Board Member Message by: Susan Leedham
Where were you on Sunday, August 19th? If you love good old fashion summer fun Nikkei style you would have been at the 21st annual Nikkei Community Picnic. It was a perfectly fabulous day. With around 350-400 people in attendance Portland Taiko opened the picnic with a rousing performance and a chance to try your hand at playing taiko. We had great food from Oaks Park Special Fried Chicken to ice cold watermelon and lots of tasty rice balls, salads, and desserts in between. And what is a picnic without Bingo? We had mega-Bingo called by Schafer Durgan, Past President of Unite People who did a fantastic job. In addition, there were raffle prizes galore, top prize of $100 went to Masamichi Nitani. And if you weren’t lucky enough to win a prize there was a special take home gift for you.
The Nikkei Community Picnic is one of the highlights of the year and is made possible through the generosity many. The picnic would not be possible without the sponsorship of the Japanese American organizations, churches and temples.
Picnic director and organizer Connie Masuoka (center) serves watermelon to guests
The Hiroshima Club
Nikkei Jin Kai (JAS)
Nikkei Fujin Kai
Oregon Buddhist Temple
Oregon Nisei Veterans
Ikoi no Kai
All help to sponsor this event. And in addition, there are many monetary and prize donations from community businesses and individuals. We would like to thank:
Chip & Setsy Larouche
Dr. Jim and Amy Tsugawa
I would especially like to recognize the volunteers who make the picnic run smoothly they are ones who make this event special. They include;
Chip & Setsy Larouche
Members & Family of Unite People
If you have read this far some of you are probably thinking this is nice but why is the community picnic the topic of the Board members message? Well it’s because I know that even though we had a wonderful time and lots of people came, you were not there and what is a community picnic with out you? The most important benefit of being a member of Portland JACL, Nikkei Jin Kai (JAS) or any of the other community organizations is to be engaged. Your participation at the picnic provides you the opportunity to meet old friends, make new friends, and create memories for yourself, your children or grandchildren. Make a difference and come help us build and grow our Nikkei community.
If picnics are not your style check the side bar for upcoming events or join us at our board meetings. The meetings are on the third Thursday of the month at the Oregon Buddhist Temple Annex at 6pm.
Please mark your calendars and be sure to join us Sunday, August 18, 2013 for the 22nd Annual Nikkei Community Picnic. We look forward to seeing you there.