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I hope to see many of you at this year’s Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) on November 4, starting at 6:30pm at the ANA InterContinental Tokyo. There is no charge for attending. Live streaming video on the ACCJ website will be available for ACCJ members who are unable to attend in person.

The OGM includes a presentation by the Nominations Committee of the slate of candidates for this year’s annual election (and approval of such slate by the chamber’s voting members), a State of the Chamber report by the president, as well as reports by the treasurer and executive director.

There will be time for your questions and comments. Light refreshments will be provided so that those attending in person will have a chance to network and catch up with other members.

The Nominations Committee put a lot of time and energy into preparing the slate of candidates and met weekly over the summer months in order to complete this very important process on behalf of the chamber.

Please join me in thanking Ryan Armstrong for serving as chair, Nasir Majid as vice-chair, Chris Zarodkiewicz as board liaison and all the other dedicated members of the 2015 Nominations Committee: Thomas Breckenridge, Paul Dupuis, Marie Kissel, Monika Merz, Piyasena Perera, Mina Takahashi, Cynthia Usui and Tsugumichi Watanabe.

I look forward to seeing many of you at this year’s Charity Ball on November 28 at the Tokyo American Club. This is the chamber’s premier social event and raises funds for Japanese charities that are doing so much to help those in need.

Thank you for your tremendous support for this year’s recipient charities: Lighthouse Japan, Living Dreams, the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund, the ACCJ-YMCA Ohisama Camp for Handicapped Children, the ACCJ Mike Makino Fund for the Homeless and the ACCJ Community Service Fund.

Please say a big “thank you” with me to this year’s charity ball sponsors. They have generously contributed cash and made in-kind donations, ensuring that there will be terrific raffle prizes together with silent and live auction items. We hope you will purchase many raffle tickets and bid on many silent and live auction items in support of the charities that will be this year’s beneficiaries.

The Charity Ball would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of all members of the ACCJ Charity Ball Committee: Chair Barbara Hancock, Vice-Chair Kevin Naylor, Board Liaison Thomas Whitson, as well as Lori Hewlett, Masaru Kitamura and Leanne Poon. They embody the spirit of volunteerism that is at the root of everything we do as a member-driven organization.

They deserve our thanks for all their dedication, hard work and passion for the event. We also appreciate the support provided by the Chamber Office, particularly the Programs team.
Finally, I would like to congratulate our Chubu and Kansai Chapters.

The 2015 Chubu Walkathon International Charity Festival raised ¥8 million for 25 local charities and the 2015 Kansai Walkathon raised ¥9 million for local charities supporting working women.

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