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NVC Foundation President's Column

by David Fukuhara
October 2021, Volume 71, Issue 9

Since the start of my term as Foundation President, all meetings have been conducted online virtually instead of in person face to face, due to the world changing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The virtual meeting has allowed us to “attend” meetings and events from the comfort of our own living rooms – wherever that may be.  Personally, I’ve attended our meetings from Seattle and Honolulu.  Our Recording Secretary Bryan Imanishi regularly attends from California, our 2nd Vice Geri Lynne Egeler often signs in from Palm Springs and member Judy Masuda always tunes in from L.A.

Due to the convenience of attending meetings by computer, and the broad reach it gives us, I think this virtual method of “getting together” is here to stay.  

Yet, despite the convenience there are drawbacks of only having meetings online.  For those who are not technically inclined, like me, it has not been a smooth adjustment.  Virtual meetings require more organization and advance preparation, and some level of technical expertise - or productivity will suffer, and it has.

Then, there is the enjoyment factor.  With in-person meetings, there is improved discussion, getting to know people, and the ability to have multiple conversations at once.  Of course, our meetings always have great food and whatever beverage you choose to consume, after the meeting. 

Therefore, I am happy to announce, that starting with our October 2021 Board meeting, the NVC Foundation will start to host our Board meetings on a hybrid basis, meaning that Board members will have the option to attend either in-person or virtually online.  Due to strict COVID protocols and capacity restrictions, we will test out holding our Board meetings on a hybrid basis, with the hope of opening our full General Membership meetings on a hybrid basis in 2022.

Now, speaking of virtual events, I hope you’ll all have a chance to tune in to the “10th Anniversary of the NISEI SOLDIER CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL” sponsored by the National Veterans Network (NVN) on November 2, 2021.

The CGM Ceremony and Celebration was really a once in a lifetime event for our Japanese American Community.  The entire Congress, on both sides of the aisle, spoke out and stood in honor of the Nisei soldiers of World War II.  It is an event that stands out in my mind, as I recall feeling that FINALLY, these men are getting just recognition for their extreme sacrifice for our country.

Looking back 10 years ago, I attended the CGM event in Washington DC with my parents, my three sisters, my wife, two of my children, and a number of nieces and nephews.  That was a proud time for my Dad, who was able to enjoy the entire experience with a large entourage of his family.  Since then, so many things have changed, but I will always cherish the experience of visiting Washington DC during that long weekend.

The next Board meeting of the NVC Foundation will be held on Friday, October 29, 2021, at our usual time of 6:00 pm, ON A HYBRID BASIS!  Then the General Membership meeting will follow at 7:00 pm, ON A VIRTUAL BASIS ONLY.  Hope to see you there!