The Club's Connections group donated funds to four new local charities this year.
As part of its ongoing philanthropic efforts, Connections contributed ¥7 million to 11 nonprofit organizations in 2021.
Alongside the seven longtime beneficiaries were four new recipients: online support service A Place for You; Fukushima-based children's home Aoba Gakuen; Musubie, which runs cafeterias across Japan for vulnerable children; and the Big Issue Japan (pictured), an organization that supports the homeless.
With so many charities hit hard by the pandemic, Connections' donations were particularly welcomed this year.
“Because of Covid-19, soup kitchens have closed, and volunteers risk infections when they hand out bento boxes to the homeless,” says Grace Lee, chair of Connections’ charities committee. “Our policy is always to support local organizations that are struggling to receive other kinds of aid.”
Connections holds various fundraising events and drives each year.
The Club is set to welcome Darren Morrish as its new general manager.
From October 1, the Australian (pictured) will lead the Club's management team, taking over from Anthony Cala, the outgoing general manager.
With more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Morrish, 51, has worked in management roles in Japan, South Korea, China, the Asia Pacific and his native Australia.
Most recently, he served as the general manager of the ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort in Okinawa.
A chef by trade, with a degree in culinary arts from TAFE New South Wales, Morrish says he is excited about taking the helm at the Club.
"As I settle in over the coming weeks and months," he says, "I very much look forward to reuniting with those Members I already know and meeting many new Members of this iconic and dynamic club."
The Board of Governors has approved the slate of candidates for this year's Board election.
The election will be held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting on November 16.
The Nominating Committee-proposed list of candidates is as follows:
- American Citizens (four to be elected)
- Japanese Citizens (one to be elected)
- Other Nationalities (one to be elected)
- Connections (one to be elected)
Call for Other Nominations
In accordance with the call for other nominations, the following Members will also run in the forthcoming Board election:
- American Citizens
In accordance with Chapter 5, Section 31 of the General Rules, unauthorized electioneering, including written communication to Club Members, other than in official Club election materials, during any election period, is prohibited.
Violations by a candidate for governor, upon review and recommendation of the Nominating Committee, may result in the disqualification of the candidate. Proper decorum is expected during the conduct of the election.
Longtime Member Michael Van Zandt passed away on July 28 in Florida at the age of 51.
An active Member for more than 20 years, he served on the Club's Food & Beverage Committee and was chair of the Wine & Beverage Committee.Read more...