Montana Florists Association Celebrates 85 Years...
85 years ago, the first Montana Florists Association was held, here in Great Falls, MT. In 1936, my grandfather, Herman Feiden served as President, followed by my father, Ted Byers in 1962. My mother, Connie Feiden-Byers, presided when the Association was 40 years old in 1970, again in Great Falls. I helped bring MFA into the 21st century as President in 2000. As my mother wrote, “This must be what is called tradition!”
Just as founding florists 85 years ago had faith and pride in our industry, so must we continue in their footsteps striving to make our industry ever better. While our numbers are small and most of us no longer grown our own plants and cut flowers, we still share our enthusiasm for educational and networking opportunities provided at our Conventions.
Connie Byers-Smith, MFA Treasurer, owner Herman’s Flowers, Great Falls, MT
Benefits of being a MFA member:
*Close networking with Florists in and around Montana creating good will among it's members.
*Access to MFA member info.
*Access to MFA recommended wholesalers, suppliers and vendors.
*Quarterly Newsletter. MFA will keep you updated with the happenings in the Floral Industry in and around Montana.
*Reduced rates for Convention.
*Flower Week. MFA is helping to raise awareness of the benefits of local florists. And gives MFA members two free bunches of carnations to hand out during Flower week.
*Volunteer Positions. Serve as a board member and vote on decisions that affect our industry.
*Educational training thru the annual MFA Convention.
MFA Active Membership: MFA Associate Membership:
New members-$40 New members-$75
Renewal Fee-$30 Renewal Fee-$75
To qualify as an Active Member of MFA you must meet the following requirements:
*Must be active in the retail Floral Industry, with current state or business license displayed and operating thru the entire year.
*Must have at least one qualified designer on staff during business hours, capable of designing and daily operations of business.
*Must have reasonable amount of product on hand during business hours. (i.e.: fresh flowers or plants or merchandise)
*Must have a delivery system available.
*Must have an active operating Store Front. (i.e.: Commercial Building, not a residential home)
*Must have appropriate storage facilities (i.e.: cooler) to maintain the quality of flowers.
If the MFA Board finds that the applicant does not meet the above requirements, then the applicant can become an Associate Member of MFA.
Questions? Contact Treasurer: Connie Byers-Smith PO Box 1456 Great Falls, MT 59403 406.452.6489