Board Message by Setsy Sadamoto Larouche, Membership Chair
The National JACL Convention will be held July 24th to July 26th in Washington, D.C. with a theme of Justice for All and all JACL members and friends are invited to attend! The Convention will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which resulted in a Presidential apology and symbolic payment of “$20,000 to the internees, evacuees, and persons of Japanese ancestry who lost liberty or property because of discriminatory action by the Federal government during World War II.”
This convention will be unique in many ways. It will have an opening banquet with members of Congress and many other Washington dignitaries. There will be a reception at the National Archives where the actual documents signed by Congress and President Reagan will be on display, and they are also working on a reception at the residence of the Ambassador of Japan to the United States.
Since this is such a historic event, Portland JACL is helping Unite People (UP), our youth group, send a dozen youth to the Convention in a group headed by Dr. Connie Masuoka. Following the Convention, the group will spend a few extra days visiting the Smithsonian American History Museum, the Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism in World War II, and several other cultural and educational venues.
As part of the fundraising effort to send the kids to the Convention, there will be a Chili Feed on Saturday, May 18 at 5 p.m. in the basement of Epworth United Methodist Church. However, if you can”t make it to the Chili Feed, consider donating to the cause by going to www.henrysakamotofamily.com/2JACL/ and clicking the donation Coffee Cup at the bottom of the page. Donations can also be made via check Das anfangliche amerikanische spelautomater gratis enthielt eine dritte Haustasche: den amerikanischen Adler, das Symbol der Freiheit. sent to our PO Box address that is on the back page of this newsletter.
Please consider joining the UP youth and the Portland JACL delegates in Washington for this once in a lifetime event! JACL has secured excellent hotel rates at the Renaissance Washington Hotel Downtown. Additional information, including how to register, is available online at www.jacl.org by clicking the convention link on the right side of the homepage.
On April 13th, the Pacific Northwest District held its meeting here in Portland. Amongst the regular district business was the election of a new interim Governor, Sheldon Arakaki from Seattle. He replaces Chip Larouche who resigned as PNWDC Governor in order to accept his appointment as the JACL Vice President for Planning and Development. Both Sheldon and Chip attended the National Board meeting that was held on April 27, 2013 in San Francisco.
The Minidoka Swing Band will have a performance as part of the the Inukai Foundation”s Dick Inukai Birthday Run that starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 25th in Hillsboro. Details are in the flyer included in this newsletter.
Our annual community memorial to our veterans will be held on Monday, May 27th at Rose City Cemetery starting at 1 p.m. Afterwards, there will be a small ceremony at the Lone Fir Cemetery to honor the early immigrants buried there who left Japan to work on the railroads.
About the time you get this newsletter, we will be having the 66th Annual Japanese American Graduation Banquet on Sunday, May 5th to honor our graduates from the surrounding area high schools. Pictures of the graduates and scholarship winners will be in the next edition of the newsletter!