President’s Message

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Friends…
The Temple lost a very special person when Mas Horiuchi passed away last week. He served on the Board, was a Komon member, a Dharma School teacher, helped plan our annual Golf tournament and was always hanging around the church, helping out where he could. Mas and Bob Terasaki were fixtures in the office and were always there when you needed anything. Whether it was a hand to carry something or just someone to talk story with, he was ...

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Are you ready???

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As the summer comes to a close and the kids head back to school, it can mean only one thing….Sunday School is next. The first Dharma school service will be September 13th and will also be our annual Organization day. This is always a fun day as everyone comes back with energy, well most of the kids do, all ready for a new Dharma school year. Everyone is exchanging summer vacation stories and some even start planning for next year ...

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September 2015 Annex renovation Update

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Staying with the theme of ‘Are you ready?’, the renovation project will be starting soon. The original start date was supposed to be mid-August but due to a few personnel changes at our Architecture firm and a couple of permit drawing corrections, it has pushed the start date into late September or early October. All parties are aware of the hard construction end date of early June and all schedules reflect this date. We will sign our ...

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Infrastructure Update Aug 2015

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A huge thanks to Steve Onishi for managing the Move out process and working with the Church clean up crews to make sure the Annex is ready for construction and purged for all the unused items. I was at the Temple on Tuesday and saw many of the areas already cleaned up.
I hope many of you saw the ‘HELP!!” banner at Obon.
We need your help!!!
Please DONATE so we can seismically retrofit our J-Town community gym and ...

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Thank you Thank you Thank you……and Thank You

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I can’t say enough THANK YOU’s to all the Volunteers and everyone who helped make this year’s Obon another Success!!!
A special thanks to Jim McClure, George Yamaichi, the BWA, obon chairs and our retiring Game booth guy Henry Fujii. Thanks to Janice Oda for stepping up to take over from Henry, we’re in good hands. I know there’s many more people who helped out, so pls don’t be offended if I didn’t mention your name. Buy me a ...

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Infrastructure update July 2015—Let the construction begin!!

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The board has approved the go forward plan with a few accommodations. Our current goal is $4.4M and that includes the Seismic work, ADA improvements, Elevator, Women’s/Men’s bathrooms, Kitchen, fire sprinklers and associated electrical and plumbing improvements. This does not include Air conditioning unless we raise another $200K by September in addition to our monthly projected current fundraising goals or if someone wants to sponsor this project and donate directly to install Air Conditioning.
Some of you may have ...

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It’s Obon time!!

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Wow, July is already here and Obon is right around the corner. This is our #1 fundraiser for the year and proceeds go directly to the daily operations and the Generations Capital Campaign. I know I mentioned this last month but a huge thanks to Jim Mclure and all of the Obon committee chairs and members. If it wasn’t for them, our Temple could not sustain itself. Really, if we didn’t have obon then we wouldn’t be able to offer ...

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Summer is right around the corner and so is Obon…..

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June is such a fun time and month. You have High School and College Graduations, no school, vacations and the last day of Dharma school. Don’t get me wrong, I love coming to church but it’s nice to sleep in during the summer. It’s a time to recharge the batteries, spend time with the family and of course, help out at Obon. A big thanks to Jim McClure, all the chairs and committee members for making Obon happen. If ...

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June Gym/Annex renovation update

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We made good fundraising progress during the month of May by bringing in over $100K and a large part of that is due to the Yuki Matching program, however we are still approx. $900K short of our $4M goal. I have asked the Board to personally raise $25-30K with the hope that if all 25 Board members and Reverends do this, we can hit out goal. We also need your help, if you have donated and know someone who hasn’t, ...

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April Annex/Gym Renovation Update

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I wanted to follow up on our announcement to start the Annex and Gym renovation project this year. We are starting for the following reasons:
1) Given the booming economy, the Board felt we can ‘buy’ more construction with the current dollars we have today vs waiting until we have the entire amount and potentially see the costs go up another 20%.
2) We have enough money to complete the key safety and security items which is the key purpose ...

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