MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING

November 17, 2019

2017 Board Members

The Annual Meeting of the Society took place at the Rowayton Community Center in Rowayton, CT on November 17, 2019. The business meeting was called to order at 12:57 PM 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.

Treasurer Nancy Beck presented her reports as Treasurer and Membership chair. There was a 15% increase in the number of memberships. Membership income was up, not only because of more memberships, but also because some members increased their level of giving. The net profit of $473 for Oshogatsu was due to raffle income, and generous donations of cash and supplies. Although Sakura Matsuri was canceled due to the rain forecast, the Japanese consulate kindly gave us an $800 grant for the Fall Festival instead. The disbursements for the annual meeting last year were much less than the year before because our speaker, Mr. James McElhinney, generously donated his services.

The JSFC 2020 Proposed Slate of Officers and Directors was presented. Yoko Kawai  resigned as Director due to the increased commitments of her business, but will continue to serve as a Director. Atsuko Giampaoli resigned as Director because she moved away. Mito Mardin, who has served as President since 2014, is stepping down from that position, but will continue to serve as a Director. Jackie Alexander, currently Second Vice President, volunteered to replace him as President. Ginny Water volunteered to join the board. The slate included all the other 2019 Officers and Directors. Vernon Beck moved that the slate be accepted, and Perry Caminis seconded the motion. No other nominations were received by mail, online, or at the meeting. Dianne Niklaus reported that all 13 ballots received before the meeting were in favor of the
entire proposed slate. The motion was unanimously carried. 
Jackie Alexander presented Mito and Yoko with small gifts in thanks for their service.

Jackie Alexander presented the members with surveys, which ask about personal information they would allow included in a JSFC member directory (to be distributed to members only), and also asks which of several activities they consider the most interesting or important to JSFC's mission.

There being no further business, the business meeting was adjourned at 1:54 pm.

After a brief intermission, Jackie Alexander introduced the speaker, Dr. Daniel H. Inouye, author of Distant Islands: The Japanese American Community in New York City, 1876 – 1930sHe spoke on the subject of his book, the earliest Japanese immigrants to the New York City area. This was followed by a question and answer period, and a book signing.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Beck, Secretary

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