January Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko and Jean Yamashita
HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL! Akemashite omedetō gozaimasu!
The first day back for our seniors was January 10, 2019. Everyone was glad to be back with all their friends and to play Bingo again. Carol Kaneko passed around several copies of the 2018 donations list along with the treasurer’s category summary and net worth reports. Please see Carol if you would like to see the 2018 complete treasurer’s report or have any questions.
We welcomed 2019 on January 17th at our New Year’s celebration. Happy Year of the Boar! The front table was decorated with kagami mochi and a cute stuffed black and white boar. Susan AmRhein made “Year of the Boar” favors for everyone, and Terry Hirahara provided special napkins stamped with a red boar.
Paul Kaneko delivered New Year’s greetings to all. He encouraged all of our seniors to be active, stay healthy, eat healthy, see your friends regularly, exercise your brain, sleep 7-8 hours each night, and have fun (play bingo).
Kimiko Marr presented a wonderful video from 2018 featuring the Kokoro No Gakko program at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple. Some of our seniors were seen in the photos as well as many of their grandchildren. Thank you, Kimiko! We are always impressed with your work.
After a few games of Bingo, Susan AmRhein said grace, and we all enjoyed a delicious buffet from Miyuki Restaurant delivered by Chris Ishikawa. The Seniors were also treated to delicious desserts thoughtfully provided by Cindy Mine, Terry Hirahara, Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita and Susan AmRhein. What a feast! Thanks to the toban crew and everyone else who lent a hand in setting up and cleaning up.
Carol passed out an up-to-date membership list this month. If you did not receive one, please see Carol. Please shred any old membership lists as they contain information that should remain private. If you do not have a shredder, please return any old membership lists to the center and we will take care of the shredding.
January birthday honorees were Terry Hirahara and Hatsuko Tsuji 88. Absent were Mitsuko Ruble 90 and Karen Sugidono. Hatsuko was presented with a beautiful orchid plant in honor of her 88th birthday and a package of manju was delivered to Mitsuko in honor of her 90th birthday. Thanks to Terry Hirahara and Hisako Kodama for the delightful table flowers and head table arrangement.
The Seniors have scheduled a one-day bus trip to Table Mountain Casino for Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The cost is $30 for active members of the Senior Center or the WBT and $40 for others. Jean also announced a trip to visit Elkhorn Slough on Tuesday, April 23rd. She has reservations for one of their pontoon boat nature tours. Cost is estimated to be $30 if we can fill the boat, and space is limited to 26. Hopefully, we will see some baby otters! If you are interested in either of these trips, please contact Jean Yamashita (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, cell: 408-813-6539).
A planning meeting for the 2019 year was held on January 24. Thanks to Jean Yamashita, Jean Akiyama, Toshi Yamashita, Iwao Yamashita, Paul and Carol Kaneko, Susan AmRhein, Pat and Kimiko Marr, June Honda, Mitsuyo Tao, and Terry Hirahara for attending and sharing their suggestions and ideas for the upcoming year’s activities. Thanks to those who volunteered to take on many of the responsibilities for our activities. We enjoyed a delicious lunch thanks to everyone who brought goodies to share.
Thanks to our January toban: Terry Hirahara, Pat Marr, and Kimiko Marr. Leigh Sakaguchi was in charge of opening up this month. Thanks to all our members who thoughtfully help out whenever needed.
Get well cards were sent to Connie Dimas who tore her meniscus and to Terry Hirahara who broke her ankle. Terry has been attending in spite of her injury, and it was nice to see Connie back on January 24 to visit.
It was nice to see Nobuko Akiyama, Hatsuko Tsuji, and Chie Sakaue back after long absences. We hope they will be able to attend regularly again.
Leigh Sakaguchi and Hannah (Eileen Byers’ granddaughter) have bravely attempted to control traffic in front of the Senior Center so that Seniors may cross the street safely. Wearing his bright yellow vest, Leigh said vehicles are slowing down when they see him enter the street so hopefully this is helping. Thank you so much, Leigh and Hannah!
Monetary donations for the month of January gratefully received from: Eiko Ceremony, Karen Sugidono, Louise Sako, and Terry Hirahara. A special donation was received from Yamashita’s Market.
Thanks to all members who have paid their 2019 Senior Center or National JACL dues. Thanks for your commitment to our Senior Center and JACL chapter. If you have not paid your dues, please see Carol Kaneko.
Thank you for all the wonderful bingo prizes. The complete list is in the new Senior Center newsletter which will be distributed at Kizuka Hall and will be in the JACL newsletter which will no longer be published monthly.
Thank you for coming to the Senior Center! It’s a wonderful opportunity to socialize with old friends, make new friends and, of course, play bingo and win many useful prizes. Stay healthy these winter months (wash, wash, wash your hands) and try to stay active – remember to do your balance exercises three times a day!
Thurs Feb 7 Zenzai Treat
Thurs Feb 14 Valentine’s Day, regular bingo with Valentine’s Day activity
Thurs Feb 21 February Birthday Party
Sun Feb 24 Day of Remembrance, Salinas Community Center
Thurs Feb 28 Regular Bingo