Ikebana International is a non-profit organization founded in 1956 by Mrs. Ellen Gordon Allen that is dedicated to promoting and appreciating the art form that is Ikebana. It does not focus on any single type of Ikebana, rather it is an interest group made up of people of many nationalities who enjoy Ikebana and other arts of Japan.
To recognize her contribution, the Emperor of Japan authorized Mrs. Allen to be given the very highest decoration for women, “The Fifth Order of Precious Crown.
“I see no reason why Ikebana cannot become a veritable garland of flowers surrounding the world with beauty and binding all of us together in real and lasting friendship.”
These sentiments were expressed by Mrs. Allen on the founding of Ikebana International in Tokyo. Her eloquently stated philosophy has, in effect, become the motto of the organization with chapters now circling the globe, Ikebana International is her living memorial.
Our Sun Cities Chapter 167 in the state of Arizona was formed in November 1971 under the leadership of Mrs. Charles G. Clark with 41 chapter members. To become a Chartered Chapter, it was necessary to successfully complete a minimum of one year as a Prospective Chapter. Our chapter received its Charter from Ikebana International, Tokyo, on September 1, 1972. The name was officially changed to “Sun Cities Chapter 167” on December 14, 1993.
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