Annex Renovation Project Update = Phase I

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Does anyone know why I put “Phase I” at the end of the title? It’s because the Annex renovation is just the first phase of our multiyear campus renovation plan. Phase II will include the Education bldg. reconstruction but that’s a few year away. Now back to the present….General Contractor: the Board will vote on a proposal to select Vance Brown Inc as our GC. They are the same GC that Mt View Buddhist church used and was very satisfied ...

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Happy Girls day…get those dolls out and celebrate Hina Matsuri on March 3rd

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Wow, February flew by and we’re heading into March full steam ahead with regards to the Annex Renovation project. We’ve started the General Contractor (GC) interviews and have received the Pre-Construction bids. These are the costs the GC will charge us to run the project. The construction bidding will start later, once we raise enough money. Speaking of fund raising, several organizations have asked if they can donate….the overwhelming answer is YES!! The Generations fund raising campaign is a 5 ...

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President’s Message

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2013 December Dharma

Thank You!

It is with great relief that I write this last Dharma article, as my term as board president draws to a close. Every month for 2 years and 11 months, I would sit down at the computer the day before the Dharma deadline and try to think of something worthy of occupying space in the Dharma. It wasn’t easy. However, this last one came easily, as I knew months ago what I would be writing about.

I have ...

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President’s Message

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Prior to the period October 11-13, I was a little stressed abut how hectic it was going to be with everything I wanted to fit in. I had signed up to attend the California State Bar Convention, which was held in San Jose, on Thursday and Friday, so I could get some of my training requirements out of the way; then on Saturday, I had to fly down to LA for the day to attend the FBWA Delegates Meeting; then ...

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Building Project Update

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In August, the Board retained the services of a fundraising consultant, Bruce Davis, to guide us through the process of raising the capital to make our vision for the Betsuin a reality. Bruce has worked in the nonprofit community of San Jose for 20 years and has helped raise $40 million dollars for arts and culture, including for San Jose Taiko, as well as the arts programs at Yu-Ai-Kai. The Board has every confidence that ...

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Generations: Building Our Sangha in Appreciation for the Buddha Dharma

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Dear Sangha Members and Friends of the Betsuin,

We have selected the title “Generations: Building Our Sangha in Appreciation for the Buddha Dharma” to express our message for this capital and building campaign.

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A little over 100 years ago, in carving out a new life in a new land, the pioneer Japanese immigrants, the Issei, established our temples as places to hear the teaching of the Nembutsu, to hold the rites of passage in life and as safe havens to ...

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Building Project Update

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The Board has retained the services of a fundraising consultant, Bruce Davis.  Bruce has already met with the Fundraising Committee and is guiding the Committee in laying the groundwork for a capital campaign.  Bruce will be conducting a feasibility study.  Sangha members in a wide range of demographics will be interviewed in the next couple of months.  If you are one of those contacted, we hope that you will participate so that we can get your input.

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Sad Good Byes

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In addition to Obon, for another very busy weekend last month, the Sangha mobilized for two events:  Mum Arii’s Service and Kenji and Karen Akahoshi’s Appreciation Reception.

The funeral service for Mum Arii was a Betsuin-sponsored service, which means that the Betsuin hosts the service.  My understanding is that Betsuin-sponsored services are reserved for those who are truly outstanding in their support of the Betsuin.  Mum contributed so much to the Betsuin over the years that it seemed a fitting tribute.  ...

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Building Update

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The Infrastructure Committee was presented with some very preliminary drawings by CAW. Some of those drawings were on display at Obon, at a booth in front of the Hondo. We hope many of you took the opportunity to go and see them. Chris Wasney and Kaori Abiko of CAW, each helped man the booth on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The Fundraising Committee recommended retaining fundraising consultant Bruce Davis to the Board. The Board voted to hire ...

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Thank You for Another Great Obon!

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Every year when Obon rolls around everyone starts to work on making the temple grounds look its best and to ensure the comfort of our visitors. Many of these things are not immediately noticed and, many times, taken for granted, but they are all very significant to the overall effort and all are greatly appreciated.

After our last Board meeting, Reverend Sakamoto, Joyce Iwasaki, Al Hironaga and I stayed longer to discuss a couple of other things, and it was ...

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