SPECIAL CONVENTION ISSUE
Nov. 27-28, 1959.
JACL RECOGNITION BANQUET
HIGH- LIGHTS J.A. LEADERS
Eight outstanding persons of Japanese ancestry who have partici-
pated actively in community affairs are being honored at the Mountain
Plains District JACL recognitions banquet to be held in the Starlite
Room of the Park Lane Hotel, in Denver, Colo., on Nov. 28th.
K. PATRICK OKURA of Omaha, Nebraska heads the distinguished list
and will deliver the principal address of the evening. The others
are: ROY INOUYE of La Jara, Colo, WILL KAGOHARA of Ft. Lupton, Colo.,
KATHERINE KAWAMURA of Delta, Colo., KISH OTSUKA of Sedgwick, Colo.,
REV. EIZO SAKAMOTO of Rocky Ford, Colo., LARRY S. TAJIRI of Denver,
and GRANT M. UJIFUSA of Norland, Wyoming. (Details concerning each of
the honorees are set forth on the
MEACH NOGAMI, Tournament Di-
rector for the 7th Annual Mtn-
Plains JACL BOwling Tournament,
announced that all plans are now
completed for the regional class-
ic, to be held Nov. 28-29, Sat.
and Sun., at the Dahlia Lanes in
Singles and doubles, as well
as ragtime, will commence 12:30
p.m., Sat., Nov. 28th.
Team events will commence on
Sat. night, Nov. 28, at 6:30 p.m.
and at 9:30 p.m., and will resume
at 12:00 noon, Sun., Nov. 29.
Entry fees, per event, are:
Men's Class AA $4.25; Men's A -
$4.00; Women's events $3.25.
All-Events fee is $1,00 per
person, with Ragtime at $3.00 per
TODD OKITA heads the Men's Di-
vision, and DOROTHY OKITA will be
in charge of the Women's Division
with EDWIN SHIMABUKURO serving as
EVELYN HAYASHIDA is chairman
of registration; GENE IKEYA is in
charge of scorekeepers, and GEO.
MUKAIKUBO heads the schedules.
BOB NOGUCHI is in charge of rag-
time; JEAN SATO heads the awards
committee, and entry blanks may
be obtained from DOROTHY GORAI.
Y. "TAK' TERASAKI, district
chairman of the Mountain-Plains
JACL, believes in the greatness
of this region, and planned this
convention to honor outstanding
persons of Japanese ancestry who
have, through their achievements
enhanced the prestige and welfare
of all of us.
Last year, he initiated the
banquet to fete BILL HOSOKAWA,
Nisei-of-the-Biennium, 1956 -1958
and catalyzed vast good will in
Terasaki has served as presi-
dent of the Mile-Hi JACL in 1951,
was national vice-president, and
now climaxes his 2-year term as
K. PATRICK OKURA
K. PATRICK OKURA, recently ap-
pointed Chief Probation Officer
of the Juvenile Court in Ctnaha,
Nebraska, will be the principal
speaker at the Mountain -Plains
convention banquet on Nov. 28th.
Okura will speak on "The Nisei
in Community Affairs."
He will be honored by the Mtn-
Plains JACL for his outstanding
contributions and participation
in community affairs.
He served 16 years as psycho-
logist at Boys' Town, and assumed
leadership responsibilities in
professional organizations, serv-
ing as president of the Nebraska
Welfare assn., and vice-president
of the Nebraska Child Care Insti-
tutions, as well as other profes-
Okura has been active with the
JACL for more than 25 years, and
has served as chairman for two
terms of the National Planning'
Committee. He was the first dis-
trict chairman of the Mountain-
Plains JACL, and was winner of
the National JACL Distinguished
Achievements Award in 1952.
BILL HOSOKAWA will act as the
Toastmaster for the banquet, and
the convention dance follows with
Lynn Gooding's orchestra. During
intermission, MIKE TASHIRO of the
Brighton JAA, and MIKE NAKAMURA
will officiate during the conven-
tion benefit drawing.
FT. LUPTON BUFFET SUPPER:
JACK TSUHARA, president of the
Ft. Lupton JACL, promises a deli-
cious "Nihon-shoku gochiso" pre-
pared by Lupton JACLers, as the
convention opener, on Fri. even-
ing, Nov. 27th, at the Town Hall
in Ft. Lupton. Children will be
welcome, and special rates will
be accorded families. Dr. George
Uyemura will act as master-of-
ceremonies for the informal even-
ing in Ft. Lupton.
DISTRICT COUNCIL SESSIONS:
MASAO W. SAT0W, National JACL
Director, will be flying in from
San Francisco to give his reports
on the national organization, at
the council sessions on Saturday.
All delegates and observers are
invited to attend.
A special luncheon program to
give opportunity to hear Satow is
being planned at the Albany Hotel
at 12:00 noon, Saturday, Nov. 28.
SUMI TAKENO, convention regis-
trar and district corresponding
secretary, announced that a pack-
age deal for the entire conven-
tion, including three meals and
dance, was only $10,00 per per-
son for registration.
Those desiring to attend only
the recognitions banquet and con-
vention dance may obtain tickets
for $10.00 per couple.
Reservations are limited, so
call or write: SUMI TAKENO, 4708
Wyandot St., Denver, 11, Colo.,
GRand 7-7973 immediately!
FRI,, Nov. 27th: FT. LUPTON JACL BUFFET SUPPER.........$ 2.00
Town Hall, Ft. Lupton, Colorado
Dr. George Uyemura, Central Vice-Chrmn.
SAT., Nov. 28th: MTN-PLAINS JACL COUNCIL SESSIONS
10:00 a.m. Pine Room, Albany Hotel, Denver, Colo.
2:00 p.m, Y. Terasaki, District Chairman
(Boosters and observers invited to attend.)
12:00 noon MTN-PLAINS CONVENTION LUNCHEON........$ 2.00
Spruce Room, Albany Hotel, Denver, Colo.
Masao W. Satow, National Director, JACL
6:30 p.m. MTN-PLAINS RECOGNITIONS BANQUET.......$ 5.00
Starlite Room, Park Lane Hotel
Bill Hosokawa, Toastmaster
9:00 p.m. MTN-PLAINS CONVENTION DANCE...........$ 2.50
Starlite Room, Park Lane Hotel Couples 4.00
Dorothy Uchida, Chairman
Mike Tashiro, Brighton J.A,A.
SAT. and SUN.,
Nov. 28-29, 1959:- 7TH ANNUAL MOUNTAIN-PLAINS JACL BOWLING TOURNAMENT
commencing Dahlia Lanes, Denver, Colorado
12:30 p.m. Meach Nogami, Tournament Director
Sat. (Please contact Evelyn Hayashida for
registration and entry information.)
SPECIAL CONVENTION ISSUE. Page 2
NOV. 27-28, 1959.
MOUNTAIN- PLAINS JACL HONORS:
ROY INOUYE, of La Jara, Colo.,
is originally a native of Stock-
ton, Calif. He came to the San
Luis Valley in
1926, as a very
young boy, when
his parents de-
cided to move to
During the 33
years he has now
1ived in the San
Luis Valley, he
has become a successful farmer,
and is a recognized agricultural
and community leader in southern
Inouye is past president of
the Conejos County Farm Bureau,
and is a Director of the Colorado
Farm Bureau, representing the 5
counties in the San Luis Valley.
He served on many agricultural
boards and commissions, and was
president of Rotary, as well as
3-time president of the JACL. He
is on the County Hospital Board,
and a past director of the JC's.
WILL KAGOHARA of Ft. Lupton,
is a native Coloradoan. He was
born in Greeley,
and attended the
He is the 1st
to the Colorado
State Patrol and
has now served
for more than 7
years. He has
won "The Patrolman of the Month"
award twice. His fellow officers
and superiors express pride in
having Kagohara as a member of
the State Patrol.
He has served as president of
the Patrolmen Protective Associa-
tion, and is a board member of
Colorado State Civil Service Em-
Kagohara is a first aid in-
structor, as well as an instruc-
tor in judo for self-defense in
service training for the Patrol.
$10 PER COUPLE
m s a
PARK LANE HOTEL
Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Dance at 9:00 p.m.
LYNN GOODING'S ORCHESTRA
Sat. nite ******* Nov. 28th
MTN-PLAINS JACL DISTRICT CHAIRMEN
1947-51: K. Patrick Okura
1951-53: Roy M. Takeno
1953-54: George Masunaga
1954-55: Floyd Koshio
1955-57: Robert Horiuchi
1957-59: Y. "Tak" Terasaki *
KATHERINE KAWAMURA, of Delta,
Colo., is a native Denverite. She
graduated from the University of
She is now a
reporter for The
on the western
She was one
of the first or-
ganizers of the
NICC, and was the first editor of
the JACL Bulletin, for the local
She has served as district
president and state historian of
the Colorado Press Women. She
has won firsts in newspaper con-
tests sponsored by the National
Federation of Press Women, and
in state-wide contests.
She has actively participated
in community affairs, serving as
secretary to the Paonia Library
and as president of the Delta Re-
KISH OTSUKA of Sedgwick, Colo.,
is a native Coloradoan, who has
spent his life ......
He is a char-
ter member and a
of the Chamber
of Commerce, and
a 10-year member
of Rotary, serv-
ing as an offi-
cer 4 terms. he has been active
as a 4-H leader, and on the PTA.
Otsuka helped organize and has
been an officer of the Sedgwick
County Farm Bureau. He has been
president of the county Crops and
Livestock Improvement Assn., and
six times president of the local
Beet Growers Assn. He served as
president of the Soil Conservation
District, and member of the Board
He is a State board member of
Soil Conservation Assn., Cattle
Feeders Assn., and Certified Pota-
to Growers Assn.
REV EIZO SAKAMOTO
REV. EIZO SAKAMOTO is an Issei
minister of the Christian Church,
who has been working for 15 years
in the Arkansas
Valley in south-
among the Japa-
He is Associ-
ate Minister of
the First Chris-
tian Church of
Rocky Ford, and
Minister of the
at Manzanola, Colo. He is also
Minister-at-large to the Japanese
Americans in Arkansas Valley.
Rev. Sakamoto is treasurer of
the Ministerial Alliance, and is
chairman of the Social Education
and Action Commission.
He is a Board member of the
Credit Union, and Counsellor for
the Youth Organization.
In Jan., 1959, he was awarded
the first Americanism medal by
the D.A.R. of La Junta, Colo.
LARRY S. TAJIRI, a native of
California, evacuated at the out-
break of war to
Salt Lake City,
to edit and pub-
lish The Pacific
Citizen, as the
voice of JACL.
behalf of all of
us for 10 years,
Americans of Japanese ancestry
in the United States owe a huge
debt of gratitude to Tajiri for
his 10 years of sacrifices.
He worked on various Japanese
vernaculars on the West Coast,
and was with the New York office
of Asashi Shimbun, before going
to Japan and Manchuria as a for-
eign correspondent, prior to war.
After leaving the P.C., Tajiri
worked briefly for The Colorado
Springs Free Press, and is now a
nationally known drama editor for
The Denver Post.
1 1957-59 MTN-PLAINS JACL OFFICERS:
Dist. Chrmn. . . Y. Terasaki
No. Vice-Chrmn . . Frank Tamai
Central V-Chrmn. . . Geo. Uyemura
So. Vice-Chrmn . . Ugi Harada
Council Secretary. . Betty Suzuki
Corr. Secretary. . . Sumi Takeno
Treasurer. .... . Bill Kuroki
1000 Club Chrmn. . .John Masunaga
Historian Barbara Lawson
FT LUPTON JACL J. Tsuhara, Pres.
MILE HI JACL Bob Uyeda, Pres.
GRANT M. UJIFUSA, son of Tom
and Mary Ujifusa of Norland, Wyo.
is an outstanding
ster whose ac-
school and com-
will compare fa-
vorably and out-
shine the record
the Nisei some
20 years ago.
Grant has al-
ways held class
some other office
school career, and is president
of the Science and Math Club.
He ranks in the upper 5% of
his class, and has won state ho-
nors in debate. Sports-wise, he
is first string quarterback and
co-captain on a team that is un-
defeated in high school confer-
ence play in Wyoming.
In June, 1959, he was elected
Governor of Boys' State in Wyo-
ming, and attended Boys' Nation
in Washington, D.C. On June 13,
he headed the State of Wyoming,
sitting in Gov. Hickey's chair
TO BRIGHTON JAA
The Mountain-Plains JACL Con-
vention Board expresses its spe-
cial thanks and appreciation to
the Brighton Japanese American
Association, and to MIKE TASHIRO,
President, for their splendid co-
operation and generosity in spon-
soring a benefit for the Mountain
Plains JACL Convention.
through out his
REMEMBER NAT'L JACL
MIKE NAKAMURA, assisted by KEN
FUNAKOSHI, as finance chairman of
the Mile-Hi JACL, heads the bene-
fit, and SAM KUMAGAI, CPA, is the
Denver, Colorado Mar. 1-5, 1960 Auditor.
MOUNTAIN-PLAINS JACL CONVENTION SPECIAL ISSUE
1225 Twentieth Street,
Denver 2, Colorado
Editor MIN YASUI
Art Work Rosa Odow
Heads Bud Uchida
Typists: Ruth Sagara, True Yasui