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by Walter Tanimoto
January 2020, Volume 70, Issue 1

Happy New Year!

I hope you were able to take some well-deserved time off over the holidays. I did, and it was wonderful to make new memories with my family and friends.  New Year’s resolutions have been made and in my case already broken, but it’s time to forge ahead into what I am sure will be both a busy and successful 2020.

I want to first give some shout outs and thanks.

Thank you Sketchley’s and Fukui’s for another fun Children’s Christmas Party!  I had a great time even as an adult getting my face painted by Shina Kashino, and getting into the entertainment, although I didn’t envision I would be the entertainment. The Children’s Christmas party has been a tradition since the early days of the NVC and it’s still going strong.

A shout out to Dale Kaku for coordinating the viewing of the 75th Anniversary trip movie.  Also, a big thanks to Dr. Brian Yamamoto for taking the time to come down from Alaska to show the film and talk about a tour visiting the battle fields of the 100th/442nd.

Thank you to Keith and Mary Ann Yamaguchi, and Geri Lynne Egeler for the fantastic Volunteer Brunch, and to Terry’s Kitchen for another awesome meal.  You never leave hungry after eating at Terry’s Kitchen. 

2020 brings in the Year of the Rat. According to internet websites, people born in the Year of the Rat are optimistic, energetic, clever, wise, likeable, sensible, great at saving money, content living simple lives, and more.

I see the same characteristics found in the Year of the Rat in our organization.  Each person brings something to the table that helps us with our mission.  Every time I meet someone at the NVC, whether a member or person volunteering, my faith is reaffirmed in people who want to do good, and to do better in a way and manner that produces welcomed results in a positive manner.

2019 was a tremendously successful year and with your help and dedication I have no doubt 2020 will also be the same. 

See you around the NVC in 2020!