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!

Florida JETAA Board Elections 2018-2020

JETAAFL will hold elections soon for members of our board.  The following positions will be elected by vote in January.  Positions are elected for terms of 2 years.

Secretary: Responsible for maintaining records for the organization

Treasurer: Responsible for maintaining budget for the organization

Information Officer: Responsible for disseminating information to members, maintaining the quarterly newsletter families, and friends.

If you are interested in getting involved by running for office, please e-mail vicepresident@floridajetaa.org with your intention by December 13, 2017.  Good luck!

Volunteer Registration Form

JETAA FL is completely run by Volunteers — but you don’t need to be an officer to hold an event or volunteer in your community!

Check out this form for options on how to volunteer – let us know your interests, and we’ll contact you when we have opportunities. The best part? No pressure or commitment!

2018 JET Program Information Sessions

The 2018 JET Program Application Guidelines are now available!

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Applications for the 2018 JET Program will be opening this Fall 2017. The JET Program Coordinator and Florida JET Alumni will be holding information sessions and answering questions about the 2018 JET Program throughout September and October. Below is the current schedule* for information sessions. Anyone is welcome to attend the information sessions, but please note that certain events (e.g. Career Fairs) require individuals to register with the hosting institutions.

Click here for the 2018 Florida Schedule.

*Information is subject to change. Follow us on Facebook for updates!

Questions? Visit: https://jetprogramusa.org/
Email: JET@mi.mofa.go.jp

2017 JET Program Departure!

On Friday evening, we sent off 52 new JET Program participants at a Farewell Reception hosted by the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami. This year’s new group is one of our largest to teach in Japan.

In attendance to say farewell were several of our Florida JETAA board members including Lauren (President/Information Officer), Allan (Vice President), Kyle (Secretary), Wendy (South Florida Region Rep.) and other JET alumni.

Good luck and travel safe! We wish you the experience of a lifetime!

 

Volunteers Wanted! JETAA FL 2017 Tampa Natsumatsuri

Sat. June 24 | 5-10 PM | Christ the King Church,  821 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa

Our chapter’s flagship event, the Tampa Natsumatsuri, is only one month away! Over the last 12 years, this community organized festival coordinated by JETAA FL has continued to grow in size. Last year, we had an estimated 800 guests visit!

Since this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the JET Program, we want to make it even better — but we need help from our JET Alumni!

Interested volunteers contact Tom Gregorich, Festival Director: Tampanatsumatsuri@gmail.com

Why is this important?

A core goal of the JET Program is for former participants to continue sharing  their love and knowledge of Japan with people around the world. As a Chapter, we not only strive to create a home for JET alumni, but also provide opportunities for the greater community to engage with Japanese culture.

Tampa Natsumatsuri, under the leadership of alumni John McGee and now Tom Gregorich, has been doing this for the past 12 years. The festival aims to create the real atmosphere of a Japanese summer festival with treats, crafts, dances, martial arts performances, cosplay, and traditional festival games. Tickets for the games are sold at an extremely low price, and admission is always FREE!

10% of festival proceeds go to a Japan-related charity, such as relief and reconstruction for the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011) and the Kumamoto Earthquake (2016). 5% goes to JETAA FL to help with our basic operations, and the rest goes to funding the festival

We’d prefer people to help with full slots, but if you can only dedicate a certain amount of time, we will find a way to work around it! Read on to see how you can help.

Volunteer Slots

Set Up

We’re looking for people to help with set up from 3 PM – 5 PM! 

Coffee Jelly

We need someone to make, bring, and sell Coffee Jelly! This is something that JETAA-FL has sold at Natsumatsuri for the last few years. It’s really easy to make, and we can give you the recipe, but we’re really short-handed this year. Of course, you will be compensated for the cost of materials! 5-9PM (or until it sells out). 

Games

We need volunteers to run game tables during the festival (5 to 9pm). You don’t need to bring anything but your enthusiasm! We have all the materials, and can teach you the games on site.

Game examples:

  • wanage 輪投げ
  • shodo 書道
  • omikuji おみくじ
  • kingyo sukui 金魚釣り堀
  • otedaruma お手玉
  • yoyo sukui ヨーヨーつり
  • kids’ omocha sukui おもちゃ釣りゲーム
  • origami 折り紙
  • yukata try-on 浴衣
  • shuriken showdown 手裏剣ショウダウン
  • hanetsuki (badminton) 羽根突き
  • daruma otoshi ダルマ落とし
  • ohajiki おはじき
  • taketonbo 竹とんぼ

よろしくおねがいします!

2016 Election Results

Voting results are in! Help us welcome our new (and old) FL-JETAA Officers!
President: Bahia Simons-Lane
Treasurer: Sean Beckwith
Secretary: Kyle Litow
Information Officer: Justice Pitts

Also, a big welcome to our new Gainesville Region Rep, Katie Brunell!

If you’re interested in joining our efforts, there are two open positions for Region Reps (Tallahassee & Treasure Coast). If you’re interested in taking one on, please contact our Secretary: Secretary@florigajetaa.org.

Voting Open: 2016 Board Elections

Voting for the 2016 Florida JETAA board elections is now open through April 26th at 11:55 pm. Any votes received after this date will not be counted.

Read candidate Bios here.

Click here to cast your vote!

The positions up for election this term are President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Information Officer. All terms are 2-year terms. For more information about the responsibilities of these positions, please visit this link.

VOTING ELIGIBILITY
JET Program alumni who are registered members of Florida JETAA are eligible to vote. Friends of JET are not eligible to cast a vote.

Your vote will be kept confidential. Only the current Florida JETAA webmaster, Lauren Sorondo, who is handling the elections this year will see your vote. We ask for personal information to verify that you are a JET alumni.