2016 Fall Forum & Fall Blooming Daffodil Show

November 11 – 13, 2016

Hosted by Indiana Daffodil Society

The Indiana Daffodil Society will be your host for the 2016 Fall Forum and Board Meeting (FBM) in Indianapolis, IN at the brand new Hilton Garden Inn, Airport hotel. The Fall Forum is a new name for an all-new, all-ADS member event, and although it includes the ADS Fall Board Meeting, it is not just an event for the ADS Board members. This event is open to all ADS members and their guests with advance reservations.

Make your hotel reservation today!

8910 Hatfield Drive, Indianapolis, IN USA 46241
(317) 856-9100

Room Rates are $109.00 plus taxes per night, includes free parking and airport shuttle service, are guaranteed until October 1st, 2016 and are valid for stays November 10th – November 13th.

Reservations can be made online at Hilton Garden Inn, Airport with a Group code of DAF.

The 2016 Fall Forum will start with staging the first ever ADS Fall Blooming Daffodil Show from noon until 5p.m. While the show is being judged, there will be time for evening cocktails, followed by dinner, a speaker, and the big ADS bulb auction.

Download Daffodil Show Schedule Here!

2016 Fall Daffodil Show Schedule-Indianapolis

Saturday, the experimental fall blooming daffodil show will be open to the public while the ADS Board meets and members enjoy a Symposium. All Fall Forum participants who wish to be included in the Bulb Exchange will be asked to bring one or two special bulbs on par with what one would expect from a National Bulb Exchange. See the article in the June 2016 Journal for more details.

On Sunday, we will have a Breakfast Buffet with post meeting round-table discussions divided by Region. After hotel check-out, various local field trips will be offered.

The deadline for “early” registration at the 2016 Fall Forum is October 1, 2016. Registrations received before October 1 are $175.00. Registrations received after October 1 are $200.00. Cancellations will be handled according to the ADS guidelines.

Fall Forum Registration!

This event is complete and no longer accepting registrations.

Schedule of Activities

Friday, November 11th

  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm — Executive and Finance Committees meet in the Decatur Room
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm — Daffodil Show staging
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm — Registration open
  • 5:00pm — Daffodil Show staging CLOSES
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm — Judging of Fall Blooming Daffodil Show
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm — Cash Bar before Dinner
  • 6:00pm — Fall Forum Opening remarks before Dinner
  • 6:15pm — Dinner at Hilton Garden Inn, Airport
  • 7:15pm – 8:00pm — Dr. Shelley Etnier, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Butler University, “Backyard Biomechanics: The Tale of the Dancing Daffodil”
  • 8:15pm — ADS Bulb Auction

Saturday, November 12th

  • 7:45am – 8:45am — Continental Breakfast
  • 7:45am — Fall Blooming Daffodil Show ‘OPEN TO THE PUBLIC’
    (Exhibits will not be left unattended)
  • 9:00am — ADS Board Meeting begins
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm — Lunch at Hilton Garden Inn, Airport
  • 1:00pm — ADS Board Meeting resumes
  • 2:00pm — Break from ADS Board Meeting
  • 2:15pm — Show-Offs. Entrants will be by their exhibits to tell how they were able to achieve November bloom. Show Open.
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm — Teresa Byington “Social Media’s Dynamic Potential”. Social Media is changing the way we communicate and offers new opportunities for organizations to reach new audiences. Teresa will talk about how using Social Media can effectively increase your communication with current members and attract new members.
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm — Gaye Hammond, Cultivating Members – Successful Membership Acquisition/Retention Strategies That WORK! With only a few exceptions, most non-profit horticultural organizations across the United States are struggling to attract and keep members. This program discusses impediments to member growth, overcoming challenges to member growth; identifying member demographics; reasons for membership decline and how to recover from those declines; membership acquisition strategies and activities that work; how to keep the members you have; and ways to improve communication to your member base. It is a fast-paced and fun program using real world examples and their results.
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm — Cash Bar before Dinner
  • 6:00pm — Remarks from President Berrigan
  • 6:15pm — Dinner at Hilton Garden Inn, Airport
  • 7:30pm — Dr. Harold Koopowitz, “Autumn Flowering Daffodils”. A different program from the one given in St Louis. Harold will also include a Judge’s Refresher on judging novelties.
  • 9:00pm — National Bulb Exchange

Sunday, November 13th

  • 7:45am – 8:45am — Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00am – 9:45am — Gaye Hammond, Making Marketing Work in a Non-Profit Organization. Having an effective public presence for non-profit horticulture organization is a crucial component of the organization’s ability to attract new members and funding to support their programs and services. This program is a case study of how a horticulture organization that was unknown with an almost non-existent public presence attained national and international prominence within the gardening community. It will provide a simple step-by-step model to guide other non-profits in putting together a marketing plan that works.
  • 10:00am – 10:30am — Check out (check out time is 11:00; take your luggage to your car, or we will have designated places within the motel.)
  • 10:30am — Break into groups by Region to brainstorm ideas in the presentations and Board meeting in each unique region. Hosted by the RVPs.
  • 12:00pm — Fall Forum end.
  • Optional afternoon Field Trips TBA (no buses). We are working on a list of activities for November 13, which is usually gray, cold and rainy here. We will have a list of things to do and probably take personal cars downtown.

The weekend is designed to maximize the education and entertainment of members and minimize the cost to be inclusive. We hope the Fall Forum can be a way for ADS to stay better connected with its members throughout the year, not just in Spring.

We hope to see you in Indianapolis during the Fall of 2016!

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2016 Indianapolis Fall Forum Co-Chairmen