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  Volume 1, Edition 6                           News Buds                                September 2009

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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."
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Upcoming Events:

Current News Features:

  • ~ 2010 FAR Board of Directors October Elections
    Next month, the FAR membership will be electing five members to the Board of Directors to replace those whose term is expiring. Board positions are for a three year term, 2010-2012.
    Responsibilities of the Board member are outlined in the Bylaws. If you are interested in being considered, please contact President Denise Capelli AIFD, CPF, 720-570-1307. Your name will be forwarded to the Nominating Committee.
    Those individuals whose term is expiring from the current Board are: Mary Ann Blood, Heather Cross, Bruce Daniels, Chuck Johnson and David Smith. See the complete Board of Directors list in the members only area.

  • ~ FAR Rocky Mountain Cup Winner to Compete at NAFA
    Susie Carr AIFD was the winner of the 2009 Rocky Mountain Cup design competition held earlier this year. Susie runs the Trim International Floral School Ltd, where she trains individual interested in pursuing a career in the floral industry. She will be traveling to Arkansas next month to represent FAR at the upcoming annual competition of the National Alliance of Floral Associations. NAFA meets annually to host a national design competition and association training. President Denise Capelli AIFD, CPF will attend the business meeting on behalf FAR. The meeting was held in Denver last year, hosted by FAR's predecessor, the Colorado Retail Florist Association.

  • ~ Congratulations to the 2009 FAR Scholarship Award Recipients
    Denise Fuller, Castle Rock Florists (pictured) and Carmen Lia, DebBee's Garden, Inc. (no picture) were awarded the 2009 FAR Scholarships. Peggy Roth, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee thanked the special donors including Longmont Florist and Palmer School of Floral Design who made this scholarship possible. The FAR recipients each received a scholarship that will enable them to take the Certified Professional Florist test.

  • ~ Free 2009 FAR Membership Campaign Huge Success
    The launch of the FAR Free Membership program for the rest of 2009 has been a great success with 4 months left to go. We are happy to welcome 32 new members. They have all been added to our online member list and you can check here to see who joined.
    Tell a friend in the floral industry about the Benefits and the free FAR Membership for the rest of 2009- Application.

  • ~ Don't Miss The Colorado Fall Home Show
    From the 2009 FAR Bridal Bouquet Contest to the Iron Fist Florist competition and beautiful tablescapes all throughout, the Colorado Fall Home Show promises to be a great weekend. Sept 19-20 at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202.

  • ~ Tired of the same old, same old? Slap a bow on a basket...are you done yet?  If you are, then you will definitely want to come for some creative ideas to dress up your green and blooming plants at the upcoming Plants with Impact, the FAR workshop on Tuesday, October 6th. Bring a friend along because FAR Members and non-Members are the same low $25 price ($50 value). Just bring a potluck dish for a great evening.

  • ~ FAR Roundtable Coming Up
    July's Roundtable was an informative presentation on “ Producing a Profitable Internet Presence”. Join us for Part 2 of the series on October 13th, 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 that session's notes for the $5.00 cost to attend.)

  • ~ Membership Directory Corrections
    Please make note of the following corrections in your Membership Directory and contact Debbie at debbeesgarden@att.net with any additions or changes:

    Page 20 - Luxuriant Designs- Email: arrangements@luxuriantdesigns.com
                  Website: www.luxuriantdesigns.com
    Page 31 - Fresca Farms - Corrected website: www.frescafarms.com

Member Features:

Member only Website area: User name: FARonly | Password: Fl0wers (the 0 is a zero)
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    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!

FAR            Denise Capelli, President            www.floralassociationrockies.org