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  Volume 1, Edition 5                           News Buds                                   August 2009

August Newsletter Sponsored by:

Design Master Ad

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to 100+ FAR members.
Contact Linda Lillyblad, FAR Exec. Dir. 720.371.1906

Thanks to Ernie Schaefer of
Richard, Seeley and Schaefer, Inc.
for the complimentary mailing of your
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Richard, Seeley and Schaefer,Inc.
3640 W. 112th Ave.
Westminster, CO 80031
Tel: 303.429.3561
Fax: 303.427.0611

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Jerrica Parks CPF of Boulder Blooms, one of our newest Certified Professional Florists:
"I was drawn to CPF because it is going to be a nationally recognized program. AIFD recommends starting with state certification. CPF is not just based on design concepts and skills. It covers merchandising, order taking, and training employees. My customers can count on it for quality control. Plus it's great for anyone who wants to meet and connect with industry peers."

Far Member Challenge!
Link your website to the FAR website.
Let us know by emailing Linda with your name, business name, and website and you will be entered in a quarterly drawing to receive a special FAR discount.

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Upcoming Events:

Current News Features:

  • ~ Catastrophic Storm Damage at Stevens & Son Arvada Facility
    10:20pm, July 21st. A violent hail storm rips through 125,000 square feet of the Stevens & Son facility located at 14022 W. 54th Ave. shredding property and emotions. According to owner and FAR Board Member Bruce Daniel, "Our vendors and customers and fantastic team of associates all pulled together in the tragedy. By 9am we had trucks on the road delivering product to FAR members. Customers drove 35 miles to bring us cinnamon rolls, vendors set up hot meals and a former floral employee called to volunteer on the clean-up crew. I think that says something about our industry."
    Click to see the 9News story and video on the destruction of these buildings.

  • ~ Why Not You on the Stage at the Colorado Fall Home Show?
    It's a great chance to work (and play) as a Stage Designer in front of a big live audience. Show off your tablescape or enter the bridal bouquet contest. And if you really have moxie, join the Iron Fist Florist Competition at 1pm on Saturday! Applications accepted through August 15th (thru September 15 for the Bridal Bouquet Contest only).  

  • ~ Room at Rems?
    Forgot to make your reservatin for Amato's Open House and Rene Van Rems Workshop? Here's the registration link for the 8/15 - 8/17 events.

  • ~ FREE 2009 FAR membership for NEW MEMBERS
    Have you got a friend in the floral industry who isn't a member of FAR? Invite them to join because the rest of 2009 is FREE!! The FAR Board of Directors and Membership Committee want the Rocky Mountain floral industry to know all that FAR is doing to promote their interests. We are mailing these postcards inviting regional businesses to join FAR and try all the benefits free for 2009.
    YOU CAN HELP because you already know that FAR is the only association in the region promoting the floral industry. Share the benefits with a friend. Give them a FAR Membership Application for free membership through 2009.

  • ~ FAR Roundtable Opportunity
    Last month's Roundtable was an informative presentation on “ Producing a Profitable Internet Presence”. Join us for Part 2 of the series on October 9th, which will review social networking, like Twitter and Facebook, as well as photography for your website.
    For FAR members only, Willow Circle Web Services will set up a Facebook business page for your business for only $35.00. Contact them at vicki@willowcirclewebservices.com (Offer valid through Sept. 30, 2009.)
    Roundtable notes are available to FAR members by contacting Debbie Grauberger debbeesgarden@att.net or 303.280.7141. Price is $12.95 for Part 1; or $19.95 for both Part 1 and Part 2. (Members who attend the Roundtable receive the notes for the $5.00 cost to attend.)

  • ~ Good Food, Good Friends or Good Times?
    You can enjoy them all at the upcoming FAR workshops on September 9th and Ocotober 6th. Bring a potluck dish and spend the evening with friends. You'll learn how to make effective use of less expensive materials that add value to your designs with beading, rolling and braiding. Bring a friend to the October workshop where FAR Members and non-Members are the same low $25 price ($50 value).
    For more info on the 9/9/09 event or on the 10/06/09 event.

  • ~ Membership Directory Corrections
    Thanks to FAR Bookkeeper Debbie Grauberger and Board Member Cherrie Silverman AIFD, AAF, CPF for preparing the first FAR Membership Directory, just one of the valuable benefits of FAR membership. Our apologies to the following businesses whose information required correction.
    Please make note in your Directory and contact Debbie at debbeesgarden@att.net with any additions or changes:

    ADDITIONS - Retail Members:
    Flower Garden
    Julie Dirks
    127 S Interocean Ave.
    Holyoke, CO 80734
    970.854.3752 fax

    Flowers with Flair
    Cynthia Frazier
    830 W Cherry St
    Louisville, CO 80027

    DWF Cover Ad - Corrected phone: 303.399.0970
    (Replace this page when you receive your reprint in the mail)
    Page 9 - Emily Griffith Opportunity School - Corrected phone: 720.423.4700
    Page 17 - Floral Elegance Unlimited - Corrected website: www.floraleleganceunlimited.com
    Page 20 - Max's Mountain Garden - Corrected name: Erin Hopkins-Noonan, Corrected email: rnoonan7172@msn.com
    Page 21 - Petals and Pearls, LLC - Corrected email: amablood@msn.com
    Page 25 - Cindy Anderson AIFD - Corrected email: canderson.aifd@hotmail.com
    Page 32 - Golden Flowers - Corrected name: Jody Whitekus, Corrected fax: 303.477.0616

  • ~ Chinese Bark Taking Bite Out of Business
    DWF Denver Manager Phil Borrego was called out of a recent FAR Board meeting with USDA officials waiting for him. They were there to quarantine baskets which had a prohibited strip of bark from China woven into the top portion. "We knew about this", Phil explained. "It just slipped by our vendor. We were all surprised."

Member Features:

Member only Website area: User name: FARonly | Password: Fl0wers (the 0 is a zero)
  • Classifieds:  
    Available for Work (0)      Equipment for Sale (0)      Help Wanted (0)
    Post your classified ad, it's quick and easy. Just click on Create an Ad.  Enter username and password, fill out the appropriate section of the form and submit. It's a free member benefit.

  • Enjoy the Member Blog.   Exchange thoughts and ideas with other FAR members easily and it's a private blog so only members can access it. (Requires the user name and password)

  • Ready to pitch in? Join a 2009 FAR Committee.  Give the committee chairman a call for the next meeting date and get involved!

  • Get to know the FAR Website: This month, check out Far Member List to see an online version of the members directory.

FAR            Denise Capelli, President            www.floralassociationrockies.org