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January 2011
IFDA Washington Chapter Newsletter
In This Issue
Event Review
Happy Hour
Financial News
Membership Recruitment Contest
From the President
Design Center News
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Welcome to Our January Newsletter!
In this edition we share the latest news of the new year - a review of the Winter Soiree, information about upcoming events like the WDC Sample Sale, and more!

Event Review: The Winter Soiree
For those of you who attended the Winter Soiree, what a night it was! Thank you all for your attendance and support. I hope you had a great time. It was an evening of gorgeous art, displayed in the breath-taking home and art studio of Evelyn Avery of Avery Fine Art and Fine Frames. Barry Dixon, who designed the space and art placement, graciously attended and gave a brief talk before his book signing. It appears that a good time was had by all! 

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Left to Right: Laura Fox, Barry Dixon and Evelyn Avery, the gracious host of the evening!
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Attendees enjoyed listening to both Avery and Dixon discuss their work.

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Invitation to Mingle With District Design Society
The first Thursday of every month, District Design Society meets at a local bar for happy hour. This is a group similar to our own, with people from all aspects of the design community. I have been in touch with their board members, and they would be thrilled if we would join them. The entire upstairs has been reserved for the groups (DDS & IFDA). No reservations are necessary; just feel free to join us for a nice night of socializing, networking, and great food & drink.

The Details:

Date: Thursday, February 3rd

Time: 6-8PM

Location: Current Sushi and Lounge

1215 Connecticut Avenue NW #1

Washington D.C. 20036

Phone: 202.955.5525

- Laura Fox, VP of Programs

Our Books Are In Good Order...
We have reviewed the accompanying balance sheet of IFDA as of December 31st 2009, and the related statements of income, retained earnings, and cash flows for the period then ended, in accordance with Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Based on our review, we are not aware of any material modifications that should be made to the accompanying financial statements in order for them to be in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.

- From Sandra A. Valenti, CPA in a letter to IFDA dated  November 9th, 2010.
IFDA 2011 Membership Recruitment Contest
IFDA Headquarters is pleased to announce the 2011 Membership Recruitment Contest for individual IFDA members. All IFDA members are encouraged to reach out to their fellow professionals in the furnishings and design industry and recruit them to become members to IFDA! The top 3 individual members that refer the most new members to the IFDA during the January 1, 2011-July 1, 2011 contest term will receive one of the following gifts:
  • 1st place: $100 American Express gift card
  • 2nd place: $50 American Express gift card
  • 3rd place: $25 American Express gift card  
Participating in the 2011 Membership Recruitment Contest for individual IFDA members is an easy way for members to take an active role in expanding the ranks of IFDA members located all over the world.

Member Recruitment Tips:
  • Identify potential new members: potential new members can include co-workers, industry colleagues, members of similar industry associations, non-members who attend Chapter events or students attending a design industry related undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Be familiar with the list of member benefits that IFDA offers. The benefits range from discount GEICO insurance policies to a members' only registration fee for the 211 Symposium scheduled for September 15-17th. For a complete list of member benefits, please visit the member benefits page on the IFDA website.

  • Invite the prospective member to an IFDA chapter event to acquaint them with IFDA
Here are the contest rules and regulations:
  • You must be a 2011 IFDA member in good standing to win.
  • Paid chapter staff are not eligible to win.
  • The new member must note the referral name on their application at the time of submission.
  • Total applies only to IFDA new members. Non-renewed members do not qualify towards total.
  • Contest term is January 1-July 1, 2011.
Do you have a question about IFDA's 2011 membership contest? Please contact headquarters at 610.535.6422 or Good luck to all contest participants!

Don't forget to renew your IFDA membership for 2011 before February 28th!


Jackie Passaro
Happy New Year to you and your family! The Washington Chapter of IFDA is off to a great start in 2011. I was thrillled to see so many of our members and non-members at the entertaining and delicious event held January 12th at the Georgetown home and studio of Evelyn Avery, which included a talk and book signing by Barry Dixon. Thanks to Evelyn for her gracious hospitality, to Barry for his charm and wit, and to Laura Fox, VP of Programs for her tremendous planning and execution of this special event.

A quick reminder to all 2010 members that you have until February 28th to renew your membership and retain current status. Please be sure to take care of your renewal if you have not already done so. You should have received a hard copy invoice in the mail, or you can renew online at

Respectfully Submitted,

Jackie Passaro

IFDA Washington Chapter President


Design Center News! Don't Miss the Washington Design Center Sample Sale, Feb. 19, 10-3PM   

WHAT: Visit the Washington Design Center on Saturday, February 19th for a chance to shop the region's most extensive and luxurious collection of home furnishings at a deep discount. Open to the public on February 19 and to trade professionals on February 17-18, the Sample Sale is the perfect opportunity to see the latest trends and products in home furnishings and decor, and to shop hundreds of high-end items including furniture, rugs, lighting, art and accessories at up to 75% off. WDC Sample Sales are a great way for consumers to take advantage of significant discounts that these luxury showrooms rarely offer.  

WHEN: Open to the Trade Thursday, February 17th and Friday, February 18th, from 9am to 5pm. Open to the PUBLIC, Saturday February 19th, from 10am to 3pm.

                   The Washington Design Center
                   300 D Street SW
                   Washington DC

Admission: Admission is $5, benefiting the pediatric oncology programs at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.


For more information about IFDA Washington, visit our website or check out our facebook page.


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