Host Families needed for Okinawan students

Dear Okinawa Kenjin Club members,

Like last year, Elaine Ikoma Ko will be coordinating with 16 middle schoolers from Okinawa from July 27th – August 17th.
Would any of our members be interested in hosting students during that time.
Elaine is currently looking for three families to host two students each, if possible.

The program she coordinates will keep the students busy all day M-F, in South Park area for their classes and excursions which hosts an join us on (Mt Rainier, Mariners game, Space Needle, etc.).
Hosts provide meals (although we often provide meals when we are on field trips), and have them in evenings and weekends throughout the three intensive weeks.
The compensation is $75 per week for the two students, and the sponsoring group is the cultural exchange organization CCI Greenheart, a nonprofit dedicated to cultural understanding and environmental stewardship.

If you are interested, please contact – Noriko Inafuku @ kikonoko@gmail.com and she will connect you to Elaine Ikoma Ko for further information.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
Tomo Uehara

President
Okinawa Kenjin Club of WA

2017 Okinawa Junior Study Program

沖縄県人会会員の皆様へ  (*English followed by Japanese)

はいさい!
沖縄県が2017年のウチナージュニアスタディー事業の募集を開始しましたので、お知らせいたします。
別添の募集要項をごらんになり、多くの若者に応募していただけると嬉しく思います。

募集期限:2017年4月14日(金)
*締切日に間に合うには4月13日(木)にはワシントンから送る必要がありま。

※海外参加者と青年リーダーの応募様式が異なりますので、
 誤った様式で応募しないように気をつけてください。

応募要項、様式は、沖縄県庁のホームページからもダウンロードできます。
http://www.pref.okinawa.lg.jp/site/bunka-sports/koryu/2017ujsbosyu.html

応募を考えている方は、ぜひ私までご連絡ください。

 上原
ワシントン州沖縄県人会暫定会長

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Dear Okinawa Kenjin Club Members! 

I have received the 2017 Junior Study Program Application forms from Okinawa Prefecture.   It is a great way for our young generations (13yo – 20yo: more details in the link below) to go to Okinawa and spend time with locals for a week or so.   

http://www.pref.okinawa.lg.jp/site/bunka-sports/koryu/2017ujsbosyu.html

The application deadline is on Friday, April 14, 2017, which means we must submit the application on Thursday, April 13, 2017 to get to Okinawa on that day.   

Please let me know if you have any questions or your children or grand children might be interested in applying to this program.   

I look forward to speaking with you soon! 

Sincerely,
Tomo Uehara
President of Okinawa Kenjin Club of WA

2017 New Years Party update – President’s message

沖縄県人会会員の皆様へ      * Information in English can be found after Japanese. 

はいさい!遅くなりましたが、新年明けましておめでとうございます。

 2016年は、第6回世界ウチナーンチュ大会が行われ、本県人会からも総勢 150名が参加いたしました。また、26年以上もワシントン州沖縄県人会会長として県人会をリードしてきた佐久間氏が退任された年でもありました。佐久間前会長の貢献に心より感謝の気持ちでいっぱいです。

さて、今年、2017年もすでに2月に入りました。来月3月11日(土)には毎年恒例の新年会が予定されております。ベイクセールも当日はやりますので、Bakeされたものをドーネーション(寄付)として会場に持って頂ければ幸いです。

 また、佐久間前会長の退任に伴う、新会長選出選挙も3月から4月にかけて予定されております。選挙につきましては詳細は後日正式なメールにてお伝えいたします。

 新年会につきましての情報は以下の通りです。

 沖縄県人会新年会

Date:  Saturday, March 11th, 2017 
Time:  11am – 3pm  (doors open at 10:30am)
Location: Seattle Buddhist Church (1427 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98144)

 ·  弁当(25ドル):メインの弁当と別ボックスで刺身がつきます。

·  当日弁当を余分に準備しておりませんので、ご希望の方は事前に必ず注文してください。弁当を購入されない方は、ご自身でお弁当を用意されますようお願いいたします。

·  弁当の注文は下記の方に:

Area Representatives:
Oak Harbor:                 Sonoko Rhodes
Seattle/ South King:    Terumi Kastner
Tacoma:                       Kiyoko McCammon,  Mitsuko Price
Olympia:                      Taeko Skrivarck, Kazuko White
Peninsula:                   Shoko Fritchman,  Yuka Canny
Snohomish:                 Mia Slattum
Lakewood:                   Yoshiko Killian
Bellevue/Eastside:      Toyoko Nipper , Barbara Taira

当日何か演技などをやりたいとご希望の方は、Mia Slattum まで連絡下さい。

ご質問等があれば遠慮なくご連絡ください。

 上原 

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Dear Okinawa Kenjin Club Members!

 A Happy New Year! I hope your 2017 has been going well for all of you!

We had many events in 2016, including The Worldwise Uchinanchu Festival in Okinawa, where we had about 150 members from WA attended.  Also our beloved former President Sakuma has retired from his duty.  His 26 plus years services to our organization lead us to become the one of the most attractive Japanese community groups in WA.  I would like to thank Mr. Sakuma for his dedication and the time he served as the President of our group. 

Now, we are in 2017!  We have our annual New Year’s Party coming up on Saturday, March 11th, 2017.  We do have Bake Sales so please bring your favorite baking items for donations to sell at the party!  

Also we are planning to have our election for the new president position in March and April.  We will send out the details information later on. 

 Here is the information on the New Years Party!

 Okinawa Kenjin Club Annual New Year’s Party
Date:  Saturday, March 11th, 2017 
Time:  11am – 3pm  (doors open at 10:30am)
Location: Seattle Buddhist Church (1427 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98144)

·  Lunch Box (Bento) – $25 Comes with the main lunch box with side sashimi box

·  We do not have extra lunch boxes on the day of the party so PLEASE make sure to order your Bento boxes prior to the party.  Otherwise, please bring your own lunch to the party! 

·  Please order your Bento to your area representatives below

Area Representatives:
Oak Harbor:                 Sonoko Rhodes
Seattle/ South King:    Terumi Kastner
Tacoma:                       Kiyoko McCammon,  Mitsuko Price
Olympia:                      Taeko Skrivarck, Kazuko White
Peninsula:                   Shoko Fritchman,  Yuka Canny
Snohomish:                 Mia Slattum
Lakewood:                   Yoshiko Killian
Bellevue/Eastside:      Toyoko Nipper , Barbara Taira

  •  If you would like to perform at the new years party, please contact Mia Slattum.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

 Sincerely,
Tomo Uehara

2017 NEW YEARS PARTY

Okinawa Kenjin Kai New Years Party!!!

Date:  March 11, 2017 (Saturday)
Place: Seattle Buddhist Church 1427 S. Main Seattle, WA 98144
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Please join us as we celebrate the new year with dance and music.  Friends and guests are all welcome.

If anyone is interested in participating or help in volunteering for this event, please contact Mia Slattum, who is organizing the entertainment program.

Families are encouraged to bring their own lunch during the program.  If you would like to pre-order a bento, please contact your area representative. 

This will be a good time to renew membership.  The fee is $20/per family.

Hope to see you there!!!

 

2016 End of the Year Party

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Tickets are now available for the End of Year Party.  Please join us as we reflect back on a fantastic 2016.  This year will be a buffet style dinner.  We will be singing and dancing as well as some bingo action for prizes.  Please contact area reps for tickets.

DATE: December 17, 2016 (Saturday)
TIME: 11:30 AM
PLACE: La Quinta Inn and Suites
1425 E 27th St. Tacoma WA 98421

Link to area reps here

 

Uchinanchu Taikai meeting

Important meeting for those members attending the 6th World Uchinanchu Festival.  If you have any questions, please contact Tomo Uehara or your area reps from contact page.

沖縄県人会会員の皆様へ、

ウチナーンチュ大会に向けてのミーティングの場所と時間を決定いたしました。以下の通りです。当日はパッケージ(Name Tagなど)やT-shirtの配布をいたします。Tシャツの値段については後日ご連絡いたします。ご了承ください。

日時:10月2日(日)午後2時〜午後4時
場所:かわべハウス (221 18th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144)

皆さんにお会いできるのを楽しみにしております。

上原

Dear Okinawa Kenjin Club Members,

Please see below for our meeting time and location information. We will provide the package (name tags etc..) and T-shirt during the meeting. I will get back to you how much a T-shirt is in the next a day or two.

Date: Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 2PM ~ 4PM
Location: Kawabe House (221 18th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144)

Look forward to seeing you and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Tomo Uehara