New JET orientation and Happy Hour Recap

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The NEW JETs are all smiles as they talk about what’s to come

On June 30th/July 1st, the Consulate had a training session for the new JETs, who will leave in late July. They spent two days in preparation for their move to Japan. Several alumni participated in a panel to give advice to these curious and nervous JET newbies. After the Saturday training, PNW JETAA hosted an informal pizza party followed by a happy hour at the Rock Bottom Brewery downtown. There was a great turnout of new JETs, excited to learn more. Thanks to all the alumni who attended and showed the kids the ropes. Thanks to Heidi and Claire for setting that up! Continue reading

WALK FOR RICE was a success!

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Hundreds gathered for the 17th annual Walk For Rice on June 16th at Seward Park in Seattle. The PNW JETAA team was out in full force with our bright red happi & musubi/sushi headbands! This year our team was 20 strong (including 2 new 2007 JETs Colin & Bin, Consulate staff, spouses and family members of Alumni and last but not least our unofficial mascot Sumi “the dog”. We were also well represented in the notoriety department having winners in two of the Walk’s competitions. New JET Colin Fishwick won the over all race for runners that day & blew any competition out of the water! – Congratulations Colin!

In the super hero dog costume contest, Sumi won for the 3rd year in a row, this year as “Iron Chef Sumi” fighting off hunger one musubi at a time! After the race about half the team met up at Tutta Bella for lunch & more sharing of experiences & advice with the new JETs.

Thanks to everyone who joined this year & helped to raise funds to support the Asian Counseling & Referral Service Food Bank! It was a big success & you can be proud to know that we helped in a very worthwhile cause in our community! Colin, Sumi & I were also featured on the news. For a replay of the clip, please visit: http://www.komotv.com/news/local/8035107.html click on “Watch the Story” below Sumi’s picture.

Thanks also to those who were not able to join us but supported our team through their generous pledges!!! (PS – donations are still being accepted. If you would like to contribute please send your contribution to: ACRS Food Bank & write in the note section of the check “Walk For Rice” & “TEAM: PNW JET Alumni”, c/o Asian Counseling and Referral Service, 720 8th Avenue South, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98104

Lynn & Sumi
2007 PNW JET Alumni Walk for Rice Team, Co-Captains

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Lynn Miyauchi Met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe!

Prime Minister Abe and Lynn Miyauchi!

Lynn went to a conference of 50 JET Alumni in Washington D.C. a few months back (April 27, 2007). It was hosted by Prime Minister and Mrs. Abe, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Shimomura, and Ambassador Kato. Lynn was able to give Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a gift from PNW JET AA. It was a ball autographed by Ichiro! She was the only JETAA to give her a gift! watashi-tachi wa totemo shinsetsu desu nee….

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May Meeting Minutes 2007

Attached are the minutes from May 2007! Enjoy. – Shun

May 2007 meeting minutes