t’s an exciting time of the year! Several officer positions are opening up for Florida JETAA this election cycle!  If you are interesting in working more closely with FLJETAA and helping to grow our community, please consider running for a position.  Elections will be held during mid-February and a later email will confirm the candidates, how to vote, and the voting deadline. To avoid conflicts of interest, our outgoing secretary who is not running again will be collecting the nominations and handling the elections.

Nominating Yourself

To run, simply nominate yourself for the position that you are interested by emailing our outgoing Secretary, Alison, at secretary@floridajetaa.org with a brief 1-2 paragraph bio about yourself and why you’d be a good candidate. Bios are due by January, 30th, 2014.

Nominating Others

If you know who someone who would be perfect for a position you may nominate them by emailing their name and what position you are nominating them for to Alison at secretary@floridajetaa.org. Nominations of others must be received by January 25th, 2014, to allow us time to contact the nominee to find out if they will accept the nomination and get their bios by January 30th. Nominees will not be told who nominated them and are free to accept or decline the nomination.

Open Positions

Here are the openings and a description of the opening positions:

President:

The President shall attend the JETAA USA yearly conference and report important information back to the Board of Directors and members, vote on issues presented to the Board of Directors, act as a tie breaker in the event that the Board is unable to reach a majority decision, and represent Florida JETAA at a minimum of one (1) yearly event. The President will also work with the Secretary and Information Officer to create and distribute an annual report on the chapter’s activities to all FLJETAA members. This position carries a 2-year term.

Treasurer:

The Treasurer shall maintain the financial record of FLJETAA, be responsible for preparing end of the fiscal year reports, vote on issues presented to the Board of Directors, and represent Florida JETAA at a minimum of one (1) yearly event. This position carries a 2-year term.

Secretary:

The Secretary shall keep minutes during Board meetings and disseminate information to all Board of Directors, maintain FLJETAA documents, vote on issues presented to the Board of Directors, and represent Florida JETAA at a minimum of one (1) yearly event. The Secretary will also collaborate with the President and Information Officer to create and distribute an annual report on the chapter’s activities to all FLJETAA members. Position carries a 2-year term.

Information Officer:

The Information Officer will collaborate with the Board of Directors, especially the Webmaster, and the JETAA community to post Facebook, email, and blog content and arrange for guest bloggers, vote on issues presented to the Board of Directors, and represent Florida JETAA at a minimum of one (1) yearly event.  They also assist the president and webmaster with membership management. They will also work with the Secretary and President to create and distribute an annual report on the chapter’s activities to all FLJETAA members. Position carries a 2-year term.

Regional Representatives:

There are also openings for regional representatives in Gainesville, Treasure Coast, and Tallahassee. These positions are appointed by the elected officers. Regional representatives act as a point of contact for Florida JETAA and the JET Coordinator at the consulate regarding events and recruiting in your area. Reps are encouraged to plan one event a year if there is interest in their area.  Please contact Bahia at president@floridajetaa.org or Alison at secretary@floridajetaa.org if you’re interested in being a representative for these regions.

Our Vice President Allan just returned from the JETAA Regional Conference that was held in Boston last week. Please enjoy the following message about his experience:

Let me start by saying it was both a great honor and humbling to attend the conference in Boston. I met JETAA alumni from around North America, enjoyed many great discussions, and the camaraderie was refreshing and fun. NEJETAA did a great job hosting and they have lots of good people in their group.

The conference had a wide range of workshops and discussions that centered on acquiring and maintaining membership. One important discussion was the “JETAA Initiative” which is to create a national 501(c)3 JETAA organization. Here is the URL for the “prezi” presentation:
http://prezi.com/0qupc6yfzayr/jetaa-initiative-survey/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

Additional discussions were on how to structure your chapter to meet your needs, delegating duties, creating of sub-chapters for wide geographical areas, tools for chapter/member communications, how to bring in alumni, how to maintain and encourage present alumni, how to hold a professional event, fostering relations with Japan-focused organizations, and a senpai/kohai program for alumni and present JETs.

Thank you again for allowing me to represent FLJETAA and please contact me at vicepresident@floridajetaa.org if you have any questions or would like copies of the conference notes. Thank you and have a nice day/evening.


Sincerely,
Allan M.
Vice President Florida JETAA

Sushi

Our annual Shinnenkai will once again be held in Tampa hosted by alum Michael Maloney (1992-1994, Toyama) at his residence. This event features Micheal’s special sushi rice and sushi from Yoko’s Restaurant.

When: Sunday, January 26th, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Michael Maloney’s residence (Contact Micheal for address and directions)
 

To RSVP and get the address and directions please contact Michael Maloney directly at maloney_m@hotmail.com by January 25th. You may RSVP via Facebook, but to officially RSVP please contact Michael.