New SGI Center Opens in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
On July 16, a new SGI center was opened in Charlotte, North Carolina. The two ceremonies marking the opening were attended by more than 320 members and guests, some of whom traveled for more than four hours from both North and South Carolina. North Carolina Region Women's Leader Junko Nelson spoke of how her mother used to travel across the Carolinas to visit members and would have been delighted by the opening of the center.
City of Charlotte Mayor Anthony R. Foxx issued a proclamation marking the opening which stated: "The SGI-USA . . . will strive to promote mutual understanding and appreciation of diversity while contributing to the peace and prosperity of the Charlotte community."
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message in which he congratulated the Charlotte members on the opening of the new center and described it as a "palace of peace and culture." Recognizing the center as the crystallization of the sincerity and efforts of the members over 30 years, he asked members to make full use of it as a place of "interaction and dialogue" to deepen friendship with their neighbors.
[Adapted from an article in the August 5, 2011, issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA; photo courtesy of World Tribune]