Jeanne Holy de Champaign has devoted much of her life to learning Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging with formal presentation under strict rules.
This commitment was confirmed when she recently received the Director Designate’s second place award at the Ikenobo World Cup competition.
Holy, who is president of the Illinois Prairie Chapter of Ikenobo Ikebana, has traveled to Japan many times, learned Japanese, and hosted many visitors.
She has turned her garage into a place where Ikebana can be taught and offers sessions several times a month – in person and via Zoom.
Holy has been practicing Ikebana for about 30 years.
“Many years ago I had an art gallery,” Holy said. “My business partner and I do other work and had a lot of office space that we weren’t using, so we decided to have an art gallery and showcase local artists.
“We invited Kimiko Gunji, who was previously the director of Japan House at the University of the Island. She did flower arranging. She came to our gallery and put on a show.
A community group in Champaign-Urbana followed.
The Ikenobo Ikebana Society, headquartered in Kyoto, is Japan’s oldest school of flower arranging, with over 560 years of history.
Holy served as Gunji’s assistant and vice president of the Illinois Prairie Chapter for more than 20 years before assuming the role of president.
“I got addicted to (Ikebana), and it became my passion rather than my calling,” Holy said.
Holy last visited Japan in November 2019 and the following year she was enrolled in an advanced course in Kyoto, where she planned to travel four times in 2020, but COVID-19 put an end to that.
“No one has been able to return to Japan since then,” Holy said. “They are not really open yet. You have to go through the government tour. It’s very restrictive. »
However, the Japanese group frequently sends teachers to the United States to teach floral art.
In June, the local held workshops at Hyatt Place, attended by people from across the United States and taught by a Japanese teacher.
“We had a week of workshops here that our group organized” for residents from different parts of the country. “And then our local chapter held five more days of workshops for our members with this professor from Japan.”
Following the workshops, an online contest was held, open to everyone outside of Japan.
“You make an arrangement and photograph it, and you can’t edit it,” Holy said.
Two categories were offered – beginners and advanced. Holy placed second in the latter category.
Holy said his love for Ikebana has “enriched my life enormously”.
And that love has grown over the years.
“At first I just liked flowers,” she said. “I love flowers. They are pretty. But it’s an art form, which is a bit different from Western flower arranging. But it’s also a discipline: Kado, that is to say the way of flowers which implies a certain philosophy.It is about seeing the beauty and the value of living beings.
“For me, it changed…to a more or less very nice philosophy, especially to grow old and appreciate every phase of your life and the lives of others and be able to respect others and the beauty and characteristics of others.
“The most important thing is the people I have met and like to be with me.”
The money raised to find the killer
The Three Kings of Peace of Danville raised $3,000 to find information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the death of a 14-year-old Danville resident.
Ronald Miller Jr. was shot on July 11.
The Reverend Frank McCullough of the Three Kings of Peace said they “want to provide information to help Danville Police bring the culprit(s) to justice”.
McCullough, who also serves as pastor of Mt. Olive Church in Danville, continues to accept donations to fund the award and provide financial support for Mr. Miller’s family and other victims of violence in Danville.
McCullough can be reached at 217-766-8735.
The Three Kings of Peace Mentoring Center is non-sectarian and welcomes all young people, regardless of their religious beliefs.
Rademaker assumes leadership role
Rantoul resident Amy Rademaker has taken on the role of Chair of the Board of the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health.
Program coordinator for the Carle Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety, Urbana, Rademaker attended the company’s 2022 conference in Fort Collins, Colorado in June.
Rademaker attributes the growth of its local programs to the contacts and conversations that took place at an ISASH conference through a network of agricultural safety and health professionals around the world.
“Networking is really an area where ISASH shines,” she said, “and as Chair, I will challenge members to keep this momentum going by maintaining the lines of communication after the conference.
“Throughout the pandemic and the global shutdown, it was evident that agricultural risks certainly did not abate or pause. Fortunately, neither did our group of skilled and dedicated ISASH members, as they continued to bring safety and health issues to the fore.
Tuscola’s Got Talent will take center stage next week
Tuscola’s Got Talent, a new event, will debut at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 19 at the Tuscola Community Center.
The stars of the event will be the 28 clients who live in the seven Tuscola and area group homes operated by Marion County Horizon Center. They will be joined by several residents of the Tuscola area.
The event is the brainchild of Tuscola High School graduate Brenda Henby Reed, who is passionate about helping people live their best lives.
“COVID has affected everyone, but our population with special needs has been particularly impacted by the inability to participate in group gatherings, so Reed created this event and did this work on her own,” said General Manager Kathy Jabos. “The community of Tuscola and surrounding towns have welcomed this population with open arms, and we hope they will support Tuscola’s Got Talent so that it becomes an annual event.”
Proceeds will benefit group home clients.
For more information or to donate basket items, contact Reed at 217-254-3925 or [email protected] You can also follow the event on Facebook Tuscola’s Got Talent.
NAACP President Receives Masonic Award
Danville NAACP President Edward J. Butler received a grandmaster award Aug. 3 during the Grand Lodge Unification Conference at Masonic Prince Hall in Springfield.
During the ceremony, Butler received praise for his 22 years of “commitment and dedication in the role of Grand Tyler,” a sentinel of Masonic ceremonies.
Smith reigns at the Georgetown Fair
Brylie Smith, 17, was crowned Miss Georgetown Fair 2022 this week.
Smith, daughter of Lainey and Korry Smith of Catlin, is a senior at St. Fork High School.
The first runner-up was Paili Davis, while Bryan Wyant was second runner-up, Mea Sparling third runner-up and Katelyn Callahan fourth runner-up.
Fuller joins the hole-in-one club
Jeff Fuller, a member of the Lake of the Woods Golf Course in Mahomet, landed his first hole on August 10. The ace landed on the 4th hole of Lake of the Woods.
He used an 8-iron to sink the shot on a 136-yard hole.
Tom Carpenter witnessed the event.
Monticello Group Makes the Most of St. Jude Run
The St. Jude Monticello at Peoria Run celebrated its 10th anniversary last weekend and nine runners covered nearly 100 miles.
The race started at 5:15 p.m. on August 5 and reached Peoria at 3:15 p.m. on August 6.
Co-organizer Tricia Shaw said attendees felt increased community involvement this year through the sale of raffle tickets, “really generous corporate donations and the send-off from our downtown.”
“We also had our most successful St. Jude sale to date, the Orange Out game at MHS and a bright bingo event,” Shaw said. “Each runner raised a minimum of $1,500 to participate.”
This year, they crossed the $500,000 mark in cumulative donations.
Co-planners Shaw and Mary Alexander and treasurer Janna McGiles were all on the team when it was founded by Shaw in honor of his niece and St. Jude Halle patient Bloom.
They presented a check for $44,000.
Jolley joins CLA Wealth Advisors
Stacey Jolley has joined CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors as a Wealth Advisor and will assist individuals and businesses in the Champaign and Danville areas.
Jolley has extensive experience in the financial services industry.
In her previous roles, she conducted extensive investment research to develop portfolios and educate clients on how they can work to achieve and maintain their individual long-term financial goals.
Jolley earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University. She is a Certified Retirement Planning Consultant and Certified Asset Management Specialist from the College of Financial Planning.