June 2014 Newsletter

by on 3 Jun 2014

Dear Ikebana Members,

The Annual General Meeting on May 1st went well with an interesting talk from Setsuko Kennedy. She related some of the activities she was involved in while they were posted at the embassy in Turkey and how women’s roles have changed over the years. She also showed photos of the 10th Annual Conference in Tokyo.

Our first meeting with the new committee saw me asking a few members for help with the president’s tasks and Sandi Hurnard will chair the meetings in the roll of 1st vice president. Erris Thomson will complete the chapter activity forms which go to Japan after each meeting and Satomi Takahashi will keep the membership records. I will still be sending you the monthly newsletters. Many of the other jobs occur once a year after subscriptions are in so this is a good opportunity to remind those of you that have not paid yet to please get the $70.00 into Helen by the middle of June. I want to sincerely thank our committee members for their support in taking on extra work and helping to keep I.I. here in New Zealand.

We are lucky to have our Dunedin member, Charlotte Morris, take this June 5th workshop here in Wellington. It is an opportunity for us to get to know Charlotte and the theme of ‘bare branches’ – preferably green, not dried – could be quite a challenge. So please come to the Wilton Bowling Club, 122 Wilton Rd. Wilton for 9:30 coffee and 10am start. It’s suggested you bring a small amount of leaves to cover the kenzan and some flowers of your choice if you wish. The usual equipment for a workshop goes without saying and either a nageire or moribana container can be used. There is no charge for members but $15.00 is asked for non- members. If you are not a member of I.I. but would like to join that day, by paying the $70.00 subscription you will not be charged the workshop fee. We have also booked the café at Zealandia for lunch and welcome as many of you as are able to join us there after the workshop. Also at the workshop there will be some containers for sale as our secretary, Mary-Elizabeth, is moving and must downsize her house contents.

Though August seems miles away I thought I would mention Japan Day which happens every two years and is a big event on the social scene of Wellington. This year on August 23rd it is being held at the TSB events centre on the waterfront so there will be plenty of space. Ikebana International has a good presence along with the Japan Society and we thought some of our ‘out of town’ members might like to come and enjoy the days’ activities. Do keep it in mind and let me know if you think you might come for this weekend.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming events.

Yours in friendship through flowers,
Barbara Fowler (President)


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