Online Voting is now open for the Spring 2019 NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections!
Please read the candidate platforms and instructions below. You can cast your vote on the Google Form here:
Each NEJETAA member is entitled to cast one ballot only. You have to option to vote for a single candidate or abstain for each position. This poll will be open from its posting, until 11:59PM EDT on Thursday, May 24th.
To be an eligible NEJETAA member (required to vote), you must be an alumnus/alumna of the JET Program and currently reside in the New England region (CT, RI, VT, NH, ME, or MA).
Read the Candidate Platforms Below:
Giuliana Alfinito (Wakayama-ken 2017 – 2018)
Hi everyone! My name is Giuliana and I’d like to serve as your next NEJETAA VP. I returned from Japan last autumn and moved to Massachusetts to start on my MBA at Northeastern University later this year.
As an ALT in Shingu City, Wakayama-ken from 2017 to 2018, I joined the advisory board of a local nonprofit library and community center. I organized cultural events for our area that got us featured on NHK. I also helped the library in a successful campaign to raise ¥1,000,000 for scholarships and won a US State Department grant to develop a young women’s international business internship.
As your VP, I’d like to help our president build a tighter-knit community with more opportunities to network, relax, and share our experiences with each other and the larger New England community. Living outside of Boston myself, I know the struggle to get to the city is real, so I’d help throw more geographically widespread events, activities you can participate in remotely, and more frequent events in the city as well. Thank you for your consideration! よろしくおねがいします!
Jesse Kerstetter (Akita, 2006-2010)
I’ve been the NEJETAA Treasurer for the last year. I would like to continue my work as Treasurer and continue my involvement and support of our chapter. I wish to continue building the skills and knowledge I’ve gained through this position. I served as an ALT in Odate-shi, Akita-ken from 2006-2010. Since moving to Boston in 2017, I’ve been happy being involved and in the NEJETAA community. Thank you for your consideration ~ よろしくおねがいします!
Spring Elections: Call for Platforms!
Have you been thinking about getting more involved in NEJETAA, but you’re not sure how? Do you want to make friends, stay connected to your time on JET, and be involved in the Japan community in Boston? Now is your chance!
We are asking for platforms of all interested candidates to be submitted for review by our membership. If you’re interested in joining the NEJETAA board, please submit a platform!
What we need: *Less than 200 words *Self-introduction, including where and when you were on JET *What you want to accomplish in your time as an officer
Please don’t include any sensitive personal information (phone number, email, etc.), as your platform will be posted online for the membership to read. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just introduce yourself to everyone and tell us what you want to do! Check out platforms from last year’s spring elections here: http://nejetaa.com/2018/05/17/2018-spring-nejetaa-elections-its-time-to-vote/
Members will be voting for Vice-President, Treasurer, and Social Chair (refer to officer duties listed below).
Positions are normally for a one year term, no term limits. Officers are expected to attend as many of the executive meetings (held as necessary) and general meetings per year as possible, with 50% attendance as a minimum.
Please send your platform to Josephine at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, May 12th. On Monday, May 13th it will be published for the general membership to review and vote on by Friday, May 24th.
Any questions? Contact Josephine (President@nejetaa.com)
Thanks, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you!
The NEJETAA Officers Position Descriptions:
1. Vice-President The VP provides both leadership and follow-through on projects planned during meetings, and makes sure that we are fulfilling all our obligations as a JETAA chapter. In addition, the VP is the point person for any NEJETAA sub chapters in New England. Another important responsibility of the VP’s is to provide support to all the other officers. Specifically, this means: working with the membership/ marketing coordinator to increase and track membership; taking on the duties of the president when the president is unavailable; and balancing the powers of the treasurer by checking our bank account. Finally, the VP will prepare the agenda for all NEJETAA general and officer meetings.
2. Treasurer The treasurer plans the annual budget in conjunction with all officers. The treasurer oversees any and all grant requests. The treasurer submits an initial grant request to MOFA in February and to CLAIR in May, and follow up reports and receipt submissions to CLAIR in February and to MOFA quarterly. The treasurer maintains and balances the bank account; collects receipts and writes checks for any chapter expenses, and deposits any checks received within two weeks. The treasurer oversees the obtaining of price quotes and reminds officers of the budget for specific activities. The treasurer oversees any other account or platform (Paypal, etc.) which involves money changing hands. The treasurer informs the Vice President of all passwords, logins etc of any NEJETAA financial accounts. The treasurer also supports NEJETAA events as necessary.
3. Social Chair The Social Chair oversees the logistical planning of NEJETAA events, such as General Meetings, Nihongo Dake’s, Shinnenkai’s, and Happy Hours. The Social Chair advertises upcoming events and works in coordination with other officers to recruit new members. He or she also collaborates with the Membership/Marketing Coordinator to develop activities to increase member participation after the annual membership survey. The Social Chair should attend at least half of all official NEJETAA events.