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Happy New Year to all of our fellow JET alumni and their loved ones! We wanted to express our gratitude for all of your support and perseverance this past year as we navigated the hurdle of COVID-19 together and the challenges it brought with it. We're always stronger when we JETogether!

We also wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of our community's accomplishments in 2020, as well as look forward to what we have planned for the new year!

In 2020, we took part in over 50 initiatives and virtual events! Some highlights include five new board members, defining and implementing our Community Conduct and Agreements, multiple trivia nights, engaging over 60+ JETs from 1987-2020 with 80s-themed cross-generational happy hour, cooking demos, origami craft nights, fun themed nomikais ranging from Star Wars to hats to Halloween, partnering on events with the Japanese American Service Committee, Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC), and Japanese Culture Center, and more - along with our webinars to support and highlight Black Lives Matter Kansai and the modern day significance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

That's a wrap on 2020, but the fun and engagement will continue in 2021!

Keep an eye out in the coming days and weeks for announcements on our plans for the next few months, including a virtual brewery tour with Primeval Brewing, located in Noblesville, Indiana; a continuation of our webinar series, thanks in part to USJETAA and Sasakawa USA; career development opportunities; our annual Shinnenkai, supporting the Japanese American Service Committee and the Japanese Culture Center; and more!

In the meantime, join us for our January Open Board Meeting, at which we will be discussing the upcoming March 2021 election, plans for future events and other opportunities in the virtual space! These meetings are a chance for non-board members to share ideas, get involved in JETAA Chicago activities, and make connections in the alumni community. Meetings are open to all members of JETAA Chicago.

RSVP is required via Guestlist:


Monday, January 4, 2020 6:30 pm - 8 pm CST Online - In the Comfort of Your Own Home

We will be staying virtual for now, so take care and we can not wait to see everyone online soon!

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