REMEMBER AOIFA FRIENDLY BOUQUET DAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2018


Autumn Update from AOIFA Chairperson - Mary O'Brien

It’s back to work we go after a remarkable summer.  Our autumn programme begins with the Demonstrators’ Course on Saturday, 1st September.  The Newsletter, together with booking forms for the Social Weekend to be held in Kinsale, 12th to 14th April 2019 were posted out to Club Secretaries on 15th August and emailed to Club Chairpersons on 16th August.  Doing this electronically affords the Chairpersons the opportunity to share information by email with members if they so wish.  

Details of the Inter–Club and Floral Artist of the Year Heats were also sent to clubs and individuals respectively.  These competitions will be held in St. Bridget’s Hall, Stillorgan and Conna Community Hall, Conna (near Fermoy) on 20th October 2018.  You will have an opportunity to view these exhibits at both venues from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.  I wish all competitors well and hope that they will find it an enjoyable experience.  

We are all looking forward to An Grianán – 2nd to 4th November.  It promises to be a weekend of exciting workshops, camaraderie and fun.  We anticipate a large turnout for our Council Meeting in the Radisson Hotel on 8th November where we will celebrate our Sapphire Anniversary with lunch and a special demonstration entitled “Making Spirits Bright”.  Friendly Bouquet Day is on Friday 21st September.   This gives us an opportunity to show case the work that we do and, in so doing, may bring joy to someone’s day.  

I would like to thank all of you, who give so freely of your time in the work that you do at club level and the Demonstrators, Speakers, Teachers and Judges who share their invaluable expertise in so many ways. Wishing you all every success as we embark on our autumn programme,

Mary


AOIFA Floral Artist of the Year and Inter-Club Competitions will be staged at 
St. Bridget’s Hall, Stillorgan and Conna Community Hall on 20th October 2018

AOIFA Weekend at An Grianan 2-4 November 2018

Reminder: balance of monies due no later than 27th September 2018

Next World Flower Show will be held in India http://www.wafaindia.com/


Chairman's Meeting - 17 June 2018 - Radisson Hotel, Little Island, Cork
Pictured (left to right) Mary O'Brien, AOIFA Chairperson, Shane Lehane, Guest Speaker and Candy Holten, AOIFA President 
(See Photographs for more pictures from this event)

 
PRESENTATION OF €54,000 TO THE IRISH ASSOCIATION FOR CANCER RESEARCH
These monies were fund raised by AOIFA Flower Clubs around the country over the past two years.
Photo includes AOIFA Executive 2016-18 presenting cheque to Prof. Amanda McCann, President and Dr. Antoinette Perry of the Irish Association for Cancer Research
From left to right Mary O’Brien, Olive Martin, Dolores O’Leary, Josie Callan, Candy Holten, Prof. Amanda Mc Cann, Dr. Antoinette Perry,  Mary Ronayne and Brid Coonan