Florida JETAA
16Sep/17Off

Volunteer Registration Form

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JETAA FL is completely run by Volunteers -- but you don't need to be an officer to hold an event or volunteer in your community!

Check out this form for options on how to volunteer - let us know your interests, and we'll contact you when we have opportunities. The best part? No pressure or commitment!

6Sep/17Off

2018 JET Program Information Sessions

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The 2018 JET Program Application Guidelines are now available!

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Applications for the 2018 JET Program will be opening this Fall 2017. The JET Program Coordinator and Florida JET Alumni will be holding information sessions and answering questions about the 2018 JET Program throughout September and October. Below is the current schedule* for information sessions. Anyone is welcome to attend the information sessions, but please note that certain events (e.g. Career Fairs) require individuals to register with the hosting institutions.

Click here for the 2018 Florida Schedule.

*Information is subject to change. Follow us on Facebook for updates!

Questions? Visit: https://jetprogramusa.org/
Email: JET@mi.mofa.go.jp

26Aug/17Off

August 2017 Newsletter–Upcoming Events!

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This week a newsletter was sent to all of our members, listing our upcoming fall events. If you missed it, view it here.

Our events are also listed here on our website. We look forward to seeing you!

31Jul/17Off

2017 JET Program Departure!

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On Friday evening, we sent off 52 new JET Program participants at a Farewell Reception hosted by the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami. This year's new group is one of our largest to teach in Japan.

In attendance to say farewell were several of our Florida JETAA board members including Lauren (President/Information Officer), Allan (Vice President), Kyle (Secretary), Wendy (South Florida Region Rep.) and other JET alumni.

Good luck and travel safe! We wish you the experience of a lifetime!

 

24May/17Off

Volunteers Wanted! JETAA FL 2017 Tampa Natsumatsuri

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Sat. June 24 | 5-10 PM | Christ the King Church,  821 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa

Our chapter's flagship event, the Tampa Natsumatsuri, is only one month away! Over the last 12 years, this community organized festival coordinated by JETAA FL has continued to grow in size. Last year, we had an estimated 800 guests visit!

Since this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the JET Program, we want to make it even better -- but we need help from our JET Alumni!

Interested volunteers contact Tom Gregorich, Festival Director: Tampanatsumatsuri@gmail.com

Why is this important?

A core goal of the JET Program is for former participants to continue sharing  their love and knowledge of Japan with people around the world. As a Chapter, we not only strive to create a home for JET alumni, but also provide opportunities for the greater community to engage with Japanese culture.

Tampa Natsumatsuri, under the leadership of alumni John McGee and now Tom Gregorich, has been doing this for the past 12 years. The festival aims to create the real atmosphere of a Japanese summer festival with treats, crafts, dances, martial arts performances, cosplay, and traditional festival games. Tickets for the games are sold at an extremely low price, and admission is always FREE!

10% of festival proceeds go to a Japan-related charity, such as relief and reconstruction for the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011) and the Kumamoto Earthquake (2016). 5% goes to JETAA FL to help with our basic operations, and the rest goes to funding the festival

We'd prefer people to help with full slots, but if you can only dedicate a certain amount of time, we will find a way to work around it! Read on to see how you can help.

Volunteer Slots

Set Up

We're looking for people to help with set up from 3 PM - 5 PM! 

Coffee Jelly

We need someone to make, bring, and sell Coffee Jelly! This is something that JETAA-FL has sold at Natsumatsuri for the last few years. It's really easy to make, and we can give you the recipe, but we're really short-handed this year. Of course, you will be compensated for the cost of materials! 5-9PM (or until it sells out). 

Games

We need volunteers to run game tables during the festival (5 to 9pm). You don't need to bring anything but your enthusiasm! We have all the materials, and can teach you the games on site.

Game examples:

  • wanage 輪投げ
  • shodo 書道
  • omikuji おみくじ
  • kingyo sukui 金魚釣り堀
  • otedaruma お手玉
  • yoyo sukui ヨーヨーつり
  • kids' omocha sukui おもちゃ釣りゲーム
  • origami 折り紙
  • yukata try-on 浴衣
  • shuriken showdown 手裏剣ショウダウン
  • hanetsuki (badminton) 羽根突き
  • daruma otoshi ダルマ落とし
  • ohajiki おはじき
  • taketonbo 竹とんぼ

よろしくおねがいします!

1May/16Off

2016 Election Results

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Voting results are in! Help us welcome our new (and old) FL-JETAA Officers!
President: Bahia Simons-Lane
Treasurer: Sean Beckwith
Secretary: Kyle Litow
Information Officer: Justice Pitts

Also, a big welcome to our new Gainesville Region Rep, Katie Brunell!

If you're interested in joining our efforts, there are two open positions for Region Reps (Tallahassee & Treasure Coast). If you're interested in taking one on, please contact our Secretary: Secretary@florigajetaa.org.

13Apr/16Off

Voting Open: 2016 Board Elections

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Voting for the 2016 Florida JETAA board elections is now open through April 26th at 11:55 pm. Any votes received after this date will not be counted.

Read candidate Bios here.

Click here to cast your vote!

The positions up for election this term are President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Information Officer. All terms are 2-year terms. For more information about the responsibilities of these positions, please visit this link.

VOTING ELIGIBILITY
JET Program alumni who are registered members of Florida JETAA are eligible to vote. Friends of JET are not eligible to cast a vote.

Your vote will be kept confidential. Only the current Florida JETAA webmaster, Lauren Sorondo, who is handling the elections this year will see your vote. We ask for personal information to verify that you are a JET alumni.

21Mar/16Off

Florida JETAA Elections 2016

Posted by President

It's time for Florida JETAA elections! While the 2016 FL-JETAA elections will not be quite as much of a spectacle as the Washington ones, they are still pretty important! If you are interesting in working more closely with FL-JETAA and helping our community grow, please consider running for a position.

NOTE: *You MUST be a JET Alumnus to nominate and/or vote in these elections* Sorry, friends of JET!

Elections will be held during the first weeks of April, and a later email this month will confirm the candidates, how to vote, and the voting deadline.

Nominating Yourself
If you'd like to run for a position, simply nominate yourself for the position that you are interested in by emailing our Webmaster, Lauren, at webmaster@floridajetaa.org. Send a brief 1-2 paragraph bio about yourself, any related experience, and why you'd be a good candidate. *Bios are due by March 18, 2016*.

Nominating Others
Hey, what about that guy? You know, the one you think would be perfect for one of these positions? You can nominate them by emailing their name and nominating position to Lauren at webmaster@floridajetaa.org. *Nominations of others must be received by March 14, 2016*, to allow us time to contact the nominee. Nominees will not be told who nominated them and are free to accept or decline the nomination.

Open Positions
Here are the openings and a description of the opening positions:

President:
The President shall attend the JETAA USA yearly conference and report important information back to the Board of Directors and members, vote on issues presented to the Board of Directors, act as a tie breaker in the event that the Board is unable to reach a majority decision, and represent Florida JETAA at a minimum of one (1) yearly event. The President will also work with the Secretary and Information Officer to create and distribute an annual report on the chapter’s activities to all FLJETAA members. This position carries a 2-year term.

It's time for Florida JETAA elections! While the 2016 FL-JETAA elections will not be quite as much of a spectacle as the Washington ones, they are still pretty important! If you are interesting in working more closely with FL-JETAA and helping our community grow, please consider running for a position. Elections will be held during the first weeks of April, and a later email this month will confirm the candidates, how to vote, and the voting deadline.

Nominating Yourself
If you'd like to run for a position, simply nominate yourself for the position that you are interested in by emailing our outgoing Webmaster, Lauren, at webmaster@floridajetaa.org. Send a brief 1-2 paragraph bio about yourself, any related experience, and why you'd be a good candidate. Bios are due by March 18, 2016.

Nominating Others
Hey, what about that guy? You know, the one you think would be perfect for one of these positions? You can nominate them by emailing their name and nominating position to Lauren at webmaster@floridajetaa.org. Nominations of others must be received by March 14, 2016, to allow us time to contact the nominee. Nominees will not be told who nominated them and are free to accept or decline the nomination.

Open Positions
Here are the openings and a description of the opening positions:

President:
The President shall attend the JETAA USA yearly conference and report important information back to the Board of Directors and members, vote on issues presented to the Board of Directors, act as a tie breaker in the event that the Board is unable to reach a majority decision, and represent Florida JETAA at a minimum of one (1) yearly event. The President will also work with the Secretary and Information Officer to create and distribute an annual report on the chapter’s activities to all FLJETAA members. This position carries a 2-year term.

Regional Representatives

There are also openings for regional representatives in Gainesville, Treasure Coast, and Tallahassee. These positions are appointed by the elected officers. Regional representatives act as a point of contact for Florida JETAA and the JET Coordinator at the consulate regarding events and recruiting in your area. Reps are encouraged to plan one event a year if there is interest in their area. Please contact Bahia at president@floridajetaa.org or Lauren at webmaster@floridajetaa.org if you're interested in being a representative for these regions.

18Mar/16Off

2016 Elections – Nominations Open

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NOMINATION PERIOD EXTENDED!

It's time for Florida JETAA elections! While the 2016 FL-JETAA elections will not be quite as much of a spectacle as the Washington ones, they are still pretty important!   If you are interesting in working more closely with FL-JETAA and helping our community grow, please consider running for a position.  Elections will be held during the first weeks of April, and a later email this month will confirm the candidates, how to vote, and the voting deadline.

You must be a JET alumni to vote, nominate, and run in our elections.

Nominating Yourself
If you'd like to run for a position, simply nominate yourself for the position that you are interested in by emailing our outgoing Webmaster, Lauren, at webmaster[@]floridajetaa.org. Send a brief 1-2 paragraph bio about yourself, any related experience, and why you'd be a good candidate. Bios are due by March 30, 2016.

Nominating Others
Hey, what about that guy? You know, the one you think would be perfect for one of these positions? You can nominate them by emailing their name and nominating position to Lauren at webmaster[@]floridajetaa.org. Nominations of others must be received byMarch 24, 2016, to allow us time to contact the nominee. Nominees will not be told who nominated them and are free to accept or decline the nomination.

Open Positions
Here are the openings and a description of the opening positions:

President:

The President shall attend the JETAA USA yearly conference and report important information back to the Board of Directors and members, vote on issues presented to the Board of Directors, act as a tie breaker in the event that the Board is unable to reach a majority decision, and represent Florida JETAA at a minimum of one (1) yearly event. The President will also work with the Secretary and Information Officer to create and distribute an annual report on the chapter’s activities to all FLJETAA members. This position carries a 2-year term.

Treasurer:

The Treasurer shall maintain the financial record of FL-JETAA, be responsible for preparing end of the fiscal year reports, vote on issues presented to the Board of Directors, and represent Florida JETAA at a minimum of one (1) yearly event. This position carries a 2-year term.

Secretary:

The Secretary shall keep minutes during Board meetings and disseminate information to all Board of Directors, maintain FLJETAA documents, vote on issues presented to the Board of Directors, and represent Florida JETAA at a minimum of one (1) yearly event. The Secretary will also collaborate with the President and Information Officer to create and distribute an annual report on the chapter’s activities to all FLJETAA members. Position carries a 2-year term.

Information Officer:

The Information Officer will collaborate with the Board of Directors, especially the Webmaster, and the JETAA community to maintain blog content and arrange for guest bloggers.  They will also work with the Secretary and President to create and distribute an annual report on the chapter’s activities to all FLJETAA members.

Regional Representatives

There are also openings for regional representatives in Gainesville, Treasure Coast, and Tallahassee. These positions are appointed by the elected officers. Regional representatives act as a point of contact for Florida JETAA and the JET Coordinator at the consulate regarding events and recruiting in your area. Reps are encouraged to plan one event a year if there is interest in their area.  Please contact Bahia at president[@]floridajetaa.org or Lauren at webmaster[@]floridajetaa.org if you're interested in being a representative for these regions.

20Aug/15Off

Satogaeri Project Results Are In!

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This month, 3 lucky JET alumni were selected from 165 applicants in North America. While no Florida applicants were selected, we congratulate Mark Frey, Xander Peterson, and Alex Svetlovsky!

Satogaeri Winners!

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