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Vol. 3 No. 8
5946 W. Iowa PI., Lakewood, CO 80226
September 1987
Contestants in
the highly success-
ful Tri-District
OACL Tennis Tour-
nament, August 5th.
Back row, left to
right, Kiyoto Futa,
Mary Ann Kishiyama,
Michiko and Henry
Kajiwara, Ruth Hi-
daka, Ron Yoshino,
Aileen Okimoto,
Alice Nishimoto,
Reiko Urano and
Walter Travis.
Front row, Hiromi
and Osamu Okano,
Noboru Wakumoto, Barry Kita, Susan Nakano, Mike Wong and Susan Masamori. All contestants with the exception of Ron
Yoshino (Chicago) were from the Denver metropolitan area. First place winner in the blind draw, mixed doubles match
was Walter Travis. Second place winner was Henry Kajiwara. The winners were determined by the number of games won
with different partners in a given space of time. Weather conditions were perfect although the courts had to be
cleared of water because the park officials failed to notify the court custodians. The tennis tournament was arranged
by Kiyoto Futa assissted by Dr. Susan Hemsi, Ruth Hidaka and Noboru Wakumoto. Photo by Tom Masamori.
Mile-Hi Chapter Monthly Chapter meeting Thursday,
September 3rd, 7:30 PM at the Nisei Post. Prelimi-
nary report on the results of the Convention and plans
for the future. All Chapter members and friends are
encouraged to attend this very important meeting.
Nisei Post 185 First regular monthly meeting for
the newly elected officers, Tuesday, September 8th,
8:00 PM at the Nisei Post. Primary business will to
bring the Post membership up to date.
Japanese Association of Colorado Board meeting,
Wednesday, September 9th, 7:30 PM at the Nisei Post.
All board members are encouraged to attend. REports
will be given on the results of the annual community
picnic and the Bill Hosokawa reception.
Denver Central Optimist F^irst meeting of the club
for the new officers. Thursday, September 10thT 7:00
PM at the China City Restaurant. Denver Central Op-
timist members and friends are invited and encouraged
to attend this meeting to show support and encourage-
ment to the new officers.
Kansha nn_44i-The third annual Kansha no Hi awards
program will be held on Saturday, September12th begin-
ning at 4:00 PM at the Denver Buddhist Temple. Awards
program will be followed by a buffet dinner prepared by
the member organizations. Tickets for the dinner are
$10 each and may be obtained from representatives from
any participating organization. Tickets may also be
purchased at the door but reservations are encouraged.
Participating organizations this year are: Tri-State Buddhist
Temples, Simpson United Methodist Church, Mile-Hi Chapter
JACL, Japanese Association of Colorado, Nisei Post 185, Den-
ver Central Optimist, Brighton Japanese American Association
(BJAA), Brighton Nisei Womens Club (BNWC), Fort Lupton Chap-
ter JACL, Denver Sister Cities Takayama Committee and the
MIS Veterans Club. Chairperson this year is Mrs. Terry Sato
and Vice Chairman is Dave Tagawa. Master of ceremonies will
be Dr. Ted Tsumura.
Go-For-Rrokp nnif Tournament Third Annual Golf Tournament
will be held on Friday, September 18th at the Wellshire Inn
Golf Course. The goal this year is to have 144 golfers which
will allow a double shotgun start. There will be many, many
major prizes as always, best team scores, nearest to the pin
on all par 3's, hole-in-one contests, longest drive, etc.
Chances for Mulligans and the Putting Contest will also be
available. There will be a 'Gold Sponsor' ($750), corporate
Hole Sponsors ($250) and individual golfers ($100). Anyone
interested in more information or entering this years tour-
nament should contact Dennis Ioka (792-9777) or Bob Sakaguchi
MIS Veterans Club Details for the first meeting of the
fall season are not final but general plans are to have a
pot-luck dinner. Oate, time and place to be determined.
Call Dr. Sueo Ito (421-1302) or Isao Kuge (426-8172) for more
Oenver Central Optimist Plans are to have the Installation
dinner in lieu of the regular meeting. More details later.

The Tri-District Convention was an overwhelming suc-
cess from the opening session to the farewell banquet.
My personal thanks to everyone who supported and parti-
cipated in this event. Special thanks to the Convention
Committee who sacrificed so much time and effort in ma-
king the Tri-District Convention not only interesting
but enjoyable as well.
The Chapter accomplished several goals by hosting
this conference. We were able to demonstrate, not only
to the national organization that we in the mountain west
are alive and well, but more importantly we rekindled
some interest locally in the Mile-Hi Chapter. A great
deal of momentum has been generated and now the challenge
will be to captilize on this effort. Again I urge the
membership to help us with ideas and suggestions with
respect to programs and fundraisers.
The Convention also allowed us to reach our to the
young adult community for their support and participa-
tion and they responded with great enthusiasm. With
people like Robin Masengale, Lynn Sugiyama, Jon Hokama,
Myron Kiyotake, Craig Okubo, Emily Ito, PaM Shinto,
John Kimura, Aileen Okimoto and many others who upon
being asked to help jumped at the opportunity to get
involved. Without their help and assistance the Con-
vention Committee would not have been able to accomplish
all the tasks that it set out to achieve. We all owe
them a great deal of thanks.
Bill Hosokawa, in his openingremarks, was asked to
speak on JACL five years in the future, his crystal ball
saw JACL as more of a service tather than an advocacy
organization. I agree with his viewpoint and the work-
shops that were presented at the convention supports this
approach as well. As noted on several occasions there
must be more diverse areas of interest other than civil
rights and redress to attract current and future genera-
William Marutani, National V.P. Planning and Develop-
ment, in keeping with the convention theme was also asked
to speak on JACL 'Life after Redress', he presented his
topic in a panel and audience participation format and
unfortunately the discussion was just beginning to get
interesting when we had to adjourn the session. Although
so specific directions could be gleaned from this session
the important point is that this is the type of dialogue
that the organization needs to have more of to determine
the needs and interests of the Nikkei community to deve-
lop programs that will eventually attract new members.
A personal thanks to Tak Terasaki, who at the last
minute bailed us out and served as the Master of Cere-
monies at the closing session.
Congratulations to Bill Hosokawa, who was awarded the
"Rising Sun with Golden Rays" by the Japanese Government.
A dinner honoring Bill was held on Sunday, August 16th.
The event was hosted by the Japanese Association of Colo-
The young adults, that I spoke of earlier in this sec-
tion, expressed interest in seeing the remains of the
Amache Relocation Center and the memorial that was erected
by the Denver Central Optimist Club. Because of several
conflicting commitments the only day that could be sche-
duled was August 30th. Two vans will depart the Denver
Budjhist Temple at 6:00 AM and return around 7:00 PM.
A program including video taping interviews has been planned
by Dr. Jim Taguchi. The Chapter will provide the vans and
the Denver Central Optimist will provide beverages for the
day long excursion.
Don't forget the regular meeting on September 3rd. We'll
be discussing future events, convention wrap-up and general
business items.
As a final note, I've decided to try my ahnd at running.
for a national office position in 1988. I'll be seeking the
Vice President for Membership Services position currently
held by Miss Mary Nishimoto of the Pacific Southwest District.
I'll have more on my campaign platform and committee in the
next newsletter.
The Tri-District JACL Convention was a successthanks to
all the willing helpers. Now we can all breathe again and
relax a little before the next project, which, for my com-
mittee and myself, will the the 3rd annual Kansha no Hi on
September 12, 1987 at 4:00 PM at the Denver Buddhist Temple.
The program promises to be a good one, and if you have not
attended before, make plans to do so this year. Tickets for
the dinner which is served after the program are $10 and can
be obtained from the sponsoring organizations, or you may
call me at 989-1976 or Dave Tagawa 659-4994.
The younger group that assisted during the Convetion are
very much interested in a Pilgrimage to Amache, and have
made plans to drive there on August 30th. They would appre-
diate having former Amache residents accompany them, as they
are full of questions on the internment. For information on
this trip please contact Robin Masengale 232-0177.
May I extend warm welcome to new members Nob Wakumoto and
Wayne and Diane Johnson. Thank you for joining our Chapter.
National HQ San Francisco is checking on memberships for
Leonard Ito and Isao Kuge. They sent their membership app-
lications to Washington, D.C. which were probably forwarded
to San Francisco. We should have clarification soon. Thanks
for your patience. See you in October!
Shown above are participants in the 1987 Tri-District JACL
Convention. From left to right, Brian Hayashi, Mile-Hi, Col-
lege age contestant, lee Payne, College Age Judge, Mary Ishi,
Milwaukee Chapter, High School Age contestant and winner,
Gail Molinaro, High School Age Judge, Lisa Yamaguchi, Mile-
Hi, College Age Prepared Speech winner, Pat Hayashi, Mile-
Hi, contest coordinator and George Iwaki, Detroit Chapter,
College Age Extemporaneous Speech winner. All contestants
were presented with a prize for entering this first contest.
Thanks to Pat Hayashi for arranging for the contest.

At upper left, members of the Workshop commi-
tee at a recent evaluation meeting. These people
served as Room Monitors for the various workshops
introducing the speakers, keeping track of the
schedule and collecting evaluation sheets pro-
vided to each participant in the workshops. At
this meeting the various evaluation sheets were
collated and a summary of comments and criticisms
^was given by each room monitor. Above center,^
Aileen Okimoto, room monitor, right, Carolyn
Takeshita who developed and coordinated the en-
tire selection and sequence of workshops. At
l^far 1e£U Pam Shinto, center, Jon Hokama and
| Craig Okubo, room monitors. In the general eva-
luation session held on Sunday, August 9th, all
of the workshop participants were universal in
praise of the value and contributions made by the room monitors. The topics for the workshops which were selected by
Carolyn Takeshita and her committee seems to have struck a very responsive chord among the participants. So much so
that a common complaint was that there was simply not enough time alloted to each workshop to fully involve all of the
participants in the discussions. This was universal planning dilemma faced by the Workshop committee in that there was
a need to provide a variety of topics to give the potential participants a choice and also to repeat these sessions in
order to give the maximum opportunity for participation. In this process, the length of each workshop was limited to
90 minutes whereas the consensus was that nearly two and one half hours would be needed to fully develop the topics to
the satisfaction of all. In retrospect, this was a nice kind of problem because in the early planning stages, there
was a concern that the topics may not attract any participants. In planning for the facilities also, there were no
early indications as to the numbers and
therefore the rooms were set out for 30
people. In some workshops however, over
40 people were in the rooms which made
the rooms rather crowded. At right more
of the committee, far right, Emil^Ito. ^
center, Robin Masengaie and Lvnn Suoiv^ma.
Robin was very active and helpful. She did
the layout and monitored the printing of
the convention booklet as well as plan the
Young Adult Mixer and coordinated the
activities of the Room Monitors. The Mile-
Hi Chapter is deeply endebted to Robin.
Others who contributed were Myron Kiyotake
who helped compose the 'Mile-Hi slide pre-
sentation and also video taped many of the
workshop. John Kimura and many others also
assisted in the highly successful workshops.
Our sincere thanks to all who helped!

Oeputy Sheriffs from the Mile-Hi Corral were kept
on edge when word got out that the desperados from
the dreaded Hasegawa Gang from back East in Omaha
were in town! At right, shown just before the show-
down are, back row, Ed and Mary Ishii, Sharon Ishii-
Jordan, Em and Bob Nakadoi. Seated, with hands on
the table are Renee Parker, Steve and Kathy Hase-
gawa. Luckily the food interspersed with the cool
Rocky Mountain showers helped keep tempers under
control. When he is not wearing irons, Steve is,
of course, the Governor of our Mountain/Plains Dis-
trict and Co-Host of the Tri-District Convention.
The barbeque was co-hosted by the Fort Lupton and
Albuquerque Chapters.
As if things weren't bad enough, 'Mean Gene' Watada
and his posse from Fort Lupton decided to hit the
scene! At left, part of the posse, Sam and Katy
Koshio, 'Fuzzy' Hisamoto, Shigeko Nishimoto, Misaye
Uno, Kathy Watada (Mean Gene's mate) and Alfred
Watada, another of the Watada boys. The Fort Lup-
ton bunch was prodded along by Fred and Ilene Tsu-
hara and many others. A four piece Western Band
kept the toes tapping and a good time was had by
all until old Mother Nature intervened with another
drenching shower. Featured at the Barbeque were
delicious Colorado sweet corn provided by the Saka-
ta Farms of Brighton and watermelons and 'Rocky
Ford cantaloupes from the Arkansas Valley Chapter.
Friday and Saturday mornings of the convention
started on an energetic note for those who could make
it! Early Bird Aerobic workouts to get the circulation
and anything else going. At right, back row, Naomi
Tanaka, St. Louis Chapter, Lillian Kimura, New York
Chapter, (Wake up, Bob!) and Thomas Hara from St.
Louis Park, MN. Front row, April Goral, Milwaukee
Chapter and Carol and Joyce Miyagishima, Mile-Hi,
workout leaders. These workouts were very much en-
joyed by those who were able to join in. Our thanks
to Carol and Joyce for providing the music as well
as the leadership in these workouts. Carol also
assisted in the selection of topics for the work-
shops and the videos. The Mile-Hi Chapter and the
Tri-District Convention owes much to these energetic
and thoughtful people.
Friday, August 7th, was an extremely full day
because of the Luncheon and the workshops. At
left, Bob Sakaguchi, Convention Chairman, Jim
Redmond, anchor for KMGH Channel 7 News and one
of the Luncheon speakers, Terry Sato, MC for the
Luncheon and Bill Hosokawa, the Keynote Speaker
for the Convention Opening. The other Luncheon
speaker was Mr. Richard T. Castro, Executive Dire-
tor for the Agency for Human Rights and Community
Relations for the city of Denver. Mr. Redmond
spoke about the behind the scenes activities for
television news. Mr. Castro spoke about the need
for proper media exposure for minorities.

The convention opening chaired by Bob Sakaguchi
was attended by nearly 200. After the introduction
of the guests, Bill Hosokawa gave the opening con-
vention address and spoke about the JACL five years
from now. He stated that he felt that the JACL will
change in its direction from civil rights to a more
local community oriented organization responding to
their needs. He also stated that in his opinion,
a general Panasian coalition will not succeed be-
cause of the lack of common interests between the
various Asian minorities. Shown at left, Bob Saka-
guchi presents Bill with a painting by a local Nik-
kei artist, Riya Nakazono. The painting was dona-
ted as a gift to Bill Hosokawa. Others who addres-
sed the convention opening were Rev. Joseph Sakak-
bara, Simpson United Methodist Church, Mr. Stewart
Bliss, Chief of Staff for Colorado Governer Romer,
Dalene Silver who spoke for the Marriott Hotel Southeast, Mike Suzuki, Governor of the Eastern District Council, Tom
Hara, Governor of the Midwest District Council. Steve Hasegawa, Governor of the Mountain/Plains District Council and
Denny Yasuhara, representing the Pacific Northwest. Tom Masamori spoke briefly about his rememberances of Min Yasui
and asked the other speakers to add their recollections of Min who so strongly influenced not only the local Mile-Hi
Chapter but also the national JACL anu countless individuals through personal contacts. National JACL officers who
attended were Harry Kajihara, National
President who spoke about his goals
and objectives for the next year.
Ron Wakabayashi, National Director,
stated that his wife Jean was a
member of the Mile-Hi Chapter and
thus had a special interest in
the activities of the Chapter. Grayce
Uyehara, LEC Executive Director pre-
sented the current status of the
redress legislation and urged all of
the attendees to contact their re-
presentatives in the congress to give
support to the legislation. She said
that the number of sponsors to the
House bill is the largest that it has
been but that we do not;have the majority needed to ensure passage of the bill. She presented a state by state status
of congressmen and indicated where action by the constituients could mean the difference between passage and defeat.
Her words did have an influence because the young adults who helped at the convention all indicated an interest in
writing to their representatives. Congressman Norman Mineta in his speech at the Farewell Banquet also stated his full
confidence-that with the help of organizations like the JACL, that HR442 did have a good chance of passage this year.
Mile-Hi Chapter members have also started a letter writing campaign to urge the Colorado delegation to support the bill.
At left are the newly elected Governors of the district councils.
At the far left, John Havashi, Governor Elect, the Midwest Dis-
trict Council. The Midwest District will host the 1989 Tri-District
Convention in Chicago and John predicted a better convention than
the one here in Denver! Tom Kometani, Governor Elect for the
Eastern District Council, stated that while he was a member of the
New York Chapter, his home was in New Jersey, the home of the NFL
World Champion, New Jersey Giants! Diehard Bronco fans in the
audience didn't fully appreciate Tom's sense of humor. As a note,
the Mountain/Plains District Council holds its elections on the
same years as the national convention which will be in 1988 next.
The Joint District meetings included a discussion on the need for
a paid parlimentarian at the national conventions and a proposed
resolution opposing the nomination of Robert H. Bork as a member
of the United States Supreme Court. The resolution passed.
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This is a brief summary of the Tri-Distric Convention
just completed. Statistics on attendence are:
Registrants 122
Youth Mixer 40
Informal Mixer 175
Luncheon 170
Barbeque 157
Banquet 216
While a full financial summary has yet to be done,
the indications are that the Mile-Hi Chapter will net
a modest plus for the full convention. All the bills and
collections have not been made.
The sports events were generally successful although
many of the out-of-state visitors were nor aware of the
change, in playing times for the tennis and also the
Chapters and Districts did not pass on information
furnished to them on much of the convention activities.
Also, some of the times listed in the initial brochure
did not agree with the final times causing confusion.
The Colorado tours were sparsely attended. Some of
the comments receeived were that there should have been
a description of the tours such that a decision could
be made and also that perhaps the tours could be held
before or after the convention such that there would
not be a confilicting schedule forcing a decision.
Concerning the registration for the convention, there
were repeated comments that the registrants did not
receive information passed on to the Districts and Chap-
ters and the suggestion that direct confirmation to each
registrant would be helpful.
There were similar comments concerning the Speech Con-
test. Apparently the date for the contest was not gene-
rally known to the Chapters. Some felt that the guide-
lines set by national were not followed. Again, each
participant expected personal confirmation as to the
times, places and dates. Many felt that there needs to
be emphasis on methods of communication particularly
among the Nikkei. Some suggested an essay contest with
the winner put into the Holiday issue of the PC.
Concerning the Early Bird Workout, all who participated
felt that it was fun. Some felt that because of the time
zones that the time was too early.
The Informal Mixer was well received and all felt
that the Youth M ixer was an excellent idea although
they would have liked to see the youth closer to the
informal. Some felt that the set-up in the informal
mixer allowed people to hide.
Comments on the Workshops were universally good al-
though most regretted the lack of time for discussion.
Choice of topics was very good but the overlapping sche-
dule often forced an agonizing decision. Room monitors
were thought to be a excellent idea. Some rooms needed
a PA system because of the crowded conditions. Some
felt that the youth and adult workshops should not have
been separated. The question was asked whether there
was youth participation during preparation. Comments
concerning the videos was that there should have been a
schedule and signs showing this schedule.
Most of the comments concerning the meals were good
although some didn't like the luncheon. There were some
questions concerning having two speakers for the luncheon
followed by a question period which made for a long pro-
gram. For the banquet, it was suggested that there should
have been signs on the reserved tables to avoid confusion.
Also crowd control for the banquet was inadequate because
of the narrow entrance to the dining room.
The above are unedited and undefended comments received
during the critique held on the final day of the convention.
There have been a number of comments about the dues for
the Mile-Hi Chapter, most feeling that the dues are too
high. One cannot comment on that because one is not aware
of the basis for comparison but we can provide the facts
concerning the distribution of the funds received.
The structure is as follows:
In addition to the National assessment, there is a small
District assessment. It can be seen that the Chapter does
not gain much from the dues. It is highly unlikely that
the National or District assessment will come down because
of the deficit situation at national JACL. The 1000 Club
membership does provide a good return to the Chapter and
can be an area of emphasis. National does provide a small
rebate for new members, $2 per new member or couple. This
is why the cabinet has been emphasizing the need for fund-
raising projects to support the Chapter.
Mile-Hi Chapter JACL
3946 W. Iowa PI.
Lakewood, CO 80226
Mrs. True Yasui
1150 S. Williams St.
Denver, CO 80210
Family Tf:.[
1000 Club i !
Total Dues
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