New JET officers, Tampa Natsu Matsuri, Goodbye From Abby

Goodbye from Abby

New JET Coordinator. It is definitely bittersweet to say goodbye to everyone! I came to the consulate in May 2009 and thought I'd only stay for 1 or 2 years. Instead, it's been 4 fantastic years, and I have truly enjoyed my role as the JET Program Coordinator and working with JETAA. It is definitely with a heavy heart that I say goodbye, but I am very excited to announce that I will be beginning a PhD program in the East Asian Languages & Cultures Department at Columbia University. This is a complete dream come true, and I look forward to remaining connected to JETAA in New York City! I am also pleased to announced that I will be succeeded by Michael Herrero, who has been the visa officer at the Consulate for the past 10 years (and issued almost all of your JET visas!). Michael is a great guy and very keen on learning more about JET and JETAA. Please help him out as he learns the ropes (particularly as he takes on his first ever JET departure this August!). I can still be reached at until July, after which Michael will take over that email account.

Thanks for a wonderful 4 years!



Welcome New Officers!

Introducing the Incoming JETAA Officers

Since the positions were uncontested, there was no need for a runoff this year and we did not hold elections. The submitted running platforms are being posted as introductions to the new officers.
Vice President: My name is Allan and it’s a pleasure to meet you. I was a JET ALT in Saitama from 2005 to 2007 and then stayed in Japan until late 2010. Since returning to the US I’ve tried to get involved with Japanese culture related activities here in South Florida to continue my study of Japan (and still studying Japanese but I’m getting rusty haha.). I’ve volunteered at events at the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, for the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami, and at various Japanese and Asian festivals. I’m running for office because I feel JETAA is a great way to remember and honor the places we called home while on the JET Program. By being active in various events we can maintain our ties to Japan and help spread the culture we learned, as well as creating new ties with the Japanese community here in Florida. Thank you for your time and I look forward to another year JETAA. Take care!

Information Officer: My name is Denise, I was an ALT in Iwate-Ken from 2005-2008. I have a BA in Mass Communications, and currently work in the Business Development department at UF&Shands in Gainesville.  After JET I returned to Wisconsin only to find myself relocating to Florida and starting my post JET career. I would like the position of Information Officer to connect with the JETAA community in Florida and also to stimulate my creative side.

Webmaster: David - As Webmaster of Florida JETAA, I would help maintain our website and promote fun events for returning JETS, current JETs, and also to introduce people to Japanese culture. I will also be involved in planning events in the Miami area. One idea I would like to do is some type of movie screening or Japanese film festival at O-Cinema or another similar location. Also karaoke in the Miami, South Beach, or Ft. Lauderdale regions. I would also like to help out with any other events and I have a relatively flexible schedule to accommodate others ideas.

Also welcoming Rhett as the new Pensacola Regional Representative!

Our incoming and continuing officers' contact information is available on the Florida JETAA Board and Regional Representative Pages! We also have openings for Regional Representatives for Tallahassee, Treasure Coast, and Ft. Myers. Please email if interested.

Thanks to the outgoing officers and regional representatives for all their hard work and dedication! Welcome to the incoming JETAA officers! This will be another spectacular year!
Natsu Matsuri

Tampa Natsu Matsuri Approaches!

Connecting Japan and Tampa! This annual event continues to grow and thrive. Now fully brought under the Florida JETAA wing, we're working to continue supporting this fantastic this grassroots Japanese Festival. Attendance is free and open to the public! Volunteers are still needed! Contact for more information!

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JET Update

The 2013 JET year was an excellent one, and we are excited to send off 28 ALTs and 1 CIR. This is the largest number of JETs that we have seen depart from Miami in recent years, and they are really fantastic candidates. Please visit the JETAA Florida facebook and webpage for upcoming Q&A sessions around the state to get to know your new kouhai!
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