The entire month of December, nominations will be open for the new HAJET Prefectural Council. Any HAJET member can make a nomination, including one for themselves, and this is a great opportunity to get more involved in the Hokkaido community!
Though all of the PC is involved in a myriad of plots and jobs, here are the primary duties of each position-
President- Maybe self-evident; the president oversees the PC and delegates responsibilities among them, as well as contributing monthly to the Polestar.
Vice President- The Vice President plans the three annual meetings, makes and distributes the “HAJET Annual Report,” and stands in if the President position is left open.
Secretary- The Secretary organizes and distributes the HAJET Member Directory and keeps a directory of each members’ BOE or CO information. They also keep a record of all HAJET events and correspondences, records the minutes of all meetings and PC meetings, and organizes, prepares, and distributes all mailings.
Treasurer- The treasurer is responsible for maintaining financial records and drafting an annual budget. They collect membership dues and submit a financial report at least quarterly to the Polestar.
Regional Rep- (Northern, Central, Southern, Eastern, and Sapporo) These guys represent the interests of the people in their region. They’re responsible for planning and holding the welcome party for new ALTs, and they hold regional meetings and events. They try to make the region feel like a big community and help new ALTs get situated!
Polestar Editor-in-Chief- The Editor-in-Chief compiles and distributes the monthly editions of the Polestar, and are responsible for finding vendors who pay for ads. They appoint a designer to help them in producing the Polestar.
Social Coordinator- The Social Coordinator helps the Regional Reps produce the area welcome parties, the Vice President with planning for an enkai at each of the general meetings, create and organize a yearly fundraiser, and keep the HAJET community informed of events in Hokkaido through the Polestar.
Publications Coordinator- The Publications Coordinator oversees the creation and publication of all HAJET materials, maintains inventory on all HAJET publications sold at events, and is Editor-in-Chief for the Hokkaido Newcomers Guide.
If you want more information, there is a list of the current council plus the HAJET Constitution which outlines each position’s duties on hajet.org- just above this under “About HAJET.” Also, it’s a good idea to talk to the person currently holding that duty- it can give you a better insight into what it entails and help you decide if you or someone you know is a good fit.
If you have a nomination to make (for yourself or someone else) or any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The nomination period will end on December 31st, and voting will begin January 12th.
Join Gotham City’s most popular host and most eligible bachelor for the social event of the season.
This years HAJET Winter Ball is going to be the last place a villain wants to be.
**Location: J-Room (Not the same place as last year but just around the corner from JASMAC Plaza.)
**Date and Time: Monday, December 2nd
8pm – 10pm
**Dress and Theme: Vintage or modern evening dress is preferred, but not required. Also, black and white attire is optional. Guests may also attend as their favourite hero, heroine, or villain in disguise and incognito.
**Price: 3,000 yen p/p for HAJET members / 3,500 yen p/p for non-HAJET members.
**Food and drinks: A variety of drinks will be available on a nomihodai plan as well as some light snacks (please eat dinner before coming).
This is a HAJET run event but is not only for HAJET members or even JET’s, anyone is welcome to come and is encouraged to do so.
The venue will have a dancing area and we will have prizes for the: Most Original, Best Cross Dress, and Best (crime fighting) Group.
Once the party concludes, the heroes don’t have to retire to their Bat Caves right away. Close to the venue is the always popular Susukino Red Light District where Rad Brothers, A-Life and yes, even Booty (where the bad guys hang) are always open.
**”Because the venue’s capacity is limited, we will be selling tickets to the Ball before hand starting at the beginning of the lunch break on Monday. This way people that are planning to dress up for the ball will know for certain, beforehand that they are able to attend. If you are interested in buying a ticket to the ball please visit the HAJET table outside the conference room from the beginning of the lunch break. We realize that this may be an inconvenience for some of you, but we have decided that this will be the fairest way to include the most HAJET members possible. Thanks for your understanding.
Please direct any questions to David, the HAJET Social Coordinator at email@example.com.
Hope to see you there!
It’s time for the annual HEC T-shirt contest! The designs are all in, and we have quite a few this year. Take a look at the choices below, and remember: cast your vote by 4:00 pm on Saturday, November 9th. That’s the end of this week – don’t wait, vote!
The winning design will be printed and sold at the Skills Development Conference in December. All profits from t-shirt sales will help fund the Hokkaido English Challenge.
Click the entries to see a larger version. Some images had to be edited slightly for display on the web; actual image quality on the finished product may be higher.
Grab your cameras!
This is your chance to enter the HAJET Photo Contest. Phone, digital and film shots are all accepted. Voting will consist of two rounds. First round will determine the winner of each category. The second round will be grand prize voting amongst said category winners. The rules include:
• No photos containing name watermarking or tags signifying the creator will be allowed.
• All photos must be taken in the span of January 2013 – December 2013 IN Japan
• All entries may be distributed by HAJET, but will ask permission to the photographer before using images in future promotional materials.
The Categories Include
• ¥800 members
• ¥1,300 non-members
Up to 5 entries
• ¥1,000 members
• ¥1,500 non-members
¥2,000 for each category winner
¥2,000 for the grand prize winner
Deadline for Photos submission will be December 3rd, 2013 and entry fees will be due by December 6th, 2013. Entrant fees can be paid by cash, check, or furikomi to Anna (HAJET Treasurer) and photo entries must be sent to John at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Hey everyone, it’s that time of year again, the time where HEC asks you to help us design a T shirt we will sell to the entire Hokkaido ALT community.
Here’s how things go:
First you will submit a design to Scott in any format provided by Photoshop software to email@example.com by Tuesday November 5th. *note the change from earlier posts
Then the community will vote on their favorite design.
The winning design will be sold at this year’s Sapporo Skills Development Conference AND receive a free t-shirt that they designed.
1. Please keep the background (t-shirt color) one color and use no more than two in the printed design.
If you are wondering which colors are available at the printing company, please refer to this webpage: http://www.good-gazo.com/P-shurui.htm. Please only use the standard 22 colors and not the special colors like shiny gold since that will cost extra.
2. Your design must fit within an A4 sheet of paper. That is the size of a standard piece of printer paper.
3. You are free to make any design you please. However keep in mind that voters might be more inclined to vote for a t-shirt they can relate to, and we can all relate to Hokkaido or teaching English and no winning t-shirt has strayed from one of those themes to date.
I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s designs.
Even if you’re not a photoshop artist, this can be your chance. Hey you never know.
Good luck! Happy designing!