NVC Newsletter

April 2018, Volume 68, Issue 4

New Energy & Leadership Displayed at the 73rd Annual NVC/NVCF Installation Banquet

On Saturday, March 17, 2018, members of the NVC and NVC Foundation gathered at the Rainier Golf and Country Club to celebrate the 73rd Annual Nisei Veterans’ Committee Installation Banquet.  The program featured Mistress of Ceremonies Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, Keynote Speaker Bridgette Takeuchi, Scholarship Awardee Emily Ko, and 15 new lifetime NVC/NVCF members.


Kaz Kimura Marine Corps Scholarship Fund Created

The Marine Corps Scholarship Fund has created a scholarship in honor of First Lieutenant Kay Kazu Kimura, who is also recognized by the NVC in our hall honoring those local servicemen killed in action.

Memorial Day 2018 Keynote Speaker: Major General Tracy Garrett, USMC (Ret.)

The NVC is proud and pleased to welcome Major General Tracy Garrett, USMC (Ret.) as our keynote speaker for the Memorial Day 2018 program at Lake View Cemetery on Monday, May 28.

Tosh Okamoto Honored at Sea-Tac International Airport USO

On March 30, 2018 the Nisei Veterans Committee (NVC) presented Tosh Okamoto with a commemorative brick at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport United Service Organization (USO).  The brick shows Tosh’s branch of service as a veteran of WWII.

NVC Scholarship Essay: Emily Ko

Emily Ko was awarded the NVC/WAC Scholarship at last month's NVC and NVC Foundation Installation Banquet.  She attends Issaquah High School.  Here is her essay on the Nisei Veterans Legacy.  

Make Your Mess Your Message

We are reprinting the text of Bridgette Takeuchi's keynote speech at last month's NVC & NVC Foundation Installation Banquet.  She talks about a quote "Make Your Mess Your Message" by Robbin Roberts from Good Morning America.

Tomodachi Reception

The Government of Japan established a program in 2015 to host a reception for US military personnel at each local Japanese Consulate in the United States.  The Seattle Consulate’s event is referred to as the Tomodachi Reception.

Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington Gala

On Saturday, March 31, the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) held their first annual Tomodachi Gala at the recently completed Hyatt Regency Lake Washington...As usual for community events, many NVC and Foundation members were in attendance at the JCCCW fundraiser event...

Speaker Series: Kubota Gardens - An American Japanese Garden

The March Speaker Series guest was Joy Okazaki, president of the Kubota Gardens Foundation.  Joy grew up in the Rainier Beach area less than a mile from Kubota Garden.  She has spent much of her spare time in pursuit of honoring its founder, Fujitaro Kubota, by preserving Kubota Gardens in a way that he may have envisioned it.