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2017 VNCS Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society
2017 Annual General Meeting

Sunday, February 5, 2017
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss Street.

Registration 9:45 am
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
MEMBERS ONLY EVENT
(Memberships can be created/renewed at the AGM)

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Support your society and attend the VNCS AGM on Sunday, Feb 7, 2017 at the Greater Victoria Art Gallery.

Proceedings begin at 10:00 am with various reports recapping the past year.

This will be followed by nominations and election of the new board. Please consider sitting on the board, it’s a great way to get to know more about the Japanese community here in Victoria.

Our special guest speaker will be Barry Till, Former Curator of Asian Art, AGGV.  At the end of the AGM and presentation you are invited to visit the Art Gallery.  There will be no charge but a donation would be much appreciated.

9:45 am Registration (tea and coffee served)

10:00 am AGM

Call to order
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes of Annual General Meeting held Sunday, January 31, 2016

Reports
a) President’s Report
b) Treasurer’s Report
c) Newsletter Report
d) Membership Report
e) Uminari Taiko Report
f) Furusato Dancers Report
g) Cultural Fall Fair Report
h) Sakura Fujinkai Report
i) Website Report
j) NAJC Report

New Business
11:15 am
Election of Officers and Directors

Adjournment of AGM
Coffee & muffins

11:30 am
Presentation –  Millennia, Asian Art through the Ages Exhibition

Mr. Barry Till, Former Curator of Asian Art
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Barry will examine the history of the Asian art collection at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and will discuss the importance of some of the finest pieces – art from China, Tibet, Japan etc.

Barry Till for the past 35 years has been the Curator of Asian Art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada.  He has a wide knowledge on Asian culture, history and archaeology. He has travelled extensively throughout Asia and has lectured on numerous expeditions and private jet tours for various museums, universities, and organizations such as National Geographic Expeditions (including three TCS trips entitled “Lands of the Great Buddha”). He has travelled to most of the sacred religious sites in Asia and has published more than 100 books, exhibition catalogues (including Art from The Roof of the World: Tibet and The Buddhist Arts of Asia and articles on various Asian art topics.  In 2008, Barry received the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Museums Association.

After the AGM you are welcome to visit the Art Gallery.  Admission is by donation.

2015 VNCS Annual General Meeting

Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society
2015 Annual General Meeting

Sunday, February 1, 2015
Esquimalt Rec Centre, 527 Fraser Street.
(Senior’s Room which is just to the left of the main entrance)
10:00AM – 1:00PM
MEMBERS ONLY EVENT
(Memberships can be created/renewed at the AGM)

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10:00 – 11:30 – Annual General Meeting (Reports, Election of Board etc)
11:30 – 12:00 – Lunch Break – BYOB (Bring Your Own Bento)
12:00 – 13:00 – Presentation of the film “Kiri’s Piano” with director France Benoit in attendance.

Support your society and attend the VNCS AGM on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the Esquimalt Rec Centre. Proceedings begin at 10 am with various reports recapping the past year. This will be followed by nominations and election of the new board.

NOTE: In addition this year, there are proposed amendments to the Constitution By-Laws for review, discussion and approval. Members should have received the constitution packages via Canada Post within the last two weeks.

If you are interested in sitting on the VNCS board, you are welcome to join us. Be part of the board, it’s a great way to get to know more about the Japanese community here in Victoria. Collectively our 10 member board has close to 100 years of service since 1993, ranging from tenures of 2 to 20 years.

Kiri’s Piano with France Benoit

After the AGM portion, we will be showing the film, Kiri’s Piano.

This is the British Columbia (private) premiere of France Benoit’s heart wrenching short film, Kiri’s Piano.

Inspired by Canadian folk singer James Keelaghan’s 1988 song of the same name, the film chronicles one woman’s sacrifice in the face of rampant prejudice tearing her Japanese Canadian family apart. Kiri’s once joyful piano music turns bitter when forced relocation and internment take away her husband, her home, and her family’s simple fishing life along the BC coast.

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The VNCS will provide refreshments and appetizers during the AGM and the film, so come, relax and enjoy a great film.

VNCS AGM – A word from our President

Hello and Happy New Year of the Horse!

Thank you to those members who attended our annual Mochi Tsuki Shinnen  Kai with the Japanese Friendship Society and Japanese Language School last Sunday. It was a fun event with about 150 people of all ages bringing in the new year.

And it wouldn’t have been possible without the volunteers and performers and organizing committee from all the groups.

It was truly a great way to start off the new year.

This Saturday, February 1 the VNCS will hold our Annual General Meeting. Please come and support your society. The meeting is at the InterCultural Association of Greater Victoria 930 Balmoral Road.

The meeting starts at 10 am so please arrive prior to this. If you arrive late and the doors are locked, please call 250-216-7036 and someone will come and get you.

Parking along Balmoral is 2 hours so we will take a refreshment break to allow people to move their cars before the movie.

The movie will be Hatsumi, a documentary by fourth generation JC Christopher Hope about her grandmother, Nancy Okura. Light refreshments will be served.

We are actively seeking new directors to join our board. We are sad and sorry to see Craig Mercer and Noreen Scarth step down this year and we appreciate all of their hard work throughout their terms. We had already been short handed as we lost two members the previous year while gaining one.

Please consider joining us. Many of our current board members have served many years and would like to pass the torch. We are getting more and more requests to participate in events but as we saw last year we had to decline several opportunities and those new ventures were taken on by a small core group.

Help keep our society vibrant and relevant throughout the year.

Respectfully,
Michael Abe

President, Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society

2013 VNCS Annual General Meeting

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Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society 2013 Annual General Meeting

Sunday, February 3, 2013
Esquimalt Rec Centre
10:00AM – 6:30PM
MEMBER ONLY EVENT

10:00 – 11:30 – Annual General Meeting (Reports, Election of Board etc)
11:30 – 12:00 – Lunch Break – BYOB (Bring Your Own Bento)
12:00 – 14:00 – Presentation of the film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Support your society and attend the VNCS AGM on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Esquimalt Rec Centre. Proceedings begin at 10 am with various reports recapping the past year. This will be followed by nominations and election of the new board.

If you are interested in sitting on the VNCS board, you are in luck. Some spots have just become available as some of our long time board members will be retiring. Henry Shimizu, at 85, is ready to pass on the torch. Be part of the board, it’s a great way to get to know more about the Japanese community here in Victoria. Collectively our 10 member board has close to 100 years of service since 1993, ranging from tenures of 2 to 20 years.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

After the AGM portion, we will be showing a film, Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

This is a story of 85 year old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a thoughtful and elegant mediation on work, family and the art of perfection, chronicling Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and as a loving yet complicated father.

The VNCS will provide refreshments and appetizers during the AGM and the film, so come, relax and enjoy a great documentary.

2012 VNCS AGM

Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society Annual General Meeting

Sunday, February 5th, 2012
10:00am to 1:30pm
Esquimalt Recreation Centre, Victoria BC.
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Support your society and attend the VNCS AGM on Sunday, February 5, 2011 at the Esquimalt Rec Centre. Proceedings begin at 10 am followed by a short lunch break at 11:30 am. From 12:00—13:30 pm we will have a special presentation.

10:00 – 11:30 – Annual General Meeting (Reports, Election of Board etc)
11:30 – 12:00 – Lunch Break – BYOB (Bring Your Own Bento)
12:00 – 12:45  – Presentation and Q &A by Patti Kagawa on her book “From Sea to Shining Sea”

From Sea to Shining SeaFrom Sea to Shining Sea — One woman’s cycle trip across Canada from Mile 0 in British Columbia to Mile 0 in Newfoundland.  Join Patti as she describes the joys and tribulations of her three month cycling trip across Canada at age 52.

Patti is a forester working for the provincial government, wife and mother of 2 university students. She plays underwater hockey and currently cycles about 15 km to and from work each day.

From Sea to Shining Sea is available through Amazon.ca here: http://www.amazon.ca/Sea-Shining-Patti-Kagawa/dp/0986936707

2011 VNCS AGM

Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society Annual General Meeting

Sunday, February 6, 2011
10:00am to 1:30pm
Esquimalt Rec Centre

 

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Support your society and attend the VNCS AGM on Sunday, February 6, 2011 at the Esquimalt Rec Centre. Proceedings begin at 10 am followed by a short lunch break at 11:30 am. From 12:00—1:30 pm we are pleased to present a free film and presentation on Samurai swords and armour by Trevor Abolson.

10:00 – 11:30 Annual General Meeting (Reports, Election of Board etc)
11:30 – 12:00 Lunch Break – BYOB (Bring Your Own Bento)
12:00 – 1:30 Samurai Armour Presentation

Ritual: The Samurai of the Soma Noma-oi

A documentary by Trevor Absolon. The samurai remain one of the most enduring and iconic images of traditional Japanese culture; and yet, few people truly understand who these famed warriors were or know what suddenly happened to more than two million of them just over 140 years ago.

Author and documentary film maker, Trevor Absolon, will answer these questions and more as he guides you through the lost world of the samurai, where he will peel away pop-culture myth)

2010 VNCS AGM

Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society Annual General Meeting

Sunday, January 31, 2010
10:00am to 2:00pm
Fairfield Activity Centre 380 Cook Street, Victoria BC.

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Support your society and attend the VNCS AGM on Sunday, January 31, 2010 at the Fairfield Activity Centre 380 Cook Street, Victoria BC.

Proceedings begin at 10 am followed by a short lunch break at 11:30 am. From 12:00—2:00 pm we are pleased to present a free seminar by Linda Kawamoto Reid from the Japanese Canadian National Museum on how to get started on researching your family roots.

There is no charge for VNCS members for the seminar when attending the AGM portion in the morning.

There will be a $10 charge for those attending the seminar but not the AGM portion.
There will be a $20 charge for the seminar for non-VNCS members.

10:00 – 11:30 AGM
11:30 – 12:00 Lunch Break BYOB (Bring Your Own Bento) Or there is a Mac’s store next door.
12:00 – 2:00 Researching Your Roots Seminar

Victoria Family History Talk
Researching your Roots
Sunday, January 31, 2010 – 12:00 – 2:00

Presenter: Linda Kawamoto Reid, Assistant Archivist, Japanese Canadian National Museum.

Outline of talk:

  • Barriers and bonuses of researching Nikkei Family History – includes handout
  • Brief overview of where to find Nikkei files, information, records, data, etc, which includes a handout
  • Brief overview of what is available at the Japanese Canadian National museum, includes handout.
  •  The importance of a Koseki and handouts on how to apply for one in Japan.

There will also be samples of planning sheets, family trees, organizational materials and materials related to family history research for display, perusal and copy.