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.

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.

Miami JET Program Statement of Purpose Workshop

JET Program Statement of Purpose Workshop


Are you applying for the JET Program?

Come to the statement of purpose workshop!

JET alumni will talk about how to write a good statement of purpose and make suggestions on whom to ask for letters of recommendation.

There will be a brief presentation followed by one-on-one peer review and Q&As, so please bring a draft of your application and what you have written for your statement of purpose so far.

October 27th, 2015

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Graham Center 305

Florida International University

11200 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33199

This event is free and open to the public.

 For those of you who are not students at FIU, metered parking can be found in flat lots and the first floor of garages.


Event is hosted by the Florida JET Alumni Association

2015 Florida JETAA Elections

We are pleased to announce the 2015 elections for officer positions. The positions up for election are Vice-President, Secretary, and Webmaster. All positions carry 2-year terms. To learn more about the positions, please click here.

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 late-February and another email will confirm the candidates, how to vote, and the voting deadline. To avoid conflicts of interest, the current president, Bahia, who is not running this term 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 with a brief 1-2 paragraph bio about yourself and why you’d be a good candidate. Bios are due by February, 15th, 2015 (EXTENDED).

Nominating Others

If you know who someone who would be perfect for a position you may nominate them by emailing their name and the position for which you are nominating them to Nominations of others must be received by February 10th, 2015 (EXTENDED), to allow us time to contact the nominee to find out if they will accept the nomination and get their bios by February 10th. Nominees will not be told who nominated them and are free to accept or decline the nomination.

If you have any further questions about elections, please send them to

To run for a position and to vote you must be a JET alumni. Friends of JET are not eligible to vote or run for a position.

Tampa Natsumatsuri 2014

We invite you all to attend our biggest annual event, the Tampa Natsumatsuri! Come for Japanese games, food, auction, and sales of arts & crafts, books, and more! The festival will be held on 6/14/2014 from 9 AM to 12 PM at 821 S Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, Florida. Free!

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Tampa Annual Shinenkai


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 by January 25th. You may RSVP via Facebook, but to officially RSVP please contact Michael.

2013 Florida JETAA Bounenkai in South Florida

Dear JETAA members,

It’s that time of the year for our annual JETAA Bonenkai!

This year’s JETAA Bonenkai will be once again held at Sekita-san’s restaurant, Koume in Plantation (just outside of Miami). Sekita-san was once the former JET coordinator for the Japanese Consulate and helped many of us get into the JET program. He makes delicious food and is an awesome host!

This will be a pre-set meal of $20 per person, which involves several courses: soup, salad, appetizers, sushi, other dishes and desert. That is a lot of food for that amount of money especially since Japanese food is so expensive. Each year, he surprises us with a unique menu. Last year we had nabe and oden on our menu among other things.

The cost of drinks and tip are not included into the deal, so that would be paid separately by you.

This will be a cost-sharing event, meaning that some of the meal will be paid from JETAA funds that will cover part of the meal and you will cover the rest. So the cost can vary depending on how many or how little people come and what drinks you order.

Location: Koume Japanese Restaurant
11905 W. Sunrise Blvd.
Plantation, FL. 33323
Tel: 954-577-9277
(located in the Petsmart Plaza)

Date: December 21, 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 6:30pm

Please RSVP to Wendy, deadline to RSVP is Dec. 13th and tell us if you are bringing a guest. You can RSVP by emailing me at wlo01[at] or on the Facebook event page:

I hope you can all make it!

If you RSVP and later cannot make it, please have the courtesy and let us know by Dec. 19th, because once we give the final numbers to Sekita-san we have to end up paying for the person who doesn’t show up, which is not fun for those who have to foot your bill.

Hope to see you there!

Wendy Lo

FL-JETAA, S. Florida Regional Rep.