In our recent Board meeting in January, a slate of Officers and Board Members was finalized for the 2022 – 2023 term. I am pleased that the new Board will feature a diverse mix of young (Yonsei) and experienced (Sansei) Board members to lead our organization. This slate will be formally voted in during our February 25th meeting, and the new terms will begin on March 1, 2022.
I’d like to welcome Geri Lynne Nakao Egeler as the next President of the NVC Foundation. Geri Lynne, along with her husband Greg, have both served on the Foundation Board for several years. They are known for their hard work and dedication to our organization.
I am also pleased to welcome our two Vice Presidents – Jay Deguchi and Dean Hoshizaki, Recording Secretary Bryan Imanishi, Treasurer PJ Sugamura and Corresponding Secretary Shizue Kaku. I’d also like to thank the outgoing Vice President Danielle Higa for her leadership – and a big congratulations on her new baby!
For so many reasons, I am highly optimistic about the future of the NVC Foundation and the NVC. Both organizations are working closely together and planning the restart of our traditional activities, as our society is slowly recovering from the effects of the COVID pandemic. The NVC Vets Hall is gradually opening back up, our Memorial Day event will be live and in person this year, the Chow Mein dinner is coming back, and planning is moving forward for an exciting Mardi Gras fund raising event.
The leadership of the Foundation and the NVC have established a very positive working relationship, which has resulted in significant progress in our discussions toward the consolidation back into a single, unified organization. In the coming weeks, we will share our thoughts related to the consolidation with our respective Boards and Membership bodies to solicit their feedback. I would urge you all to get involved in this process with your comments, opinions, and participation.
As my term draws to a close, I’d like to thank all the current Officers and Board members for your support. I’d also like to thank all the many donors and volunteers who have sustained our organization over the past few years. We could not have gotten through the pandemic without you!
As President, one of the more enjoyable duties has been to write this column every month. It takes a lot of work to keep the newsletter going and I’d like to recognize Stan Shikuma, Page Tanagi, Ken Hiraiwa, Paul Murakami, Karen Shimizu, Mike Yaguchi, Walt Tanimoto, Eric Tomita, Lisa Hasegawa, and everyone supporting the newsletter publishing process.
It’s been an honor to serve as the NVC Foundation President and I look forward to supporting Geri Lynne and the Board in this new year.