June 2012 Newsletter

by on 16 Aug 2012

Dear Ikebana Members,

I hope you have been enjoying the beautiful autumn colours of the trees around Wellington.  They remind us that winter is almost upon us as did the recent sprinkling of snow on the Tararuas and even in the suburbs.  However, we have been fortunate to have had some beautiful sunny days with no wind.

Thank you to those who attended our May Annual General Meeting.  Fourteen members attended, including one of our founding members, Barbara Kedgley and we were delighted to see Sue Beck, a previous committee member who was visiting Wellington.  As Helen Wareham was attending the Ikebana World Convention in Tokyo our AGM was chaired by Colleen Lewis.

The following committee was elected for 2012-2013

President:                      Helen Wareham

2nd Vice President:        Colleen Lewis

Treasurer:                      Barbara Fowler

Secretary:                      Mary-Elizabeth Bayliss

Committee:  Judy Grocott, Sandra Hurnard, Nanette Kwok, Erris Thomson and Valerie Ting.

Cora Hazlett will continue as our Patroness.

We were sorry to lose Elizabeth McMillan from our committee but know she will continue her teaching, demonstrating and promotion of ikebana. We welcome Sandra Hurnard, also a Sogetsu teacher as a new committee member.

Following our AGM we enjoyed a wonderful talk and photo presentation by Erris Thomson about her travels and experiences in Japan.  She talked about the warmth and welcome she always receives, the sense of pride the Japanese have for their country and their love of and respect for nature.  She travelled with her friend, Haruko Shibata (who demonstrated her Seifu Heika ikebana to us), to areas where the earthquake and tsunami hit.  Nine months later the devastation is still horrific. A photo of the “tree of hope” was very poignant.  It is the only one left of a reserve of 70,000 trees. We could empathise with Haruko’s words “you cannot imagine without tears.”

Tree of Hope

We thank Erris for her presentation and sharing her experiences of Japan.


Our meeting on Thursday 7th June will be at 10.30 a.m. at Nanette’s home, 16 Treasure Grove in Hataitai. She will give a demonstration of Koryu Shotokai and modern ikebana and we will be able to enjoy other arrangements on display.


We will return to JICC for our meeting on July 5th and will hear from Helen Wareham and Brigitte Takenaka Procter about their recent visits to Japan for the Ikebana World Convention and Sogetsu Conference.


A final decision on the amount for the subscription fee will not be available until after the international Ikebana Extraordinary General Meeting on June 5th. Unfortunately, the meeting in May did not have a quorum so had to be postponed.  Subscriptions will be due by early July so we will let you know as soon as we can.


Ikebana arrangements were provided for the recent Wellington/Sakai Sister City Conference at Te Papa.


JICC have offered to sponsor an Ikebana workshop for anyone interested in knowing more about Ikebana.  It will be held on the evening of Thursday 7th June.  I understand there was considerable interest so 15 participants will attend.  We do appreciate the support we receive from Mr Ato and his staff at JICC and hopefully we may have some new members in the future.

Do contact Helen Wareham or myself if you have any news you would like to go in the July newsletter.

Yours in friendship through flowers,

Mary-Elizabeth Bayliss (Secretary)

On behalf of Helen Wareham (President)


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