By: Nancy Takayama, JACL PSW Staff
PSW is having their 2nd Quarterly meeting this Sunday hosted by the San Fernando Valley JACL. The meeting will be held at the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center just of Hwy 5. For those who have never been to the center, the Japanese style structure was built in the late fifties. The building funds were made possible by a donation from the North Hollywood-Burbank Farmer’s Association. During WWII when the Japanese were interned the association’s funds were frozen by the government. After the war the valley farmers could did not return to their farms. Most were tenant farmers and did not have land to return to. The Farmers’ Association leaders decided to donate the funds to build the SFV Japanese American community center. The building also sits on land that was donated. Today, the community center has a Japanese Language School, a Dojo, gymnasium, a large kitchen that can feed more than 200 people and the Nikkei Pioneer Building that houses over 20 other clubs and organizations.
Okay, back to the PSW meeting. This Sunday, the district will be introducing a new format. We will have our regular business session starting at 9 AM. There will be an explanation in the beginning on how the session will be run so we will finish on time. Lunch will be at noon (which I will talk about later, yummy).
During the meeting we will be introducing the first District-Chapter fundraising Opportunity Drawing. The chapter has the opportunity (keyword: Opportunity) to earn funds with every ticket sold. Prizes include: Two 1-day Park Hopper Tickets to Disneyland/California Adventure (value $250), One Registration Packages for the 2013 JACL National Convention in Washington D.C. (value $275) and an iPad Mini w/WiFi 16 GB (value $365). Be prepared to buy your tickets.
At 1 PM we will have our first free workshop led by LDIR.
Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR) “offers a variety of training and consulting services to help strengthen communities and organizations of all kinds. Their curriculum is designed to develop socially conscious leaders with strong skill sets in facilitation, conflict management, and coalition-building”.
Please visit their website: http://www.ldir.org/what-we-do/
You will still have plenty of time to socialize during lunch and after the workshop.
Oh yeah, Lunch! Let me tell you about lunch. Our lunch is being supplied by Ono Island Crepes. These are crepes with a Hawaiian flair. You will be given a choice of their most popular crepes: Kalua Pork, Teriyaki Chicken or Teri Tofu (vegetarian). Sounds Ono, yeah? Well, there’s still more. For dessert you will be introduced to the Chocolate Haupia crepe. Whoa, brok da mouth!!
Please come to visit us at the meeting. We’ve made it really easy to register online.
Just go to our JACL PSW website below.
Just go to the upper right corner and select:
“ For the Chapters” / “District Quarterly Updates” / Scroll down to the blue button “Register Today”
We hope to see you in the valley. We are no longer “country” maybe “over the hill”.