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Back to listJul 20, 2006

Broward County, Florida, USA, Commemorates Tenth Anniversary of the Florida Nature and Culture Center; Honors SGI President and His Wife Kaneko Ikeda

Commissioner Wasserman-Rubin (3rd from right) entrusts citation to SGI-USA's Ms. Hermann (3rd from left)

The Board of Commissioners in Broward County, Florida, USA, recently proclaimed June 19 as "Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Day" in commemoration of the Florida Nature and Culture Center's (FNCC) tenth anniversary. County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin entrusted the citation to SGI-USA Young Women's Leader Kimberly Hermann and a delegation of young women representatives who visited the commissioner's office on June 16.

The proclamation lauds SGI President Ikeda for having founded FNCC, which has served the local community as a hub for cultural and educational activities, including lectures, seminars, intercultural exchanges, and education and peace exhibitions. The citation also celebrates the center as a "great spiritual oasis" that has made "contributions toward the betterment and spiritual quality of humanity." Located in the city of Weston, FNCC's 125 acres comprise a wide expanse of grasslands, restored wetlands and a lake, much of which has been set aside as a nature preserve. More than 5,000 indigenous live oak and sabal palm trees and other wetland vegetation adorn the area and complement the surrounding Everglades.

Broward County, together with Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach County, make up the South Florida metropolitan area, a densely populated region bounded by the Everglades to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The region is a mecca for tourists, who are attracted to its tropical climate and sandy beaches. The county seat is Fort Lauderdale, known as the "Venice of America" for its extensive network of canals.

President Ikeda and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda officially opened the center on June 19, 1996. In the decade since, FNCC has welcomed more than 60,000 who have come to participate in various conferences and seminars related to Buddhism, nonviolence, human rights, and other socially significant issues.

On June 16, FNCC was the venue for an SGI-USA young women's conference. Commissioner Wasserman-Rubin visited the FNCC on June 17, during a lecture on Nichiren's writings by SGI-USA Women's Leader Linda Johnson with nearly 200 young women's division members attending. The county official said she was inspired to see so many vibrant and cheerful young women and expressed her expectations for their development into courageous women, whose actions will become a driving for the positive transformation of society.

Commissioner Wasserman-Rubin (foreground, 4th from left) holds "Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Day" proclamation with SGI-USA Women's Leader Linda Johnson (to her right)