This newly launched FREE webinar series is intended to provide guidance and instruction to JET alumni across the country on a variety of careers, professional development topics, and unique challenges and how to navigate them. This webinar is on how to become a Japanese teacher after JET. Current JETs and JET alumni are both welcome to join. For those who can’t attend, a recording will be available after the webinar at: https://usjetaa.org/programs/webinar-series/
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!
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.
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).
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 email@example.com.
Miami Dade College North Campus
11380 NW 27th Avenue, Miami, FL, 33167
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】
Good for 2 years, this scholarship supports non-degree research at a Japanese university, or through the completion of a Master’s or PhD program in Japan!
APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 1, 2018. Visit here for more information and to apply.
May 12, 2018 | Yukata Bar Crawl | Winter Garden, FL (Near Orlando)
Let’s explore the craft breweries of Winter Garden. Japanese summer festival wear is highly encouraged, so grab your yukata and go!
When: Saturday, May 12, 4:00 p.m.
Where: A selection of bars in downtown Winter Garden starting with Crooked Can Brewing Company. Please see below for full lineup.
Contact/RSVP: Dolly Sanborn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pub Crawl Lineup:
1) Crooked Can Brewery – 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
2) The Attic Door (on plant street) – 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
3) Moon Cricket Grill (right next door) – 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.
4) Tony’s Liquors (this place is a straight dive bar, so only the serious pub crawlers will be left at this point!) 6:30 -7:00 p.m.
For tips on how to put on your yukata, see here!
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.
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)