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The Return of Dim Sum Saturday!

Perhaps some of you remember AAJA Seattle’s Dim Sum Saturday‚Ķ and it’s back!

Meet your fellow AAJA members for casual chat and a great time over dim sum. Friends, co-workers, significant others and kids more than welcome.

Let’s meet at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 26, at New Hong Kong Restaurant (it used to be known as New Kowloon), 900 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104 in the International District. It is located on the second floor of the Pacific Rim Center, which has a free parking garage. We’ll all split the check. Dim sum typically runs about $10-$15 per person.

Please RSVP so we can keep a rough headcount and know how big of a table to reserve. Leave a message in the comments, or RSVP via the AAJA Seattle group’s Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/393751124050857/

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Meet the AAJA Seattle Chapter Board Candidates

It’s time to vote for the AAJA Seattle Chapter Board officers! This year, we are voting on President, Vice President of Programs, Secretary and National Advisory Board Representative.

Ballots will be sent to the email address filed with AAJA. It will arrive in your Inboxes on Oct. 18. Ballots are due by noon Oct. 28.

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NJC Almnus Represents Washington At National Teacher of the Year Celebration

Jay Maebori, the 2011 Washington Teacher of the Year, is a NJC alumni and Kentwood High School journalism teacher. He was celebrated in September at an event at the Experience Music Project (read about it here in the Northwest Asian Weekly), but look who is just behind Pres. Obama when the White House hosted the National Teacher of the Year Award.
White House video on National Teacher Day
Watch: National Teacher of the Year Speech
(Spotted from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction Webpage.)

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Run for chapter board! Deadline is Friday

It’s election time, and it’s another chance for AAJA Seattle members to make a big difference!

Seattle chapter officers meet about once every two months, and it’s a chance to be involved directly building our community through workshops, the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship and, of course, the annual Lunar New Year Banquet.

Our chapter board works as a team, and we support each other. These roles require a time commitment, but as any board member will tell you, the commitment is manageable. We all feel a great satisfaction in the chapter’s membership growth (up 25% over last year). Students and professionals see value in what we do — and now it’s your chance to contribute your talents, network and insights to our chapter!

Positions up for election this year are:

Vice president for member programs: This person takes the lead on Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship and workshops. This is an interim one-year position. Must be a full member.

Vice president for events: This person takes the lead on Lunar New Year Banquet & Silent Auction and networking events. This is a two-year term. Must be a full member.

Treasurer: This person is responsible for managing the chapter’s finances, processing donations and filing reports with National. This is a two-year term. Must be a full or associate member.

The deadline to nominate yourself or another person is this Friday, Oct. 15.

Contact Venice Buhain at venicebuhain[at]gmail.com for more information or to make a nomination. You can also contact Sanjay Bhatt, chapter president, at sbhatt[at]seattletimes.com.

After nominating deadline has passed and candidates’ eligibility is confirmed, the chapter Secretary will send members their ballot via e-mail using Survey Monkey.

Chapter members must cast their votes by Oct. 29. The chapter will report the names of newly elected officers to National by Nov. 4.

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AAJA Seattle votes for change — and now we need leaders!

The AAJA Seattle chapter board recently had our full members vote on a proposed change to the structure of the board.

The full members who voted approved the proposed change 17-1. Starting in 2010, our new chapter board configuration will be the following:

Up to seven voting members, each serving two-year terms:
– President
– Vice president for member programs (would be responsible for NJC, mentoring, professional workshops)
– Vice president for events (would be responsible for Lunar New Year, social mixers, and social networking)
– Treasurer
– Secretary
– National Board Rep(s)

The vice presidents would run for two year terms which would be staggered.

Now, we need people to fill these positions. We are taking nominations for the following positions:
– President
– Vice President for Member Programs
– Vice President for Events
– Secretary
– National board representative

The people who hold all these board positions need to be full members of the Seattle chapter of AAJA as of 2009.

To nominate someone or yourself for one of these positions, please send a nomination to AAJA Seattle’s e-mail account at aajaseattle@gmail.com. You also can use that e-mail to send any questions about the positions and their duties. We’d like to hear from people interested in these positions by Oct. 6.

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