May 2012 Newsletter

by on 15 Aug 2012

Dear Ikebana Members,

I hope you all enjoyed our lovely autumn weather at Easter and got the garden sorted out before this latest cold snap. I am getting ready to leave for Japan to attend the Ikebana International 10th World Convention in Tokyo. This will be my first convention and a chance to meet II members from all over the world. I’ll take lots of photos to show you when I come back.


Our chapter’s May meeting will be held at JICC at 10.30am and will be our 2012 Annual General Meeting.

Nominations have been received for the following:

President Helen Wareham

2nd Vice President Colleen Lewis

Minutes Secretary Mary-Elizabeth Bayliss

Treasurer Barbara Fowler

Committee Mary-Elizabeth Bayliss, Judy Grocott, Barbara Fowler, Nanette Kwok, Colleen Lewis, Erris Thomson, Valerie Ting, Sandra Hurnard and Helen Wareham

Liaison officer Mary-Elizabeth Bayliss

Elizabeth McMillan, our Exhibition Chair will not stand for the committee this year. Elizabeth has been a member our committee for more than 10 years and has been invaluable in organizing many exhibitions over this time. Thank-you, Elizabeth for all your hard work and sensible advice over the years. Elizabeth will remain an active member of our Chapter and our senior Sogetsu teacher, so there is no danger of losing her experience.

Following the formal part of the AGM, our Publicity Officer, Erris Thomson will speak about her recent visit to Japan. Erris travels to Japan regularly and it will be interesting to hear a post-earthquake view of life in Tokyo.

Our small ikebana arrangements will be on the theme of boys’ day (or children’s day if you prefer). Bring along a little ikebana arrangement suitable for children.


Our first exhibition for the year was held at California Home and Garden Centre, Miramar on the last weekend of March. We had lots of support from our members who took turns at hosting the exhibition and the teachers who took turns at demonstrating each hour. We had 12 members exhibiting, 5 teachers demonstrating and 13 members hosting, so many helped promote ikebana and our Chapter. Special thanks to our Exhibition Chair, Elizabeth McMillan and committee member Nanette Kwok, who worked so hard to make this event a success and to California Home and Garden for allowing us to exhibit in their shop.

It was interesting to have the exhibition in a public place, as many visitors had not expected to see ikebana in the Garden Centre and were very impressed with the arrangements.


This will be hosted by Nanette Kwok at her home in Hataitai. Nanette will give a demonstration of Koryu Shotokai and modern ikebana and will have works on display in the home setting.


In the last Sakura News there was a note about the change of financial year for Ikebana International. This was approved at the International meeting last year – the subscription year will now run from 1 July to 30 June each year, rather than the existing 1 September to 31 August. This means that each member will need to pay their subscription earlier than usual as our Treasurer, Barbara Fowler will need to send these to headquarters in July rather than September.

The exact amount will depend on the outcome of the EGM in Tokyo in May, but it appears members will pay a one-off reduced subscription to cover the 10 months 1 September 2012 to 30 June 2013, and then revert to a full 12 month sub from 1 July 2013.


At the last committee meeting, the committee decided to set up an email address and website for Ikebana International Wellington Chapter 158. Our Publicity Chair, Erris Thomson, is working on developing this. It will be a great way for people who are interested in ikebana to find out about our group and we will be able to show photos of our work to a wider audience.

The website will take some time to be fully developed, so do contact Erris if you would like to know more about this project.

Yours in friendship through flowers,

Helen Wareham (President)

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