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Thank you, Mike!

I want to thank Lt Col Michael J. Yaguchi, USAF (ret) for his past three years as Commander of the Nisei Veterans Committee.  Although Mike was born and raised in Seattle and has plenty of family here, his thirty plus years of experience and service outside of the Seattle area has informed his perspectives and actions today to the benefit of our organization.  I’ve had the privilege of working with him as part of the NVC board and NVC Foundation board, as well as an outside partner (Japan-America Society of the State of Washington). His network of military and government contacts has broadened our membership as well as our visibility.  His knowledge of protocol has helped us gain more credibility locally and nationally.

On a personal level, I’m happy to say I have a friend and co-collaborator who will put in the time and effort to make things work.  I’ve been impressed with his treatment of people at all levels and his inclusiveness to connect with other people and other organizations, which has challenged me to do the same.

I’ve been excited by the vision Mike has for what the Nisei Veterans Committee and the NVC Memorial Hall can be.  We need to broaden the audience for the Nisei Veterans story as a way to show the resilience of the people of our American story.  During my tenure as executive director of Japan-America Society of the State of Washington, I regularly brought interns and Japanese visitors to the NVC Memorial Hall to show this part of American history for better or worse. 

I’m happy to announce that Mike will serve as Chair of the Building Committee in his new role as Vice Commander. 

NVC Commander

This will be my second time to serve as NVC Commander.  The first time was in 2005 when we initiated the capital campaign to remodel the NVC Memorial Hall.  Although I’m not a veteran, like many in the Japanese American community, I grew up at the Hall.  My dad was a vet, and my mom was a longtime Women’s Auxiliary member.  They and three other couples would celebrate November wedding anniversaries together – Tosh and Toshi Okamoto, Art and Yvette Susumi, and May and Hiro Nagasawa.  Many of our activities were centered around NVC events – summer picnics at 5 Mile Lake or Lake Surprise.  I remember watching general meetings and enjoying the potluck afterward.  Times and the community have changed and evolved, but the importance of what the Nisei Vets and their families endured continues to be worthy of remembrance.  More importantly, we need to educate others.  I hope you’ll help us find additional ways to do that by participation and membership.

Welcome to new officers and board members.

Please join us at our monthly member meetings that are usually on the last Friday of the month from 7pm.