Orlando-Winter Park, Chapter #132


About Us

        We are a cultural, nonprofit, and chartered Chapter of Ikebana International (II) with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.  Founded on February 29, 1968, the constitution of the Orlando-Winter Park Chapter 132 states that the Chapter’s objective shall be to stimulate, cultivate and perpetuate the study of Ikebana, related arts and culture, by demonstrations and public exhibitions.  We aim to strengthen the relationships among teachers and students of Ikebana with a deeper purpose of establishing among all peoples through the adopted motto "Friendship through flowers."

Officers, Ikebana International Orlando-Winter Park Chapter 132
Fiscal Years 2017 - 2018


Our leadership is dedicated to meeting our Chapter's objectives, and are featured above.  Enjoy the flowers with our photographs, but meet the Chapter's 2015 - 2016 Officers.  Top row, from left to right, are Irene Gomulka, President; Betty Strandberg, 1st Vice President & Historian; Nancy Hist, 2nd Vice President.  Bottom row, are Madeline Sweeney, Recording Secretary, Faye Conti, Treasurer; & Frances Jackson, Corresponding Secretary.


        Chapter 132's objective is consistent with that of Ikebana International’s and with the vision of its American founder, Ellen Gordon Allen which says that “the object  of the Association shall be to promote mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries through Ikebana (the art of Japanese flower arrangement) and otehr related arts of Japan."  




 Committee Chairpersons

        The Chapter is able to meet these objectives only because of its committed and persistent committee chairpersons, and are featured below:

Exhibition ~ Mary Brooks
Hospitality & Protocol ~ Virginia Leedy
Librarian ~ Nancy Hirst
Properties ~ Faye Conti
Yearbook/Directory ~ Ricardo Carrasco, Faye Conti, & Irene Gomulka

Parliamentarian ~ Virginia Leedy
Publicity ~ Virginia Leedy & Irene Gomulka
Ways & Means ~ Nancy Hirst
Website ad hoc Committee ~ Michael Beedenbender, Ricardo Carrasco, Irene Gomulka,  
 & School Advisors

Spring rain
a letter thrown away
Blown away in the grass.

~Kobayashi Issa


        The Chapter meets every second Thursday once monthly at the Harry P. Leu Gardens located on 1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803-1537.  Call 407-246-2620 for directions or click the link below.  Each session features a program and a light lunch hosted by the membership.  Chapter members &/or invited experts present programs that are planned in advance to learn Ikebana, but also related Japanese arts.

        You can access a brief introduction to the Chapter & directions to Leu Gardens by clicking:

Chapter 132 Information Flyer
2.    http://www.leugardens.org/directions/  



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