Japan Society of Fairfield County
Sunday October 23, 2011
Annual Meeting 2011
The Annual Meeting of
the Society took place at Bush Holley House in Greenwich. Our
meeting began with a champagne toast led by vice president Yumi
McDonald. President Harry Sakamaki began the meeting with some
brief comments about Bush Holley House and its connections with
Japan. He noted that Genjiro Yeto, who studied art at Bush
Holley House, is now on Wikipedia Japan and will soon be appearing
in English. We enjoyed a delicious luncheon buffet provided by
Kujaku Restaurant in Stamford. After lunch, our society's very
successful relief effort for the Japanese Earthquake was
discussed. We raised over $47,000 of which $42,000 has been
sent to the Japan Red Cross. The relief account will be closed
at year end and the balance sent to the Japan Red Cross. We were
very fortunate to have Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki, Consul General
of Japan in New York and Consul Masakazu Kigure, cultural attache
attend our event. Ambassador Hiroki spoke briefly about
conditions in Japan after the earthquake as well as his own
experiences in the United States. Chairman, Harry Sakamaki,
presented the 2011 officers and directors, noted that 17 new members
/ families joined in 2011, and especially thanked our patrons (2)
and benefactors (17). He announced Volunteer Awards for 2011. The
award winners are Alice and Yumi McDonald who helped organize the
Westport bake sale for earthquake relief, Dr. Tom Hedberg who helped
organize medical relief in Japan after the earthquake, and Chikae
Potterf who organized fund raising at Trumbull Library, Hammond
Museum, and the MacKenzie Pharmacy. Tom made a presentation on the
challenges faced by medical providers after the earthquake and
methods to accelerate the recovery.
officers and directors were elected to serve one year terms in 2012
and are listed on the organization page.
Two changes in leadership were made: Vernon Beck was elected to
replace outgoing president Harry Sakamaki and Yoko Kawai was newly
elected to the board. We created the position of Associate
Director and welcome Mithat Mardin, Mayumi Kleinman, and Naomi
Manning to the leadership of the Japan Society of Fairfield County.
A program of
entertainment followed which began which a lecture by Columbia
University Centennial Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Koji Nakanishi
on "Biologically Active Compounds from Nature". The compounds he
discussed ranged from the extraordinarily toxic Brevetoxin
associated with the fishery destroying red tide to the extract of
Ginkgo Biloba which enhances memory.
Violinist Sumiko Tajihi and keyboardist Rikako Asanuma
superbly performed Karatachi no Hana, Nocturne, and Tango.
Director Atsuko Giampaoli closed our program.
We welcome volunteers to help run our society and
serve as future directors and officers. Involvement now trains one
for future leadership.
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