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Donations wanted for Books Doing Good at JALT2012 (by Oct. 8)



For those in Japan, once again, our call goes out for people to donate English language books (But NOT books for the teaching or studying of English or other languages) for Books Doing Good. It's the fourth time round for this.

The donated books will be offered in exchange for donations (minimum donation ¥100) at the annual JALT conference this coming October 12-15. Money raised from Books Doing Good is donated to the charity, NPO-Lesa, which distributes scholarships and study materials to HIV-positive children in northern Vietnam.

We are looking for novels, self-help books, travel books, anything really that you think might be of interest to people coming to JALT. This year too we will accept children's books.

If people are in the west of Japan they can send books to:

(有)トラベルマン 880-0913宮崎市恒久1-2-18
Travelman Ltd, Tsunehisa 1-2-18, Miyazaki-shi, 880-0913, Japan
Tel: 0985-41-6611

People in Kansai, Chubu, Kanto areas and points north can send books to:

ABAX Ltd.神奈川県川崎市高津区久地4-24-5, 新川屋センタービル3F
ABAX Ltd. Kanagawa-ken, Kawasaki-shi Takatsu-ku, Kuji 4-24-5, Shinkawaya Center Building, 3F
Tel: 044-813-2909

Everything should arrive by Monday, October 8th at the latest. Though books can also be dropped off at Books Doing Good directly at the JALT conference.

Please label all sent boxes ‘Books Doing Good’ and thanks for your support!!

You can send books collect!
着払い (chaku-barai) で

Osaka JALT Chapter Officer Nominations -- deadline Sept. 22

Osaka JALT Chapter Officer Nominations -- deadline Sept. 22
It’s almost that time of year again when we are required to hold chapter officer elections. Officers serve from the end of one national JALT conference to the next, so we plan to hold elections in early October before JALT2012 begins on Oct. 12. Our current officers would like to cordially invite you to throw your hat into the ring as a way of actively participating in running the chapter.
We’re required to have at least four but preferably five members fill the positions of Chapter President, Treasurer, Membership Chair, Publicity Chair, and Publicity Chair. (According to JALT rules it’s possible for one person to fill two of these positions, except that the President and Treasurer must be different people who are unrelated.) The past several years we have also had several Officers at Large that help in various ways, and it’s also possible to have other specific officers, such as Web-editor, Facilities Chair, Recording Secretary, Disaster Relief Chair, and so on. The possibilities are fairly limitless.

Duties of the required “Executive” Officers ideally are roughly as follows:
The Chapter President coordinates and oversees the running of the chapter, recruits and liaises with and assists other officers as necessary, represents the Chapter at JALT’s 3 annual national Executive Board meetings and in ongoing online JALT-wide discussions, and submits an annual report to the Executive Board.

The Treasurer manages the chapter’s money and maintains and submits monthly and annual financial reports.
The Program Chair oversees the organizing of our events, in collaboration with other officers and volunteers.
The Membership Chair focuses on our regular members by signing up and welcoming new members, sending reminders to those whose membership dues are coming or have come due, and maintains our membership records.

The Publicity Chair primarily focuses on spreading the word about what we’re doing to non-JALT members via our email list, facebook group, and any other way that is deemed appropriate.
I hope you’ll consider volunteering as an officer in the coming year, though of course you don’t need to be an officer to be actively involved.
Please let us know by Saturday, September 22, if you’d like to be an officer in the coming year by emailing us at . Hopefully we’ll have an ample number of officers so as to spread the workload and so that no one is overly burdened. You can also email Chapter President Bob Sanderson directly with any questions or concerns you may have.


Osaka JALT Beer Garden Party 2012 -- Sun., July 22

Osaka JALT Beer Garden Party 2012

Sunday, 22 July 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Everyone (It's a party!)

Come help us celebrate the end of another semester and the beginning of (or soon to begin) summer vacation at the Hanshin Rooftop Beer Garden! This will also be a chance to bid farewell and wish good luck to our friend Deryn Verity (a long-time JALT stalwart and this year's national conference co-chair) who is heading back to the States this summer to take up a new teaching position there.

RSVP so we can reserve you a seat, or just show up and hope for the best. 3500 yen per person for all you can eat and drink. All are welcome. Sure to be a good time!

Hanshin Beer Garden, on the roof of Hanshin Dept Store in Umeda
Fee for JALT members: 3500 yen
Fee for one-day members: 3500 yen
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