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.
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!
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.
Arrange, direct, and monitor set up for festival. Main contact for vendors.
Keep budget, man front desk at festival
-Inventory Chair(s) (2)
In charge of storage unit and inventory
Coordinate all FLJETAA activity booths, recruit and direct volunteers
Coordinate all on-stage activities. MC.
Some representatives of Florida Jetaa in West Palm Beach were invited to have tea with the First Lady of Japan, Mrs. Akie Abe! Thank you very much for dedicating time to sit with us during Prime Minister Abe’s visit with President Trump.
Thank you, also, to Mrs. Sugiyama (Wife of Ambassador of Japan to the U.S.), Consul General Ken Okaniwa (Consulate General of Japan in Miami), and Ms. Tanaka (Executive Assistant to Mrs. Abe). We thoroughly enjoyed discussing the impact that JET has had on our careers and our views of Japan, and how the JET Alumni network can further contribute to mutual, cultural understanding and foreign relations.
【Photos Copyright: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan】
Voting for the 2018-2020 Florida JETAA Board is complete and the results are in! We would like to thank everyone for voting and congratulate all new officers.
Treasurer – Sean Beckwith
Secretary – Kyle Litow
Information Officer – Hartley Haft
Current Officers who will be up for re-election in 2019:
President – Lauren Sorondo
Vice President – Allan Mordetsky
Webmaster – Dolly Sanborn
Read bios of our officers, view contact information, and find out more about JETAA-FL here.
We are now accepting applications from US high schools for the 2018-19 Global Classmates program, our grant-covered 6-month virtual cultural and language exchange for high school students in the US and Japan.
Move beyond the textbook and provide an opportunity for your upper level Japanese language students to practically learn Japanese in a fun and exciting way, while making friends with Japanese teens in Japan, all from your classroom!
If you are interested in applying, please fill out this simple form (https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfkVleOHZntflcrJn…/viewform) and we will follow up with an application and further details. Applications must be received by April 18th, so be sure to get in touch with us right away!
Your new life awaits! Results of the final screening stage for the 2018 JET Program are being announced all across the United States this week and next! A big お疲れ様でした (otsukaresama deshita, “thank you for your hard work”) to everyone. For those applicants still waiting to hear the results, we appreciate your patience! And for all those who were selected, congratulations! We look forward to working with you in Japan!
Please take a moment to vote for the 2018 FLJETAA Board Elections through this Google Form link!
The positions up for election are Treasurer, Secretary, and Information Officer. All terms are 2 year terms. Descriptions of the positions are available here.
Voting closes April 6th at 11:55 p.m. Any votes received after this date will be discounted.
Thank you for your time.
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
For more information about the position descriptions, please visit our Florida JETAA Board page.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and include that you will be attending the Florida JETAA 30th Reunion.
Help us celebrate and make our network stronger than ever!