Board of Directors 2023-2024
President Akiko Iwata
Third Vice President Michiyo Ishii Sloane
Recording Secretary Ines Mander
Treasurer Ellen Thompson
Corresponding Secretary Ellen Weston
Active Chapter Member Instructors of Ikebana:
Marjorie DaVanzo, Ohara
Ellen Weston, Ohara
2021 Recipient of the Emperor's
Order of the Rising Sun Gold and Silver Rays,
Conferred upon individuals who have made significant contributions to Japan in varying degrees.
At our 50th Anniversary celebration, March 2019, a Jamaican Rain Tree was planted in Pinecrest Gardens in honor of Mieko's long standing chapter membership, leadership and service to the community. In 2018, Mieko received the Community Recognition Award from the Miami-Dade County Asian American Advisory Board. She has been recognized for her excellence as a traditional artist by the HistoryMiami South Florida Folklife Center. She was an artist-in-residence for fall 2012. For more information about this, please follow the link:
Mieko receiving a plaque from the Miami-Dade county in recognition of the chapter's 50th anniversary.