We had a very successful Memorial Day service, in person, at the Lake View cemetery last month. It was well attended, and we appreciate all who came out to honor our heroic Japanese American veterans. Also, many thanks to Bob Kiga, who organized the event once again.
The excitement is building among the new Foundation Board for 2022 — there is so much happening! This year we have an active and hardworking slate of Board members, who are re-organizing our existing Committees and starting new Committees. Shawn Brinsfield is working to update our organizational policies and is the Board liaison for all Committees.
Tana Watanabe is organizing a Public Relations/Social Media Committee, David Suguro and Jay Deguchi are working on some fun fundraising activities, and Judy Masuda is working together with students on creating an educational video. Les and Denise Inaba are planning for the Mardi Gras party later this year.
I’m also pleased to report that Shina Kashino and Derek Ishihara are coordinating some new activities that will draw interest from the younger generation of Foundation members.
The NVC Hall is also opening to the general public. This month, we hosted students from Ballard High and Marysville Getchell High Schools who toured our facility.
We are in the process of designing our new challenge coins that will feature our logo on the front and considering a replica of the Memorial Wall on the back.
And finally, the NVC Foundation is collaborating with the NVC to conduct combined Board meetings and Membership meetings in the upcoming future. Stay tuned for more news about this collaboration. This month, our June meetings will be held on June 24 at 6:00 pm. Looking forward to seeing you there!
When I first became involved with the NVC and Foundation, I remember something Tosh told us, “To me a description of a Hero is not the guys that came back with a chest full of medals, but the ones that made the supreme sacrifice for you, me, and for our Great Country.” Tosh Tokunaga, you are our Hero, and our organizations will always be grateful to you, Dolly, and your Family.
NVC/NVC Foundation has been resuming some of our regular activities and events. We will be giving a presentation and have an education booth set up at Japan Week at Bellevue College Sept 24th. Please join us for a fun day filled with activities and educational programs for all.
The Japanese American Museum of Oregon has loaned us an interactive Minidoka Trunk Exhibit Kiosk, and it will be on display at the hall until October 1st for your viewing. Come down and take a look!
Also, it has been a long time coming, but you will see that major progress has been made in the building of a fence to secure our property, parking lot, and building. For the safety of our membership and visitors, this was a necessary step we had to take. Please have patience as we work through the construction process.
Otherwise, remember to check out our website calendar for more upcoming events and postings, including our next meeting on Friday, August 26 at the hall.