September 2012 – August 2013
September The 1st Committee meeting, small tea party with a mini concert
October The 18th Annual General Meeting, the 2nd Committee meeting
November The 3rd Committee meeting, Skype workshop
December Bazaar preparation committee meeting,
10 years Anniversary Meeting (round-table talk of the committee members, featured in the 10th Anniversary Special Edition Bulletin)
January New Year’s Reception
February The 4th Committee meeting, Bazaar preparation committee meeting,
Lecture series 1. ‘Euthanasia’
March Lecture series 2. ‘Anti-aging Brain’
April Lecture series 3. ‘Housing project for elderly people’, the 5th Committee meeting
May The 5th Bazaar & Japan Day
June The 6th Committee meeting
August The 10th Anniversary Celebration Party
The bulletins #24, #25 and The 10th Anniversary Special Edition
10th Anniversary booklets in English and Japanese
Newsletters #1 to #8
Various activities organized by Junior team, Third Friday group, Hobby groups, Regional Groups (South, East, West)
Help & Care services, Dutch language support service, Telephone service ogenki-desuka (“How are you doing?”), IT support service, Mutual support, Library service
(1) September The 2st committee meeting
(2) October The 17th general meeting, 70+ meeting
(3) November Cooking lesson
(4) January New year's party
(5) February The 3rd committee meeting, Making rice cake lesson, Kimono dressing workshop
(6) March Minaminokai Tea ceremony
(7) April "Single club" kick-off meeting, Lunch meeting
(8) May The 4th committee meeting, Lunch meeting
(9) June Lunch & idea exchanging meeting, 80 old birthday party, Lunch meeting
The bulletins #22, #23 and the special one published.
Dutch support service
Visiting sick members, Call of condolence
The number of members is 135.
Hobby groups start from the idea meeting of last year.
(1) September The 1st committee meeting
(2) October The 16th general meeting, Meeting to discuss living alone, The 2nd committee meeting, Movie afternoon
(3) November Seitai workshop
(4) January New year's party
(5) February The 3rd committee meeting, Chiropractic workshop, Movie afternoon
(6) March Minaminokai Tea ceremony
(7) April The 4th committee meeting, Senimar "What is organizing?"
(8) May Senimar "What is organizing?", Bazaar & Japan day
(9) June Lunch & idea exchanging meeting, Movie afternoon
The bulletins #20, #21 and the special one published.
Dutch support service
Visiting sick members, widows
The number of members is 124.
Committee members’ tasks are increasing and due to this one member has had to resign and we had to replace with a new committee member. Nevertheless with great efforts we continue to work looking for the own space, planning many events etc.
Total members are 117. We have many new active members even though some of our existing members had to leave due to moving to another country.
Our magazines have a new name AJISAI (hydrangea) and the editing staffs grow from 3 to 7 people.
September: We had a new activity: Idea Exchanging meeting starts. Each time with a few members, we discuss a new idea/opinion, this is so our committee members have an opportunity to follow up on what members are requesting. We had our 15th general meeting and we reported the previous years activity and financial situation. Sadly we had to announce about difficulties of having our own space.
October: There were a lunch meeting, a Karaoke evening, visiting Yakurt factory and a lecture about caring for elderly people.
November: 2nd committee meeting to prepare a New Year party. Video watching.
January: Unfortunately the New Year Party was cancelled due to bad weather. Make- up lecture and the Japanese traditional rice ball making party were held.
February: With a trustee (a consul of Japanese Embassy), adviser (a Dutch consultant) and an observer (committee of Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Netherlands), there was a steering committee meeting.
March: Workshop for keeping health, a speech of Consul, and 2nd make-up lecture are held.
April: Panel discussion with experienced members caring for the elderly people and Shiatsu workshop were very appreciated by participants. Joined the Sakura Festival.
May: 2nd Idea Exchanging meeting was very successful with many opinions of newly joined members. Several hobby clubs started and we expect members to join so they interact more closely. This will help with creating good relationships amongst the organization.
We participated in the Japan Markt in Leiden.
In the 4th committee meeting (last one of this year), we decided to have a general meeting only once at the beginning of a year, and will have a more friendly meeting in the end of a year with provided lunch.
June: As we planned at the committee meeting, the first friendly lunch meeting happened to be on the same day as World Soccer Match between Japan and Holland.
July: In the south area, a wine-tasting meeting was held.
At the end of the year we had a total number of 110 members. There were more new events organized and we joined the celebrations of “400th year commercial relations between Japan and Nederland”. We also had our Bazaar, which was the biggest event. So all in all it became a very active year.
September: Some members took initiative to raise money by having “Treasure Sale”.
October: The13th general meeting was held and 5th anniversary booklets in Japanese were published and sold. We announced to have been registered at ANBI. Committee has more supporting members, too.
November: The new events of “meeting to discuss about living alone” and “Dutch document support service” started. Visit a Jcc committee member to ask their support.
January: A New Year party with Koto performance played by a professional player from Japan. Emergency contact net work (made by request from Japanese embassy) had its trial. 5th anniversary booklets in English were published to introduce our organization to non-Japanese speaking people.
February: Some members joined the explanation meeting about Japan-Nederland Social Welfare Agreement and reported back to members.
We visited the Elderly Care Home in Amstelveen and. investigated the possibility of Japanese from other area to enter. In the South of Holland there was the same interest among members and a visit was made to a care home in the south. A professor of Osaka University approached us to study Dutch Social Welfare and visited us.
March: A new activity started we investigate how we can care for Japanese parents and relatives who are living some distance away.
April: Joined the cherry festival in Amstelveen and the Japan day in Leiden.
We visited the chairladies of the same kind organization as ours in Switzerland.
June: Joined the Japan day of Amstelveen . There was the 3rd very successful Bazaar involved more than 500 Japanese and Dutch people. Visited Yakurt Head office. The 14th general meeting was held reporting the result of Bazaar.
July: Ms.Kemp of Amstelveen City Office invited us to know what our organization is about and what we do.
August: Committee meeting was held to prepare the next year activity. Dr.Nakanishi from Switzerland came to give us a medical lecture.
Through this year our magazines #14, #15 and #16 were published and distributed to members with a lot of information.
Total number is 110 members.
The total number of members is now 93. We see each year our memberships are increasing. This year we have had a closer relationship with Japanese Embassy so as to receive a new consul at every activity. Members have expressed an interest into our organization having its own space were we can meet for our various meetings and events.
September: The new consul of Japanese Embassy accepted to become a trustee of our organization, as the previous 2 consuls. At 11th General meeting, we provided members with newly edited PGB and WMO pamphlets. Secretary and Accountant of committee get their assistant.
November: Exercises for keeping the body in a good condition, especially for elderly people was introduced. Every 3rd Friday of a month after 14:00, JCC room becomes available for our free use, and then TV and video are donated in this room.
January: The new year party and celebration of one of our members who became 80 years old were combined with Shakuhachi performance and a lot of interesting entertainment. With the request of Embassy, we made a contact network of all the members for emergency. This can be used for our emergency help, as the group is set as neighbors.
February: The steering committee meeting with trustee and advisers is set at least once a year. And we had the 1st one in this month and planned to have 5th anniversary party and make the commemorative booklet to show the past activity.
March: Visit a care home at Amsterdam and introduced Japanese culture there. We exercised an emergency contact network to make it smooth. The 5th anniversary party was held with Drum performance, rice cake making, bingo game etc.
June: The12th General meeting was held with a new committee member added and introducing a new activity of helping a Japanese to understand Dutch documents.
Our magazines are now regularly distributed 3 times a year with a lot of information. This gives great satisfaction to members, especially those living far away and cannot always attend the many events.
(1) October Logo is introduced at the 9th general meeting. A clinical psychologist, our adviser, holds a lecture. The first course of Active Listening Volunteer is completed. Shiatsu lecture is held. Had a meeting with a study tour group of welfare from Kanagawa pref.
(2) January A New Year lunch party is held with the entertainment of Tsugaru Shamisen
(3) March Workshop of how to care elderly people guided by qualified members
(4) June The second bazaar is held receiving about 500 guests with nearly 80 people’s help.
The 10th general meeting is held. Members become 86.
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