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.
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!”
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.”
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.
The results of the May 2015 NEJETAA Officer Elections are released! Please welcome our new and returning officers:
Vice-President: Daniel Lowe (Chiba-ken)
Treasurer: Rachel Pauplis (Yamaguchi-ken)
Social Chair: Caitlin Frost (Nara-ken)
We look forward to great things this year! Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu!
We would also like to thank outgoing Vice-President Matthew Castle for his service to NEJETAA. Otsukaresama deshita!
Please feel free to reach out to any of the NEJETAA board with questions, ideas, and concerns! We are happy and willing to work to most effectively serve our membership.
Temporary JET Program Assistant Needed in Boston
A temporary JET Program Assistant is needed to help prepare for and run the JET interviews which will take place in early February. Work is general administrative and includes answering emails, copying files, organizing documents, etc. During the interview days, the Interview Assistant checks in candidates and answers questions regarding the JET Program.
- Full time for about one month (from around Jan 13 until February 13) 9:30am-5:30pm
- Hours can be flexible, if necessary, except during the interviews (February 3-6)
- Hourly paid position
If interested, please contact Susan Gill, JET Program Coordinator
s [dot] gill [at] bz [dot] mofa [dot] go [dot] jp and tell me a bit about yourself.
Presenters have the option to either drive directly to Sunovion (84 Waterford Drive Marlborough, MA 01752-7010) or take provided transportation from Showa Boston Institute at 2pm (420 Pond St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130). If you drive on your own, please arrive at Sunovion by 3pm.
Please send any questions to Dan Lowe at social at nejetaa dot com. We look forward to seeing you there!
Online Voting is now open for the November 2014 NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections.
Please read the candidate platforms and instructions below. You can cast your vote on the Google Form HERE.
Alternatively, you can join us and cast your vote in person at our next General Body meeting on November 24th, 2014 to be held at UNOs Restaurant in Harvard Square (22 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138) from 7:00pm.
Online Voting Instructions and Rules:
1. Each NEJETAA member is entitled to cast one ballot only.
2. You have the option to vote for a single candidate or abstain for each position
3. This poll will be open from its posting on November 17th, 2014, until 11:59PM EST on November 24th, 2014.
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)
3. Be in good standing with NEJETAA
Please direct any questions to Matt Castle (vicepres [at] nejetaa [dot] com).
If you are interested, detailed succession and voting scheduling procedure can be found in our bylaws here: http://nejetaa.com/index.php?option=com_rokdownloads&view=file&id=539%3Anejetaa-bylaws-2013&Itemid=61
Read the Candidate Platforms Below: