Greetings from Headquarters! A few weeks ago here in Japan, history was made when Emperor Akihito abdicated the throne on April 30th. At the stroke of midnight May 1st, a New Era began; Reiwa. And later that morning, Emperor Naruhito ascended to the throne. Living in Japan during this historical moment and watching it live was an exciting experience for me!
It’s that time of the year where membership dues are being collected by all our chapters. Let me again remind everyone that membership is from July 1st to June 30th, and it’s our wish that every member will be renewing their membership for another year! Your membership dues help headquarters to continue publishing our II Magazine, Newsletter and Chapter Activity Report three times a year.
Despite the recent decline in membership, our dues have remained at 6,000 JPY a year for over twenty years. Besides our publications, your dues help to continue sponsoring Regional Conferences, and providing Iemotos as Principle Guest Masters at these conferences. We also honor chapters who have celebrated 50 years of promoting Friendship through Flowers with a subsidy.
So I’m asking once again, will you please introduce one or more of your friends or family to II? In order for II to continue into the future, we all need to do something now before it becomes to late, to increase membership. I would like to remind you that we have a Gift of Membership on our website if you would like to surprise a someone with a membership.
Also, just a reminder about the upcoming 18th North and Central American Regional Conference, October 27 to 31, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. The conference committee has been working very hard planning this conference for you our members. So please show your support by reserving you place at this conference.
The Headmaster Designate Mrs. Senko Ikenobo will be the Principle Guest Master for this conference. Besides the demonstration you can enjoy Ikebana workshops, craft lessons and special tours in the Dallas and Fort Worth area. To register please got to www.ikebanadallas.org or www.ikebanahq.org
In Friendship through Flowers,