Japan Information Center’s JET Arigato Campaign (9/30)


Ready, set… JET!

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program is celebrating 30 years of commitment to education and grassroots exchange. In light of this milestone, the consulate’s Japan Information Center is asking current and former JETs from their 10-state jurisdiction to submit their most memorable cross-cultural exchange images/videos accompanied by stories from the times they spent within Japanese communities. #JICChicago #arigatoJET #JET30years#JETprogram

– Prizes for 20 participants.
– A chance for your story to be featured on our social media, website and newsletter.
– Deadline for submissions: Friday, September 30 2016 by 11:59 PM.

Access the campaign information!

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JETAA Chicago Officer Elections


**JETAA Chicago is holding its annual officer elections this October!**

Interested in running? All positions are up for grabs and detailed descriptions are below. Whether you’re new to JETAA or have been around for many years, we’d love for you to throw your hat in the ring! Serving on the JETAA Chicago Board is a wonderful way to gain professional experience and develop the future of our chapter.

Candidates must submit their name; JET years and placement; a short statement of interest for the position and any goals; and a photo to info@jetaachicago.com by Monday, September 19th. Newly elected officers will begin their terms in November and serve for one year (with the exception of Treasurer).

Now is an exciting time to get involved with JETAA as we continue to pursue non-profit status, lead the way in Outgoing JET initiatives, and continue to provide for the JETAA and Japanese community in the Midwest.

If you have questions about any of the positions, please contact the current officer for the position(s) that you are interested in under the officer’s description. General questions, please contact info@jetaachicago.com


  • Strategize ways to further the goals and mission of the organization
  • Preside at all meetings
  • Prepare meeting agenda
  • Supervise officers & agents
  • Liaise with community members and organizations
  • Speak at public functions
  • Execute final authority over budget related activities or eventsQuestions? Contact Tom Collins at president@jetaachicago.com

Vice President

  • Preside in absence of the president
  • Assist President in forwarding the goals of the organization
  • Act as internal point of contact related to all activities and events for officers or members
  • Maintain Google events calendar
  • Fulfill necessary responsibilities in the event of a vacant board position
  • Manage efforts of the Activities and Outreach CoordinatorsQuestions? Contact Shannon Copp at vicepresident@jetaachicago.com


  • Prepare and distribute executive board meeting minutes
  • Submit monthly post-reports to the Consulate
  • Write and mail monthly web-letter
  • Solicit officers, member and community for contributions to the monthly webletter
  • Send special e-announcements to members when necessary
  • Record event attendance in Events Google doc
  • Arrange for cross-promotion of events/activities between relevant businesses and organizations
  • Update Webmaster and Marketing Coordinator on relevant activities for promotion on website and social mediaQuestions? Contact Adrian Molina at secretary@jetaachicago.com

Treasurer – please note that Senior Treasurer is a 2 year role and not up for election this time around.

Marketing Coordinator

  • Create promotional materials for all events
  • Design images for online outreach
  • Make event specific logos
  • Create brand images for use on the website
  • Support promotion of all events and community activities
  • Create Facebook events for all JETAA activities
  • Manage all social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In

Activities Coordinator

  • Support or delegate annual sporting events and/or league memberships
  • Plan quarterly nihongo dake events
  • Manage educational activities including Japanese language programming, cultural events, and academic activities.
  • Support the annual Shinnenkai, a book club, JLPT study groups, etc.Questions? Contact Daniel Pruitt at dwpruitt@gmail.com

Networking Coordinator

  • Plan and execute annual career development workshop; manage subcommittee
  • Organize networking events for recent returnee JETs
  • Arrange quarterly networking meet-upsQuestions? Contact Ella McCann at ella.mccann@gmail.com

Outreach Coordinator

  • Support all philanthropic and volunteer activities and events
  • Encourage participation by new and general members of the community
  • Plan and execute 3-5 Outgoing JET Initiative activities and events

Philanthropy Coordinator

  • Plan and execute at least one fundraising event per year; manage subcommittee
  • Liaise with community organizations and local businesses
  • Identify philanthropic organizations that JETAA community would be interested in supporting
  • Work with Treasurer to arrange all monetary transactionsQuestions? Contact Briana Cox at brianaj.cox@gmail.com


  • Maintain organization’s website with news, officer information, and event information
  • Add resources to the website regarding the JET Program, information for outgoing JETs, and life in Chicago
  • Maintain Google calendar
  • Create event registration pages
  • Manage Google site to ensure all communications, templates, and historical information are properly stored
  • Revise online communications templates as needed
  • Maintain member database and contact information
  • The Webmaster position need not be a JET alumnus/aQuestions? Contact Amy Fuentes at akfuent@gmail.com
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JET Returnees’ Picnic at Millennium (9/18)


***Register on GuestList so we know you’re coming! http://guestli.st/430347***

The newest round of JETs has returned! Join us as we celebrate our newest alumni and spend some time with fellow alumni, including those that returned some years ago and those that returned this year.

We’ll be meeting by Cloud Gate (The Bean) at 1.00pm and finding a nice spot to picnic.  JETAA Chicago will provide the food, so just bring yourself and whatever you’d like to drink.

In the unlikely event of rain, we will be in touch on the Facebook Event Page with changes to venue.

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JETAA Chicago Book Club – Rice Noodle Fish (9/28)


For the September selection, we will read Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan’s Food Culture by Matt Goulding.

We will meet at the Starbucks at 8 North Michigan Avenue, across from Millennium Park. They have the special evening menu, including beer and wine.

This is about Japan’s unique food culture. If you like Japanese food and enjoyed the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi, then this is right up your alley. Should be a great discussion.

An innovative new take on the travel guide, Rice, Noodle, Fish decodes Japan’s extraordinary food culture through a mix of in-depth narrative and insider advice, along with 195 color photographs. In this 5000-mile journey through the noodle shops, tempura temples, and teahouses of Japan, Matt Goulding, co-creator of the enormously popular Eat This, Not That! book series, navigates the intersection between food, history, and culture, creating one of the most ambitious and complete books ever written about Japanese culinary culture from the Western perspective.

Written in the same evocative voice that drives the award-winning magazine Roads & Kingdoms, Rice, Noodle, Fish explores Japan’s most intriguing culinary disciplines in seven key regions, from the kaiseki tradition of Kyoto and the sushi masters of Tokyo to the street food of Osaka and the ramen culture of Fukuoka. You won’t find hotel recommendations or bus schedules; you will find a brilliant narrative that interweaves immersive food journalism with intimate portraits of the cities and the people who shape Japan’s food culture.

This is not your typical guidebook. Rice, Noodle, Fish is a rare blend of inspiration and information, perfect for the intrepid and armchair traveler alike. Combining literary storytelling, indispensable insider information, and world-class design and photography, the end result is the first ever guidebook for the new age of culinary tourism.

RSVP on the Facebook Event Page!

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