2008 National Conference
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CLICK HERE for JETAA USA National Conference Notes.pdf.
CLICK HERE for the Official 2008 National Conference booklet.

The seventh annual JETAA USA National Conference took place at the Watertown Hotel in Seattle, Washington from August 22 to August 24th, hosted by the Pacific Northwest JET Alumni Association (PNWJETAA).

The 2008 National Conference was significant in many regards: 1) PNWJETAA became the first US chapter to host the US National Conference twice, 2) the 2008 conference was the largest US National Conference to date with over 64 participants (not including volunteers and presenters, 3) all 19 US chapters sent delegates to participate in the conference, 4) in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the JET Programme, a special one-time budget was granted to JETAA USA to invite JET Alumni from subchapter to attend and learn about how our chapters function, how to organize events, or start and maintain the area-group or subchapter. Subchapter participation was made possible due to a one-time special budget made available by CLAIR.

The theme for the 2008 JETAA National Conference was "Building a National Foundation." Organizers sought to discuss steps to increase the strength of the national organization as JETAA saw unprecedented growth. Highlights from the conference included:

  • Conference welcome from the Honorable Consul General Mitsunori Namba

  • Keynote address from Paul Rucker and Kyle Funakoshi of the University of Washington Alumni Association

  • Presentation of new online Japanese language learning resource from Speekit.com
  • Breakout workshops for peer delegates, including subchapter delegates, chapter delegates new to the National Conference, and those delegates having attended many National Conferences in the past
  • An update from our close neighbors to the north from Sabine Sasakura Sengmueller, Country Representative for JETAA Canada
  • An update on the new JETAA CMS system from Paul Donovan, JETAA International Webmaster
  • A reception hosted by the Honorable Consul General Namba at his residence and attended by a number of JETAA members and members of the community at large
  • A 20th Anniversary dinner at Anthony's Restaurant on Shilshole Bay with presentations from our guests of honor, Professor Masashi Kato of the University of Washington's Technical Japanese Program and Ms. Barbara Asahara-Mizoguchi, Executive Director of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington

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