April-May 2017 Newsletter

by on 26 Mar 2017

Dear Ikebana Members,

As most of you will be aware, I leave 1 April for Tokyo for training classes at Sogetsu Head Quarters and then proceed to UK and Netherlands a week later. As I am not returning until the beginning of May I obviously won’t be in Wellington for April’s get-together. This should be a lovely garden outing for you all but I hope to open my jet-lagged eyelids to make the May meeting on 4 at JICC.

Thursday 6 April

Subject to the vagaries of Wellington weather, Barbara has kindly agreed to host the members for 10 am morning coffee/tea at her home ( 88 Farnham St, Mornington phone 389 4307 email dkbhope@actrix.co.nz). Would you please let Barbara know if you plan to attend so she can organize catering with Yoko. Barbara is very modest about her garden but it is also well worth seeing. Please be aware that there are 48 steps down to her house (and obviously back up) so those that don’t want to tackle this climb may choose to head to Maria’s about 11 am.

Maria Cullen has a small garden packed with treasures at her home (279 Mitchell Street Brooklyn phone 977 8072 maria.cullen@clear.net.nz) Expect to be there for the second half of the morning from 11 am This will be subject to the weather of course. There is no plan B if the weather is ghastly and Barbara and Maria have to cancel. 

4 May Meeting

This will be an exercise to “Create an Arrangement in Blue”. You may like to focus on the colour of the container as well as the materials. Elizabeth and Helen will lead you through the process.

AGM Meeting

As I mentioned in my last newsletter the upcoming AGM meeting was discussed at some length at our recent Committee meeting as usually the AGM and election of the new Committee takes place at this time. To repeat, our reasons for delaying the AGM until the June meeting is because several problems have arisen this year.

  • Sandi will be away all April and only returns the day before the meeting 3 May.
  • Our Treasurer Julie Woolf has on-going health issues and is scheduled for 2 months treatment at Christchurch during March and April. She cannot be expected to have the accounts ready by the beginning of May.
  • Several of the Committee wish to resign (Sandi, Liz, Julie and possibly Maria) and finding replacements and someone to step into the role of President is looking extremely unlikely.

Therefore the AGM is being delayed for one month.

1 June Meeting – AGM

This will be an important meeting focusing on the future of our Chapter. If possible, elections will take place for a new Committee.

I cannot emphasise strongly enough how important it is for you to attend so we can make decisions on the future of our Chapter. If you have definite opinions as to whether you wish for the Chapter to continue in the coming few years please give serious consideration to standing on the Committee because the Chapter is at a critical point.

Barbara Fowler will be acting as Nominating Director but I am attaching a nomination form for your convenience Please contact Barbara (phone: 3894307 dkbhope@actrix.co.nz) if you wish to stand.

Our Members-Updates and Activities

Colleen Lewis

I have been in touch with Colleen Lewis’s daughter Natalie. Colleen is currently at Malvina Major’s hospital wing, room 101 and would love to have visits from her old friends. She has difficulty recalling names but not faces and will doubtlessly be able to place you in her “ikebana world” which she loves so much. Do pop in and see her when you can.

Julie Woolf

The Committee sent a “Whitcoulls” book voucher to our Treasurer Julie Woolf who is currently undergoing treatment at Christchurch Hospital. I received a lovely email from Julie who sounded upbeat and surviving her 2 hour daily stints in a decompression chamber. She was obviously delighted to be able to purchase fresh reading material.

Sogetsu Teachers

If you happen to be visiting Lower Hutt during May, do pop in and take a look at HuttArt’s rooms at 9-11 Myrtle Street, Lower Hutt, 5010. The rooms are very close to the Dowse. Satomi will be creating the arrangement for the Opening ceremony (Monday 1) which will be attended by the Ambassador and other dignitaries.

Our teachers will be taking it in turns to display a large ikebana arrangement as part of an Exhibition of Art and Pottery by Japanese Minoh Exchange Artists. I believe that these are very beautiful and well worth a visit. We will also be offering weekly Ikebana lessons during the month. If you know of anyone who might be interested please ask them to contact either Helen Wareham (or Christine Cox HuttArt’s Office Manager (566-0102). These will probably be held on either Monday or Friday afternoons but have yet to be finalised.

Melbourne Chapter

I received a note and members list from the President of the Melbourne Chapter of Ikebana International. Chieko Yazaki wishes to inform our members that they will be holding their annual exhibition 23-30 August 2017 at the Sofitel on Collins Street and would love to see us. If you plan to visit Melbourne at that time do make time to pop in and say hi. Their monthly meetings are held at Toorak Uniting Church Hall, 603 Toorak, Victoria 3142 (west side of Church) from 10:30 to 12:30 am). They will be exhibiting at the Melbourne Intl. Flower & Garden Show next week (29 March-Sun 2 April), and hold monthly workshops. Check out their website www.ikebanainternationalmelbourne.com for details.

Kindest regards to you all,

Sandi Hurnard

President (Ikebana International) Chapter #158


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