MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING

November 19, 2017

2017 Board Members
The Annual Meeting of the Society took place at the Vanderbilt Education Center at  Bush Holley Historic Site in Greenwich, CT on November 19, 2017. After a toast and potluck luncheon, the business meeting was called to order at 12:45pm by Mito Mardin, President of the Society. Mito Mardin served as Chairman of the Meeting and Nancy Beck,  Secretary of the Society, served as Secretary.

President Mito Mardin presented his annual report, which included  descriptions of the programs conducted by the Society since the last annual meeting. 

Mito Mardin and Vice-President Yoko Kawai presented Vernon and Nancy Beck with certificates of appreciation in recognition of their many years of service to the society.

Treasurer Nancy Beck presented her reports as Treasurer and Membership chair. The fiscal year has been changed from a calendar year to a year beginning on October 1, because  much of the annual membership payments and the income and expenses for Oshgatsu come in November and December as well as January. The net operating loss  of $2006 was due to (1) JSFC has not yet received the reimbursement of our $1000 bond payment for the 2017 Fall Festival (Bon Odori), and (2) JSFC made a one-time donation of a cherry tree ($931) to New Canaan at our first Sakura Matsuri there in spring. 

Harry Sakamaki presented the JSFC 2018 Proposed Slate of Officers and Directors. There were no additional nominations from the floor.   Jackie Alexander, who did excellent work as a director in 2017 and was chiefly responsible for the success of our first Sakura Matsuri in New Canaan, chose not to serve another term due to other commitments. The slate included all the other 2017 Officers and Directors. Former JSFC President Vernon Beck, who has served several years on the Advisory Board, was included in the 2018 slate as the eighth Director and Second Vice President. No other nominations were received by mail, online, or at the meeting. All ballots received  before the meeting were in favor of the entire proposed slate. Vernon Beck moved that the slate be accepted, and Ginny Waters seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously carried by show of hands. 

There being no further business, the business meeting was adjourned  at 1:10pm.

After a brief intermission, Yoko Kawai introduced the speaker, Masatora Goya, a prize winning composer known for nontraditional chamber music. Mr. Goya spoke about his works, including the  musical instruments and types of music. During his presentation some of his compositions were performed live by guitarist Kenji Haba and flutist Melanie Chirignan, and others were heard in film, video, and recorded performances. This was followed by a question and answer period.  

President Mito Mardin closed the event by thanking the attendees and summarizing upcoming JSFC events.

Respectfully submitted,  Nancy Beck, Secretary-Elect

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