extend a big ―Thank You‖ to FTD for being the main sponsor for this event. The following sponsors provided everything from golf balls to
green backs to help make the tournament a big success: Alvin Hagstrom; Armellini; Best Blooms; Cantina Laredo; Continental Greens; FBI Flowers; Fleet
Management; Floral Express; Golden Eagle; Harbor Distributing; KSSN; Mountain Valley Water; North Hills Florist; River Valley Wholesale; Simpson’s
Greens; Skyline Flowers; Southern Wholesale; Syndicate Sales & The Edge. We couldn’t have done it without you.
A super big ―Thank You‖ to Jennifer Collins for running the drink wagon all day - The golfers wouldn’t have survived without you!!
First place went to Carl Hughes, Rick Hughes, Chris Nichols & Todd Nichols
Second place went to Tracy Collins, Charlie Hopson, Kevin Weddle & Jim Weddle.
Longest Drive Award to Eric Hagstrom
Closest to the Pin – Tracy Collins, Jeff Lotz, Eric Hagstrom & Kevin Weddle
Michael Small of Small’s Florist in Pine Bluff won the drawing to take a chance on the Million Dollar ―Hole in One‖ – He missed! Better luck next year.
Proceeds of tournament will be announced and check presented by FTD & Southern Wholesale at the President’s Banquet on Saturday night.

INSIDE                                                                                                       2010-11 OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
Education / Competition / Neighbor               2                                                                     Terry Bates, President
                                                            SHOP WITH OUR VENDORS                               Jan Diederich, 1st Vice President
Design Programs / Trade Market                   2
                                                                 THEY SUPPORT US                                Glenn Oswalt, 2nd Vice President
Mid America / Nominees / Ads                     3                                                            Georgie Murphree, 3rd Vice President
                                                                       ******                                   Bill Plummer, Secretary/Treasurer
Flower & Garden / Join / Bistro                 3                                                             Kelly Efird, Immediate Past President
                                                             For additional information                              Debbie Wheeler, Director
Committees / Academy                            3                    about the                                       David Goodman, Director
                                                          Arkansas Florists Association                             Robert Robertson, Director
Hospitality Bags/Volunteers                     4                visit our website at                               June Owen, Interim Director
                                                                www.ARFlorists.org                                     Scott Brents, Director
Convention Rates / In Memoriam                  4
                                                                                                                      Bitsy McCorkle, Director
                                                                                                             Tracy Collins, Associate Director-Appt’d
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            Education Committee                                                  COMPETITION
                              Lou Cook, Chairperson
                                                                                 The Arkansas Florists Association offers many opportunities for
                                                                                 designers to hone their skills through education and competition
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFIED FLORIST PROGRAM                                           throughout the year.
The dates for the next Professional Certified Florist classes will be de-
termined sometime before the end of this year. Students may take all Enter the competition in one of the following contests:
classes on line except for the hands-on classes. If you are interested in                  Education Scholarship
taking the classes please contact Lou Cook at 5413 Ridge Road in Jack-                     Scholarship Design Competition
                                                                                           Arkansas Cup
sonville, AR 72076 or by phone or fax at 501-983-4314. You may also
                                                                          Complete information is included in this newsletter or available on
email her at loucook@ARFlorists.org.
                                                                          the website at ARFlorists.org. You may contact Bill Plummer at
The number of students interested in taking the classes will determine 501-354-2309 or 501-208-2882 or billplummer@ARFlorists.org
whether classes will be held in 2012.

ALL ARKANSAS MASTER FLORIST GRADUATES                                            Design Programs               by David Goodman, Program Chairman
If you know of a change of address or place of employment on any of our          As the summer heat begins to set in, we all start looking
graduates, please contact Lou Cook by mail at—5413 Ridge Road Jacksonville, AR   forward to our upcoming Convention and Design School!
72076 - PH/FX: 501-983-4314 or e-mail loucook@ARFlorists.org                     You will not want to miss the incredible shows planned for
                                                                                 this year‟s convention, featuring some of the best designers
           NOTICE TO ALL AFA GRADUATES OF THE                                    from around the country. Kicking off this year‟s program on
           ARKANSAS MASTER FLORISTS PROGRAM                                      Friday evening will be Tom Bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI
                                                                                 sponsored by Teleflora. Tom, a world-renowned designer, is
AFA graduated its first students from the Professional Certified                 going to “WOW” us with his show, A Floral Celebration.
Florists Program during the convention in August 2010 in Hot
Springs. This is a nationally recognized status.                    The fun will continue as we begin Saturday morning bright
                                                                   and early with an action-packed design show unlike any
The Board of Directors voted to allow any previous AMF graduate other show around! We will all be treated to a combination
to be grandfathered into the PCF Program. The cost to do this is show featuring award-winning designers showcasing perma-
$10 per candidate to cover cost of pin. There are two criteria you nent botanicals, as well as Mid-America contestants demon-
must meet:                                                         strating their talents with fresh product. Among the design-
1. You must request it in writing.                                 ers will be Bitsy Carter, the 2010 Arkansas Cup winner. The
2. You must still be actively engaged in the floral industry.      Mid-America Design Competition folks will be announced
If you wish to acquire this distinction send your request along    at the show. Jamie Adams from Flowershop Network will
with a check for $10 to Lou Cook at 5413 Ridge Road – Jackson- be the commentator for this program.
ville, AR 72076 or by email at loucook@ARFlorists.org. If paying Saturday afternoon features Bill Taylor AIFD, sponsored by
by credit or debit card you will need to give her that information Bloomnet. Bill has been a force in the floral industry for a
over the phone - 501-983-4314. Please state in your request        number of years and we will really glean a ton of informa-
your job title and place of employment.                            tion from his program, A History of Floral Design. Sunday
Upon approval, the initials behind your name will be AMF, PCF.                   morning will be a great show by John Hosek AIFD, CFD,
                                                                                 PFCI, sponsored by Fitz Designs. John is returning with
From the Trade Market Floor                                                      another exciting show, A Wedding Celebration – Fabulous,
                                                                                 Fantasy, Fitz-tastic. Later that day, Toomie Farris AAF,
                                   by J. Ted Lewis, Trade Market Chairman
                                                                                 AIFD, presents a wonderful FTD-sponsored program,
Convention is fast approaching and looks like it is going to be another great
                                                                                 Translating Trends into Everyday Designs. His years of
year. Can’t wait to see what our president, Terry Bates, has in store with his
                                                                                 experience in the floral industry in small-town America will
fun “Mardi Gras” theme.
                                                                                 come to life as he presents a very informative and creative
The trade market will have some surprises and we have some new vendors           show. Our convention design school will conclude Sunday
along with those who have supported us for years. A trip to the Mississippi      afternoon with another appearance by the design panel.
Market in Jackson a few weeks ago found some new faces that you will be
                                                                                 This will be an incredible opportunity for us all to learn new
seeing this year. Be sure and check the schedule for all the Arkansas Florists
                                                                                 techniques and get great new ideas to take home, so don‟t
Academy classes. You don’t want to miss anything!
                                                                                 miss anything! See you in August at Convention!
Up Close & Personal will be back this year. It’s a packed weekend —from the
design symposiums, academy classes, the banquet and lots of shopping with        BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR
all our vendors in the Trade Market. Let them know how much you appreciate       Know of a new florist in town or around? Why not tell them
the support they give to our association. See you August!                        about AFA and invite them to join and attend the convention?

                                             AFA Headquarters Address
                                        Bill Plummer—Secretary/Treasurer
                               P O Box 500 –Plumerville, AR 72127—PH: 501-208-2882
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VOTE FOR TWO ...                                                             CONVENTION KEEPSAKE PROGRAM AD
The following people have been nominated to fill two director positions on
the Board of Directors. Election will be held Saturday, August 20 at the
                                                                             Florists, Vendors and Supporters—It's
convention.                                                                  time to get your ad together for the
                                                                             Keepsake Program honoring the 59th year
                                                                             of the Arkansas Florists Association
 Betty Sue Anderson, Frances Flowers—Little Rock
 Mary Ann Hodge AMF, Hodge Podge Flowers– N Little Rock                      Convention & Trade Market— “Mardi Gras –
 Chris Norwood AIFD, Tipton Hurst—Little Rock                                A Floral Celebration Royale” to be held
 Chip Phillips AMF, Brenda’s Flowers & Gifts—Batesville                      at the Hot Springs Convention Center –
 Shelby Shy, Shirley’s Flowers & Gifts—Rogers                                Hot Springs, Arkansas August 18-21, 2011.
 Kristin Stavely AMF, Flowers by Johnny—Nashville
                                                                             DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS JULY 15, 2011
                                                                             and YOUR PAYMENT MUST ACCOMPANY YOUR COPY.
Mid-America Cup                                                              CREDIT CARD OR CHECK, WE WILL NOT BILL
               by Jo Buttram, AAF, AMF, PCF Chairperson                      YOU. A copy of the ad form is enclosed
                                                                             with this newsletter. I will be calling on
2011 will be the 6th year AFA has hosted the Mid-America Invitational Cup
                                                                             you very soon so please be ready. You can
Competition. This will be another exciting year as Mid-America invites all   reach me at Expressions Flowers, 479-783-
state designers of the year to compete for the Mid America Cup and prizes.   3210 with any questions…
                                                                                          Robert Robertson AMF, PCF
Complete information is on the AFA website at ARFlorists.org or contact Jo
Buttram AAF, AMF, PCF at 128 N 13th St., Rogers, AR 72756—800-624-7225,        2

                                                                             Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!
email jobuttram@ARFlorists.org or Bill Plummer AIFD, P O Box 500, Plumer-    Drawings for prizes donated by our vendors throughout the weekend.
ville, Arkansas 72127, 501-354-2309 or 501-208-2882, email billbplum-        Purchase tickets in the registration area to win a BistroTable & 2
                                                                             Chairs. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.
mer@ARFlorists.org for additional information.
                                                                             There will be two Grand Prizes—a trip to Eureka Springs & a trip to
Download entry form at ARFlorists.org in the ―Competition‖ section.          Hot Springs. Drawing for Bistro Table & Chairs & Grand Prizes will be
                                                                             held at close of convention on Sunday August 21.
2011 AR Flower & Garden Show by Shane Cranford, AIFD, Chair
Tabletop competition was held February 24, 2011 at the Statehouse Con-
vention Center during the Arkansas Flower & Garden Show. Donnie                      2011 Committees
                                                                                  General Chairman—Bill Plummer
Moore of Marie‟s Flowers in Hot Springs won first place. 2011 design
pictures are on the website at ARFlolrists.org.                        By-Laws—Terry Bates, Wendel McCorkle, June Owen
                                                                         Convention Registration—Margaret Abbott, Suzette Betten-
 The 2012 show will be March 2-4 at Verizon Arena in North Little        court, Joe Diederich & Carol Willey
Rock. Make plans now to enter the competition. Information will be on    Corsage Bar—Julie Hardy
the website when available. Contact Shane Cranford at 501-837-0647.      Decorations— Terry Bates, Zelma Bates, Rebecca Beckwith,
                                                                         Scott Brents, Bitsy Carter, Shane Cranford, Kelly Efird, Chelle
ARKANSAS FLORISTS ACADEMY by Jan Diederich, Chair                        Gerhardt, Pat Haering, Donnie Moore, Charles Morrison, Glenn
                                                                         Oswalt, Joe Turner, Patricia Upshaw & Debbie Wheeler
We are excited to present the 2 Annual Arkansas Florist Academy          Scholarship Design Competition—Joe Turner
classes featuring great educational programs on Marketing, Social Net- Arkansas Cup Competition—Jan Diederich, Georgie Murphree
working, Weddings and Special Events. Each program will be presented & Glenn Oswalt
on Saturday and Sunday for your convenience, thus giving you an op-      Mid America Competition—Jo Buttram, Georgie Murphree,
                                                                         Glenn Oswalt
portunity to attend all classes.                                         Design School—David Goodman, Wendel McCorkle, Kristin
Two Hands-On Corsage Classes are being offered on Saturday. The cost Stavely & Sandy Ripley
of this workshop is $20 per person. Pre-registration and payment are     Education—Lou Cook, Chairman
                                                                         Elections —Evans Caple, Ann Fleming & Donna Horton
required. NO REFUNDS.                                                    Hospitality Bags—Debbie Wheeler
Learn about new products, new techniques and improve your skills!        Newsletter/Website—Garlene Lewis
                                                                         Nominations-Mary Ann Tate, Wendel McCorkle & Kelly Efird
JOIN THE ASSOCIATION                                                     Procurement—June Owen, Robert Robertson, Scott Brents
To become a member of the Arkansas Florists Association please send a                   Tracy Collins—Southern Wholesale, Little Rock
$50 check to AFA—P O Box 500—Plumerville, AR 72127 and list the          Program Book Advertising Sales—Robert Robertson
following on a separate sheet of paper : Shop Name                       Program Book Printing—Joe Turner
                                         Mailing Address                 Reserved Seating—Sara Crain & Billy Wells
       or                                City, State, Zip,               Trade Market—J. Ted Lewis
  Application                            Owner(s) Name(s)                       Vendor Registration—Garlene Lewis
 Form available                          Local Phone & Toll Free Number Welcome Committee— Betty Sue Anderson; Mary Ann
  on website                             Email address & indicate if you Hodge, AMF; Chris Norwood AIFD; Chip Phillips AMF;
at ARFlorists.org                        are joining as a Regular Member Shelby Shy; Kristin Stavely AMF
                                         or an Associate Member.
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          Arkansas Florists Association Newsletter
         623 Chickadee Dr - Little Rock, AR 72205
                   Phone: 501- 666-7673
                     Fax: 501-663-6274
               garlenelewis@ARFLorists.org                                     In Memoriam
Hospitality Bags
                                                                  Luva Grifffin – Morrilton—former owner of Hillcrest Florist in Morrilton
Vendors & Florists can advertise their busi-
                                                                  Cornell Yates—Kelly Efird’s Father – Marie’s Flowers in Hot Springs
ness to those who attend the convention.
                                                                  George Parsons - Little Rock
Donate at least 300 items for the Hospital-                       Mary Wylie—Mary & Martha’s Florist – Arkadelphia
ity Bags to be given attendees. Items can                         Tim Miller—Caleb Miller’s Father – Shults Nursery in Hot Springs
be shipped to Terry Bates at The Arrange-                         Talmadge McLaurin’s Mother – McLaurin’s Florist in Charleston
ment— 769 Park Avenue—Hot Springs,                                Mayriann Hurst – Tipton & Hurst in Little Rock
AR 71901 to arrive no later than Wednes-                          June Owen’s Mother – North Hills Florist in Sherwood
day, August 17 or bring to Debbie at the                          Doyle Webb’s Father – Webb’s House of Flowers in Benton
convention no later than noon Thursday,                           Shane & Monroe Cranford’s Mother
August 18.                                                        Todd Sweeden’s Mother – Sweeden’s Florist in Russellville
Contact Debbie Wheeler at Corner Flowers                          Our sympathy to the families of those listed above. Please forgive us if
in Searcy at 501-268-4741 or by email at                          we have omitted anyone. Notify us and we will post on website.
debbiewheeler@ARFlorists.org                                                                        <><><>
                                                                  If you have news you think would be of interest to the members of
        VOLUNTEERS NEEDED                                         AFA, contact Garlene at 501-666-3196 or garlenelewis@arflorists.org.
 There are many opportunities to offer your ser-
     vices for the success of our convention.
    If you want to learn what goes on behind                          Don’t ask for an easier life - Ask to be a stronger person
           the scenes volunteer to help.
       Contact Terry Bates, President at                                                        Convention Rates
                   501-321-2413                                                 Purchased Separately—General Admission $20
                TRADE MARKET                                               Friday Night Program $40 - Saturday Night Program—$50
                DESIGN SCHOOL                                                          - Save $10—Full Registration $100
                PROCUREMENT                                      Registration with Intent to Attend Form enclosed or you can register online at
                WELCOME BAGS                                              www.ARFlorists.org under “CONVENTION” “2011” Section
                 DECORATIONS                                    Need help on line—Contact Suzette Bettencourt at www.sbbetten@bellsouth.net
                    CLEAN-UP                                                          or call 601-831-2559 or 601-638-7896

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Little Rock, AR 72205                                             AND ENCOURGAGE THEM TO GET INVOLVED IN THE
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               59th Annual
         Arkansas Florists Association
         Convention & Trade Market

“Mardi Gras-A Floral Celebration Royale”
            August 18-21, 2011
              Don‟t miss it!

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