2018-2019: A Year in Review

During the fiscal year running April 2018 to March 2019, JETAA TEXOMA hosted and participated on the following occasions to promote cross-cultural understanding and connect JET Program Alumni across Texas and Oklahoma (and other chapters in the US!).

2018-2019 Recurring Events:

  • 5 trivia nights in Houston (April ‘18, May ‘18, June ‘18, July ‘18, and January ‘19)

2018 EVENTS

  • Apr 14-15: Alumni provided information about the JET Program at Japan Festival Houston
  • Jun 23: JET Q&A Session for Departing JET’s
  • Jul 15: Book Club in Houston met to discuss The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Jul 30: Departing JET’s Farewell Reception
  • Sep 14-16: President Andy Mack and Vice President Alisa Tobin represented JETAA Texoma at the 2018 JETAA USA National Conference in Denver, Colorado
  • Sep 21: Karaoke Night in Austin
  • Sep 29:  Luncheon in San Antonio
  • Nov 3: Game Night in Houston

2019 EVENTS

  • Jan 13: Shinnenkai in Houston with 13 alumni
  • Feb 2: Kakizome Calligraphy Workshop in partnership with Japan-America Society of Houston
  • Mar 23: Texas Japanese Speech Contest, to which JETAA Texoma donated a small gift for winners in the haiku category
  • Mar 25: JET Returnee Reception
April 2018 Japan Festival Houston
May 2018 JETAA Texoma officers meeting with Vice-Consul Kawase from the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston
Jul 2018 Departing JETs (Houston) Reception, hosted by Consul-General Fukushima
Sep 2018 JETAA USA National Conference in Denver, Colorado. Can you spot your Texoma officers?
Sep 2018 Austin area alumni at karaoke
Dec 2018 Reception to celebrate the Japanese emperor’s birthday
Jan 2019 Shinnenkai in Houston

2017-2018: A Year in Review

Despite Hurricane Harvey, JETAA TEXOMA was more active than ever, hosting and participating in the following stellar events to promote cross-cultural understanding and connect JET Program Alumni across Texas and Oklahoma.

2017-2018 Recurring Events

  • 6 trivia nights in Houston: April ‘17, May ‘17, June ‘17, October ‘17, February ‘18, March ‘18.
  • 4 Book Club Meetings: Silence (July ‘17), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (October ‘17), Our Land Was a Forest: An Ainu Memoir (January ‘18), and Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (April ‘18)

2017 Events We Supported or Facilitated

  • May 6-7: Alumni provided information about the JET Program at Japan Festival Houston
  • Jun 24: JET Q&A Session for Departing JET’s, in which alumni advised outgoing JET’s on topics such as health, team teaching, and daily life in Japan
  • Jul 22: 2017 Departing JETs Farewell Reception held at the Consul-General of Japan in Houston’s residence
  • Aug 3-Aug 6: President Tim Roller, Vice President Greg Gaylor, and Treasurer Jessica Holloway represented our chapter at the 2017 JETAA USA National Conference in Washington D.C. and the JET Program’s 30th Anniversary Reunion
  • Aug 19: Austin Alumni gathered for karaoke
  • Aug 31: Hurricane Relief Fund raised $1000 to assist local JET Alumni affected by the storm
  • Sep 16: ‘Houston Strong’ Day of Service for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts
  • Nov 11: Houston Nengajo Party, co-hosted with The Japan-America Society of Houston, educated attendees about the Nengajo custom and helped them create their own
  • Dec 9: Bounenkai 2017 gathered more than 40 Attendees including Alumni members, members of the local Japanese community, and guests from JASH, the Consulate-General of Japan in Houston, and CLAIR

2018 Events We Supported or Facilitated

  • Jan 21: Shin-nen-kai 2018 in Austin
  • Feb 11: JET Returnee Reception
  • Feb 17: Austin Alumni Meeting
  • Mar 18: Texas Japanese Speech Contest, to which JETAA Texoma donated a small gift for winners in the haiku category