Spring General Meeting

Please join our officers for our spring general meeting at Unos in Harvard Sq. Excellent way to have fun, meet fellow JETs, and offer ideas for summer! Some appetizers will be included.

Place: 22 John F Kennedy St Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Time: Tuesday, June 7, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1732285430371496/

If you are not a Facebook user, you are welcome to RSVP to president@nejetaa.com

General Body Meeting Thurs. 11/5 7pm (Parking available)


Happy fall everyone!

It’s time for our next NEJETAA General Body meeting! We will discuss past and upcoming events, eat some Japanese food and meet up with members both new and old. Whether it’s your first NEJETAA meeting or you’re a veteran – all are welcome!

Come join us at Super 88 on Thurs. Nov. 5th from 7pm. Hope to see you there!

Who: You! (NEJETAA Members and friends)
What: General Body Meeting
Where: Super 88 Asian Market, 1 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134
When: Thurs. Nov. 5th. from 7pm

Parking is available at the market. Additional street parking is available (free on the Allston side), if the parking lot is full.

Public transit: Green Line (B) – Packards Corner stop

Please RSVP to let us know to look out for you at the meeting either on our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/581190962020128/ or to Caitlin (social [at] nejetaa.com)


General Body Meeting: 6:30pm on Tuesday, 6/2 at UNOs Harvard Square

UPDATE: The general body meeting has been POSTPONED until Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:30pm, at UNOs Harvard Square.

Our next general body meeting will be this Thursday Tuesday from 6:30pm at UNOs Harvard Square. All NEJETAA members are welcome to attend to share some appetizers and ideas about what activities you would like to see NEJETAA do in the future.

So come, meet us at Harvard Square UNOs at 6:30 pm this Tuesday Thursday! とりあえず来てね!Please RSVP to Bill (membership [at] nejetaa [dot] com)

Location: UNOs, Harvard Square.
22 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Date: Tuesday 6/2
Time: 6:30pm
Access: Red Line – Harvard Square Station. Street Parking (limited).

If you are unable to make it, we still would like to hear from you! Please email social [at] nejetaa [dot] com if you have an idea for an event you would like NEJETAA to organize.

Hope to hear from you!


 Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival (Sat. 5/9)

Brookline Cherry Blossom

Info about a great event coming up this weekend! Check it out if you’re free and around.

Launched in 2011, The Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival (formerly named Brookline Sakura Matsuri) began with a gift of cherry trees to Brookline High School from Mr. Hikihara the Consul General of Japan.

Loud and thunderous, in addition to food, games, and music, the festival’s artistic draw is the region’s only public taiko drumming showcase featuring taiko groups throughout New England.

If you’re interested in meeting up with other JET Alums, contact Dan (social@nejetaa.com)

Visit http://www.brooklinecherryblossom.com/ for more details.

General Body and Budget Meeting (2/21) at 2pm

General Body Meeting 2/21 at 2pm

NEJETAA will be hosting a General Body Meeting this Saturday (2/21) at 2pm at Uno’s in Harvard Square.

We will be discussing and reviewing last year’s budget expenditures as well as planning some upcoming events. If you are interested in becoming more involved inNEJETAA and learning about the behind the scenes work of the board, please attend!

We would love to see you there and to hear your opinions and ideas!

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

Welcome Back Potluck! 10/19


Welcome back the recently returned JETs to New England!


Whether you are a recent returnee or a long-since-returned alumnus, you are welcome to join us for a potluck in Somerville on October 19th from 3pm. Enjoy conversation about the olden days in Nippon and meet the recently returned JETs!

We will share directions / the address with all who RSVP at a time closer to the event.

Bring your favorite Japanese or American dish to share or grill (weather permitting)! Bring photos or any bits of Japan from your experience to share with other returnees and alumni!

RSVP to Bill (membership [at] nejetaa [dot] com) or on our Facebook event.


Who: You!
What: Welcome back Potluck
Where: Somerville, MA (details upon RSVP)
When: Sunday, October 19th, 3pm
What to bring: Food or drink to share!

Summer General Meeting: August 7th

Come join the NEJETAA General Meeting on Thursday, August 7th. It’s a great chance to get yakiniku and drinks with friends new and old! We’ll be meeting at Gyu-Kaku at 7pm. RSVP to Matt at Vicepres [at] nejetaa [dot] com or via our Facebook page here

Date: Thursday, August 7th 

Time: 7:00pm 
Location: Gyu-Kaku, 1002 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446

Getting there: St. Mary’s St Station Green Line/street parking available.

NEJETAA General Body Meeting

Join us for NEJETAA’s General Meeting! 


Edit: Meeting minutes now available here. (4/23/2014)

NEJETAA is having a general meeting in two weeks on April 16th! Come out, meet your friends, have some free food. We’ll provide more snacks and good conversation than we know what to do with. The plan is to discuss past events, announce the upcoming May election positions, and get your views on what NEJETAA should focus on next year.
Who: You!
What: General Meeting
When: Wednesday, April 16th at 6:00 PM
Where: Uno’s in Harvard Square. 22 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, MA 02138
RSVP to Trish (treasurer at nejetaa dot com)



Agenda is posted below (subject to change): 

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Nov. Election results and General Meeting minutes

NEJETAA held our General Meeting and closed elections on Wed. Nov. 6. Thank you for voting! Here are the minutes from the meeting. Thanks to Jeff for taking them.
Our new bylaws have passed! 
Brian Peckrill is our new President
Bill Zagata is our new Membership Coordinator
Tim Ogino is our new Communications Coordinator/Webmaster
Welcome to our new officers!
We would like to thank Stephanie Simpson-White for her 3 years of service as President and Christina Omori for her 5 years of service as Communications Coordinator/Webmaster!
The Officer Orientation meeting for new and previous officers will be Nov. 19. Responsibilities will be officially exchanged at that time and we will update our contact list!

Nov. 2013 Elections are now open!

NEJETAA elections are now open for President, Membership Coordinator, Communications Coordinator/Webmaster.

Please cast your votes ONLINE here on our website: www.nejetaa.com by 6pm Wed. Nov. 6th. (As a reminder, we’ll have a General Meeting that day, at 6pm, so you may vote in person if you prefer.) The voting section will appear on the right side of the page after you login with your username and password.

Click the “read more” section below to access voting instructions. To vote, you need to be a registered user on our site (just takes a minute to sign up!).

General Meeting:
Also, NEJETAA officers and alumni are meeting up at the Bourbon Coffee in Porter Square on Wed. No. 6 at 6pm to say goodbye to our departing officers and welcome the new ones! Please RSVP to Brian at membership at nejetaa dot com if you’d like to join us. We’ll provide some snacks and we’ll talk about our upcoming events: a ramen outing, networking or trivia, and a ski trip! Agenda is here.



You will have the chance to vote for or against new NEJETAA chapter bylaws. Please view the new bylaws here and the old bylaws here




Brian Peckrill for President

Hello! My name is Brian Peckrill and please accept this platform for the President of the New England JET Alumni Association. Over the past two years, I have been actively involved with NEJETAA as the Membership Coordinator. In this position, I have spearheaded various initiatives to enhance communications and membership campaigns. In 2010, with the help of our Webmaster, NEJETAA transitioned away from Yahoo! Groups to Mailchimp, while unveiling an annual membership survey. Our new CRM and survey have been invaluable tools in learning what programming to provide to New England’s JET Alumni base. With such information, NEJETAA was able to shift away from traditional Japanese classes and is currently planning a Japanese Culture symposium.

As President of NEJETAA, I hope to maintain, and grow the relationships NEJETAA has fostered with other Boston-based Japan groups under previous presidents. Additionally, as NEJETAA gears-up to host the 2014 JETAA Regional Conference, I will lean on my vast knowledge of JETAA to guarantee that NEJETAA is ready and equipped to represent our chapter in its best light possible. It was an honor serving as NEJETAA’s Membership Coordinator in 2012 & 2013, and I hope to have the opportunity to continue as President in 2014.

Matt Castle for Membership Coordinator

Hello Everyone.

My name is Matt Castle and I’m running for the position of Membership Coordinator. I was a ALT in Yamanashi-Ken from 2011-2013 and I’m running for the position of Membership Coordinator. As Membership Coordinator I’ll build on the work that Brian has done over the past two years in improving NEJETAA’s outreach and membership numbers. Vital to achieving this are your opinions and thoughts, which I’ll listen to and bring to the Board.

As Membership Coordinator I plan to find ways to make our membership more inclusive and able to have more events throughout New England. I want us to make more use of the wonderful region in which we live, and to provide an increasing diversity of events to you. My first major plan as Membership Coordinator will be to create and then distribute a survey to the membership asking you what your interests are, what types of activities you’d like to see more of and what you want see less of. I’ll then present the results to the Board and this will be used to help guide future planning of events.

Matt Castle

Bill Zagata for Membership Coordinator

 Hello, my name is Bill Zagata and I would like to be the next Membership Coordinator for the NEJETAA.  I spent three years living and working in Toyama-ken as an Assistant Language Teacher and have been fortunate to live and work in Japan after the JET Programme.  As the next Membership Coordinator, I look forward to working with the incoming President and committee chairs to strengthen the network of JET alumni in New England.   As we will host the 2014 JETAA Regional Conference, I plan on working closely with the other officers to organize a successful conference with the intent of increasing active membership and improving overall membership management for our chapter.

In addition to engaging the new 2014 JET participants and returnees, I would like to reach out to former participants that may have fallen off the radar but are still in the area as well as business leaders that maintain a connection to Japan.  I will be proactive in creating varied and interesting opportunities for alumni to interact with Japanese speakers through organized language and cultural classes or exchanges.

Thank you for your consideration and the opportunity to be your next Membership Coordinator.

Tim Ogino for Communications Coordinator/Webmaster

Hello everyone. My name is Tim Ogino, and I am running for the position of Communications Coordinator/Webmaster. My philosophy about our communications is short and sweet: informative, prompt, and relevant.

I think that using Mailchimp is an effective and clean way to deliver updates to the membership, and I would continue to use that platform in addition to social media. In my past experience as Director of D.C.’s largest student-run math and science outreach program, I have experimented with and used several different mail delivery methods including Mailchimp. I also created and implemented a new mailing system that provided informational updates to membership about upcoming events and opportunities.

My main goal for the year would be to improve the website as a go to resource of restaurants, shops, events, and opportunities in the Japan-US community in New England. My prefecture’s website, AkitaJet.com, has been praised by JETs from all over Japan as a great all-around professional and lifestyle resource, and I would explore adapting some of its elements and interactivity to our website.

I’m always open to suggestions and would be happy to discuss any ideas to improve our web-presence, social media, and communications!

Thank you for your consideration.

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