Texoma JETAA Newsletter

Hello Texoma JETAA,

Hi! I’m Ryan Pauley and I’m excited to be the newsletter editor this year. I am starting on the 2011 Spring Newsletter, and I need your input.

I need articles and photographs, I need stories, recipes, cartoons, advertisements, weblinks to ridiculous things, and anything else you feel would make our newsletter great!

With that in mind, I have two things I want:

First – and maybe this should be mandatory for everyone – I want ideas for articles. Favorite foods that should be researched and written about, cities that have amazing things, people who deserve to be frozen in the carbonite of a newsletter, whatever. Ideas.

Second, I want to reach out to anyone who wants to write, or has already written an article that they’d like to have in the newsletter. Articles can be about any topic. Maybe you have a unique story from your experience in Japan, coming back to America, or about some weird trip to Bali where your friends left you without your wallet and passport? Whatever. 500+ words if you can, 200 words if you can’t.

While the future is uncertain, the Spring Newsletter will be printed and distributed to JETAA membership (any easy clip for those looking to expand into a career in letters) and my goal is to have it published in March.

The deadline for material is February 11th – A month from now. If you haven’t made a New Year’s Resolution yet, make your resolution to write for the newsletter!

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you,

Ryan Pauley


Texoma JETAA Shinnenkai

Happy New Year Texoma!

We are looking forward to a productive and enjoyable 2011.  We want to start the new year off right, so mark your calendars for the annual Texoma Shinnenkai to be held on Saturday, February, 12th starting at 7:00 pm.

The event will take place at:

7008 Newcastle Street
Bellaire, TX 77401

There will be food, fun, and friends, so we hope you can make it.  Whether you just got back from Japan, or haven’t been to a JETAA event in awhile, we are looking forward to seeing you there!

More details, including RSVP information, will be coming soon, but please save the date for what is sure to be an enjoyable evening.

Happy New Year!

Your Texoma Officers

Again, here are the details:

Date: Saturday, February, 12th
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: 7008 Newcastle Street, Bellaire, TX 77401

DFW Japan Society’s 11th Annual Mochitsuki New Year’s Celebration

Amy Chae, a former JET who now works at the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, would like to invite any Dallas/Fort Worth area JETs to their 11th Annual Mochitsuki New Year’s Celebration on January 16th. An event flyer can be found here.

A note from Amy:

Celebrate the New Year Japanese style with the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth. Enjoy demonstrations of mochitsuki (pounding sweet rice with a mallet and mortar to make rice cakes) and sample the end result with anko, kinako, nori, or Sendai’s special zunda-mochi. The afternoon will also feature live performances by taiko drummers, a children’s choir, traditional Japanese dancers, and a kimono demonstration. Other activities include New Year’s games for children, origami, calligraphy, and ikebana.

DATE: Sunday, January 16th, 2011
TIME: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
PLACE: Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., 2801 Telecom Parkway, Richardson, TX  75082
COST: $8 for non-members, $5 for members, $2 for children aged 6-12 yrs, FREE for children aged 5 yrs and under

Contact: info@jasdfw.org  or 214-342-2022