Passing the Torch!

Written by: Nancy Meckel, ICF, IMF

Hello Flower Friends,

I am pleased to announce your new 2020-2022 Board of Directors:

President – Joanna Kalina, AIFD,CFD

Vice President/Secretary – Kelsey Thompson, AIFD,CFD

Treasurer – Tonia Benson

Immediate Past President – Nancy Meckel, ICF, IMF

This is a dedicated group of young (and not so young..that would be me!!) florists who will do a wonderful job of implementing new innovative education opportunities and creatively bringing the Association forward!  Please wish them the best as they begin this journey in their new roles!

I have met so many special people during my years of involvement with the Iowa Florist’s Association. We have had some wonderful headlining designers at our conventions and I enjoyed working with and learning from them! So thank you Adam Havrilla, AIFD, Derek Woodruff, AIFD and Tina Davis AIFD. It was my pleasure to watch you do your magic! All three of you are amazing, nice and so much fun to be around!!  I also want to thank Randy Wooten, AIFD for the wonderful opportunity to design alongside him at Bonnett’s Annual Open House! Randy is a true southern gentlemen and such a delight!

I also want to thank Joanna Kalina for her unwavering dedication and hard work!! She will be an amazing president!

There are two very special Board Members I would like to thank. Fran Newsom, you are an incredible person and I want you to know your years and years of hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your constant support and your friendship! Kent Bonnett, I want to thank you for your support and your generosity over the many years you have been a part of the IFA Board. We can always depend on you for anything! I don’t know if everyone knows how much time and product you have donated…A LOT…and we want you to know how much you are appreciated!!!

These are tough times for all of us, however I know one thing for sure.. after speaking with florists from all over the state through the years….you are strong, you are resilient and you will prevail! Bravo to you all!!

Thank you!

Nancy Meckel, ICF, IMF

Immediate Past President

Iowa Florist’s Assocation