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Our meetings are a demonstration and workshop for members to learn ikebana and share the beauty in The Art of Flowers

We are pleased to announce that we are again holding meetings in the newly rebuilt Garden Club Council Building. We have been without a home since a catastrophic fire in 2018 but we are happy to once again having a place of our own. 


Ikebana International does not teach 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. Many of the members have studied ikebana; some have not.

Those who have studied ikebana have learned from many different schools. Some schools of ikebana stress classic styles; other focus on contemporary forms, and some blend the two. Each of the hundreds of schools of ikebana takes its own approach to arranging flowers. At I.I. meetings, students and teachers share openly their own schools' inspirations, styles, philosophy, history, and techniques.

2023/2024 Executive Board

President: Sandra Pait

First Vice President: Moulikta Shaw

Second Vice President: Lucy Spence

Recording Secretary: Shumi Ray

Treasurer: Lee Sipe

Honorary Advisor: Lin Ko

Liaison to Japan: Hideko Rainey

Corresponding Secretary: Meg Ellis

Immediate  Past President: Betsy Kaemmerlen

Standing Committees


Membership: Sandy Pait/Lucy Spence

50th Anniversary Exhibition: Cindy Sanders/John Spence


Ways and Means: Jewell Patterson

Nominating: Lee Sipe


Hospitality: Moulikta Shaw

Historians: Lin Ko/Jean Davis


Social Networking: Betsy Kaemmerlen /John Spence

Website: John Spence / Betsy Kaemmerlen

Video: Valerie Marcil /John Spence

Photography: Betsy Kaemmerlen / Cheryl Martino /John Spence

GCC Liaison: Cheryl Martino

Yearbook: Valerie Marcil/John Spence

Event/Activity Chairs 

State Fair: Jewell Patterson

Orchids on the Riverbanks: Betsy Kaemmerlen


Sowing Seeds: Lucy Spence

SC Arts: Betsy Kaemmerlen

New Member Orientation: John Spence

Presentations: John Spence / Lin Ko

August Organizer: John Spence

September Organizer : Moulikta Shaw/ Mita Flores

October Organizer: Moulikta Shaw/ Pam Kolb

November Organizer: Hideko Rainey/John Spence

December Organizer: Moulikta Shaw/ John Spence

January Organizer: Lin Ko

February Organizer: Lucy Spence

Annual Exhibition : John Spence/ Cindy Sanders

April Organizer: 

May Organizer: 


Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary

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