HELP WANTED! Tampa Natsumatsuri

Looking for help with the Tampa Natsumatsuri (Sat. 6/23)!
This #FREE Japanese festival is organized by JET Alumni from central Florida, but you don’t have to be Alumni to be a part of the festival! Help is needed to run game booths. We are also looking for people to join a Festival Committee to plan next year’s Natsumatsuri. Sponsored by the Florida JET Alumni Association (non-profit) and the Consulate General of Japan in Miami!

Please contact Festival Director Tom Gregorich if you would like to volunteer.

WANTED: Natsumatsuri Festival Committee

Did you know that the Florida JETAA Natsumatsuri in Tampa has is our largest event each year? What started 13 years ago as a small, local festival run by former JETs has turned into a huge community event that draws over 800 guests! Most importantly, it remains a FREE community event run by volunteers.

After 13 years, John McGee and his family, who spearheaded and led Tampa Natsumatsuri, are returning to Japan. We are sad to see them go, but are excited for a chance to see the festival grow with a newly established Festival Committee under the leadership of Festival Director Tom Gregorich. You don’t have to live in Tampa to participate!

To Join

MESSAGE Tampa Kumicho or email Tampanatsumatsuri@gmail.com.

New committee members that join by June 5th will have a chance to shadow/learn from John directly how he has prepared the festival each year.

Positions

-Floor Manager
Arrange, direct, and monitor set up for festival. Main contact for vendors.

-Festival Treasurer
Keep budget, man front desk at festival

-Inventory Chair(s) (2) 
In charge of storage unit and inventory

-Activities Chair 
Coordinate all FLJETAA activity booths, recruit and direct volunteers

-Stage Manager
Coordinate all on-stage activities. MC.

2018 Tampa Natsumatsuri! Calling for volunteers!

 

June 23, 2018 | Tampa Natsumatsuri | Tampa, FL,
Christ the King Church,  821 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa

Our 2018 flyer is up and ready. About a month and a half to the festival. Join us for this celebration of Japanese culture on a Florida summer evening. Bring the family and enjoy the many vendors, presenters and games. It’s a great time and you’ll be part of an awesome community of friends of Japan.

We’re still looking for volunteers. If you are available to chip in with set-up, break down or during the event, your help is much appreciated! Please contact Tom Gregorich (Orlando@floridajetaa.org).

 

5.26.18 | Children’s Day Festival | Gulf Breeze, FL

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Time: 11am – 2pm
Location: St. Sylvester Catholic Church 6464 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
Description: This is a free community event. This event provides children a variety of Japanese cultural activities including yo-yo catching game, origami, face painting, flower arrangement, tea ceremony, mini language workshop, mochi (sticky rice) sampling, Okinawa taiko and Karate performance, etc.

There will be koi-fish coloring contests for little children, Japanese brush writing contest for older children and costume contest for all children. There will be food vendors offering various Japanese dishes and sweets. If you have any questions, or are interested in volunteering, please contact Ms. Takami Taylor at ktaylor1@uwf.edu.

Volunteer Opportunity 4/22 – Morikami Hatsume Fair

Have you heard of the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens? It’s the only public museum dedicated solely to Japanese Culture, and it’s here in Boca Raton, FL!

Florida JETAA needs volunteers to help with tabling on SUNDAY, APR. 22 at the annual Hatsume Fair. At their table, they will be talking about JET, JETAA, and also raising money for a Japanese Scholarship Fund with a photo booth. Although you’re still quite a ways away from departure, this is a good opportunity to start getting involved with the JET community and meet some JET sempai!

TO VOLUNTEER: Please send a private message to Allan Mordetsky (FL-JETAA Vice President)

2018-2020 JETAA FL Board Elections

JETAA-FL will hold elections in March for members of our board.  The following positions are open for nominations.  Positions are elected for terms of 2 years.  Please send in your nominations by March 22 with the election to be held March 23-30.

Secretary: Maintains organization records and meeting minutes

Treasurer: Maintains organization budget

Information Officer: Disseminates information to members through newsletter and social media

Submit Your Nomination Here!

For more information about the position descriptions, please visit our Florida JETAA Board page.

JET30th Reunion & Networker – Thanks for joining us!

JETAA Florida would like to thank everyone who joined us for the JET30th Reunion & Networker this Saturday. We send a special appreciation to our panelists Matthew Gillam and Laurel Lukaszewskiwho discussed the history of the JET Program, USJETAA, and the relationship between Japan and the U.S. Also we thank our career panelists Eboni Staton, Kyle Litow, Hilary Brown and Michael Maloney, as well as our special guests Takemasa Ishikura, the president of the Japan Association of Orlando, and his daughter, Mayuko Ishikura.

JETAA FL 30th Reunion & Networker | Join us Feb. 24 in Orlando!

Register here!

What? Florida JET30th Reunion & Networker

When? Saturday, February 24, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where? Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center, Kissimmee, FL

How much? Alumni can register for just $10, and can take advantage of a special, low-cost hotel rate at the Park Inn by Radisson in Orlando!

How did the JET Program impact your work and life path? Share your experiences at the JET30th Florida Reunion and Networker, a celebration of the JET Program’s 30th anniversary and alumna’s continuing contributions to the U.S.-Japan relationship. This event will be an opportunity to meet old and new friends in Florida with ties to Japan and various life and work experiences.

The program will include a panel discussion of JET and the US-Japan relationship, Career Development, and a networking hour. Brunch will be included!

Park Inn Hotel Special Rate Information: The rate is $74.00 per night + 13.5% occupancy tax.  This will come with the waived resort fee. If you are interested in reserving a room, please contact Jesse Askew (with Park Inn) by email at jaskew@wgtresort.com and include that you will be attending the Florida JETAA 30th Reunion.

Help us celebrate and make our network stronger than ever!