First and foremost, thank you to outgoing 2021-2022 NVC Executive Council (EC) members Lilly Tokita and Yuzo Tokita for their service on the EC. Your years of experience on all things NVC were constructive and beneficial.
We welcome two new NVC EC members: Mr. Terry Yaplee and Colonel Kay Wakatake, USA-ret. Terry is a long-time NVC member and dedicated volunteer, and Kay returns home to the Seattle-Tacoma area after a long Army career as a JAG officer. Her terminal (final) assignment was as the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) for Army Medical Command in Washington, DC. BTW, she’s a combat veteran and earned her Jump Wings too! Welcome aboard, Terry and Kay!
NVC restarted a long-time tradition and rebranded it as “Talk Story”. Keith Yamaguchi is the lead on this, and this past gathering saw a veteran from the Olympia area drive up to “see what this is all about.” I called him the Recon Scout for his buddies in the Greater Olympia area. It was good to see old friends re-connect!
We’ve opened the Hall for members and guests to attend the monthly general membership meetings at Memorial Hall. We did a few ‘test’ runs with a small number of attendees to ensure our new IT and AV equipment performed well. I chaired the February meeting from the USAF Academy/Colorado Springs CO area, so our IT equipment and infrastructure upgrades are working out very well. A couple more tweaks and everyone’s experience will be top-notch! Thank you to Dale Watanabe for doing all the research, procuring, and new equipment set-up. We’ll continue to live-stream the meetings too!
Our past commander, Walt Tanimoto, is continuing his campaign to be the next State Surgeon for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of Washington State. Get the word out! He’ll likely be the first American of Japanese ancestry to hold an elected state-level VFW position.
A hearty thank you for your financial support over the past twelve months. This period has been a challenging time, but we’ve been able to keep many of our programs active and relevant. The Nisei Luncheon transition to only take-out and delivery and live streaming the annual JUMP event, hosted by JASSW and NVC, are good examples of making it work.
June 12th is the Chow Mein Dinner (take-out only), and the date for the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon is not quite set, but it will follow the June 12th event.
Finally, our 77th Annual Memorial Day Service will be an in-person event at Lake View Cemetery this year. Once again, Bob Kiga is the Planning Committee Chair. Our thanks to Bob for doing this! The 75th and 76th Annual Memorial Day events were virtual events, so a return to tradition is most welcomed. That said, we’ll also try to live-stream this year’s event. More to follow, but the ceremony starts at 10 am (PT) at Lake View Cemetery.
Keep our troops and diplomats serving at foreign posts worldwide in your thoughts and prayers.