Fall Officer Elections!

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

VOTE HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/nsUw1SJ9iJHhyaHh2

Please read the candidate platforms and instructions below.

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 Wednesday, November 29.

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:

Becca Simas for President

Hello! My name is Becca Simas. I was an ALT in Kagoshima Prefecture from 2015-2016. Since returning from Japan last summer, I’ve been working as a program coordinator, academic and career advisor, and ESOL instructor at an adult English language school in downtown Boston.

I first joined New England JETAA when I became the Webmaster/Communications Coordinator last fall. Some of my fondest post-JET memories have been with the NEJETAA community, whether it be at one of our events promoting Japanese culture or simply spending time connecting with other alumni over our experiences in Japan.

If elected as president, I want to continue strengthening our bonds with our neighboring chapters and subchapters, hopefully planning a cross-border trip to Canada in 2018,  and holding events on a monthly basis, even if it’s just a monthly Sushi and Sake Saturday. I’m excited for the opportunity to help grow our chapter in the next year and become more active in our surrounding communities. Thank you!

 

Kayla Porter for Membership Coordinator

Konnichiwa!

I’m Kayla Potter. I spent three wonderful years (2012-2015) in Aki City, Kochi Prefecture where I worked at 7 elementary schools and 2 middle schools, all while taking in gorgeous ocean views.

Since moving to Boston, I’ve gone to graduate school at Lesley University, and begun working as an international student advisor.

I’ve also had the pleasure of spending the last year serving as the Membership Coordinator for NEJETAA, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue working with the other board members to create a stronger JET network in New England.

As Membership Coordinator, my goal is to make NEJETAA more accessible to JET alum throughout New England. I hope to work with the other NEJETAA Board members to better reach alumni throughout the New England region and help those alumni continue to strengthen our connections with JETs across the region. Our membership rolls and new member outreach efforts need updated and made more user-friendly. Additionally, I hope to see the NEJETAA Facebook page become a more active place for community, coordination, and discussion.

I hope to meet each and every one of you in the coming year!

Yoroshiku onegai shimasu!

 

Josephine Chong for Membership Coordinator

Hi everyone!

My name is Josephine Chong and I want to be your next Membership/Marketing Coordinator! I just returned from 2 awesome years in Arao-shi in Kumamoto prefecture, and relocated down to the Boston/Central Massachusetts area from Toronto Canada this fall. Being a returning JET and new to the country and area, I’d love to get involved with NEJETAA and connect with others in the JET community.

During my time in Japan, I became very involved with the local Japanese community and travelled all over Kyushu with my fellow JET’s gaining some very unique cultural experiences. I’d love to bring the same sense of community to NEJETAA to help returning alumni (like me) reconnect with others who share similar interests and experiences. I think NEJETAA can be a great social and professional network, and I aim to do my part in building this community both online and in person. I hope to meet as many of you guys as I can in the coming year!

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!

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.

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

Fall Elections Vote now!

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Fall Elections

NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections (11/17-11/24):

Online Voting is now open for the May 2016 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/mVVJdrxY5BZ26tXD2

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 November 24th

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:

Dan Lowe for President

My name is Dan Lowe (Chiba Prefecture, 2011 – 2013) and, since joining the board in June 2014, I have had the opportunity to serve as Social Chair, Vice President, and, for the past year, as NEJEJETAA’s President.

Over the past year we have worked hard to expand our presence beyond Boston and create the foundation for more integrated chapter. For this coming year, I plan to work:

· With our Vice President, to found a new, official subchapter that serves as second center, beyond Boston, to host events.

· With our Webmaster, to revamp our website and social media to include an integrated event calendar and more up-to-date info.

· With our Treasurer, to maximize our budget in a way that we can fund events and opportunities that matter to you

· With our Membership Coordinator, to redesign our membership signup in order to keep up to date on who our members are and how they would like to get involved.

· With our Social Chair, to plan and better advertise even more awesome events and opportunities.

As we welcome the 30th anniversary of the JET Program, I know that our brightest days as an organization are ahead and I look forward to working with all of you.
Rebecca Simas for Webmaster/Communications Coordinator

Hello! My name is Becca, and I just returned to Boston in August after I was an ALT for a year on Amami Oshima, one of the beautiful southern islands in Kagoshima Prefecture. I am now working as a college and career advisor for adult ESOL students in downtown Boston.

If I were elected for the Webmaster and Communications Coordinator position for NEJETAA , I would love to continue spreading the word to JET returnees about all of the exciting ways they can still be surrounded by Japanese language and culture upon returning home. I would aim to make our social media presence more interactive with the New England JET community, such as inviting alumni to share their most memorable or funny stories from when they were in Japan, posting spotlights on different prefectures and cities that New England JETs have lived in, or opening up about the challenges of reverse culture shock. I believe in having a supportive community after JET is equally as important as having a support system while in Japan.

If you’re located in Boston, I’d love to meet up with you sometime and swap Japan stories!
Kayla Potter for Membership/Marketing Coordinator

Konnichiwa!
I’m Kayla Potter. I spent three wonderful years (2012-2015) in Aki City, Kochi Prefecture where I worked at 7 elementary schools and 2 middle schools, all while taking in gorgeous ocean views.
In the past year, I’ve moved to Boston, started graduate school in intercultural relations, and begun working as an international student advisor. Once again, I am reminded of the importance of growing your networks.
I would be honored to join the NEJETAA board as your new Membership Coordinator!
As Membership Coordinator, my goal is to make NEJETAA more accessible to JET alum throughout New England. During my time in Kochi, my fellow JETs became a vital social and professional network. I hope to work with the other NEJETAA Board members to better reach alumni throughout the New England region and help those alumni continue to strengthen both the NEJETAA community and their own professional networks. Our membership rolls, website, and new member outreach efforts need updated and made more user-friendly. Additionally, I hope to see the NEJETAA Facebook page become a more active place for community, coordination, and discussion.
I hope to meet each and every one of you in the coming year!
Yoroshiku onegai shimasu!

New England JET Calligraphy Club: November Meeting

caligraphy

Enjoy Japanese calligraphy? NEJETAA is teaming up with Showa Boston to start a monthly club for JET Alumni, and Friends of JET, and Japanese College Students

All levels encouraged, all supplies provided. Feel free to bring friends who want to learn more about JET!

The theme for November’s meeting will be Autumn kanji words!

When: Sunday, November 13, 3:00pm – 5:00pm (optional free cafeteria dinner from 5:00pm)

Where: Showa Boston Institute (420 Pond St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130)

Transportation: on-campus parking is free. Free shuttle available from Reservoir T Station (Green Line, D-Branch, in the same rotary) at 2:50pm. Short Uber ride from Forrest Hills (Orange Line).

Advanced RSVP is mandatory. Please contact Dan Lowe at president@nejetaa.com by Thursday, November 10 and include whether or not you will be staying for a complimentary dinner in Showa’s cafeteria.

Note: Guests are welcome to invite friends, but please do not post to event websites like Meetup without consulting us first.

Fall Elections

Call for Platforms (due by 11/15)

Become an NEJETAA Officer!

It’s time for our Fall election cycle. Want to be more involved in NEJETAA and the Japanese community in New England?
Become an NEJETAA Officer! See below for detailed position descriptions.

 

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 to Matt (vicepres@nejetaa.com)

Positions up for election:

  • President
  • Membership Coordinator
  • Communications Coordinator / Webmaster

What we need from you:

*Less than 200 words
*Self-introduction
*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!

Questions and Platform submissions can be sent to Matt (vicepres@nejetaa.com). Platforms should be submitted by Tues. November 15th.

NEJETAA will then be holding officer elections from November 16-23th.

Results will be Announced on November 24th.

Position Descriptions below: 

 

1. President

The President takes leadership in planning the direction of our group and events, chairs meetings, delegates responsibilities, ensures that NEJETAA is fulfilling all of its obligations as a JETAA chapter (ie. writing and submitting annual reports, etc). The President also serves as our public face by networking and making remarks at events such as the Recent Returnee Dinner at the Consul General’s home. He or she serves as a primary contact for NEJETAA. The President also oversees any educational events, such as Japanese classes or special classes to prepare new JETs.

 

2. Membership/Marketing Coordinator (Clerk)

The Membership/Marketing Coordinator welcomes returning JETs and collaborates with Webmaster on best practices to finding and signing up returning JETs. Membership/Marketing Coordinator develops strategies to keep current members engaged with the organization and updated on NEJETAA events and activities and takes meeting minutes for board transparency (minutes will be distributed via our CRM, Mailchimp and posted online on the NEJETAA website.) The Membership/Marketing Coordinator welcomes new people who register with Facebook page, LinkedIn group, Mailchimp email lists or on our website throughout the year and collects membership data, which is required by CLAIR to substantiate our funding. The Membership/Marketing Coordinator oversees an annual Membership survey and advises the Social Chair on how best to develop events to increase member participation. The Membership/Marketing Coordinator will collaborate with Webmaster to develop best communications marketing plan so to maximize marketing reach, aimed at increasing membership numbers and participation.

 

3. Communications Coordinator / Webmaster

The Webmaster proactively manages our internal and external communications and our strong online presence. The Webmaster updates content on the website and manages all social media channels including the Facebook page, Twitter account, and LinkedIn Group. The Webmaster assists officers to post content to the website, such as job descriptions and events for the calendar. The Webmaster supports marketing/outreach with the NEJETAA website and Facebook pages to attract more users and make the site more comprehensive and resourceful. The Webmaster maintains a “back office” nonpublic area on the website for holding officer accessible documents and resources as well as a shared email account for file storage. The Webmaster collaborates with the Membership Coordinator on communications to members, membership lists and surveys.

30th Anniversary Membership Survey (June 2 ~ July 2)

Want to be entered to win an Amazon gift card while helping out the New England JET Alumni community at the same time? In celebration of the JET Program’s 30th anniversary, completing this year’s membership survey between now and July 1st will enter you to win one of five $10 Amazon gift cards!!!

Your input is greatly appreciated, and it will help us cater more effectively to the needs of members of NEJETAA. This year we are stressing location and contact information. Doing so helps us plan events around YOU. To that end, we are also encouraging non-Boston based members to plan and join subchapter activities around New England. Click on the survey below for more information. http://goo.gl/forms/0kOux2xVciOZzxCy2

Aogiri Phoenix Tree Film Screening

Aogiri

The Showa Boston Activity Board invites JET alumni and Friends of JET to their screening of an original Japanese film, Aogiri – Phoenix Tree at Showa Boston on Sunday, June 5 from 2:15pm – 4:30pm. The film’s director, producer, and musical director will each be present and a discussion with them will follow the screening. Please RSVP to the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1142334029142316/ or, if you do not use Facebook, email Dan Lowe at president@nejetaa.com.

A shuttle will be offered at 1:50pm from the taxi/bus pickup area of Reservoir station (Green Line D-Branch) to Showa. Free parking is also available on our campus (please take your first left after passing through the gate, park in the lot, and walk up the stairs leading to the building flying the American, Japanese, and UK flags)

About the Film (from the official press release).

The film is based on the true life story of Ms. Susuko Numata, a victim of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima ( a hibakusha).

The film reveals intricate details of the suffering of a young woman who in one horrific instant lost her leg. Though she was repeatedly forced into the depths of despair, she eventually made up her mind to live on as an atomic bomb storyteller for peace. In addition to telling a great many others, Suzuko Numata continually shared her story about her experience of suffering from the bombing with countless children under the Aogiri tree (Chinese parasol tree) which also survived the A-bomb and is now standing in Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park.

This tree is famous and its seeds have been spread around the world, just as the messages of the hibakusha must be. As some elements of this story had to be invented due to an absence of details, the character of Ms. Numata in the film is named Setsuko Tanaka.

Ms. Numata passed away on July 12th, 2011, four months after the Great East Japan Earthquake. In her last days she was extremely concerned about the victims of the calamity, in the area affected by the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident. Satomi Nakamura, the film’s producer, will never forget Ms. Numata’s words a month before her death; “I must live on to tell them my story… I do not want anybody in this world to go through the same pain ever again.”

Though an atomic-bomb and a nuclear power plant accident are two different things, they both share the horror of radioactivity. We live in an era when we must listen with full attention to the voices of the hibakusha and let them affect our thinking about the future of our planet.

This film sows the seeds of peace embodied in the message of the hibakusha. “No more Hiroshima! No more Nagasaki! No more war!”

This moving, informational and original film will be shown at 2:00pm at Showa Boston’s Provost hall.

The showing will be accompanied by Satomi Nakamura who is the film’s producer, Shuto Nakamura, the film’s director, and Shigetoshi Ito, the music director of the film. Takako Koike, a potter and the organizer/interpreter for the group will also be present.

After the film, there will be an opportunity for questions about the film and general inquiries about the experiences of those who managed to survive the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There may also be a song or two from producer/songstress Satomi Nakamura accompanied on guitar by Shigetoshi Ito.

May 2015 NEJETAA Officer Voting Open! (~5/27)

NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections (5/19-5/27):

Online Voting is now open for the May 2015 NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections.

Please read the candidate platforms and instructions below. You can cast your vote on the Google Form HERE.

Voting Rules:

  1. Each NEJETAA member is entitled to cast one ballot only.
  2. You have to option to vote for a single candidate or abstain for each position
  3. This poll will be open from its posting, until 11:59PM EDT on May 27nd.

To be an eligible NEJETAA member (required to vote), you must:

  1. Be an alumnus/alumna of the JET Program
  2. Currently reside in the New England region (CT, RI, VT, NH, ME, or MA)

 

Read the Candidate Platforms Below:

Dan Lowe for Vice President
Hello everyone. My name is Dan Lowe (Chiba Prefecture, 2011 – 2013) and, after serving as Social Chair for the past year, I am now running for the office of Vice-President of NEJETAA.

My first goal as Vice President will be to support the board in its mission to generate member participation from all New England states. NEJETAA is often described as being “Boston-centric,” and, as I see it, the best way to expand our numbers will be a “We’ll come to you” approach. The activity I am proudest of organizing as Social Chair was a day trip to Portland, Maine, which was successful in attracting members both from the Boston area and Maine. It would be beneficial and feasible for NEJETAA to organize, over the next 12 months, at least four day trips to other parts of New England.

My second, more long-term goal, is to help establish one new New England subchapter that would ensure sustained participation from members outside of Boston. The New York chapter, rather than being seen as “Big Apple-centric”, has enjoyed great success by creating such regional sub-chapters. I see these “We’ll come to you” events as a necessary first step in that direction.

 

Rachel Pauplis for Treasurer
Hello, my name is Rachel Pauplis and I would like to run for the position of Treasurer.  I was an ALT in Yamaguchi-ken for 2 years and returned to the Boston area in August.  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 already been acting as interim Treasurer since December and would like to continue in the coming term.  As treasurer, I will do my best to handle all NEJETAA financial matters quickly and responsibly, help plan future events, and continue to be actively involved in the organization. Thank you for your consideration.
Caitlin Frost for Social Chair
Hi, my name is Caitlin Frost and I am running for Social Chair. I was an ALT in Tenri City in Nara Prefecture for 4 years, and returned last summer. I’ve participated in a few NEJETAA events, and most recently participated on the planning committee for Japan Festival Boston this year as a NEJETAA representative.

I’m running for Social Chair because I’d like to see NEJETAA become a more active chapter. I think it’s really important for us as JET alumni to not only have strong ties to the Japanese community in the area, but to have strong ties to each other. As so, I will do my best to increase the number of activities and participants in future events.

Cast your vote now!