Then tributes to Ellen Gordon Alien and Fay Kramer were presented. The first was given by Mrs Kobai Naruse, Soke of Chiko School: “Congratulations to Ikebana International Ninth World Convention. My relationship with Mrs Alien goes back to the Second World Convention. She graciously invited me to her home and showed me the ikebana there. Mrs Alien mentioned that when she passed away, she would like to become a butterfly and attend future conventions. That’s why I use butterflies a lot in my work. I also knew Mrs Kramer, the first president, who was a very respectable, kind, and friendly person.”
After floral tributes to the two ladies by past presidents, Honorary Advisor Etsuko Hattori spoke about the important roles in the early years of 11 of three distinguished ikebana masters, Houn Ohara, late lemoto of Ohara School, Sofu Teshigahara, late lemoto of Sogetsu School, and lemoto Sen’ei Ikenobo, and the great contribution of Mi Kazuo Ishikawa of Shufunotomo Co., Ltd. and Mr Eikichi Yokohama of K. Mikimoto & Co, Ltd. She also recounted that during the past 50 years, I.I. was supported by many ikebana schools and by the general membership.She then went on to a few individuals no longer with us: Mr Norman Sparnon of Australia, Lady Delamare of Great Britain, and Past President Martha P Neese.
This dance evoked the unruly power of natural forces, and the drumming was unusually complex and interesting. The program closed with vibrant energy and bright anticipation of events to come.
Dinner was started with a toast by Mrs. Alhe Uyehara, Past President of Washington, D.C. Chapter. Awards for the Cherry Membership Drive new members recruitment went to five chapters, and they were received by Mrs. Joyce Overholzer, Washington, D.C. Chapter; Mrs. Elaine Koo, Hong Kong Chapter; Mrs. Jean Liao, Toronto Chapter; Mrs. Remani V. Nambiar, Hyderabad Chapter; and Mrs. Olga Yudina, Moscow Prospective Chapter.
And three Regional Conferences – the 10th Asian Regional Conference in Hyderabad, India; the 16th North American Regional Conference in Monterey, California; the 7th European Regional Conference in Paris – were announced with much fanfare.
The Convention Committee of Chairpersons was introduced by Convention Chairperson Yoriko Ikezawa and International President Nadia El Borai.
Convention Chairperson Yoriko Ikezawa then gave a closing address. Ikebana International wishes to express gratitude to all the honored guests and to all participants, whether present in body or through goodwill,ho made the Ninth World Convention such a success. The dinner ended with the traditional Auld Lang Syne, with the warmth, friendship and creative energy of those intense few days flowing through and felt by everyone present. As attendees left the hall, they were presented with a lovely “Moondust”
carnation, a thoughtful and charming gift. A marvelous and happy convention came to a beautiful close.