As we roll into the summer months, it’s time to announce the end of the 2015–2016 GAJET term. We would like to thank you all for another amazing year!
We are proud to have planned so many exciting events this year! Along with old favourites like: the Welcome and Farewell Beer Gardens, Canyons Adventure, Halloween Party, and Skibo Trip; there were new traditions like Gunma Games and Art Share Night. Additionally we revamped other events like the Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner. Otsukaresama deshita! お疲れ様でした!
The cornerstone of the GAJET year is our annual charity fundraiser, I Can Japan. This year, we partnered with JOMO JET and the Gunma International Club to raise much-needed funds for Komochiyama Foster Home in Shibukawa City. As this was the fifth annual I Can Japan event, we decided to give back to the community which has given us so much by supporting a local orphanage and children’s home. With your help, we were able to raise an amazing ¥111,519 for the home!
We also continued other outreach initiatives like the articles written on this website by our committee as well as current and former ALT community members, the Facebook photo contest, regular updates on the Gunma ALTs Facebook group, regional events, and more.
We have had a wonderful year serving the Gunma ALT community, but all good things come to pass… Now, it’s time for a new committee to take our place and continue GAJET’s legacy into 2017! GAJET is one of the best-known AJET organizations (you may have heard of us at your pre-departure orientations in your home country!), and joining the committee is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, gain experience in event planning and orchestration, share your knowledge on the Gunma JET website, and give back to your ALT community.
We are now accepting executive and representative nominations for the next GAJET committee. The nomination period is from Friday June 3rd until 8 pm Monday June 13th. If you intend to run in the GAJET council election please e-mail Samantha Corpuz at [email protected] with a) your full name and city; b) which position(s) you are interested in running for; c) a 200-word platform outlining why you want to be a member of the committee, any relevant experience you have to assist you in the position, and what you hope to accomplish if elected; and d) a picture of you to use beside your platform. If you are unsure of what to write, click here for some examples from last year’s election.
All traditional positions are open, so if you are up to the challenge, please nominate yourself by sending an email to Samantha Corpuz at [email protected]. Only recontracting JETs going into their 2nd year or more may apply. You may run for up to 2 positions (e.g. Treasure & Chubu Representative). The voting period will be between 8 pm Tuesday, June 14th until 8 pm Friday, June 17th.
We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
The president makes sure everything runs smoothly and is responsible for facilitating committee meetings, setting the agenda, and delegating tasks. The president is also responsible for problem solving and making final decisions about money, events, and operations. They are the liaison for National AJET and will be in close contact with our block representative. Japanese language proficiency is a plus, but not mandatory. The president works very closely with the vice president, and therefore candidates for these positions should be individuals who work well together and have a solid personal relationship.
2. Vice President
The vice president’s role is similar to president, but with a bit less emailing. The president and VP consult each other on various topics and run meetings together. Therefore, president and vice president candidates should be individuals who work well together and have a solid personal relationship.
The secretary’s main duty is to take detailed notes at GAJET meetings, type them up, and distribute them to all committee members. They compile a year-end guide of all GAJET events to pass on to the next committee. The secretary often works closely with president and vice president.
The treasurer is responsible for all of GAJET’s money and receipts, and makes decisions about money along with the President. The ideal candidate should be organized, responsible, diligent, and good with numbers. The treasurer will need to change over the current GAJET bank account, and will be responsible for the bankbook and any necessary correspondence with the bank itself. Japanese written and verbal communication isn’t necessary, but it may be helpful in these tasks.
The editor is responsible for all the content on the GAJET website, gunmajet.net, as well as moderating the Gunma ALTs Facebook group. The editor encourages committee members and the wider ALT community to write articles on a regular basis. Potential candidates should have good writing and editing skills, as well as basic knowledge about WordPress. The editor often works very closely with the webmaster to manage GAJET’s online content.
The webmaster is responsible for maintaining and developing GAJET’s web presence (www.gunmajet.net), creating pages and forms for GAJET events (such a registration forms), and administrating GAJET’s email and Drive accounts on Google. GAJET’s webpage is built on WordPress and requires little direct maintenance. No direct experience with website administration is necessary, but candidates for webmaster should be confident with technology and in following technical instructions, self-directed and proactive, and enthusiastic about developing new features for gunmajet.net.
Regional representatives are the go-to people in each region, acting as a local support for new and current ALTs. Reps are responsible for contacting local ALTs about both GAJET and various regional events, as well as planning small outings and dinners together.
6. Chubu Region Reps
Isesaki, Maebashi, Shibukawa, Shinto-mura, Tamamura and Yoshioka.
7. Tone Region Reps
Minakami, Katashina, Numata, Showa and Kawaba.
8. Tobu Region Reps
Chiyoda, Itakura, Kiryu, Meiwa, Midori, Oizumi, Ota, Oura and Tatebayashi.
9. Seibu Region Reps
Annaka, Fujioka, Kanna, Kanra, Nanmoku, Shimonita, Takasaki, Tomioka and Ueno-mura.
10. Agatsuma Region Reps
Higashiagatsuma, Kuni, Kusatsu, Naganohara, Nakanojo, Takayama and Tsumagoi.