Ski Trip to Mt. Killington, Vermont

This year NEJETAA will be hosting the 2nd Annual Northeastern Region Ski Trip from February 6th to 8th. We will be going to Killington Ski Resort, which is the largest Ski area in the eastern United States. We will be staying at the Cascades Lodge, which is a full service hotel with a pub and common areas for hanging out. It also offers a indoor swimming pool, a Finnish Sauna, and a hot tub. A hot breakfast is available on an individual basis for $15. Additionally, for those who are not interested in skiing, the Killington area offers much to do. There are options for individuals do Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and other winter activities. Killington Resort is also only 35 minutes from the lovely town of Woodstock, VT with many options for eating and shopping; and 20 minutes from the Long Trail Brewery.

http://www.killington.com/site/index.html
http://www.cascadeslodge.com/

If you plan on attending this event, please fill out the following form.

http://goo.gl/forms/26sgLFtvRl

 

When: February 6th to 8th
Where: Cascades Lodge, Killington, VT 
Hotel Costs for two night stay: Double: $200 per person; Triple: $143.34 per person; Quad: $115 per Person
Lift Ticket Cost: One-Day $63; Two-Day $120
Ski or Snowboard Equipment Package Rental: One-Day $36; Two-Day: $62
Helmet Rental: One-Day $6; Two-Day $10

Annual General Meeting and Positions

Another year has gone by and we are gearing up for our AGM and Bonenkai on December 11th, 2014! The AGM will start at 7:00pm and we will be electing the next Board of Directors (BoD) for 2015 starting at 8:00pm. If you are hoping to make connections with a group of people committed to giving back to JET and supporting the JET Alumni Association, this is the place for you! We are hoping to fill a number of positions (details on positions available below) through an election process. Therefore, not only do we would need candidates to be present, we also need Alumni to help us elect new and returning members to the future BoD.

 

Board of Directors

President

The main responsibilities of the President are twofold:

  1. To network and maintain good relations with the Embassy of Japan, CLAIR, JETAA-International and local community groups.

  2. To ensure that the mandate and annual goals of the council are achieved. This position requires a time commitment of 30 - 40 hours a month on average. Past experience on the Board of Directors is strongly recommended.

Duties include:

  • Running monthly Board of Directors’ meetings

  • Attending quarterly meetings with the Embassy of Japan

  • Maintaining frequent contact with Embassy staff regarding upcoming events and funding

  • Liaising with other Canadian chapters and JETAA International through online meetings

  • Liaising with members of Ottawa’s Japanese community

 

Vice-President

The VP assists the President, Treasurer and other members of the Board of Directors and liaises with the local community and Japan-related organizations. The VP will often be called upon to temporarily fill other positions or fulfill duties related to major events. The Vice President will also have financial signing authority, and be responsible for other assignments as they arise. This position requires a time commitment of 15 - 25 hours a month on average. Past experience on the Board of Directors is strongly recommended.

Duties include:

  • Leading at least one major event during the year (e.g., Japanese Summer Festival, Networking Wine and Sushi, Photography Event, etc.)

  • Attending quarterly meetings with the Embassy of Japan

  • Developing strong network ties with the local community and relevant organizations

  • Meeting with external organizations (the Embassy of Japan, CJSO, etc.)

  • Attending monthly meetings and assisting with monthly JETAA events

 

Treasurer

The treasurer manages most of the financial aspects of the organization, from issuing cheques to paying for activities and reporting on expenditures to the Embassy or CLAIR, including submitting yearly and quarterly budgets proposals. This position requires a time commitment of 10 - 20 hours a month on average.

Duties include:

  • Producing financial reports for the Embassy (before each monthly event) and CLAIR (at the end of the financial year)

  • Submitting yearly and quarterly budget proposals

  • Issuing cheques to pay for events (or reimburse members)

  • Keeping copies of all the receipts and the money in the bank

  • Keeping charge of the cash box (maintain a float)

  • Attending monthly meetings and assisting with monthly JETAA events

 

Events Coordinator

The Events Coordinator organizes and coordinates events for JETAA Ottawa while working closely with the Board of Directors, the Embassy of Japan and Japanese community groups. This position requires a time commitment of 5-10 hours per month on average.

Duties include:

  • Organizing, planning and booking monthly and special events

  • Writing monthly event recaps, and newsletter articles

  • Working closely with the President and Treasurer regarding budget

  • Working with Treasurer to prepare quarterly event summaries for MOFA

  • Working with the Communications Officer to organize volunteers for events

  • Providing event and activity details to Social Media for immediate promotion

  • Attending monthly meetings and assisting with monthly JETAA events

 

Communications Officer

The Communications Officer handles general communications with alumni members and the public, and acts as a triage for the JETAA Ottawa Board of Directors. This position requires a time commitment of 5 hours per month on average.

Duties include:

  • Checking and managing the Communications e-mail account daily, including forwarding email inquiries to other members of the Board of Directors and answering chapter-related questions

  • Maintaining the membership list and coordinates new initiatives to reach to alumni

  • Attending monthly meetings and assisting with monthly JETAA events

 

Secretary

The Secretary is in charge of taking the minutes and distributing by e-mail the minutes of the monthly Board of Directors’ meetings. This position requires a time commitment of 1 hour per month on average.

Duties include:

  • Recording, preparing and distributing meeting minutes

  • Attending monthly meetings and assisting with monthly JETAA events

 

Translator

The Translator edits and translates JETAA-related documents into English, French and Japanese as requested. This position requires 1 hour a month.

Duties include:

  • Translating documents in French, English or Japanese as needed

  • Working with Social Media to compose Facebook posts and Tweets for major events in both official languages

  • Performing interviews in French and/or Japanese

  • Attending monthly meetings and assisting with monthly JETAA events

 

Newsletter Editor

The Newsletter Editor assembles the quarterly JETAA Ottawa newsletter and edits other JETAA documents as needed. This position requires a time commitment of 5-10 hours per month on average.

Duties include:

  • Writing, editing and compiling articles into the quarterly online newsletter

  • Distributing the newsletter to JETAA Ottawa members via MailChimp

  • Generating e-mail blasts via MailChimp to promote upcoming events

  • Working with the Web Developer to post content on www.jetaaottawa.ca

  • Recruiting members to write articles for the newsletters and JETAA Ottawa’s website

  • Attending monthly meetings and assisting with monthly JETAA events

  • Regularly uploading articles and content to JETWIT

  • Collaborating with other Canadian chapters to share and post content

  • Liaising with JET Officer for any potential official messages/articles from the Embassy of Japan
     

Graphic Designer

The Graphic Designer is responsible for the designing and maintain JETAA Ottawa’s professional identity and branding across all forms of media including the website, social media, newsletter and print publications. This position requires an average of 3 hours a month.

Duties include:

  • Designing all web and print publications, media, logos, and graphics

  • Working with the Newsletter editor to design the newsletter

  • Working with the Web Developer to design www.jetaaottawa.ca

  • Attending monthly meetings and assisting with monthly JETAA events

 

Web Developer

The Web Developer manages and updates the JETAA Ottawa website. This position requires a large time commitment at the start, with an average of 2 hours a month.

Duties include:

  • Programming and maintaining www.jetaaottawa.ca using HTML, CSS and Joomla

  • Updating the website with new content each week

  • Monitors website visitor statistics

  • Works with the Graphic Designer to develop www.jetaaottawa.ca

  • Works with the Social Media and Newsletter Coordinators to ensure updates are timely posted

  • Attending monthly meetings and assisting with monthly JETAA events

 

Social Media Coordinator

The Social Media Coordinator cultivates and updates all day-to-day social media initiatives (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin). This position requires a time commitment of 1-5 hours a month on average.

Duties include:

  • Maintaining an active presence on all of JETAA Ottawa social media platforms to increase to increase its reach

  • Posting reminders for JETAA events or other positive, Japan related topics i.e. general interest stories

  • Working with Translator to compose Facebook posts and Tweets for major events in both official languages

  • Attending monthly meetings and assisting with monthly JETAA events

 

Dragon Boat Coordinator
The dragon boat coordinator is the captain of JETAA Ottawa’s crew, which participates in the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival every summer.

Duties include:

  • Attending monthly meetings and assisting with monthly JETAA events

  • Must be available for JETAA Ottawa’s scheduled races at the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival (June 19-22, 2014) at Mooney’s Bay Park, as well as weekly practices held in Spring 2014

  • Recruit paddlers (and steersperson, if needed). JET alumni, friends and family are all welcome!

  • Complete the application and register the JETAA Ottawa team

  • Book team practices, a coach and send schedule to team members

  • Collect practice fees from all team members

10th Annual Summer Festival | Natsumatsuri 2014

 

Come celebrate Ottawa’s 10th annual Japanese Summer Festival on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Marion Dewar Plaza!

To celebrate the 10th anniversary, JETAA Ottawa is teaming up with the City of Ottawa to hold the festival at Ottawa City Hall in the heart of Ottawa rain or shine. Enjoy traditional and contemporary Japanese-Canadian performances and demonstrations, including martial arts, shamisen, ikebana flower arrangements, Japanese calligraphy, crafts, and displays. For the adventurous, sumo suits will be available for a small donation and those looking for a taste of Japan, can try Japanese-inspired hot dogs or “JETAA dogs” for free! This festival caters to all ages and for the children, come check out the children’s tent, balloon animals, and face painting.

We are looking for volunteers for the festival day. If you might be interested in volunteering for the festival – even just a couple hours – please send an email to events@jetaaottawa.ca. Bring a friend and volunteer together!  

For any other inquiries, please send an email to summer.festival@jetaaottawa.ca.

Schedule Of Events

11:00 – Opening Remarks by Mayor Watson, Yasir Naqvi, Minister Yawata

11:30 – Ryoko Itabashi, Tsugaru Shamisen

12:00 – Tateyama Dojo

LUNCH! JETAA Dogs & JETAA Ottawa Raffle

Special guests: Ottawa REDBLACKS Cheer Team

12:30 – Takahashi Dojo, Kendo and Iaido (on grass)

13:00 – Komachi Montréal, Japanese folk dancing

13:30 – Oto-Wa Taiko

14:00 – International Yoseikan Budo Federation (Aikido), Joseph Capogreco (1:45 set up)

Takahashi Dojo, Judo (on mats - after Yoseikan Aikido 15 min)

14:30 – Yumiko Tsunakawa/Sakura Studio, Ikebana demonstration (covered area)

14:30 - Emi no Kai, Kobayashi Sensei, Japanese Classical Dance (concrete)

15:00 – OJCC/OJCA Bon Odori Workshop

15:30 – Closing Remarks & Thank Yous (CJSO & JETAA Ottawa)

Twist for Tips - All Day / Sumo Suits - 11:30 to 15:00

 

 

 

10ième Festival annuel japonais | Natsumatsuri 2014

Venez célébrer le 10ième Festival annuel japonais d’Ottawa le samedi, 19 juillet, 2014, à la Place Marion Dewar !

 

Cette année, nous faisons équipe avec la Ville d’Ottawa. Le festival aura lieu en plein coeur du centre-ville sous le soleil ou sous la pluie. Régalez-vous de prestations et démonstrations d’arts martiaux, de shamisen, de compositions florales ikebana, de calligraphie, de l’artisanat et des expositions traditionnels et contemporains d’artistes japonais et japonais-canadiens. Pour ceux avec le sens de l’aventure, nous vous offrons, à l’échange d’un modeste don, de louer des costumes de luteur sumo. Pour ceux qui désirent goûter les saveurs du Japon, nous vous offrons gratuitement des hot dogs à l’inspiration Japonaise, nos “Chiens-chaut JETAA” ! L’événement s’offre tant aux adultes qu’aux enfants, qui pourront s’amuser sous la tente pour enfants, avec des animaux-balon ou à se faire maquiller.

Le festival vous est offert par l’Association des anciens du Programme d’échange et d’enseignement du Japon d’Ottawa (la JETAA Ottawa) et grâce à l’appui de l’Association communautaire japonaise d’Ottawa (la OJCA), la Société Canada-Japon d’Ottawa (la CJSO), la Ville d’Ottawa et de nombreux membres de la communauté japonaise d’Ottawa. Nous vous attendons en grand nombre !