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!
Cheers to our very own Nancy Takayama, board member and past president, who was selected as one of the Downtown LA JACL's Women of the Year! This prestigious award recognized outstanding Japanese American community leaders.
You can read more about Nancy's many contributions to our community and the bios of other award winners at the Rafu Shimpo.
If you would like to join us at the awards luncheon (held at the Quiet Cannon, Montebello II Room, 901 N. San Clemente, Montebello, on Sunday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m.), please contact SFVJACL President Harold Kameya at hkameya <at> gmail.com ASAP.
SFVJACL's popular youth summer camp is back for 2015! Please join us for plenty of fun and learning about JA heritage and culture! More information is below:
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