57days until
The 11th World Flower Show in Dublin

Teamwork – 
“Coming together is a beginning”.... “Keeping together is progress”.... “Working together is success”..
~ Henry Ford
The Executive tenure in Cork is now complete. Thanks to Una, Margaret and Eileen for two wonderful successful years. Their hospitality, trojan work and accomplishments during their term was enjoyed and appreciated by all AOIFA members. Thanks to Carol, outgoing AOIFA President, for her significant contribution to the Association during her term. The Executive for 2014 – 2016 returns to the Third Area; on this occasion, based in the West. The new committee is as follows:- 
President - Una Fleming            Chairman - Brid Coonan           Vice Chairman & Website Manager - Orla McGrane 
Secretary - Anne Slattery          Treasurer - Marie Bowe            Assistant Secretary - Marie Ryan 
Assistant Treasurer - Cathy Fitzsimon                                      Publications Officers - Margaret Barry & Cathy Walsh.
Meetings will be held in the Greenhills Hotel, Limerick. The Chairman’s meeting will take place on May 22nd 2014. We look forward to welcoming all Club Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen or a representative to our first meeting. 
Bloom 2014 takes place from Thursday, May 29th until Monday, June 2nd. We would like to wish Carol and her committee, who manage and organise the running of this event on behalf of AOIFA, the very best of luck. Good luck also to Marie Dodrill and her team who are doing the AOIFA Exhibit. Bloom attracted over 110,000 visitors last year. It is a wonderful way to showcase AOIFA at its very best through the competitions and floral demonstrations. It is also a great stage to publicise the forthcoming World Show. 
The 11th World Show is just a few months away and the excitement is palpable. We would like to wish the WAFA Committee, Kitty, Mary, Emily, Mary Johannes, Nancy, Brid, Una, Theresa, Carol and Breda and all concerned the very best of luck in what is going to be a truly magnificent show. We would like to extend our appreciation and huge gratitude for their trojan work over the past few years. We would also like to assure Kitty and the Committee of our support and help in every way possible during the show itself. We were informed that there is a considerable shortage of stewards and we would like to appeal to anyone attending the show to give at least two hours to this most essential task. Please contact Moira Baxter on 086–4041927 if you can help. 
To all our competitors and demonstrators, the very best of luck to each and every one of you and remember, “Enjoy the Experience”.

Brid Coonan
AOIFA Chairman