2019 Election Results

Thank you to everyone who has participated in voting this past election. We are excited to announce the new Council for PNWJETAA!

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President — Adam Ledyard
Vice President — Michelle Kato
Secretary — Samantha Corpuz
Media Relations — Janice Laureano
Social Coordinator — Dawn Wyruchowski
Transitions Coordinator — Jessica Record
Compliance Coordinator — Jeremy Odden

Check back here again soon for officer profiles! For details on the roles and duties of the council members, please check our Officers webpage.

Shinnenkai 2019! (ver. 2.0)

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UPDATE: 2019 Shinnenkai has been rescheduled for March 16th!


Join the Pacific Northwest JET Alumni Association as we celebrate another year! Meet new friends and reconnect with old ones as we reflect on 2018 and look ahead to 2019, the year of the boar.

Date: March 16th
Time: 4:00–7:00 p.m.
Venue: Japanese Cultural & Community Center of WA
Address: 1414 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98144
Register: Google Form

The PNWJETAA Council decided to err on the side of caution and postponed the 2019 Shinnenkai to March 16th. The venue and time of the Shinnenkai will be the same.

We wanted everyone to be safe and comfortable with transportation to/from the venue, with parking, and to not be disappointed they couldn’t make the big event!

For those who RSVPed through Brown Paper Tickets, you should have received a refund.

We have changed the event to be pot-luck style, so please feel free to bring a dish. Drink tickets will be made available, 2 drinks for $5.00.

Thank you everyone for your kind understanding, and we look forward to seeing you all in March! Stay safe and warm in the meantime!


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Elections for the 2019–2020 PNWJETAA Council are now underway!

Read the nominees’ platforms and vote by clicking here.

Please vote by Friday, February 15th at 11:59 p.m. The new council will be announced on Saturday, February 16th, 2019. Thank you to all the nominees for your participation!

Accepting Nominations for the 2019-2020 Council

We are still accepting nominations for PNWJETAA’s council! The nomination period will close at 11:59 p.m., January 31st. Read all available positions and submit your nomination here.

If you or a friend are former JETs and have a continued interest in supporting the JET Program and the Japanese-American community, a position with JETAA is a fantastic way to get involved! JETAA opens up so many opportunities to volunteer, forge friendships, and build your network.

Above all, JETAA is about creating community. It’s about finding your people. It’s about giving back. Plus, we have a pretty great time while we do it!

Voting will take place until our Shinnenkai on February 16th, where we’ll announce the election results. We hope you’ll join us!

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Ski Trip 2019 with JETAABC!

Join PNWJETAA on January 26th & 27th, 2019 for a weekend of snow sports and fun with our JET neighbo(u)rs from across the border! Start the weekend off with a day of skiing at Grouse Mountain (see details below), followed by dinner and drinks in Vancouver. On Sunday, feel free to join us for some sightseeing around Vancouver led by the locals.

Whether you’re looking for fun in the snow or in the city, there’s something for everyone! This event is all-ages, and we welcome JETs and Friends of JET alike!

Registration is open NOW until 11:59 p.m. January 14th, 2019. Please contact secretary@nullpnwjetaa.org with any questions or comments.

>> Register HERE <<


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November 2018 Happy Hour!


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Kick off the holiday season and welcome back the recent JET returnees! Alumni of all generations are welcome to join us for a casual mingler at The Sitting Room in Queen Anne on Thursday, Nov. 29th from 8:30pm onward.

This event will immediately follow the Official Welcome Back Reception held by the Consulate-General of Japan. Please drink responsibly!

PNWJETAA 2018 Bōnenkai!

皆様、今年もおせわになりました!Save the date to join us at The Box & Burger Eatery for the PNWJETAA Year-end Party in celebration of all the incredible events and activities we accomplished together. We could not have done it all without you! This event is open to all ages/family-friendly. All children under 10 are free with supervising adult.

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The Box is a lunch truck, restaurant, and catering company based in Kirkland, Washington specializing in creative, affordable, Asian fusion cuisine – https://theboxonwheels.com/
Gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options will be available.

Early-bird Adult admission: $20.00 (until 12/08, SAT)
Normal Adult admission: $25.00 (12/09 to event date)

Burger or Plate (with side) + Non-alcoholic Beverage/person.
All menu “small bites” appetizers included. Desserts will be provided separately. Alcoholic beverages available for purchase separately.

RSVP via Google Form by 12/08, SAT for Early-bird Admission!

>> Sign up HERE <<

Free parking at and around the restaurant.