February 2012 Newsletter

by on 16 Aug 2012

Dear Ikebana Members,

Happy New year, everyone. I trust you have been enjoying some of Wellington’s variable summer weather. It is a long time since we last met at our Christmas lunch last year, so I’m sure members are looking forward to catching up with old friends at our February meeting next week.

2 FEBRUARY MEETING – WORKSHOP WITH NEW CONTAINERS AND GARDEN FLOWERS

Our first meeting for 2012 will be a workshop lead by Sogetsu teacher Sandra Hurnard and will be on a theme of foraged or garden flowers. Some agapanthus and montbretia will be provided, but do bring your own flowers if you have some.

The containers and kenzan donated by Joan Lough’s family will be available for members to use and / or purchase at this workshop. You are encouraged to use one of Joan Lough’s containers, but bring your own if you would like to work with something special. You will also need scissors and a kenzan.

The workshop will be held at 10.30am on Thursday 2 February at the Petone Community House, 6 Britannia St, Petone. The meeting room is on the ground floor and you can park right next to the building to unload your car. There is free parking on the other side of Britannia St behind the library, or behind the Community House (access from the next street). Let me know if you can take a passenger, or if you need transport, and I’ll match you up with another member (Ph 970 9573).

This will be a good workshop to introduce friends to ikebana, as the containers will be new to all of us and the material is easy to get.

MARCH MEETING

We will return to the Japanese Cultural Centre for our March meeting and will host speaker Bethney McLennan who will talk about gardening. Bethney writes in the Dominion Post on Saturdays and has very practical advice for gardening in Wellington.

MEMBERS’ ACTIVITIES

Elizabeth McMillan and Nanette Kwok did an impressive ikebana arrangement for the Embassy of Japan’s celebration of the Emperor’s birthday. A large crowd attended this event held on 7 December at Te Papa.

TRAVELLING OVERSEAS

I recently received a printout of an updated Contact List for the Ikebana International chapters worldwide. If you are planning to travel and would like to get in touch with II members in other countries, let me know and I’ll give you the latest contacts. The list shows addresses and phone numbers for all the Presidents and most have email.

NOMINATION FORMS FOR CHAPTER BOARD

It is still a few months until our Chapter AGM in May, but it’s time to start thinking about joining the Chapter Board. In accordance with our Constitution, nomination forms will be available at our meeting on 2 February and also at our March and April meetings. I am hoping that the current Board members will stand again, but new committee members are always welcome.

PROXY FORMS FOR TOKYO HEADQUARTERS

I have received an email with revised International bylaws following the changes to our Japanese constitution. I understand that proxy forms will be sent to members individually, with more information. At the Extraordinary General Meeting scheduled on May 2nd 2012 at the Hotel Grand Pacific la Daiba, all members will be ask to vote on two proposed issues from I.I. Headquarters:

1.    Approval of the new International Bylaws

2.    Resolution concerning the annual dues, as the government requires II to submit an additional document (Minutes of the General Meeting) stating that the annual membership dues have been approved by two-thirds of I.I. membership.

II intend to keep the amount of dues (6,000yen) as stated in the current Bylaws.

Please complete your proxy form and I will collect them to send our Wellington forms to Tokyo.

IKEBANA CLASSES

We are fortunate to have 5 of our teacher members offering lessons in different parts of the Wellington region this year –

Elizabeth McMillan in Seatoun

Brigitte Takenaka-Proctor in Lower Hutt

Sandra Hurnard in Khandallah

Satomi Takahashi in Seatoun

Helen Wareham in Mount Victoria

All the teachers are from the Sogetsu School. Please feel free to pass these contact numbers on to any friends who may be interested in ikebana studies.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS

The year of the dragon started on 23 January and celebrations will continue for some weeks.

Wellington’s Chinese New Year Festival celebrations are planned for the weekend of Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February, where a colourful and dynamic programme promises to delight all ages. There is a full programme of activities and fireworks at night.

NEW KENZANS (FROGS) AT GOLDINGS
Craft store Goldings have a new supply of kenzans, if you would like to add to your collection, or know any beginners. We refer to these as kenzans or pin-holders, but Golding’s term is “Floral frogs”. There are some 3 inch diameter ones and smaller sizes available. The Goldings shop in Marion St will close in a month or so, but their supplies may be purchased online at goldingcraft.com

EMBASSY OF JAPAN ACTIVITIES AT TRAVEL EXPO 2012
The first event to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Japan will be held at the TSB Arena on Sunday 29 January.

Yours in friendship through flowers,

Helen Wareham (President)

 

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