Happy New Year, JACL DC Chapter!

We hope you had a wonderful 2016 and are enjoying the start of the Year of the Rooster.

The DC Chapter continues to be strong, with a healthy mix of individual, family and youth members of all ages and backgrounds. Our chapter activities and its successes could not take place without your continuing support and participation. We are very thankful for the ongoing leadership of John Tobe, and his tireless work to continue to keep our Board and DC Chapter a relevant link to our history, traditions, community service and advocacy.

We are also humbled by the support given to us by current and former Board Members, as we transition into our new roles as Co-Presidents’ of the DC Chapter. It is our vision that we continue to engage chapter members of all ages, and to build an even stronger chapter with a diverse offering of programs that will honor our past and open new areas of discovery. In particular, we are excited about this summer’s 48th Annual JACL National Convention to be hosted in Washington, D.C.

John Tobe is the JACL National Convention Chair, and our DC Chapter will be working closely with him as we get closer to the convention in July. Needless to say, the convention takes more than a village to successfully run. There will be many opportunities to volunteer in the coming months that will be communicated in upcoming NewsNotes and emails.

In this time in America, it is important for all of us to share our collective stories and to make sure history does not repeat itself. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you at upcoming chapter events.

Your Co-Presidents,

Georgette Furukawa-Martinez and Ron Mori