The SFVJACL Scholarship Committee is pleased to award Ms. Jennifer Kajiki the 2016 Dr. Sanbo and Mrs. Kay Sakaguchi College Scholarship. Jennifer is a Dean's List student at Moreno Valley College and will graduate with a degree in nursing in Fall 2017. She is an active member of the San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple and is a Youth Minister's Assistant to the Reverend Patricia Usuki. Jennifer is a fixture at the SFVHBT Obon and has also participated in several nation-wide youth retreats and seminars with the Buddhist Churches of America such as the Youth Advocacy Committee. Cheers, Jennifer!
The SFVJACL was founded in 1942, and the Dr. Sanbo and Mrs. Kay Sakaguchi Scholarship supports students with interests in civil rights and social justice activism.
Jennifer is pictured below with her family and Nancy Takayama (left) representing the SFVJACL. Photo credit: Paul Jonokuchi
To our San Fernando Valley JACL members:
This is my last President’s message before turning the presidency over to Phil Shigekuni. Thank you Phil, and thanks to the board for your support and hard work in the past 2 years.
The presidency provided me with an interesting learning experience. It provided a soapbox for issues that I felt strongly about. Ideally, every member should feel equally empowered in voicing their thoughts. I recently heard a presidential candidate speak on the importance of standing up for others, especially the weak and vulnerable. We, having enjoyed many privileges in life, should take those words to heart.
I recall back in the 1950s that my parents mentioned the importance of education and the need to keep learning. Today, the need to keep up with technology, news and events in our rapidly changing world is very obvious!
Regarding the need to keep learning, I would like to start compiling a list of e-books that our JACL members have. Some Kindle e-books from Amazon have the feature where you could loan them out. You just need your friend’s email address, and Amazon will send it out to that person. Note that while you have loaned your ebook out, you will not be able to read it on your computer. The great feature of loaning out your ebook via Amazon is that in 2 weeks, presto, your book is automatically retrieved, and is back in your possession! For more information, click here.
Please send me ideas on how we can do other things differently in this changing world!
Two of our members - Patty Takayama and Marsha Aizumi - will give book talks about their exciting and timely works at the upcoming Nisei Week Book Festival. Come and gain some new knowledge!
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