September 2015 Newsletter

by on 31 Aug 2015

Dear Ikebana Members,

As you will be aware, our Chapter receives a number of requests throughout the year from the Japanese Embassy to contribute arrangements. This relationship is of mutual benefit to both sides as we are given opportunities to promote our art. Our Chapter is happy to meet requests for arrangements whenever feasible. The Committee were privileged to join the new Ambassador Mr. Toshihisa Takata for dinner earlier this month and Mr. Takata expressed his wishes for our joint relationship to continue and strengthen.

This month we were delighted to have Elizabeth McMillan demonstrate and guide us through ‘creating arrangements using spring materials’. Elizabeth produced three totally different approaches using the lovely fresh spring growth that is available at this time. The attendees then created an arrangement to take home. For those of you unable to attend, you may like to check our website for photos of Elizabeth’s lovely examples.

It was very pleasing to be joined by a couple of visitors who had read in their local newspaper about the ikebana demonstration planned for this month’s meeting. Thank you Erris, for your good work in publicising our activities.

Will you be joining in the September visit to the Botanical Gardens on September 3rd? If so can you please contact Flo Snowden phone 386-3056/ . This will enable Flo to contact you should the event have to be cancelled due to wet weather. The magnolias are usually beautiful at this time of the year and spring flowers and shrubs are at their best plus a visit to the Picnic Café for coffee will make this a very pleasant event I am sure. Remember to meet at the main gates (Glenmore Street) at 10:30 am.

Mary-Elizabeth will have emailed or sent you the application form for our October Workshops with Takako Martin. Send your cheque and application form to Mary-Elizabeth (or pay by bank transfer) and email details of your application to her (contact details provided on the application form).

The cost of Takako’s visit will be subsidized by the Chapter but your fees are important too. Do plan to join us for a fun day of ikebana on 8th October at Wilton Bowling Club.

Most members will have received the latest Activities Report from I.I. Headquarters. It is headed up “Annual General Meeting Convocation Notice” and includes the President’s Business Report, Treasurer’s and Auditor’s reports for 2014-2015. There is a proxy form on the last page which we as individual members are asked to complete and return to Headquarters before September 15th.  There was a previous occasion when insufficient proxy returns meant they did not have a quorum and needed to re-schedule the AGM. You can imagine that this was a very major inconvenience and so it is important to play our part in returning the completed proxy form if at all possible. You can fax or scan and then email the form to HQ or send it by post. If you prefer to send the form to Mary-Elizabeth at Apt 9, 33 Hobson Street, Thorndon, Wellington, 6011 to reach her by September 6th she can send them in bulk.

The current international President has completed her 2 year term and only 1 person has been nominated for this role and there are 18 nominations for the other 18 directors so our advice is to support the nominations by ticking ‘for’ against each name including those nominated as accounting auditor and auditor. Your membership number which you need to record on the proxy form is printed on your official name tag but if you are unsure please email Mary-Elizabeth – or phone her on 499 7955.

We have received the membership cards from Tokyo for this year and Mary-Elizabeth will be sending these to you along with an up-to-date copy of our membership list or they will be given to those who attend our September meeting.

Julie Woolf, Elizabeth McMillan and I are away during September on vacation in Europe. I am very grateful that I am able to leave the Chapter in the safe hands of Mary-Elizabeth and Flo. Satomi and Helen can also be contacted should you have any queries.

I would like to mention the on-going work of our hard working committee and the valuable contribution of tutors leading our monthly workshops. Their efforts look deceptively simple and straight forward, but involve lots of planning ahead of time.

Take care until I see you all again in October.

Sandi Hurnard

President Chapter 158
Ikebana International.


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