US-8 Heartland

Greetings from the heart of America, YokosoHeartland JETAA was chartered in 1989 and has a current membership of 476.  HJETAA’s sub-chapters include Saint Louis, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and the Dakotas, the six states in our territory.  We publish a newsletter quarterly, both online and in print.

General elections are held in September and half of our Executive Committee positions are held by appointment and are listed on the website. Decisions affecting the chapter are voted on at regular monthly meetings in Kansas City, Missouri, our chapter headquarters, or by online ballot of all members as required by our By-laws.  Our 5 sub-chapters are led by Sub-chapter Reps appointed by the Chapter Representative and meet quarterly.

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In addition to our regular monthly meetings in Kansas City we try to organize special events every month, which include Hanami, Tsukimi, Tanabata, food tasting and preparation, barbeques and excursions to cultural events in the area.  We also partner with the Japan-America Society and Greater Kansas City Japan Council for numerous events every year.

HJETAA is very active in recruitment and support for the JET Program and eagerly welcomes new returnees.  JET alums returning or moving to the 6 states of our territory should contact our Membership Coordinator, Zach at membership@heartlandjetaa.org. Though we have a far-flung  geographic area to cover we do our best to satisfy the needs of our members and share our wealth of cultural experiences and knowledge with those we meet.   GambarimashoTanoshindemateimasu


Heartland JETAA Regular Events

EventDescriptionWhenWhere
Monthly MeetingRegular Monthly MeetingsMonthlyChapter HQ- Kansas City
Quarterly MeetingsRegular meetings for Sub-chaptersQuarterlyEach respective sub-chapter HQ
NijikaiwaWeekly Japanese Conversation group w/ Japan-America Society, FOJ’sThursdaysKansas city (Plaza Starbucks)

Heartland JETAA Annual Events

EventDescriptionWhenWhere
Shinnenkai/ Welcome ReceptionCombination of Shinnenkai and Welcome Reception for returneesJanuaryChapter HQ (Kansas City)
MochitsukiJoint event with GKC Japan School to celebrate the new yearJanuaryOverland Park, KS
GKC Japanese Film FestCo-sponsored w/ KC Art Institute, JAS, Japan Council, Japanese Consulate in ChicagoMarchKC Art Institute/Nelson Gallery
Children’s Day EventCo-sponsored with local organizations to demonstrate Children’s Day MayGreater Kansas City
JET Q&A SeminarAnnual training for outgoing JET’sJune/ JulyKansas City (and Sub-chapters)
Ethnic Enrichment FestSponsor the Japan Pavilion (w/ Japan America Society) at this major multi-cultural event AugustKansas City (Swope Park)
Career Advancement Seminar1-day event w/evening reception featuring info about local and international jobs and educational opportunitiesFallKansas City
GKC Japan FestivalMembers participate in various events and promote the JET ProgramSeptemberOverland Park, KS, Carlsen Center
Fall Networking EventJoint event w/JAS, Japan Council. Japanese food tasting and Meishi KoukanFallKansas City
Bounenkai/ Winter Networking EventJoint event w/ JAS, to celebrate year end and maintain connections with the Japan America Society.WinterKansas City

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