OUR PRESIDENT


Aloha, Arkansas!

As 2018 shines upon us, I and the entire Arkansas Floral Association Board want to give you a warm ALOHA welcome as we bring the Island Life to our annual Arkansas Floral Association Convention with a Hawaiian themed year! Join us in Hot Springs, AR August 17th – 19th 2018 where AFA will bring the ISLAND LIFE to you for a weekend full of:

Education Sessions with STARS from the floral industry such as Jacob McCall, AIFD Jackie Lacey, AIFD, PFCI, Renato Cruz Sogueco, Darla Pawlak, AIFD, PFCI, Stacey Carlton, AIFD and Jenny Scala, SAF.

Hands On Classes where you will learn from the Best of the Best designers in Arkansas, Chris Norwood, AIFD, PFCI, AMF, Melanie Pentecost, AIFD, CFD, AMF, and Tanarah Haynie, AIFD, CFD.

Trade Fair filled with the best vendors with the hottest and latest trends!

President Welcome Party and First Timers Reception on Thursday night at the Embassy Suites where florists, wholesalers and vendors meet, greet and network while enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Mid-America Cup Design Competition is one of the best in the nation with a prize package consisting of $1,500 cash from AFA, additional $500 when the winner registers for Sylvia Cup, Teleflora scholarship for Teleflora Academy (if shop is in good standing with Teleflora and when the class is taken) and Arkansas Cup competition and the coveted Mid America Cup trophy.

Arkansas Cup Design Competition where the winner will receive general registration to 2019 AIFD Symposium, $500 Bill Plummer scholarship, Teleflora scholarship for Teleflora Academy (if shop is in good standing with Teleflora and when the class is taken), $300 cash from Southern Wholesale, Arkansas Cup winner will represent Arkansas in the Mid-America Cup Competition in 2019 Hot Springs. Second place will receive a $300 Gary Brewer Educational Scholarship.

Friday Reception Hawaiian Beach theme Dinner (Don’t forget to bring your BEST Hawaiian DRESSED costume! You could win $100 cash or $50 gift basket sponsored by Pocket Full of Posies) and Design Show.

Saturday Evening Luau Awards Reception filled with the essence of Hawaii celebrating the Stars of the Industry followed by an After Party with music from the famous Whiskey Menders.

So, why don’t you plan a “STAY” cation in the beautiful Natural State of Arkansas and let us bring the Island life to you in Hot Springs, AR at our annual 66th Arkansas ALOHA Floral Association.

Shelby Shy, AAF

Shirley’s Flowers — Rogers, Arkansas
Arkansas Florists Association — President 2018