We had a very moving and sentimental beginning to our annual Chapter Day. We started with Lynet Uttal’s perfect summary of May Uttal’s life. (As many of you will remember, May, who passed away recently, was a very influential member of our group. She served as translator/interpreter at many annual meetings with visiting Ikenobo professors and was a very outspoken member at our workshops. She always added a Japanese perspective to our American ones.)
We were all invited to check out the many containers from May’s collection donated by the Uttal family, which were for sale, with the majority of the proceeds going to UMOM (the preferred charity of our hosts, John and Alda Zerio.)
We then took a few moments for current members to introduce themselves and for new members to do likewise to become friends in our love for Ikenobo floral arranging.
After that, our chapter president, Wanda LaLoggia, did several jiyuka arrangements in miniature frames created by her husband, Jay. We each received a frame and made a floral selection from the vast array of plant and flower materials that Wanda provided.
After the critiques and photo ops, we shared lunchtime nibbles and met our six new Ikenobo friends. And a good time was had by all.