February 2014 Newsletter

by on 5 Feb 2014

Dear Ikebana Members

Here we are already in the second month of 2014 and I am sorry to be starting this newsletter with sad news. Frank Kwok died on Monday Feb. 3rd.only 4+ months after Nanette’s death in September. He was an active part of Ikebana International when Nanette was so heavily involved quietly taking her to meetings, gathering materials, doing computer work and many things to help her load within the organization. His funeral is Monday, Feb. 10th at the Wellington Cathedral in Molesworth St. at 1:00pm. A number of our committee members will be going so please look out for us and do join us where ever we are sitting.

We hope you have had a pleasant December and January and though the weather here in Wellington has not been terribly summery it looks to be changing and February might bring the warmth we have been waiting for. Our committee met last week and reassessed some of the monthly meetings for this year. As Waitangi Day falls on the first Thursday of this month we postponed our meeting to the 13th and we will meet at the JICC rooms. They are undergoing earthquake strengthening but the theatre is in working order again so do arrive at 10:30 to start with morning tea. The new director of Japanese information and culture, Kazue Fujimoto, will be our speaker and will share with us some of her history of where she has worked and travelled within the Japanese Embassies. Then Helen Wareham and Sandi Hurnard will demonstrate a Summer arrangement with some garden flowers that could inspire us to do our own at home.

I was able to attend the opening of the Hiroshima Nagasaki peace exhibition at Wellington Central Library two weeks ago and the photographic display is on until Feb. 7th so you might like to have a look at the amazing transformation of those two cities since the bombing 60 years ago. The display is on the mezzanine level just to the left of Clark’s café when you go up the stairs.

Our Sogetsu teachers have told us of the Melbourne chapter having a 50th year celebration in May which some of our members might like to attend or view the public demonstration in Federation Square by Master Kawana on May 21st.

I am hoping to catch-up with many of you on the 13th.

Yours in friendship through flowers,
Barbara Fowler (President)

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