Japanese Reading Group #20 (6/14)

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Date: Tuesday, June 14

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Argo Tea, 16 West Randolph Street

The reading group will be reading the second half of Doppo Kunikida’s 「初恋」 for the June meeting

If you didn’t catch the first half in May, feel free to catch up on your own. Ask any questions on the event page, and we can try and answer them.

Hope y’all can make it!

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JETAA Chicago Summer Happy Hour (6/15)

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Date: Wednesday, June 15

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Location: Lizzie McNeil’s, 400 N. McClurg Ct.

JETAA Chicago is hosting a summer happy hour downtown. This is a great opportunity for the new JETs of 2016 to meet and network with Chicago’s JET alumni. The event will be held at Lizzie McNeil’s on their outdoor patio from 6:30-8:30 on Wednesday, June 15. We will have a special two-hour party package which includes appetizers, soft drinks, draft beer, house wine and house liquor. This is just like a Japanese nomihodai (drinking party) and all are invited to attend. Cost is $20 per person.

Be sure to register in advance!

 

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JETAA Chicago May Board Meeting (5/2)

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On Monday, May 2, JETAA Chicago will have its monthly board meeting. We will be focusing on our upcoming events. We will also discuss past event, current projects, and welcome new ideas.

Our meetings are open to any and all JET Alumni. Dinner is provided to all who attend. Let us know if you have any food allergies or avoidances.

The meeting’s location is at 325 North LaSalle and will last about 90 minutes. The building requires a list of names early (so please RSVP by 4 PM on Monday the 2nd) and a photo ID so be sure to bring one.

For those unable to attend in person, please email info@jetaachicago.com if you would like to call or video into the meeting.

Email info@jetaachicago.com with any questions or any items you would like to add to the agenda.

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Notes from the Board

When I took up the role of president I’ll admit I felt intimidated. My predecessor had worked hard and made it look effortless, so I didn’t know I would be able to fill those shoes. What gave me the courage to do so was the passion I have for JETAA Chicago and how I envisioned how we take the chapter forward. I was aware that attendance at events was low, that we needed to break down barriers, make the board more accessible to our membership and develop the human side of JETAA; whilst still adhering to our mission.

We exist to:

  • Support our alumni community in their personal and professional development.
  • Reach out and encourage new applications to JET.
  • Help develop careers and education opportunities after JET.
  • Continue to promote the cultural exchange that we all signed up to do way back when.

What has helped me adjust to these new responsibilities is the fantastic team I have around me on the board. I know their strengths and how to delegate to them, they share my passion and believe in the mission statements of our chapter and they, above all, have a deep desire to support our vast alumni membership.

Leading a team of such individuals takes tact, support and trust. It is a dialogue which needs patience, listening skills and self reflection. These are qualities key to any good leader, qualities I feel the role can help me to develop, qualities which will serve me well as I apply for my MA and future career prospects. I know the lessons I learn and skills I develop through my interim presidency will continue to serve me long after it has ended. And it’s a super fun experience along the way, too.

I am constantly impressed with how JET continues to influence my life in ways that I didn’t consider when I flew out of Narita in 2007.

If you would like to find out more about how to get involved, let me know.

Email me at president@jetaachicago.com

Tom.

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