Spring Elections: Polls Open (~5/18)

Online Voting is now open for the Spring 2017 NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections!

Please read the candidate platforms and instructions below. You can cast your voteon the Google Form here:
https://goo.gl/forms/DGI3TFql5Qiyc6V12

Voting Rules:

Each NEJETAA member is entitled to cast one ballot only. You have to option to vote for a single candidate or abstain for each position. This poll will be open from its posting, until 11:59PM EDT on May 18th

To be an eligible NEJETAA member (required to vote), you must be an alumnus/alumna of the JET Program and currently reside in the New England region (CT, RI, VT, NH, ME, or MA).

Read the Candidate Platforms Below:

Matt Castle for Vice President

Hello everyone! I’m Matt Castle and I’m running for re-election as Vice President. I’m currently finishing up my second term as Vice President of NEJETAA and am in my fourth year as a member of the Executive Board, having served as Special Assistant for Project Management as well. In the past I’ve been in charge of planning numerous events for NEJETAA, most notably our Annual Ski Trip to Killington VT and starting last year, our annual trip to Northampton MA. I have represented our organization at many events, including the annual JET Q&A at the Boston Children’s Museum and JET Pre-Departure Orientation, among other events. If elected to a third term, it is my plan to build on the success and growth that the chapter has seen over the past few years. We have seen a significant uptick of activity recently, and I will work with our membership coordinator to use this to increase our presence and engagement with alumni outside of the Boston area. Notably, in the coming year, I want to establish at least one official subchapter outside of the Boston area.  I look forward to continuing to serve the alumni community and to work to make our chapter the best it can be.
Rachel Pauplis for Treasurer

Hello, my name is Rachel Pauplis and I am running for re-election as Treasurer.  I was an ALT in Yamaguchi-ken from 2012 to 2014 and returned to Boston after my time on JET.  Having the network of other JET alumni helped ease my transition back into life here, and I have been an active member of NEJETAA ever since. I also value the role NEJETAA plays in connecting people with similar experiences in Japan and maintaining our connection with the greater Japanese community.
I have been acting as Treasurer since December 2014 and would like to continue in the upcoming year.  As treasurer, I will do my best to handle all NEJETAA financial matters quickly and responsibly, organize the NEJETAA budget with the board, CLAIR and the consulate, help plan future events, and continue to be actively involved in the organization. Thank you for your consideration.

Jesse Kerstetter for Social Chair

Hi all! I’m Jesse Kersteter. It’s been a minute since I left Japan (Akita 2006-2010), and now that I’m in living in Boston, I’m hoping to reconnect with the JET community!

As NEJETAA’s Social Chair I would love to support the growth of NEJETAA in collaboration with current members and officers. In order to do this, I would work to help promote and coordinate NEJETAA staple activities like the annual ski trip and Shinnenkai. In addition, I would like to help find ways to engage JET alum in the New England area who live beyond greater Boston. I know that these activities are important opportunities for newly returned JET alum to find support in their return to the US, other alum to reminisce, and help get the word out for future JET participants. I hope my contributions and effort will help to promote the growth and success of NEJETAA over the coming year.

Thanks and I hope to see you in future NEJETAA activities and opportunities!

Spring Elections Call for Platforms

Want to be more involved in NEJETAA? Want to strengthen your professional network in the Japanese community in New England?
 
We are asking for platforms of all interested candidates to be submitted for review by our membership. If you’re interested in joining the NEJETAA board, please submit a platform!
 
What we need:
*Less than 200 words
*Self-introduction, including where and when you were on JET
*What you want to accomplish in your time as an officer
 
Please don’t include any sensitive personal information (phone number, email, etc.), as your platform will be posted online for the membership to read. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just introduce yourself to everyone and tell us what you want to do! Check out platforms from last year’s elections here: http://nejetaa.com/2016/11/17/fall-elections-vote-now/
 
Members will be voting for Vice-President, Treasurer, and Social Chair. (Refer to officer duties listed below)
 
Positions are normally for a one year term, no term limits. Officers are expected to attend as many of the executive meetings (held as necessary) and general meetings per year as possible, with 50% attendance as a minimum.
 
Please send your platform to Dan Lowe at president@nejetaa.com by Tuesday, May 9th. On Wednesday, May 10th it will be published for the general membership to review and vote on by Thursday, May19th.
 
Any questions? Contact Dan (President@nejetaa.com)
 
Thanks, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you!
 
The NEJETAA Officers
Position Descriptions:
 
1. Vice-President
The VP provides both leadership and follow-through on projects planned during meetings, and makes sure that we are fulfilling all our obligations as a JETAA chapter. In addition, the VP is the point person for any NEJETAA sub chapters in New England. Another important responsibility of the VP’s is to provide support to all the other officers. Specifically, this means: working with the membership/ marketing coordinator to increase and track membership; taking on the duties of the president when the president is unavailable; and balancing the powers of the treasurer by checking our bank account. Finally, the VP will prepare the agenda for all NEJETAA general and officer meetings.
 
2. Treasurer
The treasurer plans the annual budget in conjunction with all officers. The treasurer oversees any and all grant requests. The treasurer submits an initial grant request to MOFA in February and to CLAIR in May, and follow up reports and receipt submissions to CLAIR in February and to MOFA quarterly. The treasurer maintains and balances the bank account; collects receipts and writes checks for any chapter expenses, and deposits any checks received within two weeks. The treasurer oversees the obtaining of price quotes and reminds officers of the budget for specific activities. The treasurer oversees any other account or platform (Paypal, etc.) which involves money changing hands. The treasurer informs the Vice President of all passwords, logins etc of any NEJETAA financial accounts. The treasurer also supports NEJETAA events as necessary.
 
3. Social Chair
The Social Chair oversees the logistical planning of NEJETAA events, such as General Meetings, Nihongo Dake’s, Shinnenkai’s, and Happy Hours. The Social Chair advertises upcoming events and works in coordination with other officers to recruit new members. He or she also collaborates with the Membership/Marketing Coordinator to develop activities to increase member participation after the annual membership survey. The Social Chair should attend at least half of all official NEJETAA events.

Save The Date: All-JET Alumni Reunion, August 4th-6th, 2017

Celebrate. Reconnect. Reminisce. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the JET Program at the JET30 All-JET Alumni Reunion in Washington, D.C., from August 4th-6th, 2017.

The three-day conference will be for JET Alumni, families, and friends. The reunion will feature guest speakers, special events, and opportunities to learn the latest in US-Japan relations, with plenty of time to reconnect with old friends and to meet new ones!

Learn more at usjetaa.org/reunion

Calligraphy Exhibition

Showa Boston will host a special Calligraphy exhibition and workshop on Friday, April 28th. A great way to kick off the Boston Japan Festival weekend! RSVP to Miyo Takahashi at mle@showaboston.edu by Friday, April 14.

NEJETAA Annual Ski Trip–A Shared Experience

At the end of January, New England JET Alumni Association hosted the 4th Annual Northeast Region Ski Trip at Killington Ski Resort. This was our biggest ski trip yet–30 JET alumni and friends of JET from all over New England, New York, DC, and even Ottawa reunited or met for the first time in Vermont.

This kind of a trip is the perfect opportunity for JET alumni old and new to come together. We had JETs who have been back for 10 years now and ones who just returned last summer. There is something really special about getting so many people who have a shared experience together in one place. Even though we were all sent to different prefectures in Japan, we all end up back home as JET Alumni.

  JET Alumni and friends on Sunday afternoon (Photo Cred goes to Leslie Risak)

Dinner at The Foundry! Every time! (Photo cred goes to Leslie Risak)

This is what Pam Kavalam, the JETAANY President had to say about the trip:

“Had such an awesome time with you all. I heard a rumour that this was the best JETAA international cross chapter trip (4 chapters represented!) EVER! Big thank you to Dan, Rachel, Matt and the whole team who put this together. (And Mike for driving the whole JETAANY crew singlehandedly!). Here’s to another great 30 years!”

Great Northern, Killington Mountain

Secret Lunch Spot: Sunrise Cafe (But I guess it’s not a secret anymore…)

When we asked our fearless leader Dan Lowe what we enjoys most about the ski trip, he had this to say:

“The success of the NEJETAA Ski Trip is tied to the number of people and chapters represented. A unique sense of community forms when a diverse group sharing a common JET experience comes together to have fun, network, and share common passions. The JET Program in turn benefits from an active alumni community, energized by chapter initiatives such as this.”

Thanks for always having us back, Summit Lodge!

And last but not least, we had to ask Alex Svetlovsky, JETAA Ottawa Senior Advisor, why he has crossed the Canadian border four years in a row for this trip.

“I’ve gone to the NEJETAA Ski Trip four years in a row, now. The first year, NEJETAA reached out to nearby chapters while I was the president of JETAA Ottawa. The trip was very appealing – a whole group of JET alumni in one place for a ski trip. Three of us all gathered in my car and drove the six hours down to arrive very early on Friday.

That first trip there was magical for me.

I met so many new friends – ones that I still stay in contact with four years later, even though they’ve only gone once. The trip is that perfect mix of new people to meet, a shared experience between us all, and an ideal venue. The skiing is secondary to me; all the warm memories I have from my four trips are of the different smiles and adventures with the people I’ve met. That, and the hot tub. I would recommend the trip to anyone – skiers and non-skiers alike. Come for a weekend ski getaway, keep coming back for the warmth and friendships developed.”

JETSSKI!

 Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate 30 years with us! We hope to see you next year!

Event: Ishiuchi Miyako at MFA

Belongings: From Hiroshima to Frida

Ishiuchi Miyako Photograph

On March 1st the MFA will present the annual Rad Smith Program in Japanese Art.  We are excited that this year’s speaker will be Ishiuchi Miyako, the prize-winning photographer who was recently the subject of a retrospective at the Getty Art Museum.  Ishiuchi is known for her gritty images of Yokosuka–the American base outside Yokohama–and photographs of the aging female body in her series 1-9-4-7.  More recently she has examined the belongings of those who have departed–her mother, the victims of Hiroshima, and Frida Kahlo.

We would be pleased to make complimentary tickets available to interested students.  Please just send their names and affiliation in a list to Kristen Hoskins at khoskins@mfa.org and we will arrange to have tickets held at the door.

Information on the lecture can be found on the MFA website.  The link is provided below.
http://www.mfa.org/programs/lectures-and-courses/rad-smith-lecture-belongings-from-hiroshima-to-frida

2017-2018 JETAA USA Platforms Due by this Friday, February 3rd!

Big announcement from JETAA USA!

View this content in your browser:
http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=7484f4dce8313346df79bd3c6&id=bbc1a96272&e=43fb1d0868

The term for serving JETAA USA as a CR is one year and is determined by a vote of all chapters. There are three CR positions available for 2017-18. The requirements for candidacy can also be found in Article IX (pg 6) of the JETAA USA Bylaws.

All candidates must submit a platform by March 3 (Friday), 2017 in order to be considered.
These can be submitted to Jessyca Livingston, Elections Officer, as an email attachment to:
elections@jetaausa.com
Any incomplete, falsified or late platforms will not be considered.
A platform consists of 4 total pieces. These items are also outlined and available on the CR Elections webpage of our JETAA USA website. All platform items will be posted to the public JETAA USA website as that will be the online resource used to present this year’s candidates:

1) Written platform (Microsoft Word)- this should not exceed two written pages; examples are on the jetaausa.com website (About JETAA >> Current Country Reps >> select any of the current CR’s landing pages)
2) Headshot of the candidate (jpg)
3) Chapter Endorsement form (PDF) – this form requires signatures from chapter officers for the chapter where the candidate served as an officer form
4) Financial Endorsement form (PDF)- this form requires signatures from chapter officers from the chapter that the candidate is currently a member of
Voting is scheduled to open on March 10 and close on March 24th, 2017. The elected CRs will be publicly announced on April 1st, 2017. For more information regarding the CR position, you can refer to the JETAA USA Bylaws and the CR Job Description.

If you’d like to discuss the CR position, you are welcome to reach out to any of our Advisory Board members and/ or current CRs. If you have questions regarding the election procedures, please direct those to Jessyca Livingston (JETAARM, ALT Hokkaido 2003-06) at elections@jetaausa.com

Career Opportunity: Political Advisor Position at the Consulate General of Japan in Boston

Calling all New England JET Alumni! There is an exciting new career opportunity open at the Consulate in Boston!

The Political Affairs Section at the consulate is currently accepting applications for the position of Political Advisor.

The job description is as follows:
“Consulate General of Japan in Boston is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the position of Political Advisor. This individual is primarily responsible for conducting research analysis on US Political affairs, and creating content to be disseminated to experts in the field of US-Japan relations. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in US-Japan relations and International Affairs. Please see below for a detailed listing of responsibilities.”

Follow this link to learn more about the job requirements and qualifications to see if it’s the right fit for you!

How to apply:

E-mail your resume and cover letter to: application@bz.mofa.go.jp by January 30 2017.

Good luck!!

-NEJETAA