The theme of the September meeting was 'Professor Sadler's Ikebana Passion'. Rosemary Farrelly and Pat Hetrel introduced his book, "The Art of Flower Arrangement of Japan" , written by Professor Sadler in 1933. Rosemary's husband, who became a fluent Japanese speaker, had joined the RAAF at age 18 and studied Japanese with Professor Sadler at the RAAF School of Languages in Sydney in 1944 - 45. She came across his book long after she started studying ikebana and talked fondly about Professor Sadler's life and his view of Ikebana. Pat Hetrel also spoke about Prof Sadler's private garden at Rivenhall.
There is a biographical article about Professor Sadler on the Australian Dictionary of Biography website.
At the request of Rosemary a demonstration of a traditional Shoka arrangement was given by Qui Nguyen of the Ikenobo School.
A special birthday celebration was held for three longstanding members of the Melbourne Chapter. This year Rosemary Farrelly and Helen Novic had their 90th birthdays and Peg Price celebrated her 92nd birthday. We wish them good health and happiness, always.
Below are some photos of ikebana made by members at the meeting.