President's Message


The excitement is building! The various moving parts that must fall into place for 2020 CFAA Seminar to happen are beginning to come together. Our Chairmen are working very hard following the June planning session in their respective hard following the June planning session in their respective roles. We are fortunate to have an extremely talented and dedicated Board of Directors and they are committed to bringing a Super event to you next February. Registration will open October 1st, and you will want to get your hotel and seminar  registration finalized ASAP! Workshops always fill up rapidly so you'll want to sign up immediately.

The theme for this year's Seminar is "Celebrate the Americas"  and we are excited to be extending a special welcome to our renowned featured presenter, Pilar Medellin, from Mexico. Heartfelt invitations have gone out to our international friends from our hemisphere and we are pleased to report a number will be attending, bringing, along with Pilar, their own spicy flair to the event as we explore our common interest!

Popular designers Tony Todesco and David Robson will be presenting. and both are sought-after speakers who wil, we know, bring new trends and design techniques to us. Each has a dynamic stage presence and we are delighted to add them to the line-up along with The Sunshine Girls, Jill Anderson, Barbara Jacobson, Carol Lucia and  Lori Richie. We will also welcome The Delta Divas, known also as Carol Bullard and Debby Cooper. You will find further information about the Seminar in Fall issue of Design Dimensions.

Many have asked about the origin of CFAA. The legendary Bob Thomas, internationally acclaimed designer/teacher was the founder of AGFA - American Guild of Floral Arrangers. AGFA is the foundational organization upon which CFAA rests. Bob is remembered fondly by many members who studied and traveled with him. A handsome bronze sculpture stands today on the grounds of the National Garden Clubs (NGC) headquarters at the St. Louis Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri. bob's talent and humaor still resonate today; his contributions to the world of floral design is invaluable. He taught extensively in the U.S. and South and Central America - thus we remember him as someone that truly did "Celebrate the Americas". We are privileged to carry in his legacy with CFAA.

Workshops...Vendors...the Kaleidoscope display ...networking much to enjoy! You do not want t miss a minute of it. It will be a time to renew cherished relationships and forge new friendships. Plan now to attend! 

February in Florida  - put it on your calendar ...See you there!

Best to all,

Jan Sillik

CFAA President 2019-2021