Important edit: the Japanese information packet and request letter have now been posted! The links can be found at the end of the post, just above the online registration form.
Hello, everyone and welcome to 2014! As we enter the new year, we’ll be following the time-honoured tradition of out-with-the-old-and-in-with-the-new. That’s right, this will be the last meeting organized by the 2013 HAJET PC and your chance to get to know the members of the newly elected PC!
This year’s Winter Meeting will be held, as per tradition, in Furano. Known as the belly button of Hokkaido, Furano is famous for its natural beauty, wide range of outdoor sports, numerous onsen, handicrafts and dairy products. (Try the cheese fondue!) While we know that the siren song of the ski hills will be too sweet to ignore, we would like to remind you that we will also have informative seminars for your professional growth – or at least to help you look a little less confused in the office. The enkai will also feature a Japanese winter staple – nabe (hotpot). Do we need to give you more reasons to get out from under your kotatsu and come join us?
Whether you come for the snow, seminars, or simply for a change of scenery, we hope to see you all there!
Click through below for the full schedule and the all-important RSVP form. Please RSVP by February 7th!
Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all keeping happy and warm as we get into the heart of Hokkaido winter. While I’m sure everyone’s busy making plans to see snow festivals, drift ice, and hitting up the slopes, be sure to keep one weekend free for the Winter Meeting!
This year, it’s going to be held in Hokkaido’s belly button – the city of Furano! Boasting a rather impressive number of onsen, fondue restaurants and ski slopes, it’s a tourist favourite year-round.
The dates for the meeting are Feburary 14th – 16th. As usual, the general meeting and enkai will be on the Saturday, but both workshops will be happening on Friday night – unlike the last two meetings.
For those of you looking to stay in the city, I should mention that due to it being both high season for snow sports and Valentine’s day weekend, there are no double or single rooms available through HAJET. If you aren’t keen on sharing a room, I’d highly recommend that you make your own arrangements as soon as possible!
I’m still sorting out a few of the smaller details, but I’m sure you can expect to see online RSVPs open by the end of the week.
Also! I’m looking for one more workshop topic/presenter, so if there’s anything you’ve always wanted to spend an hour talking to people about – or if there’s something you’d like to see a workshop on, please get in touch! (Photographers/winter sports enthusiasts, I’m looking at you.)
Aside from that, if you have any questions – or just want to talk to someone about how cold you are – free free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The results of round 1 of the photo contest are in! The winners of each category are below. Choose your favorite of the four photos below, and submit your vote!
EDIT: Sorry for the trouble with voting before! The poll settings have been fixed, so everyone should be able to vote now. The voting will be extended by one day to make up for the lost time, now ending at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, January 28th.
It’s time for the voting on the 2013 photo contest to begin! Click on the “More” link below to begin browsing the submissions. Input your information and vote for one photo in each category!
You can click on the images to see larger versions of each photo. To see the originals, right click on an image and choose “Open in new tab.” Be sure to check out portrait-orientation images in a new tab, because left-clicking them will show a distorted image.
Voting will run up through the end of the year – 11:59 PM on December 31st.
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 email@example.com. The nomination period will end on December 31st, and voting will begin January 12th.