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March 2013 Newsletter

Happy March, and I hope this great SoCal variable weather finds you all well and prosperous!  March is especially my favorite month because my birthday lies within it, so I tend to celebrate the whole month.  This year is especially exciting at IFDA, with our international Take A Seat fundraiser and membership drive, I'm excited to be sharing this great organization with all my special contacts in business.  IFDA has truly been a great networking tool for me since I joined 5 years ago.  Almost every meeting I've gone to I've gotten a new job from it.  It's been my lucky penny through this up and down economy the last few years.  I'm thankful for diversifying. 

Being co-president this year has honored me.  It's given me the opportunity to grow outside my comfort zone of managing my own business to learning about the management of a large chapter organization.  The more I see and learn about this organization the more I am impressed to be part of it.  Our national president,  Diane Fairburn of Decorative Glass Solutions in Virginia, is a star example of showing me that I could hold that position some day if I choose to go that far.  What's required of me is that I am engaged in the art of doing business within the furnishings and design trade, a place where all professionals are on an equal footing, and I like that.  It shows me that there is a positive place to put all my diligent effort into, and, if you're not a member already, I welcome you all to join me.  And to encourage you, we are offering a $25 rebate on all new professional memberships in March and April.


May the first day of spring this month shine sun on you all, and I look forward to see you at our next event!  Lisa Davis


WELCOME to new professional member John Peek of Peek Brothers Painting.  His company specializes in fine home painting and historic buildings.  The company is also EPA certified.  Please support our members as you make selections for your projects.   www.peekbrotherspainting.com


 
  
We want to thank Shimbashi Izakaya in Del Mar for allowing us to use their lovely restaurant for our February program "Journey to Japan".
 


   
We wish to thank Scout @ Quarters DSolare Ristorante and Farrow & Ball Paint for providing a gracious space, luscious lunch, and valuable information for our March program "4th Annual Color & Design Event".



    

What will these become?  We don't know either so stop by to view the IFDA TAKE A SEAT exhibition between May 8-16, 2013 to see all the creations and vote for your favorite one.  25 people/teams from the local furnishings and design community will have the opportunity to participate in this exhibition and create a chair for charity.  Will you be one of them?  This is a great way to show your skills, feature your products, have your work seen and photographed - all while helping two great causes!  Register now as spaces are filling quickly!  We are very pleased to announce that the exhibition and gala will be held at Planet Rooth Design Haus, 3334 5th Ave. in San Diego.  BIG thanks to Gustaf Rooth!

Then join us for the gala event on May 16 where all the chairs will be sold, we'll celebrate with the other participating chapters in New York and Osaka, Japan and we will raise money to support Hurricane Sandy and Japan Tsunami relief. 

We have sponsorship opportunities available to help make this effort even more successful.  We hope you will be part of the excitement!



   IFDA 2013 International Sponsor