SGI-USA Youth Center Opens; Los Angeles County Supervisor Commends SGI President and Mrs. Ikeda
On May 23, a new SGI-USA Youth Center opened in the SGI-USA headquarters building in Santa Monica, California. SGI Vice President Hiromasa Ikeda, who is currently visiting the U.S., attended the opening. The center will serve as a hub for SGI-USA youth activities, seats some 200 and has exhibition and screening facilities. A stone monument inscribed with a quote from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's poem presented to SGI-USA members in 1999 was unveiled. SGI-USA Youth Division Leader Steve Mortan read the poem and called on the youth present to further engage in dialogues for peace.
On the occasion, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich commended SGI President Ikeda and his wife Kaneko Ikeda, for their distinguished contributions to educating youth. Following the center's opening, Los Angeles County Community Development Commission Deputy Chief Gloria Clark presented a certificate to Mr. Hiromasa Ikeda, who received it on behalf of his parents. Mr. Ikeda expressed his appreciation for the honor, emphasizing that it recognized SGI-USA members' social contributions to the community as exemplar citizens.