2017-2018 Board

JET Alumni Associate Region 9, Texas and Oklahoma, hosted elections this spring, inviting platforms from interested and eligible candidates starting Feb 22, 2017 (announced via newsletter). On March 13, 2017, candidates and their platforms were announced and voting commenced using Survey Monkey. Voting closed on March 20, 2017.

The following elected board representatives and vacancies were  announced March 21, 2017, over the JETAA Texoma newsletter and the Facebook group and page.

President — Timothy Roller
Vice President — Gregory Gaylor
Treasurer — Jessica Holloway
Secretary — Alisa Tobin
Web Master — Dusty Downing
Press Officer — Rochelle Breen
Houston/South Texas Regional Officer — Emily Gurvis
Austin/Hill Country Regional Officer — Jaymie Udan
San Antonio/West Texas Regional Officer — Ian Cruz
Dallas/North Texas Regional Officer — No applications received, position open. Email PressOfficer@jetaatexoma.org to step up to the plate!
Oklahoma — No applications received, position open. Email PressOfficer@jetaatexoma.org to step up to the plate!

A Foodie Newsletter Just for JET Alumni

The May mid-month newsletter will be all about food, celebrating a hot hot summer bounty with memories and recipes from our time in JET.

We would love your participation, and there are two ways to contribute.

First, your recipes!

Eligible submissions: A recipe for something you personally made during JET, limited to 250 words. It doesn’t need to be fancy or traditionally Japanese! You can also include a 100 word (or fewer) introduction to your recipe–how you found it or made it, why you still remember it, etc.

Number of submissions: One person may submit multiple entries; however, if you submit a photo, please send one email per recipe & photo to work with email size constraints.

Accompanying photo: aim for roughly 50 kb in size and/or 600-800 pixels wide or tall.

Send to: PressOfficer@jetaatexoma.org (subject “JETAA Foodie”). In the email contents, tells us your name, JET years, position and location. For example, “Rochelle Breen, ALT 2014-2015. Gunma-ken, Maebashi-shi.”

Deadline: SUNDAY*, May 14, 2017 (extended; the previous newsletter advertised an earlier deadline) at 11 a.m.

However, if you didn’t use your tiny Japanese kitchen once, or make anything resembling food during JET but you still think you have an awesome food-related memory you’d like to share along with a photo, you can. We may not include all submissions, but feel free to follow the photo and email instructions above. Same deadline, only your word count limit is 200 words: describe the food or how it was made and why it was an iconic moment in your JET experience.

Whichever way you submit, I can’t wait to hear your fond food memories!

*The newsletter published the correct date (May 14), but not the day of the week, which previously read “Monday”. Apologies!

Volunteers Needed: Japan Fest Booth, May 6-7, 2017

If you’re a JET Alumni and you want to volunteer at our booth at Japan Festival Houston 2017,  May 6 or May 7, here’s how:
1. Click the In It Live link: https://app.initlive.com/JE/bybejjzff9771i
2. Create an account for volunteers at Japan Fest by entering your first & last name, email address, and a password for this volunteer account.
3. Check to agree to the event waiver.
4. Enter your date of birth, sex, phone number, and an emergency contact.
5. Read the two-tab info box and click out of it.
6. Look at my pictures below for how to find and fill out Step 1 of the Questionnaire.


7. Fill out your questionnaire (Step 1), click the green save button at the bottom to continue onto Step 2 (roles), and Step 3 (schedule).

And that’s it. In 5-7 minutes you’re signed up to volunteer at the JETAA Texoma booth at Japan Fest Houston! Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

Houston Book Club Announcement

Houston has spoken! The books selected for the first Houston-area book club are, in order of month of suggested reading:

July 2017:  Silence by Shusaku Endo

September 2017:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

November 2017: Our Land was a Forest by Kayano Shigeru

January 2018: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

March 2018:  The Sarashina Diary by Lady Sharashina

April 2018:  Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

The order is subject to change based on member feedback.

If you are interested in reading and meeting about the first book, Silence, RSVP to houstonrep@jetaatexoma.org .

RSVP’s are not binding, but will help us anticipate the number of participants. In your email, please also indicate where you are located in Houston, e.g. Sugarland, the Heights, Katy, EaDo, etc. This will help me to choose a meeting place each month.

At the top of each meeting I will welcome newcomers, give a brief introduction of our book club, and ask you to introduce yourself. We will then segue into the discussion. I would like for members to be active participants! If you are interested in leading the inaugural discussion on Silence, please say so.

After concluding each meeting, another similar announcement will be sent out via the Newsletter and Facebook.

I look forward to meeting everyone.
Emily Gurvis
Houston Rep, JETAA Texoma