Dear Ikebana International Members,
The Holiday Season is upon us, and the Board of Directors and I would like to be the first to wish you and your families a Happy and Healthy 2018!
This year there will be two Regional Conference: the first is the 14th Asian Regional Conference hosted by the Hong Kong Chapter from April 27 to 30, 2018, in Hong Kong. And in the summer the 9th European Regional Conference will be hosted by the Hana Belgium Chapter from August 27 to 31, 2018, in Bruges, Belgium. These Regional Conferences are sponsored by Ikebana International Headquarters as a means of bringing ikebana masters from Japan to our members in the various I.I. regions. If you have never attended a conference, I encourage all of you to do so.
By now some members have already received copies of the I.I. Magazine, Sakura News, and Chapter Activities. Headquarters decided to enclose the Sakura News inside the magazine to make sure members receive and read it, we hope you like the new layout!
Also, as promised, we have been hard at work making changes to the I.I. website. Updates will be done weekly or bi-weekly, informing members of important information. So please log on to see the changes!
Lastly, chapter presidents, if you havenft already done so, please create an official email address for your chapter and send a test email to email@example.com no later than January 31, 2018. This official email system will create a two way communication between chapters and headquarters.
As we enter into the New Year, let us give thanks to all the senseis around the world that have touched our lives with the gift of ikebana. May the power of ikebana continue to be a source of joy to you during the coming year!