Floral Artist of the Year & Interclub Competitions
Summer 2021 Newsletter
I hope you have been enjoying the fine summer weather we have been having over the last few weeks. We will reap the benefits of the rain when the harvest comes in September.
We are slowly moving forward to having a new normal in the autumn and hopefully we will get to have the Interclub and Floral Artist of the year competition in reality on Saturday 16th October, hosted by Conna Flower and Garden Club, Cork and Dunboyne Flower and Garden Club, Dunboyne, Meath.
The Closing date has been extended to Monday 16th August; I would love to hear from you regarding this competition. Application forms can be downloaded and sent to me - my address is at the bottom of the form.
We must continue to look forward to better days ahead.
Mark Thursday 4th November 2021 in your diaries for The AOIFA Council meeting which will be held in the Midlands Park Hotel Portlaoise, where we will have a wonderful demonstration by Ali Dietrich and Melanie Harris
Looking forward to meeting everyone on the day.
"Inspired by" Teaching Demonstrations by AOIFA Teachers
Favourites through the Gardening Year by Bríd Kelleher, Sutton Floral Art Group
Spotlight on some AOIFA Clubs who have managed to negotiate Lockdown and stay in touch with their members online
AOIFA and The Flower Arranger say "Thank You" to Nancy McKeever
A meeting of the AOIFA Executive was held via Zoom on 18th June with a view to regulate for the Association, in these unprecedented and unpredictable times. It was unanimously decided that, due to Covid-19, AOIFA gatherings should cease until the AGM in March 2021 when the new Executive will take over. It is envisaged that such activities will return to normal in 2021.
This decision was made in order to secure the health and safety of our members and to bring some degree of clarity to the current uncertainty. In the interim, the current Executive will remain in place and manage the Association’s affairs with the help of the incoming Executive.
As each club is autonomous, it may make its own decisions regarding its activities and is advised to do so based on HSE and Government Guidelines. Please refer to https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/protect-yourself-and-others.html as how to protect yourself and others.
A revised schedule of events will be issued in the autumn.
Canada Blooms 2020
Congratulations to Rosemary Smyth who was awarded Silver at Canada Blooms 2020.
Canada Blooms had to close early due to Covid-19. The competitors had just enough time to stage their exhibits and have them judged before they had to take it down again.
Competition entries from AOIFA members can be viewed here in our gallery.