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VOLUME IV NUMBER II
______________________ NOVEMBER 1949
MIKE MASAOKA HAILS GROWTH
OF MOUNTAIN-PLAINS CHAPTERS
Nisei history will "be made this weekend when JACL mem-
bers from five states converge on Denver to organize the
Mountain-Plains District Council. The Denver and Port
Lupton chapters, co-hosts, have prepared a full two-day
program in which fun and fellowship will be interspersed
with the serious business of setting up a JACL organiza-
tion tieing together the seven chapters scattered from
Montana to southern Texas.
Mike Masaoka, Legisla-
tive Director of the JACL-
ADC and former national seo
retary, will attend the
Mountain Plains District
Convention in the course of
a nation-wide inspection
tour. Masaoka will make
several key addresses and
will be available for con-
sultation on individual or
chapter problems.
In greeting convention
delegates, Masaoka issued
the following statementt
Fellow JACLere:
During the years in
which the JACL has been an
active force among persons
of Japanese ancestry in the
United States, it has march-
ed ahead on many fronte be-
cause of the courage,
strength, devotion, and vi-
sion of its thousands of
members and supporters.
But an ever-stronger,
more active organization
can achieve even more in
the future than has been
won in the past.
For this reason, it is
gratifying indeed to find
tfMmtionMtes
Need a ride? The Host-
Hostess-Transportation Com-
mittee can be contacted
through the registration
desk for free taxi service
at all times*
Trains, buses and planes
will be met, if deisred.
*****
Bessie Matsuda*s home,
1320 E, 20th Ave., is avail-
able to all women delegates
for freshening up, changing
clothes, etc. Make arrange-
ments at the registration
desk.
Honors for the most
traveled JACLers go to the
suntanned delegates from
the Rio Grande Valley chap-
ter in southern Texas.
It is a 2,000 mile round
trip for them.
in the organization of the
Mountain-Plains District
Council another indication
of the growing support and
loyalty of persons of Japa-
nese ancestry to their own
organ!zation--the JACL,
As one looks back to the
dark days through which we
have passed, compares them
to the hopeful present and
even more promising future,
one realizes that only
through patient effort,
sturdy support, and active
leadership of such areas as
the Mountain-Plains Dis-
trict Council has the JACL
succeeded in so many of its
tasks.
Ve have not yet achieved
all of our aims. There is
much work to be done before
we can stop and says "Now
we have reached our objec-
tiveswe are better Ameri-
cans in a greater America;
we have security through
unity,"
That is why it is so
heartwarming to know that
the Mountain-Plains Dis-
trict Council, through its
organized effort, will of-
fer an additional source of
strength and inspiration in
the work that lies ahead.
Proud of our achieve-
ments, we look with faith
to our destiny.
Delegatee will begin checking in Saturday morning at
convention.headquarters on the mezzanine of the Cosmopol-
MEET THE PREHEf
So that delegates need
not gawk, point and be puz-
zled about the identity of
certain distinguished-look-
ing persons, we present
herewith thumbnail profiles
of the seven chapter presi-
dents :
FRED YOSHIMOTO, Albuquerque
Slim, boyish Fred Yoshi-
moto is a green-thumbed Ni-
sei who amazes his neigh-
bors by coaxing crops out
of the arid flats surround-
ing Albuquerque, N.M. Fred
is originally from Idaho,
but now he'll argue that
there'8 no place like New
Mexico,
TOSHIO ANDO Denver
The gentleman rising to
a point of order may be
Ando the attorney, stickler
for legal niceties of life.
Toshio is originally from
Mill Valley, Calif,, moved
to Denver (courtesy Cen. De
Vitt) and is one of the
Twentieth Street communi-
ty's bright young men. He
con't, on page k
itan Hotel, Broadway at
East 18th Ave. The conven-
tion proper will be called
to order at 1:30 p.rr. Sat-
urday by Toshio Ando, pres-
ident of the Denver chapter
Addresses will be made by
Denver's Mayor Ouipg New-
ton and Hito Okada, nation-
al president from Salt Lake
City.
Other Saturday highlights
include a business ses-
sion, a dinner for all dele-
gates sponsored by the 1000
Club, and a mixer guaran-
teed to break whatever ice
remains unmelted.
Further business ses-
sions are scheduled Sunday,
followed by a dinner meet-
ing at *diich Colorado Gov.
Lee ICnous and Mike Masaoka,
legislative director of the
JACL-ADC will speak. Char-
ter's will be presented to
the Montana, Northern Wyo-
ming, Albuquerque and Rio
Grande Valley chapters.
V
A gala informal dance
will conclude the conven-
tion. Registration fee,
which includes tickets to
the two dinners, mixer and
dance, is *5, Details of
the program appear on
page 2.
I EDITORIAL: THE FINE LINK
A few short years ago, this vast Mountain-Plains coun-
try was the home of only a few scattered Nisei, The JACL
was unknown, for there was no apparent need for it. Then
came the evacuation and a host of new problems. Now the
Nisei in this region -- both natives and newcomers-- have
come to realize they have problems peculiar to themselves.
The JACL-ADC's record of svcoess in meeting these
problems is largely responsible for the growth of the
movement in this territory. Seven chapters from the far
corners are now about to unite in a district conference.
This formal wedding of the chapters will be the final
link in an organization that stretches from coast to
coast. As a theme for the convention, we can well adopt
a sentence from Mike Masaoka*s message: "Proud of our
achievement, we look with faith to our destiny." United,
we will be better prepared to meet that destiny.


PAGE TWO
THE DENVER JACL BULLETIN
NOVEMBER 1949
Published Monthly by
the Denver Chapter of the
Japanese American Citi-
zens League* 1834 Curtis
St., Denver* Colorado.
Telephone: Cherry 5990
Ouest Editor: Bill Hosokava
Members of the Port Lup-
ton and Denver chapters who
have planned the Mountain
Plains District convention
are hoping theyll see YOU
at the sessions.
It will not be wholly a
business affair. As Bill
Hosokawa suggested in his
last month's column* there
will be several opportuni-
ties for "bashful beaus" to
look over the fair sex.
Several national offic-
ers will be in attendance.
Mike Masaoka will travel
from Washington to deliver
the main address at the
Sunday night banquet. If
you want to hear a dynamic
speaker who makes Congress-
men sit up and listen* do
nut miss this dinner.
Min Yasui has worked out
a program that will offer
something of interest to
everyone.
This is our first dis-
trict convention. We want
it to be a whopping success.
If will be if each of you
can attend and lend support
to the various activities.
Reserve Saturday and
Sunday* November 12 and 13
for the convention. Wei.1
see you all therel
******
George Masunaga of the
Host-Hostess Transportation
Committee was being urged
to set up a baby-sitting
service* with George pro-
testing vociferously. Har-
ry Konishi finally came to
George1 s rescue with the
question: "If you were a
parent* would you leave
your child with Masunaga?"
That1 s the reason there
is no baby sitting commit-
tee.
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10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. REGISTRATiON-Mezzanine* Cosmopo- litan Hotel Kiyo lokooji, di airman committee members: nary Konishi Lillian Uchida Sue Akiyama Dorothy Hayano
12:00 noon l:0o p.m. LUNCH PERIODUnorganized
1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. OPENING SESSION Dining Room "D Cosmopolitan Hotel x. Chairman; TwShio Ando* Den- ver JACL Pres. . Star Spangied Banner Solo- Florence Yamada accompanied by Doris Yamada 3. Pledge of Allegiance led by chairman 4. Greetings: Bessie Matsuda- Conference Chairman 5. Introductions: Tom Yanaga Ft. Lupton JACL President . Welcome: Mayor Quigg Newton 7. Address: Hito Okada, Natl. President 8. Solo: Florence Yamada 9. Roll Call of Chapters: Kiyo YokoojiRegistrar 10. Announcements: a. Roy Takeno, Regional Representative b. George Masunaga 11. Adjournment
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3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. RECREATION--Dining Room "D"
7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. THOUSAND CLUB DINNERGeorge Fu- ruta* Chairman Cosmopolitan Hotel
9:30 p.m. 12:00 p.m. MIXER at Dining Room "D" Tik Matsushima) Ben Yanaga ) Chairman
SUNDAY: NOVEMBER 13
9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. REGISTRATION Kiyo Yokoo ji* di airman Information Desk
10:00 a.m. - CHURCHES ANNOUNCEMENT 1. CALIFORNIA STREET METHODIST CHURCH 25th & California St. 2. TRI-STATE BUDDHIST CHURCH 1945 Lawrence St.
10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. BUSINESS SESSION Cosmopolitan Hotel
12:00 noon 2:30 p.m. INFORMAL LUNCHES Unorganized
3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. RECREATION Dr. George Uyemura chairman
3:00 pm. 4:30 p.m. BUSINESS SESSION 1. District Council Constitu- tion 2. Election of CoundL Officers 3. 1950 District Convention
6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. CONVENTION BANQUET Room "DM* Cosmopolitan Hotel 1. Toastmaster: Minoru Yasui 2. Japanese American Creed Minoru Yasui 3. Dinner 4. Introduction of Honored Guests 5. Musioal Number: Douglas Ku- wano
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POUT LUPTON
A hearty welcome is ex-
tended to each and every
delegate to the first Moun-
tain-Plains District Convsn
tion and to the Mile Hi Ci-
ty.
You are cordially invi-
ted to participate in all
the activities and meetings
on the agenda for the two
days. The various commit-
tees have worked hard to
make this your convention
and they want you to enjoy
yourself.
Take this opportunity to
meet and talk th our na-
tional officers, President
Hito okada, Executive Dir-
ector Masao Satow and ADC
Direotor Mike Masaoka. The
JACL-ADC program will mean
more to you.
Again* welcome frum ev-
ery Port Lupton JACL member.
-Tom Yanaga
MIDDLEMAN
patient middle-man between
Mountain-Plains chapters
and national headquarters*
often has reason to doubt
his popularity. Usually
when he shows up at out-
lying communities in his
area* it*e in quest of
runds to keep the national
program rolling.
The money that this
sparesely populated area
has been able to produce is
a tribute to both Roy's
persuasive salesmanship and
the JACL-ADC objectives. To
Takeno* too* goes much of
the credit for organizing
the MountainPlains dis-
trict council.
JfaMt/ls Fforfst
fewvEffs Economical florist
FRS^DEUVCRY H. YAtfARI, m>.
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NOVEMBER 1949
THE DENVER JACL BULLETIN
page three
msmm
Masao W. (for William)
Satow is a man singularly
well suited for his job as
national JACL seoretary. In
addition to a knack for or-
ganizing---learned through
long years as YTCJA secre-
tary-^ has a hanilege en-
thusiasm for the JACL cause
and an ability to infect
his listeners with that en-
thusiasm.
Mas enjoys late hull ses-
sions, doesn't mind being
called on unexpectedly to
lead songs, yelle or pray-
ers. Hero of1 the family is
his long-suffering wife who
keeps the home hearth warm
while Mas is knocking
around the country on stren-
uous official junkets.
11th B1ENNAL NATIONAL
CONVENTION
SEPT. 28 OCT. 2, 1950
CHICAGO
Sunday, November 13 6.
5s30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 7.
8.
Chairman-Bessie Matauda
Business Manager-Tosh Ando
Secretary-Momi Katagiri
Treasurer-Harry Koniehi
Program-Minoru Yasui
Asst. Program-John Kurachi
Recreation-Dr. George Uye-
mura, Chairman
Sam Koshio
Seizo Yokooji
Lena Konishi
2mi Katagiri
Lee Murata
Mm i Katagiri
Registration-Kiyo Yokooji,
Chairman
Mary Konishi
Lillian Uchida
Dorothy Hayano
Sue Akiyama
Ha.ru Tanaka
Mixer -Ben Yanaga, Tik Matsu-
shima, co-chair-
men
Lee Murata
Lena Konishi
Jack Tsuhara
Host-Hostess-Transportation
George Kasunaga,
Chairman
Su e Karuyama
Helen Tanaka
Emi Katagiri
Doty Madokoro
Harry Sakata
Dr. John Chikuma
Terry Harada
John Kurachi
Sachi Maruyama
Roy Shibata
Jiro Shoji
Public ity-Sgt. at Arms
Dr. Mike Uba
Coordinator-Tom Yanaga
Rosa Mayeda is the crea-
tor of the snappy cartoons
in this issue. Rosa is wife
of Dr* Takeshi Mayeda, past
secretary of the National
Board.
Greetings: Gov. W. Lee Knous
Address: Mike Masaoka
Anneuncement of 1950 Offi-
cers
Presentation of Charters
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PAGE POUR
THE DENVER JACL BULLETIN
NOVEMBER 1949
MEET THE FEEHBS -(Miiui&L
TmtWOM SPED NISEI
sm,ammms
By Hito Okada
is married to the former
Michi Yasui of Hood River,
Ore., and includes amoitg
his hobbies two children,
bridge (at which he's a
whiz) and golf (about which
he prefers not to say much).
As convention business man-
ager, he used his influence
to keep the sponsors out of
the red.
TOM YANAGA, Port Lupton
Native Coloradan Yan&ga,
upcoming dirt and dairy-
farmer, wishes he had a son
to fill out his family of
four daughters. He might not
concede that be developed
his firm handclasp from
milking, but he readily ad-
mits that his wife Doris
manages most of his JACL
duties for him. Tom takes
active part in the Port
Lupton chamber of commerce,
burned many a gallon driv-
ing between Lupton and
Denver during organiza-
tional stages of the con-
vention. He'll be intro-
ducing special guests at
the opening session.
TOM KOYAMA, Montana
When hefty prexy, Koyama
of Hardin calls a chapter
meeting, the notices go out
to members scattered from
Miles City on the east to
hawlowtown on the west, one
hundred fifty and one hun-
dred twenty miles respec-
tively from Billings which
seems to be the natural
center of activity. Tom
keeps a weather eye cocked
on the grain market quota-
tions because that's what
he grows.
MIMoL OTA, Northern Wyoming
If your horse needs an
appendectomy. Doc Ota's
your man. He's on first-
name terms with a large per-
centage of the livestock
for several hundred miles
in e ach direction from Lov -
ell where he holds forth as
a popular veterinarian. Doc
met his wife, Masako, at
Heart Mountain WRA center
where he used to go look
after the physical welfare
of the project hogs and the
social welfare of unattach-
ed Nisei females. Doc
coaches the town baseball
team, carries fishing tack-
le in his car at all times.
He'll be renewing acquaint-
ances with Henry Kawahata,
president of the Rio Grande
chapter, with whom he at-
tended Texas A & M.
ROY INOUYE, San Luis Valley
San Luis (pronounced
Looie), Hoy wants you to
know, is a beautiful little
valley in southwestern Colo-
rado where the earth yields
fine spuds. Roy takes part
in La Jara Chamber of Com-
merce activities and he's
willing to pit a team from
his chapter against any
group of fishermen from any
JACL chapter in these Unit-
ed States. "Wyoming and
Montana?" he asks, "why the
Conejos is the best trout
stream in the country."
HENRY KAWAHATA, Rio Grande
Unlike the tall, lean
and taciturn Texans of fic-
tion, Texas Kawahata comes
in a more compact package.
Henry hails from the town
of Hidalgo, mosies over to
McAllen where he's a Rotar-
ian. Like Young Lochinvar,
Henry rode up to Denver to
woo and win his wife, Elsie.
He attended the national
convention in Salt Lake
City last year and was in-
spired to go home and organ-
ize the first JACL chapter
in the Lone Star State.
Rotund, dignified Hito
Okada, National president,
calls Salt Lake City his
home and insurance his live-
lihood. In earlier days,
however, he was a singer of
no mean accomplishments and
a versatile baseball play-
er. Up in Seattle where he
went to college, it was not
unusual to see Hito start a
ball game as catcher and
wind up on the mound as re-
lief pitcher.
Hito also dotes on fish-
ing, his pipes, cameras and
daughter Carolyne who is
making a name as a dancer.
With a lumber exporting
background, he's equally
proficient as speechmaker
in English or Japanese.
Return postage guaranteed
THE DENVER JACL BULLETIN
The Denver Chapter JACL
1834 Curtis Street
Denver 2, Colorado
It is fitting that the
first xdountain-Rlains dis-
trict convention should
meet in Denver for it was
here in 1946 that the first
post-war national conven-
tion of the Japanese-Amer-
ican Citizens League was
held.
it was in Denver that
resolutions pertaining to
evacuation loss claims and
naturalization for the Is-
sei were passed. During
the three year interim the
evacuation claim was suc-
cessfully engineered thru
congress and natural-
ization for the Issei near-
ly became a reality.
it would have been won-
derful if we could have ce-
lebrated a completion of
the program at this conven-
tion, however as we look
over the past three years
at the gains made by all
Japanese American attests
to the fact that we have
done our job well.
These things could not
have been accomplished
without the teamwork of all
concerned, the Nisei, Is-
sei, and other Americans.
Let us carry on and in a
very short time hope for
the successful passage of
the Walter Resolution, so
that our parents may share
with us the privileges of
American citizenship.
Sec. 562, P, L. & R.
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