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!

12.16 | Annual JETAA-FL Bounenkai in Plantation

JETAA Florida invites you to join in our annual 忘年会 (Bounenkai)! Join us for a Japanese style set-course menu as we celebrate a great year with old and new friends.

When: 12/16, 6:15 p.m.
Where: Koume Japanese Restaurant (11905 W Sunrise Blvd, Plantation)
Contact: Wendy Lo (miami@floridajetaa.org)

Each year, Sekita-san surprises us with a unique menu. The meal will be a pre-set Japanese course for $25 per person (plus service fee of $0.99 per ticket + 3.5% of ticket price for a total of $26.69). It includes several courses: soup, salad, appetizers, sushi, other dishes, and dessert. Tip is also included in the price. Since some members choose not to drink, the cost and tip for drinks are NOT included into the deal (we ask that you pay for that separately). All participants must buy tickets ahead of time.

The deadline to RSVP is Dec. 13th If you are bringing a guest, please pay in advance and RSVP for them as well. If you have dietary restrictions or allergies you must inform us by Dec. 12th or else the restaurant will not be able to accommodate you.

There are unfortunately no refunds for tickets purchased. However, you can sell your ticket to someone else via brownpapertickets.com if you can’t make it. Any purchased but unused tickets will be considered a donation to JETAA-FL and will be used for future events and activities. JETAA-FL Bounenkai is an awesome opportunity to network and build a stronger JETAA community in Florida to foster cultural exchange with the US and Japan. We hope to see you there! 

11.5 Orlando Japan Festival

Come enjoy one of the largest Japan festivals in Florida, and help us spread the word about JETAA. We’re currently looking for Volunteers to help with tabling!

Admission is FREE!
When:  Sun. 11/5, 11am-5pm
Where: Kissimmee Lakefront Park (69 Lakeshore bl, Kissimmee, FL)
Contact: Lauren (President@floridajetaa.org) or Dolly (webmaster@floridajetaa.org)

The festival is hosted by the Japan Association of Orlando. For more information about the schedule of performances, vendors and more, visit http://jorlando.org/orlando-japan-festival-2017/. Please note: this is a new location from previous years.

Orlando Event! 10.28 | JET Campout at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve

Hey Central Florida folks and beyond!

We are having a group campout at the Kissimmee Prairie preserve. It’s located about halfway between Orlando and Miami, this state park is one of Florida’s premier locations for stargazing. We’ll hike 2.5 miles to the primitive campsite, so all participants will need to bring their own tent. Maximum of 12 people can sign up for this event. RSVP Required.
When: 10/28, 12pm
Where: 33104 NW 192nd Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972
Contact: Tom Gregorich (Orlando@floridajetaa.org)