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2016 Scholarship Application Available
As we congratulate the Class of 2015, it’s time for the Japanese American Community to start planning to help out the Class of 2016! Application materials and the scholarships that are available can be reviewed at this link. Amongst other eligibility requirements, the applicant or their parents must be a member of at least one of the sponsoring organizations no later than October 15, 2015. Please check the application and the link above for other requirement Good Luck!
Explain how the Japanese American experience, or your own experiences in working with the community, has shaped your life.
My Japanese American experience began at birth with my parents and grandparents being Japanese American and my Ji-chan, first generation Isei. I was brought up to respect my elders and was close to my Ba-chan who lived with us. She taught me from an early age to listen to my parents, study hard, play hard in sports, respect others and to do the very best I could in everything I did. While probably not unique to being Japanese American, it represented what my grandparents and parents worked for; respect, caring for others and the need to excel. Read more >>>
Keep Oregon Free from Discrimination
The Portland JACL has become co-sponsors of efforts by Basic Rights Oregon to fight discrimination against gay and lesbians. The Oregon Family Council is working to qualify an initiative that would allow businesses to deny commercial services to people based on their sexual orientation. The ballot title for IP 52 is up for review by the Oregon Supreme Court. A decision will be made in late April or early May. This measure weakens our current anti-discrimination laws so that corporations and commercial businesses can discriminate against gay and lesbian couples because of who they are and who they love. Treating people differently based on race, religion, or sexual orientation is discrimination. Religious beliefs don’t entitle any of us to discriminate against others. Freedom means freedom for everyone.
General Membership Meeting — October 15, 2015 — 7 p.m.
Dear Portland JACL Members, There will be a General Membership Meeting on October 15, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the basement of the Oregon Buddhist Temple. On June 18th, the Portland JACL board voted to send a number of amendments to the Chapter Constitution and Bylaws that are summarized below, and these amendments will be discussed and voted upon at this General Membership Meeting. We have posted a copy of what the amended Constitution and Bylaws will look like in a “track changes” format so that you can see what was deleted and what was added or changed from the previous versions. You can download a copy of all the changes here.
Summary of Proposed Changes to Portland JACL Constitution and Bylaws Constitution
- Preamble: Language changes to match protected categories of National Constitution
- Article III, Section 1: Changes membership qualifications to permit non-citizens
- Article IV, Section 2: Changes Composition of Chapter Board to up to 15 elected and up to five appointed
- Article V, Section 2: Makes the Membership Chair an officer rather than the historian
- Article V, Section 3: Makes the default delegates the President and Vice-President with accommodation to have board votes for delegates if officers chose not to serve.
- Article VI, Section 6: Adds the Chapter website as a place to post amendments
- Article I, Section 1: Removes mentioning the Pacific Citizen as a specific organizational benefit (doesn’t remove the benefit)
- Article I, Section 2: Simplifies membership paragraph by aligning it with National’s definitions including the elimination of Special (alien) Membership
- Article I, Section 3: Makes the Youth/Student membership language consistent with National
- Article I, Section 4: Removes never used Senior membership
- Article I, New Section 3: Adds National Supporting Members without specifics, leaving that to the National Bylaws
- Article I, Section 5: Removes the never used JAY membership
- Article I, Section 7: Makes cosmetic Booster Membership language changes
- Article II Section 2-3: Makes Changes to Composition to Chapter Board to be consistent with Constitution Changes above
- Article II, Section 4: Removes the requirement for the President to make all his nominations for board members in January.
- Article II, Sect 5: Makes the appointment of an board member who leaves by resignation, death, etc., as optional
- Article II, Section 6: Allows Board consensus to skip monthly meeting without a formal vote
- Article III, Section 1: Removes Historian as an officer
- Article III, Section 1: Provides for two delegates per National rules
- Article V, Section 1: Modifies how many non-board members are on the nominating committee
- Article V, Section 1: Provides for a slate to be provided for in the newsletter
Abby Matsushima (Grant High School) and Kirt Achterman (Central Catholic High School) share their thoughts with us about their leadership experience at this year’s 2014 JACL National Convention in San Jose, California. Read More >>>