Maintain the Heisei Garden, church and parsonage grounds. Ladies volunteer to prepare lunch and help to organize and maintain the facility interior.

In 2012, while board co-president, Gary Okamoto volunteered to mow the church grounds in order to help reduce church maintenance expenses. Ron Shimizu, a member of a bonsai club, had been pruning the church pine trees on his own, but then volunteered to share his knowledge to anyone who wanted to learn how to shape pine and other trees. Reverend Sugahara soon dubbed the group:

LOTUS Club, an acronym LOTUS, Learning Oriental Trimming Using Scissors.      

Others joined to maintain the Heisei Garden, church and parsonage grounds. Ladies volunteered to prepare lunch & help to organize and maintain the facility interior. 

Prior to the LOTUS Club, many Issei & Nisei gardeners tended to the church’s landscape.    Some included:

Ted FujiiTosh Tanaka
Kay OkumuraEd Kadoya
Minoru WatanabeGeorge Miyao Sr.
Richii FuwaMinoru Kakutani

Today, sons Michael Kakutani, George Miyao, Jr., with wife Judie, Harvey Kadoya, sister Jean Kadoya Okamoto (daughter of Ed K), & Eric Fujii (auxiliary member) carry on the tradition as part of the LOTUS Club. 


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BCF anniversary tiles
LOTUS ladies, 2024
LOTUS 2020
LOTUS anniversary
tree blossoms
pine tree w-weight
pine tree weight
Isle of trees
Heisei garden rock juniper
Heisei garden flower
Heisei garden weeping cherry tree
LOTUS Ben
Heisei Garden Maple Bridge
Heisei Garden Weeping cherry
Heisei garden weeping cherry hanging blossoms
Memorial rock
100 yr memorial chair 2019
100 yr BWA anniversary project
Lantern
Gym
Ito property donation rock
Lantern - original church in BG
Maple tree closeup
Maple tree leaves
Maple leaves
Heisei Garden
Heisei garden3
Heisei garden walking path
Nikkei memorial rock
Nikkei memorial rock w-time capsule
Heisei garden weeping cherry tree1
cherry tree blossoms - lantern
Gym in BG
small statue blossoms
Cherry tree blossoms-statue
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