Heart of America

Japan-America Society About Us



HAJAS 2017 Board Members
From left to right: Haruko Shukla, Francis P. Lemery, Tracey Whitman, Jennifer Postlewait, 
Matt Dobbins, Hideko Schackmann, Steve Woodsmall and Judith Cornish. 

The Heart of America Japan-America Society was founded in May of 1962. 

Our mission is to further understanding between the peoples of Japan and the Greater Kansas City area by promoting social, cultural and educational exchanges. It is a non-profit, non-political 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. This JAS has no paid staff. All of the work of the Society is done through volunteers.

Our organization serves the counties of Wyandotte, Douglas and Leavenworth in Kansas, and the counties of Jackson, Cass, Clay, and Platte in Missouri. But we also encourage friends from anywhere to be a part of our events and mission. We often send newsletters to members out of town including residents in Japan and former Kansas Citians.

The Heart of America Japan-America Society is a member of the National Association of Japan-America Societies


In July 2012, the Heart of America Japan-America was awarded a Certificate of Commendations from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Koichiro Gemba, in recognition of our organization’s contributions to Japan-U.S. relations. Then Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki presented the award to the Society on behalf of Minister Gemba.    


2017 Executive Officers

President...........................Francis P. Lemery
1st Vice-President.................Matthew Dobbins
2nd Vice-President....Judith Cornish
Secretary......................Tracey Whitman
Treasurer........................Jennifer Postlewait

Directors

Hideko Schackmann
Haruko Shukla
Steve Woodsmall
Board Meetings

Board meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of each month. There are nine officers and board members -- President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three board members. The Immediate Past President is also optionally an active board member. Any member is welcome to attend Board meetings and provide input and answer questions. Some votes are made by the Board, others are put to the entire Society at general meetings.


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