President - Tyler Onishi
As President, it is my duty to maintain the direction and goals of the club and to oversee the other cabinet members and their events. In addition, I am responsible for upholding Tomo No Kai’s traditions and continuing to grow upon the Japanese/Japanese-American culture on UC Irvine’s campus and in the greater JA community.
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VIce President - Tyler Yin
As vice president, one of my responsibilities is to assist the president in maintaining the direction and objectives of Tomo No Kai. I help create the weekly cabinet agenda and am in charge of creating/ distributing the weekly TWIT’s (This Week In Tomo). I also organize Tomo no Kai’s annual Mammoth/ Manzanar Trip in the spring. If you ask any member who’s gone to Mammoth, they’ll say... what happens in Mammoth stays in Mammoth.
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Director Of Public Relations - Joseph Gu
Hi everyone! My name is Joseph Gu, and I am a 2nd year CS major at UCI. As this year’s Director of Public Relations, I will be responsible for managing the 2019-2020 Intern Program and representing Tomo no Kai at SELANOCO meetings and events.
I also act as the liaison between Tomo no Kai and SELANOCO, the Southeast Los Angeles/North Orange County chapter of JACL, the Japanese American Citizens League. I attend the chapter meetings and coordinate joint events between Tomo no Kai and SELANOCO. In this next term, I hope to raise more awareness of JACL, its history, and its mission among Tomo members.
As for me, I enjoy gaming, listening to/playing music, and playing sports like volleyball and baseball! I’m looking forward to meeting everyone this year!
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Directors Of Cultural Affairs -
Hime Chadwick & Marin Ihara
As Co-Cultural Directors, we are in charge of producing Tomo's 30th Annual Cultural Night, with such responsibilities as, but not limited to, finding the year's coordinators for each act, booking the theater for the show, and holding practices for each act, etc. We are also responsible for promoting and maintaining Japanese/Japanese-American culture through the J-info segment during weekly meetings, in which we talk about the Japanese language and other various events/topics dealing with the Japanese/Japanese-American culture.
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Director of Social Affairs -
As Director of Social Affairs, it is my duty to coordinate all weekly Tomo after events. It is my job to organize events with other clubs across the UCI campus. I also maintain close connections and collaborate with other Southern California universities through INC, the Intercollegiate Nikkei Council, in planning other outside events. Overall, my responsibility is to encourage participation and ensure that every person is enjoying their experience in Tomo.
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Treasurer - Jamela Toso
As Treasurer, it is my duty to handle all monetary manners including overseeing fundraisers, finding sponsorships, and collecting money for membership. It is also my job to maintain a financial record of Tomo No Kai’s transaction history as well as helping maintain a general members roster. I will also seek new ways to improve our club financially.
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Secretary - Julie Nguyen
As Secretary, it is my responsibility to take minutes at weekly cabinet meetings, write notes on the white board during general meetings, and keep track of the general member roster. I also organize families and run the Unkie program. During spring quarter, I oversee elections and plan Semi, the end of the year banquet.
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Historian - Grant Yamamoto
As Historian, I am in charge of photographing events as well as creating and maintaining our newsletter Tomo No Times, social media accounts, and website. During winter quarter, I host the Day of Remembrance event, which is an event that is meant to acknowledge the time Japanese Americans spent time in the internment camps.
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Publicity Co-Coordinators -
Patrick Castillofuentes & Kali Kishi
Hello! I’m Kali アユミ Kishi, your Tomo No Kai co-publicity coordinator for the ‘19-20 school year! I’m a 3rd year psychological science major, as well as a fourth-generation Japanese American, who loves nothing more than to ponder love, life, and philosophy. I also love stars, boba, dancing, and pretty smiles! I hate cilantro and melons. I have two secret (useless) talents that I will show you if you ask me nicely! Please feel free to approach me for anything (or ask me about naruto/nct!), I’d love to be friends with you! ♥︎
Hello! My name is Patrick Castillofuentes, the other half of publicity in Tomo no Kai!. I am a 4th year C.S. major. I am a transfer student from San Diego! If you ever see don’t be afraid to say Hi or even roast me. I look forward to being one-half of your publicity coordinators.
As Publicity Co-coordinators, it is our responsibility to promote the club and its rad events through weekly posters and Facebook events based off of the weekly meetings and after-events. We often serve as the super cute and very approachable mascots Taro and Tomoko during boothing events as to provide a friendly environment for potential members. Some of the bigger events we are in charge of include the Anteater Involvement Fair, Rainbowfest, and Wayzgoose.
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Sports Coordinator -
As Sports Coordinator, I am in charge of all the Intramural and Intermural competitions that Tomo no Kai is involved in. I am in charge of organizing all quarterly IM sports teams and encourage all Tomo members, regardless of skill or athletic ability, to come out and play. I am also in charge of planning and hosting our annual basketball tournament, Ballin @ the ARC, which is one of the biggest tournaments in Southern California. I also coordinate with other schools like UCSD and UCLA to compete in their respective tournaments. My job is to make Tomo no Kai's sports competitive for our Tomo athletes, fun for all our general members, and worthwhile for creating bonds both on and off the court.
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Jomo Representative -
My position's purpose is to continue to foster a positive relationship between Tomo and Jodaiko, the Japanese drumming ensemble at UCI, through communication and understanding, as well as through fun joint outside events! I am also in charge of this year's annual INC volleyball tournament, Vollin' at the ARC.
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