SGI-USA Members Plant Cherry Trees in Southern California Park
On March 14, 2010, some 100 participants, including SGI-USA members and guests, celebrated the planting of 10 cherry trees at De Portola Park in Torrance, California. Among the guests were Torrance City Council Members Gene Barnett and Cliff Numark. The trees were donated by SGI President Daisaku and Mrs. Kaneko Ikeda.
In 2001, an SGI-USA member wrote to Mr. Ikeda expressing a desire to contribute to the community by planting 10 cherry trees at Columbia Park, another city park in Torrance. Mr. Ikeda responded by committing to plant 100 trees over 10 years. The proposal has since expanded and plans call for 500 trees to be planted in various parks throughout the city.
To mark the occasion, Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto issued a certificate formally recognizing Mr. and Mrs. Ikeda's gift to the community. Local SGI-USA members intend to plant the remaining cherry trees at more than 30 parks in Torrance over the next 10 years.
[Adapted from an article in the April 2, 2010, issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA; photo courtesy of Paul Lim]