Japan Fest JET Booth Volunteer Sign-Up

Hello Texoma,

Spring is near and that means so is the Houston Japan Festival.

This year Jfest will be held on April 13 and 14 and TEXOMA JETAA will have a booth again this year.

We would really appreciate if some of you could help us man the booth over the weekend and tell attendees about the program and your experience. We will also have some Japanese games out to play with kids.

If you can volunteer please sign up here.

ALSO, we plan to make some pictographic trifold presentation boards to relay “A day in the life of a JET”. If you have any good pictures from teaching, traveling, hanging with other JETs or whatever else, please send them to us at officers@texomajetaa.com (mailto:officers@texomajetaa.com)

Thanks
Drew Himmelreich

 

Texoma JETAA – Events / Elections / Jobs and more

What’s Happening: Beginning of 2013
Hello TEXOMA JETAA community,

It has been quite a while since our last mass email but we have lots to cover. I was informed by most of the alums in attendance at the returnee reception that, in fact, email is their preferred method of being updated on events, so I would like to depend more on a monthly email update than just on our Facebook group (but please join and check the Facebook page for smaller updates and events).

Here is what is currently in the works:

1) TEXOMA JETAA OFFICER ELECTIONS – CALL FOR PLATFORMS – Any and all Texoma area JETs are encouraged to submit a platform by Thursday February 7th for the the following positions:
*President
*Vice President
*Secretary
*Treasurer
*Webmaster and Site Editor
*Newsletter Editor

—-Further information about the elections can be found later in this email—-

2) PUB TRIVIA – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 @ PORCHSWING PUB – Pub Trivia is still alive and well but we are always looking for new blood. We have a regular group of about 4-6 JETAA members who play on the 1st Wednesday of the month (sometimes more often) but newcomers are more than welcome. Please remember that the team sizes are capped at 7 people so if you are not a member of the facebook group “Texoma Jetaa” please join and RSVP if you plan to attend so we can reserve enough tables and adjust team sizes accordingly.

3) LEO BAR COCKTAIL MIXER EVENT @ THE ASIA SOCIETY – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 – The Japan America Society of Houston’s Young Professionals Group is co-hosting the Leo Bar event for February. If you have not yet gotten to explore the new Asia Society building in the museum district this is a great opportunity to see the amazing building and rub elbows with a diverse crowd of youthful movers and shakers of the Houston area. No reservations or admission fees, so feel free to stop by. Leo bar link is below:

http://asiasociety.org/texas/leo-bar-asia-society-texas-center

4) JAPAN FEST – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – JET PROGRAM BOOTH
-The Japan festival will be held in April. There is a position on the JFEST organization committee open and if any JET is interested please let Ryan or I know ASAP. The position is for Opening Ceremony Coordinator.
-Online sign-ups will be live on the Japan Fest website soon for anyone interesting in helping to help during the actual events of the festival
-WE WILL BE NEEDING JETAA VOLUNTEERS TO HELP RUN THE JET BOOTH AND ADVERTISE TO POTENTIAL APPLICANTS

5) World Affairs Council of Houston’s Japanese Foreign Language
Luncheon

“This program will be held on Monday, April 22^nd from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. with approximately 85 high school students and their teachers celebrating the students dedication and hard work in learning Japanese in school. The students are carefully selected by their teachers.

The purpose of the program is to honor these students and reward them for their hard work. The program offers guest speakers, table hosts, a beautiful lunch, decorations and finally a certificate at the end of the program. Attached you will find a flyer that I have used for teachers to register their students. It can give you more detailed information. In April, we also celebrate six other languages as well – they are German, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, French and Chinese and this is our 13^th year of doing so. The business community continues to support us in so many ways not only monetarily but with their attendance as table hosts. The table host sits with 9 students at a table, speaks in the language of the day and helps the student to understand the many ways careers can be enhanced by learning a second language. The table host is important and key to the success of that student returning to his training and feeling motivated by its many benefits.”

Any professional JET Alumns with Japanese ability please let me know if you have interest being a table host

6) CONSULATE JOB OPENING – MESSAGE FROM RYAN –
JETAA: I have a new employment prospect that has come up, this time in our own Houston Consulate office. We are looking for a new Consular Service Clerk (Visa). Candidates must have strong written and verbal Japanese ability. Traditionally, this position has been offered only to local Japanese natives, but our office wants to open it up to the JETs. If you want to strengthen your language skills and spend time learning more about Japanese legal culture and researching interesting requests. Candidates who enjoy researching and helping others in addition to language and cultural ability will be considered. For a full summary of the position, please email me at jetcoord@ho.mofa.go.jp (mailto:jetcoord@ho.mofa.go.jp)

7) JAPANESE RELATED JOB FAIR IN NEW YORK –

—New York Career Forum 2013 —
Date: February 22 & 23, 2013 (Fri. & Sat.)
Place: The Altman Building (New York, New York)
http://www.careerforum.net/event/ny/index.asp?ref=201341〈=E (http://www.careerforum.net/event/ny/index.asp?ref=201341〈=E)

8) NON-HOUSTON JET MEET-UP OPPORTUNITIES-
If any groups or alums are starting to gather or want to start in any of the non-Houston cities, let us know and we might be able to provide some planning and financial support.

9) EVENT IDEAS-
We remain eager for any event ideas JET alums in the area might have. Let us know by email or post in the facebook group.

FINAL NOTES: Hopefully everyone is well and the recent returnees are adjusting to being back home. If you are not a member of the facebook group, it is called TEXOMA JETAA, and members often post short notice social events or just Japanese news or articles. Now that the new year is in full swing, we look forward to improving and expanding the offerings of our TEXOMA chapter. Hope to see or hear from more of you in 2013.

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ELECTION DETAILS:

President
Role: Coordinate all activities. Chair general meetings, monthly socials. Liaise with outside organizations.
Incumbent: Drew Himmelreich

Vice President
Role: Assist in coordination of all activities. Chair special projects as defined by the President or the Executive Committee. Manage membership requests and work with webmaster to update member list as necessary.
Incumbent: Jessica Parker

Secretary
Role: Record information from meetings, distribute minutes, assist Executive Officers in administrative tasks.
Incumbent: No incumbent running.

Treasurer
Role: Develop annual budget. Secure funding from CLAIR and MoFA. Provide guidance to the board members on funds available for activities. Monitor bank account.
Incumbent:
Adam Hammick

Webmaster and Site Editor
Role: Ensure function of website and mass e-mail system. Update member list and ensure website has up to date information.
Incumbent: Dusty Downing

Newsletter Editor
Role: Edit and publish quarterly newsletter.
Incumbent: Ryan Pauley

LOCAL CHAPTER VICE PRESIDENT POSITIONS
If you are interested in helping coordinate events in your area of Texas or Oklahoma, please contact us. We are particularly interested in setting up and supporting local chapters in the Austin/San Antonio area, the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City.

 

Texoma JETAA – Events/Job Openings/Volunteer Opportunities

Hello Texoma JETAA members,

We try to limit our mass emails to everyone but there are few things I wanted to everyone to know about.

1. CAMPING TRIP (Oct. 5-7)
Next weekend is the central Texas camping trip at Garner State Park. We still have spots and would love to see you there. Sign up is below:
http://www.texomajetaa.org/?p=178#more-178

2. JETAA nationwide officers meeting in San Francisco (Late October)
Adam Hammick and I will be attending this conference on behalf of Texoma JETAA and welcome any feedback from our members before we go. Do you have event ideas or questions? Let us know and if we don’t know the answer we can ask the big shots in San Fran.

3. Job openings
a. “The Japan Business Association of Houston, Women’s Committee, is in need of private lesson language teachers that are available during the day. Though no date has been set, they would like to invite any applicants to come to JBAH for interview with potential clients. If you are interested, please e-mail shree@jashouston.org (mailto:shree@jashouston.org) and she will give you further details.”
b. “My name is Joe E. Stephens, III and I am a Human Resource Recruiter at Goodman Global, Inc… I am in search for an Administrative Assistant that is fluent in English and Japanese. If you know anyone who may be interested, please give them my contact information” Mr. Joe E. Stephens, III Human Resources Recruiter Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P. 5151 San Felipe – Suite #500 Houston, Texas 77056 Office: (713) 263-5403 (tel:%28713%29%20263-5403) Fax: (713) 861-4991 (tel:%28713%29%20861-4991) Career Site: www.CareersatGoodman.com Email: Joe.Stephens@goodmanmfg.com (mailto:Joe.Stephens@goodmanmfg.com)

4. Volunteer opportunities
The leader of the Japan Festival committee approached me to see if I or any of our JETAA members (2 total) would be interesting in joining their planning committee. “The festival will be on April 13-14, 2013 at Hermann Park, and the committee will meet monthly, bi-monthly and then weekly as the time get closer. As the festival will be the 20th, we would like to put our heads together to make the festival better than ever, and special.” If you have interest please email me at president@texomajetaa.org (mailto:president@texomajetaa.org)

As always any requests or recommendations on how we can improve our chapter are welcome so email us anytime.

Thank you,
Drew Himmelreich
JETAA President

End of Summer BBQ in Houston

What: 2012 JETAA BBQ!

When: Saturday, September 8th, 5:00 PM

Location: Dusty & Emily’s House, 912 Eleanor St., Houston, Tx, 77009

Come one come all! we will be having an End-of-Summer barbeque just north of downtown Houston. Come on down and enjoy that last little bit of the searing summer sun before it’s gone (in approx. 3 months). Standard BBQ Food and drink will be provided by JETAA, but feel free to bring anything special you might be interested to eat and share.

JETAA will also be taking charity donations for The Alliance for Multicultural Affairs, so bring some cash!

Central Texas Camping Trip Update and Survey

We are very excited to officially announce the Texoma JETAA Central Texas Camping Trip (aka the JETAAstrophe). We would like to invite both members of JETAA, their families, and friends to Central Texas for a weekend of good times. The event will take place on October 5-8 at Garner State Park.

Event: Texoma JETAA Central Texas Camping Trip (aka the JETAAstrophe)
Location: Garner State Park
Date: October 5th-8th

If you are planning on coming, please fill out the form at the “continue reading” link by September 15th.

Please email any questions to info@texomajetaa.org

Continue reading “Central Texas Camping Trip Update and Survey”

Central Texas Camping Trip! Save the Date: Oct. 5-8

Texoma JETAA,

We are currently in the midst of planning a camping trip somewhere in central Texas. Our hope is that as many people from around the state will be able to make it. As for the time being, we have only the date to announce – Friday, October 5th to Monday, October 8th. We will announce further details as the plan comes together. We hope to see you there!

-Dusty Downing
Texoma JETAA Webmaster

Austin Area JETs: Calligraphy Class in Austin

Ms. Michiko Miyata will be holding a beginner calligraphy class on the UT Austin campus. It will be a beginner class, and all materials will be provided. No reservations are necessary!

This class will be a test run, and if it goes well, it may become a regular series during UT’s summer semester beginning in June. Please contact Adam with any other questions.

Date: Friday, April 20
Time: 3pm-5pm
Location: UT Austin campus, room PAR 210 (see map below)

Job Posting: Consulate General in Atlanta

The Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta is seeking a Special Assistant to the Consul General. The incumbent will be expected to perform the following duties:

  • Coordinate communication between the Consulate General and U.S. federal, state, county and city leaders.
  • Research, analyze, and report on political trends, developments, and elections in the five state consular district of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
  • Research, draft, and edit public remarks to be delivered by the Consul General.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of special events.
  • Serve as moderator of public events.

The incumbent should have a bachelor’s degree, strong writing skills, and knowledge of the political situation in the Southeast United States. While Japanese language skills are not mandatory, a background in Japanese culture and language would be beneficial. Interested applicants should send their cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to seimu@aa.mofa.go.jp by March 31, 2012. No phone calls please.

Houston-area: Trivia Night at Porch Swing Pub on Wednesday

Location: Porch Swing Pub, 69 Heights Blvd. , Houston, TX 77007
Date: Wednesday, March 7
Time: 7:00pm-9:30 pm

We are going to try to have Trivia night on the first Wednesday of each month starting THIS WEDNESDAY. Please join us so we can discuss our JETAA plans for the year STARTING WITH JAPAN FEST!!! J-Fest is right around the corner and we need to talk shop.

If you can, email Drew (president [at] texomajetaa.org) before tomorrow at 2:00PM it will help us get better seating.