During the last few weeks, having been plunged into uncertainty, we have all been focusing on keeping our membership safe and well as our priority. We are aware of members concerns about the future of the Association. It’s true, these are testing times for us all, but we want to reassure you that the Association has the resources to come through this crisis and we will be there throughout to support our Areas, Clubs and Members.
Here for You
As your NAFAS Board of Directors, we have held our first Virtual Board meeting via an online conference facility.
The meeting was very constructive and positive, where we looked at how, as a oard, we can support you.
Step one – each of the Board Directors will be in touch with 3 Areas and so will be contacting your Area Chairman to help and support them through this uncertain period. To hear your issues, then work on how we can help you.
The other communication tool which has been dysfunctional for some time is the NAFAS website, As this is our main form of communication we have decided to proceed with the design of a new site that we hope will bring flowers and floral design back into all our lives. Our grateful thanks go out to those Areas who have made contributions to this project.
We were inspired to see on Wednesday evening an online demonstration by John Paul, a member of Londonderry Flower Club in the NIGFAS Area. Members of the club were joined by many of us from around the world. What an excellent initiative. We are certain that knowing how creative you all are, as we settle into isolation you will come up with many innovative ideas. The strength of our Association is the creativity of the membership.
So, start letting us know your ideas so that we can circulate, enable peer support, and as one big NAFAS Team we can work together.
We are obviously concerned about our Demonstrators, Speakers and Teachers whose work has been severely affected by the call from the Government to isolate ourselves. We hope that the recent information regarding the ‘self-employed’ will help to support those who earn a living from our industry. We will keep abreast of all Government initiatives to support you.
In this period, when we cannot physically meet, all forms of communication are even more important than normal. By reinforcing this national process, we want to encourage you to do whatever you can to keep in touch, remember for many you might be a lifeline.
We are certain that, with the kindness and generosity of spirit in this world, in drastically changing times, we can make a floral mark on our communities to show that flowers and nature lift our spirits and become the medicine we all need.
We ask clubs and Areas to keep your Facebook and website pages up to date with comments about your club and flower arranging pictures, maybe from your clubs past events.
Chrissie Harten’s latest video, “Alternative Mechanics – Using Chicken Wire” is available on the NAFAS website.
Finally, let us draw your attention to Let Hope Bloom. Launched by the flowercouncil.co.uk this project fits well together with our own ethos of bringing people and flowers together.
From the Directors of NAFAS,
Dr Christina Curtis, Craig Bullock, Ellie Meaking, Peter Mathers,
Ann Harding, Pam Ferguson and Kathy Lee