Mile-Hi Notes, Volume 4, Number 7

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5946 W. Iowa PI., Lakewood, CO 80226
July 1988
Shown above, the scholarship winners for 1988 at the 33rd Annual Japanese American Community Graduation Program.
Standing from left to right, Nichole Tagawa, Jill Hada, James Tochihara, Phil Yamamoto, Camille Barella, Julie Ginoza,
Paul Puruiye, Kelly Nakamura, Scott Nakamura, Brian Yoshihara, Rob Fujioka, Susan Sagara, Tracy Lynn Takara and Chris
Kishiyama. Seated, Jennifer Okada, Michael Okimoto, Sandra Blanscet, Yuko Hata, Debra Kay Hayashi and Wendy Akiko Joko
The awards program was held June 11, 1988 at the Stouffer Concourse Hotel. The Committee Chairperson was Carrol Hira-
tsuka Tsutsui. The Master of Ceremonies was Dick Okimoto and the Principal Speaker was Lorna Onizuka. This year, more
than 30 individual awards were given with a total dollar value in excess of 30,000 making this one of the largest pro-
gram of its type in the nation. Committee Chair for 1989 is Mrs. Pat Hayashi who is also the Treasurer for the Mile-
Hi Chapter.
Mile-Hi Chapter Regular Chapter meeting, Thursday, July
7th, 7:30 PM at the Nisei Post. This will be the last
meeting before the National JACL Convention in Seattle so
there will be many items and issues to discuss and decide.
All members are encouraged to attend this meeting.
Nisei Post 185 Installation of Officers in lieu of the
regular Post meeting. Officers to be installed are: Flo-
rence Miyahara, Commander; Tom Sera, Sr. Vice Commander;
Harry Kuga, Jr Vice Commander, John Tezak, Chaplain; Paul
Yokota, Srt-At-Arms; Jinx Yamaguchi, Historian; John Oya,
Service Officer, Joe Sakato, Finaance Officer and Jay D.
Vise, Adjutant. Installation will be on Tuesday, July 12th,
8:00 PM at the Nisei Post.
Kansha no Hi Committee meeting, Monday, July 18th, 7:30
PM at the Nisei Post. This date will also be the deadline
for nominations for the awards. Following the regular
committee meeting, there will be a meeting of the Selections
Public Television There will be a showing of a PBS
special called "TOPAZ" on July 27th. Please consult your
TV schedules for exact times and channels.
Japanese.Community Picnic The annual Japanese American
Community picnic will be held this year on Sunday, July
31st at the Berkley Park. This community event is open to
the public with food, childrens games and many door prizes.
A large contingent of over 50 Denver area veterans
and spouses descended on the Bally's Reno. The veterans
represented the Nisei Post and the Rocky Mountain MIS
Veterans Club. The National Americans of Japanese An-
cestry Veterans Reunion began in 1950's. The next one
is planned for Hawaii in 1990. With a registration of
over 2200, this was one of the largest gathering of its
kind. In attendence were two former governors, Mike
O'Callaehan from Nevada and Ariyoshi from Hawaii. Also
in attendence were, Sen. Daniel Inouye, Rep. Norman
Mineta, Sen. Spark Matsunaga and Mike Masaoka.
Based on comments received from area veterans who
attended, this reunion was one of the best organized and
attended events for the veterans. The MIS veterans in
particular were impressed that nearly 600 MIS veterans
were able to attend.
For those veterans who like to plan ahead, the next
National AJA Veterans Reunion will be held June 19 in
1990 in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island.

It's only June and the temperature has already climbed
into the mid and high 90's. It looks like it might be a
long hot summer.
Two months ago I requested your comments and concerns
regarding the Mile-Hi Chapter's interest in hosting the
1992 National JACL Convention. Since no one responded
the question was presented to the members at the June
meeting. After debating the issue, a resolution was past
commiting the Chapter to presenting a formal bid to the
National Council and Board during this year's Convention
in Seattle. Keep in mind that the actual convention
planning will be a major undertaking, so please plan on
As I have mentioned on prior articles the Asian Week
Festival, which will feature Japan is scheduled for the
first week in August. The Mile-Hi Chapter has been coor-
dinating planning activities with the Asian Pacific Develop-
ment Center. Please note the scheduled activities pub-
lished elsewhere in this newsletter. Its important that
we all participate in as many activities as we can.
The Agency for Human_Rights and Community Relations
will be sponsoring a conference titled "Confronting A New
Era in Civil Rights", nr^nctnher_ 15-19^ 1988yat the Radi-
son Hotel in Denver. Featured speakers will be Walter
Fauntroy, U.S. Congressman from Washington D.C. and Colo-
rado Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder. The purpose of the
conference is as follows:
To encourage the collection, compilation and
dissemination of ideas, information and research
among organizations and individuals engaged in the
improvement of intergroup relations.
To facilitate the exchange of knowledge,
experience and research among government agencies
and private organizations dealing with racial,
religious, ethnic and cultural relations.
As you can see this conference is right in concert with
the primary objectives of the JACL. I plan on attending
most of the sessions but I'm hoping that other chapter
members will be interested in attending. If your are in-
terested please give me a call at 469-4337(H) or 757-9818(H).
Congratulations to the Class of 1988. The Community
Graduates Program once again hosted a successful banquet.
Lorna Onizuka the featured speaker for the evening, deli-
vered a warm, interesting and at times emotional speech.
I truely admire and respect her strength and courage. I
would also like to acknowledgeMichelle Jjoinat. the reci-
pient of the 1988 Mile-Hi Chapter &iaiard. Michelle is the
riaunhter of Iris Moinat and granddaLjghtex.^JLIlli§-^asui
My campaign for Vice President of Membership is pro-
gressing smoothly and I would again like to thank all of
you who have contributed to my campaign. Im writing this
article in route home from a weekend swing through Cali-
fornia. On Saturday June 23, I met with the Central Cali-
fornia District Council in Fresno and the following day
with the Pacific Southwest District in Los Angeles. De-
spite the fact that Im running an uncontested race, I've
found it extremely important and educational to meet with
the delegates, chapter membership chairs and district
people to get their ideas, concerns and support.
See you at the July meeting!
Above left, Ms. Geanne Moroye who presented all of the
awards for the evening. Ms. Moroye announced the winners
for each award and where appropriate read portions of
the essays submitted by all of the applicants. Ms.
Moroye is a practicing attorney. Above right, Lorna
Onizuka, the featured speaker for the awards banquet.
Her presentation was particularly fitting because her
daughter, Janelle also graduated from the Clear Lake
High School in Houston, TX. Janelle attended the banquet
and also presented the Ellison Onizuka Memorial Trust
Award to Debra Kay Hayashi.
Mrs. Stanley Shibao presents the Harry Sakata Memorial
Plaque to Christopher Kishiyama who graduated from Manual
High School. This award, one of the most prestigious
awards given by the community was established in memory
of Harry H. Sakata, President of the Mile-Hi Chapter in
1955. The purpose of this Memorial Award is to honor the
Outstanding High School Graduate of Japanese Ancestry in
the Denver metropolitan area.

Asian Festival *88 Flnilie I to
Each of" the five previous years of the festival
a different Oriental segment was focused on. This
years festival is a "Tribute to Japan". Unfortu-
nately, the same weekend the National Convention in
Seattle, Washington is when t£je festival is taking
place: ^AiTqgfyt 4th thmugh 7th)
Martha Lee, Executive Director of the Asian
American Foundation of Colorado is coordinating this
year's event. August 4th and 5th are private affairs
by invitation only which include golfing with the
Ambassador of Japan, a kimono fashion show and a
gala dinner. The kimono fashion shew will be open
to the public from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm (at that time
items can be purchased), at the Downtown Marriott.
August 6th and 7th are open to the public at no
admission price. There will be martial art exhibits,
hands on folk village for the children, cuisine,
Oriental art, and Ikebana demonstrations just to
name a few events. All which will be displayed at
the Galleria and in the park on the Denver Center
Theatre for Performing Arts ground (Arapahoe and
Corrmittee. Their names are Bob Sakaauchi^Barrv
Kita^Brdjnyself. Our part in the festival is to
provide volunteers for specific events such as the
fashion show, gala, and ushers at the Boettcher.
I have been working on getting girls to model
traditional kiminos, yukatas, hapi coats and
transitional kiminos. I have had a tremendous
response of people that are very interested in this
particular event. Other areas that are in need of
volunteers are: setting-up on Friday, August 5th
(all day); directing people Saturday, August 6th;
helping at the booths Saturday & Sunday, August
6th & 7th.
Lorraine Hisamoto has been providing her as-
sistance in getting a volleyball tournament for
the Asian Festival. The 6 man co-ed outdoor tourna-
ment will be limited to the first 15 teams. There
will be a $500.00 cash prize for the first place
team. Only two non-Asian members per team will be
permitted on the-court at any time. All others
must be at least half Asian. Referees will be pro-
vided and USVBA rules will apply. There is no age
limit and numbered shirts are required. Pool play
will be held on Saturday, August 6th. The top two
teams of each pool will play in a single elimination
final on Sunday, August 7th. Deadline for applica-
tion is July1988. Fbr more information Lorraine
can be contacted at 288-6083.
I appreciate all who are helping with the festival.
See you there!
Membership 5*imi Tbkeno
Our thanks to ^[udy Jeung^for her donation to the £
chapter, in memory of Min Yasui. She is moving to /
San Jose, California. Our best wishes, Judy. We'll
miss her vibrant personality.
We welcome these new members: Lisa Noriko
Fukasawa of Avon, Colorado. She is a CU graduate,
employed at Beaver Creek Resort as a resourt con-
cierge; Gary Hbshide of Walden, Colorado, a member
through headquarters; Barry Kita, engineer at
Federal Center; Karen Toyota Miller at U. S. West
Direct; Joyce Mizunaga at Freedon Software; Teri and
Charles Ozaki, who is an assistant city manager of
Broomfield; and we especially welcome and apologize to
Lorraine Hisamoto, pharmacist for Kaiser Ferranente.
Lorraine had been a member for several months, but in
the transit her check was lost or "chewed up" and,
therefore, unknown to the chairman. Most of these
young members are already actively involved in our
chapter. After a month or so, if any member did not
receive the membership card on renewal or joining,
please call me 777-1861
Also, our thanks and appreciation to those who
contributed to Bob Sakaguchi's National JACL V. p.
campaign. The campaign is continuing.
Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds ferry Kita
For the first time ever! Simpson United
Methodist Church proudly presents a drama production:
The Effects of Gamna Rays on the Man-in-the-Moon
Marigolds is a story of life, of sadness, and of
hope. It's a story of how a little girl shines in an
environment of despair. This play is performed by
members of the Simpson UMYF and all proceeds go to the
Asian American Sumner Camp Activities Fund. Tickets
are $10.00 for dinner and performance or $5.00 for
performance only. Dinner will be at 6:30 pm and
the performance will be at 7:30 pn on July 16, 1988.
Please support this event for all the youth who will
participate in this years Asian American Sunnier Camp.
Condolences Sumi Takeno
The Mile-Hi Chapter extends their deepest sympathy
to the family of Dr. Rober-Louis Gasser who passed away
on Wednesday, June 22, 1988 at the AMC Cancer Research
A distinguished member of our chapter, Dr. Gasser
was an educator, professional trumpet and Swiss alpen-
horn player and former Consul for Switzerland and
Liechtenstein in Colorado and Wyoming.

At left, Fusaye Hisamoto, Brighton Nisei Womens
Club presents the gifts commissioned by the Gradua-
tion Committee for the judges for this year. Mrs.
Hisamoto designed and constructed the 'mon' or
Japanese family crest for each of the judges.
Next to Fusaye, D.J. Tatsumi. Richard K. Onizuka
and Derek Okubo. D.J. is currently on the staff
at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Dr.
Onizuka is the Clinical Director at the Asian/
Pacific Center for Human Development. He also
recently accepted an appointment to the Asian
Education Advisory Council of Denver Public Schools
Derek Okubo is with the Big Brothers of Metro
Denver. He also serves on the Board of Directors
for Compeer, Inc., an agency that works with
chronically mentally ill adults in Colorado.
At right, members of the Nisei Post 185 Firing
Squad during a salute at the 42nd annual Memorial
Day ceremonies. From left to right, John Noguchi,
Edwin Shimabukuro, Jim Nishi, Yosh Arai, Fred
Kusuno and Paul Yokota. The Chairman for this
year's program was Harry Nakagawa. The Revs.
Kanya Okamoto, Joseph Sakakibara and Keith Sera
presented religious tributes and the Rev. Herbert
Maruyama presented the memorial address. There
was a pleasant break in the weather which was
enjoyed by the large crowd in attendence. This
annual community ceremony is one of the many
events hosted by the American Legion Nisei Post
With the successful conclusion to the monumental effort
of redress almost assured, it will soon become time for
the Mile-Hi Chapter and the national JACL to look to new
directions and programs for the organizations. There
will however to plenty for the chapter to do in assuring
that area citizens are informed and prepared to respond to
the many questions to arise when the actual determination
of monetary recipients are determined. Surely, this topic
will be a major concern at the the 1988 National Convention
in Seattle. Those members of the chapter that attend will
bring back all the available information and pass them on
through this newsletter and any other means that we can
There are however a number of community activities that
the chapter is involved with that should be of interest to
the general membership. Let'slist just a few. First there
is the feasibility study for an Asian American Cultural
Center. A group headed by the Asian American Foundation
of Colorado is soliciting funds to support a feasibility
study on whether such a center can and should be built.
The Mile-Hi Chapter has pledged $200 towards this study
because we feel that it is essential that the chapter take
a leading role. Then there is Colorado Unity, an organi-
zation opposed to the state constitutional amendment for
English as the Official Language of Colorado. Why should
the MIle-Hi chapter be so interested in such an initiative?
Primarily because there must be a hidden agenda behind
this seemingly innocent amendment. As an organization
we need to be alert to any initiative which can later
discriminate. The number of activities that some of our
members are involved in means that we a spread much too
thin and we truely need the active involvement and sup-
port of more of our members. How about you?
Mrs. True Yasui
1150 S. Williams St.
Denver, GO 80210