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May 2013 Elections: Call for Platforms! And General Meeting

NEJETAA Officer Elections and General Meeting is on Tues., May 21, 6pm in Davis Square. We’ll be providing complementary snacks from Wings Works!

What: Elections/General Meeting (agenda here)

When: Tues. May 21 @ 6:00pm

Where: Eastern Bank Community Room, 647 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, Central Square T stop on Red Line (map)

Who: JETs!

RSVP to Katie at social at nejetaa dot com by Sunday, May 19 to join us as we plan our summer!

If you cannot attend the meeting, please register on our website at if you haven’t already to be able to vote online.


May 2013’s elections include the following positions: Vice President, Treasurer, Social Chair, and Webmaster/Communications Coordinator. 

Please note the Webmaster/Communications Coordinator position is a 6-month interim position until the official election in November 2013. Christina will be stepping down as Webmaster to continue serving as Country Representative for JETAA USA

Officers are entitled to a free ($45 value!) membership to the Japan Society in Boston, as well as other perks.

Positions are normally for a one year term, no term limits. Officers are expected to attend as many of the 6 general meetings (held every two months) and 2-4 executive meetings (held as necessary) per year as possible, with 50% attendance as a minimum.


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


*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 May 2012 elections.

Please send your platform to Christina at webmaster at nejetaa dot com by SATURDAY MAY 11. Shortly thereafter it will be published for the general membership to review and vote over a one week period from Tues. May 14 until the time of the General Meeting on Tues. May 21.

If you’re not running for an elected officer position but are still interested in getting involved, you can participate as Social Committee Members and plan events with our Social Chair! You can participate at any time throughout the year. Please email social at nejetaa dot com.

Thanks, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you!

The NEJETAA Officers

Click below to read the officer responsibilities.  Please note: All officer duties are listed in the Officer Description and Duties file in our downloads section.

Vice President

Generally, 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. Specifically, the VP works with the membership/ marketing coordinator to increase and track membership. The VP also is the point person for any NEJETAA sub chapters in New England. The Vice President also takes on the duties of the president when the president is unavailable. In addition, the VP provides checks and balances to the Treasurer by accessing our bank account online.


The Treasurer plans the annual budget in conjunction with all officers; the Treasurer submits and initial budget request to CLAIR in May, and follow up budget reports to CLAIR in December and March; the Treasurer maintains and balances the bank account; collects receipts and writes checks (approximately one-two checks per month) for any chapter expenses, and deposits any checks received immediately, or within two weeks maximum. The Treasurer will make regular monthly/yearly payments to the website hosting service and the domain registrar. Also supports NEJETAA events as necessary.

Social Chair

The Social Chair provides leadership to the Social Committee in planning and carrying out various social events. The social chair works closely with the Membership Clerk to provide integrated planning so that we can reach new members and understand member needs and interests.

Webmaster/Communications Coordinator (6 month term, up for full 1-year term election in Nov. 2013)

The Webmaster maintains our online presence, keeping the website up to date in content. The Webmaster also assists people to post content to the website, such as job descriptions and events for the calendar. The Webmaster supports marketing/outreach with the NEJETAA websiteFacebook pageLinkedIn group, and Twitter account to attract more users and make the site more comprehensive and resourceful.

Social Committee Members (Volunteer ANY TIME!)

The Social Committee plans approximately one event per month, such as Happy Hours, the Welcome Back party, Nihongo Dake dinners, etc. The members of the social committee (generally about 3-5 members at any given time) are volunteers (rather than elected people) and are not considered officers.

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