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Wednesday August 8, 2012

Photo Contest!

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The Chicago Chapter of JETAA is organizing a photo event to celebrate daily life in Japan, the Japan that JET Program participants experience every day. Hobby to professional photographers are invited to submit their digital photos. You can submit up to one photo per category. To submit a photo or for more information including a list of categories, visitwww.jetaachicago.com/contest. Submissions are due no later than August 28th.

We will be holding a one-night only exhibition that will feature a wide array of photos and will honor the best submissions. It will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012, 6-9 pm at Studio 24 (2416 W North Ave., 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL) in Wicker Park. All proceeds from the exhibition & reception will go to the Soma City Tsunami Orphan Fund in Fukushima Prefecture.

We also need volunteers! If you’re interested in helping plan the event, help with outreach, or volunteer on the day of, please email Shannon Copp at secretary@jetaachicago.com.

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Adler After Dark

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On Thursday, August 16, 2012, 6:30-10:30pm, JETAA will be crashing the party at the Adler Planetarium’s monthly 21+ event. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers against the award-winning view of the Chicago skyline seen only from the Adler. Amble around the Adler’s exhibitions or take in a sky or space show. Adler After Dark is the only time you can peek through the Doane Observatory telescope, the largest telescope in the Midwest accessible to the public. Tickets are $10 through JETAA. Buy your ticket online no later than noon next Tuesday, August 14th athttp://guestli.st/112539. Tickets at the door are $17, so be sure to buy in advance online!

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Community Events

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Midwest Buddhist Temple’s Ginza Festival:The 57th Annual Ginza Holiday Festival is this weekend! Held in Old Town, the festival will include Japanese cultural exhibits, live music, five master craftsman demonstrating their skills, and  festival street food. Entry donations are $6 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, and free for children under 12. For more information, visit http://midwestbuddhisttemple.org/.

Planet J-Pop: The theme for this year’s AIDS Legal Council’s annual fundraiser is Planet J-POP: From Tokyo with Love. It will be held next Wednesday, August 15, 6-9pm at  Sidetrack (3349 N. Halsted). Tickets start at $50. Amazing drinks, prizes, music and catering by Indie Cafe await you, plus a spectacular silent auction with more than 150 items from the places you love, including plane tickets to Asia. For more information, visit their event website.

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JET Program Recruitment

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The JIC is looking for JET Alumni to promote the JET Program at colleges and universities this summer and fall! You can attend a local college career fair, host an information session on campus, or visit classrooms to promote JET.  The JIC will provide all promotional materials, a stipend, and reimbursement for traveling expenses (if applicable).  If you’re interested, please contact Austin Gilkeson at agilkeson@japancc.org or            (312) 280-0434      .  Also, please let us know if there is a specific school (like your alma mater) you wish to visit.  Thank you!

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Bingo at Heiwa Terrace

Come volunteer your time to read bingo numbers and meet those staying at the community. It’s fun and everyone there is always so pleased to see us! It will be this Thursday, August 20th at 7pm.

Email Tom Osugi at tosugi@gmail.com with questions.

Heiwa Terrace
920 West Lawrence Avenue # 1
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 989-7333

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September Exec Meeting

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All JETAA members are welcome to attend our monthly Executive Board meetings. The next one will be held at Buca di Beppo (521 North Rush Street, Chicago IL 60611) onWednesday, September 5th, 6:00 – 7:30pm. Dinner is provided to all who attend. If you have any questions, contact Rob Corder at president@jetaachicago.com.

At this meeting, we will also be discussing officer elections, which will happen at our October meeting. This would be a great opportunity for you to come out and see who we are and what we do.

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Returnees’ Picnic – Save the Date!

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Let’s welcome the recently returned JETs with a group trip to the Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Lincoln Park on Saturday, September 15th. We went last year and it was a ton of fun. The festival will have live music including G Love and the Special Sauce, cooking demonstrations where you can meet your favorite celebrity chefs, and best of all, it’s free. Everyone is welcome, especially the recently returned JETs. We hope you’ll come out and join us! More details to follow.

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JETAA Elections

Elections for the 2013 JETAA Executive Board will be held in early October. There are 8 positions–view the current officers here–and anyone is welcome to throw their hat into the ring. New terms will start in November and meetings are held once a month. We are especially looking for a new treasurer and someone with web/IT experience. Contactinfo@jetaachicago.com with any questions

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JET in the News

“How the JET Program changed me” – Sheila Burt (Toyama JET)
Toyama ALT Sheila Burt wrote about how the JET Program changed her and her perspectives on life.

“Siblings visit Iwate city where US teacher perished in the 2011 tsunami”
Relatives of Montgomery Dickson, an American killed by the March 2011 tsunami, have visited the city where he was teaching in an effort to carry out his wishes to enhance English education.

“JET Memorial Project:  Montgomery Dickson Memorial” – University of Alaska Anchorage has created the Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language and Culture (MDCJLC) in an effort to develop Japanese Language education at UAA and throughout Alaska, as well as to promote mutual understanding between the U.S. and Japan.

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Ideas?

Do you have ideas for something new and fun you’d love to do with the JETAA community? We’re always looking for new and fun activities to do together! Whether you’re in the city or the burbs, be it a restaurant outing, community event, or family-friendly fun, email our president, Robert Corder, at president@jetaachicago.com and share your ideas.

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Job Opportunities

 

Nippon Sharyo is hiring!

Nippon Sharyo, a leading Japanese train manufacturing company, has recently opened a new plant in Rochelle and is looking to hire a variety of positions. They’re specifically looking for translators fluent in English and Japanese. You can view all openings on their Career Opportunities Website. If you have any questions, please email Shannon Copp atsecretary@jetaachicago.com.

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JQ Magazine Writers – Volunteer Opportunity

JETAA New York’s JQ magazine continues to provide content with an ever-expanding array of articles, interviews and features (see our recent storieshere). We’re now looking for new writers, including recent returnees and JET vets, from all JETAA chapters worldwide for posting stories via our host at the global JET alumni resource site JETwit.com. (Scribes are also encouraged to join the JET Alumni Writers group on LinkedIn.)

Visit our website for our summer 2012 ideas pitch package and contact JQ editor Justin Tedaldi (magazine@jetaany.org) to sign up for stories.

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JETWit Jobs Google Group

JETWit.com is constantly posting new job opportunities from around the country. Join their Google Group for the most up to date information and job listings!

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