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The Wilmington North Carolina Chapter 212 of Ikebana International began as a registered study group from 1976-1979. The chapter was founded on February 2, 1979, and chartered on September 22, 1981 with 16 members. Of the original 16 members, five are still current active members.
The chapter celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2011.
Mrs. Effie Burney, introduced Ikebana to Wilmington by teaching classes in the Ikenobo School of Ikebana. In the 1980s and early 1990s, noted instructor and author, Mary Takahashi visited Wilmington at least twice a year from Atlanta, Georgia to provide demonstrations, workshops and classes in the Ikenobo School.
The objective of this non-profit cultural organization shall be to stimulate, cultivate and perpetuate the study of ikebana, related arts and culture by demonstrations and public exhibitions, and to strengthen relationships among teachers and students of ikebana with a deeper purpose of establishing better relationships among all people through the adopted motto “Friendship through Flowers”.