Lofty Aspirations and Inspiration at the JAVA Summer Luncheon
On Saturday July 14th, JAVA members and guests gathered at the Harvest Moon Restaurant for the Summer Quarterly Luncheon. Wade Ishimoto, JAVA Secretary, opened the program by welcoming members, newcomers and special guests. Following the introductions, longtime member, Mary Murakami, offered a blessing. While enjoying the delicious meal, attendees were treated to a slide show and presentation by Bill Houston, head of the Scholarship Committee, on the heroism and community service of those individuals whom the JAVA Memorial, Founder’s and Inouye Scholarships honor as well as the remarkable achievements of the scholarship winners. Mr. Houston congratulated, Rebecca Jackson, a guest at the luncheon and recipient of the Major Orville Shirey Scholarship, and invited her to say a few words about her artwork. After explaining the influence of Japanese American artist Roger Shimomura in her self-portrait, Ms. Jackson shared her hope to visually tell the Japanese American story as she pursues a Cinema and Media Arts major at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. Next, Lieutenant General (Ret) Jim Huggins, currently a partner and consultant in the McChrystal Group, addressed those present on “Leadership in the Military and Other Sectors.” He emphasized that the invaluable skills of discipline, selflessness, teamwork and accountability learned in the Armed Forces prepares individuals to be leaders in all areas of life, especially work in the private sector. Huggins noted that the key military strengths of decisiveness and agility along with a mentality of putting the team first are often lacking in the corporate world. Huggins concluded his remarks by assuring Veterans and active duty members that the rigor and demands of their training have applications beyond the military. After heartily thanking LTG (R) Huggins for his insights, JAVA President Al Goshi, presented him with a personalized JAVA coin. The President then called Rebecca Jackson to the stage to receive her $1,500 scholarship check. Taking over the podium, Wade Ishimoto offered a humorous recollection about his high school football days at Iolani School and its rival, Leilehua, where Huggins attended, before bringing the program to a close with the singing of the “America the Beautiful.” Members and guests left inspired by the stories of the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service heroes, impressed by the academic accomplishments of the next generation, encourage by words of LTG (R) Huggins and thankful for the fellowship at JAVA.
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Brief History of WWII Internment Camps featuring JAVA Members
In 2010 JAVA teamed up with Montgomery County Public Schools to produce a series of educational videos on the experience of Japanese Americans during WWII. The videos feature Gerald Yamada, Norman Ikari, Grant Hirabayashi, Grant Ichikawa, Mary Murakami, Kelly Kuwayama and Terry Shima. Watch below or click here to watch.
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