Dear Fellow Members
It’s an absolute honour for me to be given this opportunity to lead an organisation that believes in “friendship through flowers” and creating bonds through peaceful activities.
I’m humbled that members have placed their trust in me and my committee members for this coming term and I’m also grateful to my team for their willingness to dedicate their time as volunteers for our Chapter.
On behalf of all members I would like to thank the Immediate Past President, Ms Angela Kek and her team for their contribution to II for past two years. Their efforts to promote the art of Ikebana in Singapore and for organising the Chapter’s Golden Jubilee are sincerely appreciated.
Recently at the Golden Jubilation, we recognised the contribution of 26 members who have supported II for more than 20 years setting exemplary example of dedication to II because of their love for the art and the lifelong bonds they have created with fellow members. As we step into our 51st year, a new era in II history, we need to accept the reality that we do have an ageing cohort of members and it is absolutely essential for us to target our activities to rope-in the younger generation interested in the art of ikebana so our Chapter continues to prosper for the next 50 years and beyond. I therefore encourage each one of you to bring your students and floral friends interested in the art and those who would be committed to II for the interesting platform it provides for interaction with members from different schools of Ikebana. It will be these next gen members who will make the future core of II & will ensure continued success and vibrancy of our chapter.
Our Chapter is a mature Chapter with many of our members now teaching or are in the advanced stage of their learning ikebana and have a deep understanding of Ikebana. I encourage all members to come forth to share their skills, experiences, new ideas with fellow members and offer them an even more enriching experience of being part of this Chapter.
In coming weeks, me and my committee will be working hard to plan programmes for all of you for year ahead and look forward to your continued active participation.
I sincerely hope I can make my leadership meaningful and together we can continue our journey to appreciate the true meaning of “friendship through flowers”.
I take this opportunity to wish all our Muslim members “Selamat Hari Raya Aidil adha” and to all Singaporeans a very “54th – Happy National Day”.
In Friendship through Flowers