NVC Newsletter

Commander's Column

by Walter Tanimoto
January 2019, Volume 69, Issue 1

Happy New Year!

I want to give a shout out to the Sketchley and Fukui families for our successful Children’s Christmas party in December, and for keeping this 70-plus year Nisei Veterans Committee tradition alive and fun for the children. 

A new year brings a fresh start to exciting times ahead.

This New Year the Nisei Veterans Committee (NVC) continues our commitment to the core activities this organization has done for years.

We are planning to remember the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and our Nisei members from the Greatest Generation at some of our events this year.  Stay tuned for more information about our activities as we draw closer to their dates.

For the next couple of months, we will be working on electing officers for 2019-2020.  We will finalize the slate in January and February, and the vote will be at the February membership meeting.  There is still opportunity and time to participate, so join us at the January and February membership meetings at the Vets Hall.

I also want to add a few comments about the NVC’s 501(c)(3) study.  The study is about to end and come to a member vote.  Whether the NVC remains a 501(c)(19) Veterans Organization, or becomes a 501(c)(3) Charitable Veterans Organization, we will continue to do what we do best, “. . .  the promotion and furtherance of the cause of the American Nikkei Veterans and maintenance in the future of the high reputation already gained in the past” (NVC Constitution), and to honor all veterans regardless of their period of service, gender, or race!

The purpose of the study is to determine the feasibility of converting the NVC to a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  This involves review and changes to the constitution and by-laws; however, the changes to the constitution and by-laws will not change the purpose of the NVC to “promote and protect the American way of life as guaranteed and set fourth by the Constitution of the United States . . . perpetuate the historical preservation and sharing of the legacy of the NVC and to carry on the patriotic, social, charitable and educational objectives as originally formed and organized.” (NVC Constitution)

The NVC also invited the NVC Foundation leadership to the last two meetings about the 501(c)(3) study.  At these meetings we discussed the possibility of consolidating, and in general terms discussed what it would take to consolidate into one organization.

If you have questions about this study, I encourage you to contact the special committee chair for this study, Dale Kaku, or anyone who participated in this special committee. 

I would also like to remind everyone that I have an open-door policy.  You can call, email, or stop by and see me at the Vets Hall on most Fridays.

Phone: (253) 797-6933
Email:  wttanimoto@gmail.com

I have said this before, but it’s worth saying it again.  I am proud to serve in an organization of Nisei veterans who have served in our militaries since WWII.  Our veteran membership proudly represents current military members and veterans from the wars and conflicts including WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Cold War, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other operations.  I want to thank our Gold Star Families, and to always remember our fallen comrades and those still missing in action.  WE WILL NEVER FORGET!  Lastly, I want to thank our friends for their support.  Keep us in mind for 2019!