Monday, October 12, 2009

Nakayoshi Monthly Update - October 2009

Hey Nakayoshi, here's our Monthly Update for October!

If you've followed what's been going on this past month, we had a great time in September volunteering at the JCCCNC's annual event where we celebrated 140 years of Japanese food in America, networked and checked out artwork by emerging API artists at Kearny Street Workshop's happy hour mixer for their APAture arts festival, and got our roll on at our second sushi-making class taught by the Inaba brothers at the JCCCNC.

October may be halfway over, but we still have our monthly events for October coming up the next couple weekends! We're excited to hold our first mixer for new members this month, so be sure to come out next Saturday and get to know us if you're new, and be sure to welcome the newcomers if you're already a regular at Nakayoshi events and activities! For those of you looking for opportunities to plug into the community and get more involved, be sure to get in touch with us and join one of Nakayoshi's committees! Finally, we'll be finishing out the month where we'll don our scariest costumes and man the Haunted Hallway at the JCCCNC/JCYC's annual Halloween Carnival!

Have any comments, suggestions or questions? Want to RSVP or sign up for an event? Feel free to leave any comments on our blog at http://www.nakayoshi.org/, Facebook group page, or e-mail us at nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com.

In this update:
Nakayoshi Career Development Membership Survey
Join a Nakayoshi Committee!

10/22/09 - Career Development Committee Meeting
10/24/09 - Irrashai Nomikai New Member Mixer
10/30/09 - Volunteering at the JCCCNC's Halloween Carnival

Save the date! Upcoming events
1/22/10 - Golden State Warriors Asian American Heritage Night


Nakayoshi Career Development Membership Survey
If you still haven't gotten around to it, we're still collecting information on Nakayoshi member preferences for career development-oriented events and activities. For those of you who have already participated, thanks for the great feedback so far!

Check out the survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=2H4JHFqcnUQ5MxHEIGpJqQ_3d_3d

Want to get more involved? Join a Nakayoshi committee!
As we expand the scope and scale of Nakayoshi's activities, we are actively seeking additional members to contribute their ideas, energy and talents toward continuing to provide all Nakayoshi members with events that are fresh, fun and impactful to the community. Interested in joining the Nakayoshi team? We'd love for you to join any of the following committees:

-Social Events Committee
-Career Development Committee
-Issues Committee

Planning for this year's San Francisco/Bay Area Day of Remembrance event in February will be commencing soon, so those interested in being involved in this important community event should sign up for Nakayoshi's issues committee ASAP!

For a good time, e-mail us at nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com and let us know which committee you'd like to be part of!

Thursday, October 22: Career Development Committee Meeting
Our newly formed Career Development Committee will be holding its second monthly meeting on the evening of Thursday, October 22, at 7pm in the food court area on the ground floor of the San Francisco Metreon. Come on out if you'd like to help plan upcoming career development workshops and networking opportunities.

What: Career Development Committee Meeting
When: Thursday, October 22, 2009

Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Where: SF Metreon Food Court, 4th Street and Mission St, San Francisco, CA
RSVP: nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com


Saturday, October 24: Irrashai Nomikai New Member Mixer

"Irrashai" means welcome and a "nomikai" is a get-together (usually over drinks).

We want to take the time to introduce ourselves to our new members, whether you're brand new or just haven't had the chance to make it to an event yet. Please come out so we can get to know you!

Come join Nakayoshi for an evening of fun and celebration over food and drinks. We will be playing some traditional Japanese games and some very non-conventional American ones.

Dinner and drinks start at 8pm at Ryoko's Japanese Restaurant and Bar in downtown San Francisco for $20/person. It's already looking like a lively night, with 28 guests RSVP'd so far, so make sure to RSVP by this Saturday, October 17th at nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com, or on the Facebook event invitation to make sure you get a spot at the table!

What: Irrashai Nomikai New Member Mixer
When: Saturday, October 24, 2009

Where: Ryoko's Japanese Restaurant and Bar, 619 Taylor Street, between Post and Sutter, San Francisco, CA
Time: 8:00-11:00pm

Price: $20 for dinner/drinks
RSVP by 10/17/09 on Facebook at: http://www.facebo
ok.com/group.php?gid=30593261168&ref=ts#/event.php?eid=163505570419

Friday, October 30: Volunteering at JCCCNC/JCYC's annual Halloween Carnival
Games and prizes, tricks and treats, arts and crafts and goodies to eat! Come help out at JCCCNC and JCYC's Halloween Carnival on Friday, October 30th. See all the kids in their cute costumes while helping to provide a fun, safe atmosphere for them to celebrate Halloween!

We will be at the brand-new HAUNTED HALLWAY this year -- so wear your best scary costume! (Save your funny costumes for Saturday, please.) This event takes place the evening before Halloween, so it won't interfere with any of your spook-tacular plans.

E-mail nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com by 5pm on October 25th with your name, phone number, and e-mail address if you plan on coming so that we can contact you with more specifics!

What: JCCCNC/JCYC Halloween Carnival
Date:
Friday, Oct. 30th
Location: JCCCNC (1840 Sutter St. | San Francisco)
Time: 5:30-9:30pm
5:30-6:00 -- orientation
6:00-8:30 -- event
8:30-9:30 -- cleanup
Please plan to be present for all three portions
RSVP on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=30593261168&ref=ts#/event.php?eid=152535017270


Save the date! Upcoming event:
Friday, January 22, 2010 - Golden State Warriors Asian American Heritage Night

The NBA season may not have officially started yet, but Nakayoshi is already gearing up and teaming with the Golden State Warriors again this season for Asian American Heritage Night. Last year was a blast and we hope you can make it out this year as well! This year the Warriors will be taking on Yi Jianlian and the New Jersey Nets for Asian American Heritage Night. Ticket proceeds will go towards Nakayoshi and help us program more fun events for you in the future. Think of it as a fun investment for even more fun! We are trying to get an advance head count for our ticket purchase, so please only RSVP if you plan to purchase your tickets from Nakayoshi and sit with your Nakayoshi friends. RSVP by e-mailing us at nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com or go to the Facebook event invitation at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=30593261168&ref=ts#/event.php?eid=272856850579

Hope to see more new (or familiar!) faces at the Irrashai Nomikai or volunteering at the Halloween Carnival this month! Let us know if you want to join a Nakayoshi committee, and remember to e-mail us or RSVP on Facebook if you're coming out. Make sure to join our Facebook group if you haven't already! See you soon!

All Nakayoshi events are free and open to anyone unless otherwise noted. Feel free to forward this message along to your friends or anyone interested. Not on the Nakayoshi e-mail list? Click here to subscribe. Have questions? Want to sign up or RSVP for an event? E-mail Nakayoshi at nakayoshi.ncwnp@gmail.com. For additional information and updates, be sure to check the Nakayoshi blog or find our group page on Facebook! Nakayoshi is a program sponsored by the Northern California Western Nevada Pacific District of the Japanese American Citizens League.