Salinas BWA News for March 2017

On March 2, Salinas BWA made food and snacks for the hospitality room at the National Council Meeting in San Jose. Many members made desserts, musubi and other foods for the event.  

Our annual CDBWL conference will be held at the Monterey Peninsula BT on Saturday, March 11 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Registration is $40.00 (SBWA will pay the registration fee for any SBWA who wants to attend.) We will also be carpooling to the conference so members who will need a ride should call Kahori and we will arrange rides.

Our 2017 SBWA Toban list will be a little late this year and has been mailed out.

On April 29 the annual Asian Festival will be held at the 3 venues in Chinatown. Kendo Club will be hosting a Ramen lunch sale at the Temple. Please help them by selling/buying tickets for their fund raiser. Temple will be selling Daifuku manju and will have an Artifact sale in the gymnasium. We will be calling members for help for the temple event.

Our annual Food Sale will be on June 4 this year. Please put this on your calendars.

Please note:  SBWA dues are now $15.00 a year. Our monthly meetings will be held on the Sunday following the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Due to the issue of safety at evening meetings, we will meet at 10:00am for the monthly SBWA Board meeting. Since the Temple's Board meeting is the 2nd Tuesday, SBWA will hold their meeting the following Sunday at 10:00am. 










Salinas BWA News for February 2017

     We thank Group 3 toban and chairs Lillian Kawahira and Misako Kamimura for helping with the Temple New Year party on Sunday, January 15. We had a very nice Dharma talk from our guest speaker, Rev. Kuwahara and many members cooked a delicious dish to share with everyone at our luncheon potluck. We also installed our 2017 SBWA Cabinet and Board.

     We also gave orei to our Dharma School teachers and treasurer: Faye Amiya, Frances Gatanaga, Laura Wakayama Lee and Cara Tsukamoto. Thank you for your dedication to teach the Dharma to all of the young students. We appreciate your sacrifices and commitment to teach Dharma School every week.

     On March 2, Salinas BWA will be making food and snacks for the hospitality room at the

National Council Meeting in San Jose. Many members will be making desserts, musubi and other foods for the event. Our chairs will be calling members for their help within the next few weeks.

     Our annual CDBWL conference will be held at the Monterey Peninsula BT on Saturday, March 11 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Registration is $40.00 (SBWA will pay the registration fee for

any SBWA who wants to attend.) We will also be carpooling to the conference so members who will need a ride should call Kahori and we will arrange rides. See conference flyer and schedule in this month's newsletter. Deadline for registration: Friday Feb. 10.

     We have a few new members to SBWA:  Judy Ishizue and Mariko Yamashita. Welcome! And thank you for joining our BWA family.

     Our 2017 SBWA Toban list will be a little late this year and will be mailed out. Usually we

give them out at our New Year's party but we wanted to make sure we had time to add the new members and potential new members.

     Please note:  SBWA dues are now $15.00 a year. It had been $10.00 for the last 15-20 years and felt the need to raise the dues a bit.










Salinas BWA News for January 2017


One more acknowledgment regarding our BWA’s 90th anniversary celebration held on November 13, 2016.  SWBA would like to thank the Salinas Dharma School for giving each member cute magnet party favors and for making the huge sign congratulating the SBWA on their 90th year.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness very much.   Domo Arigato!!

On December 9, 2016, the temple held their annual Naiijin Omigaki cleaning.  We thank the following temple members for coming out to help clean the Naiijin: Melvin and June Aoki, Hisako Dairokuno, Mitsuko Hagihara, Lillian Kawahira, Kahori Kuramura, Machiko Miyanaga, Kay Morishita, Fukiko Nishio, Gene and Cynthia Tsukamoto, Kiyoko Uchida and Rev. Yugo Fujita.

On December 11, 2017 our temple held their annual temple clean up.  We thank the SBWA members who came out to clean our temple. Please see the Temple Clean up Article for names of SBWA members who came and helped.

On December 18, 2016, we held our annual Mochitsuki and we thank all Temple, YBA and BWA members who came out to make and package the mochi.  The Mochitsuki article will appear in the February newsletter.

The following SBWA members were elected to the 2017 SBWA Cabinet and Board:Thank you for giving your time to serve on the BWA Cabinet and Board.


Jan-March       Kahori Kuramura

Apr.-June        Bonnie Yokota

July-Sept.       Irene Yonemitsu

Oct.-Dec.        Tamiko Oishi

Treasurer                                 June Aoki

Rec. Secretary (English)          Carol Cisneros

Rec. Secretary (Japanese)       Kahori Kuramura

Corr. Secretary                        Yoshiko Shioya

Corr. Secretary                        Fumiko Yonemitsu

Religious Chair                        Cynthia Tsukamoto

Historian                                 Jan Tokiwa

Food Sale                                Kiyoko Uchida, June Aoki

Obon                                       Irene Yonemitsu

Board members: Mitsuko Hagihara, Masako Hirai, Misako Kamimura, Lillian Kawahira, Kazue Kuramura, Yoriko Kuramura, Kay Morishita, Fukiko Nishio, Noriko Uchida, Noriko Yamaguchi

The SWBA board will be installed at our New Year’s Party on January 15, 2017.

New Year’s Eve service will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Our New Year’s Day service will be held on January 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.







SALINAS BWA December, 2016 News

            On Nov. 6th, the Temple held their annual Udon luncheon.  Tobans Group 1 and Group 2 were in charge of the kitchen for the luncheon.  We thank Carol Cisneros and Kahori Kuramura for chairing this event and thank those Toban members for helping prepare the foods for the Udon feed.

         On Nov. 13th, the Temple held its annual BWA Memorial Service in memory of all the BWA members who are now in the Pureland.  This was a special service for our BWA members because it was the 90th Anniversary of the SBWA.  Rev. Hoshu Matsubayashi was our guest speaker for the service.  After the service, we held a special lunceon for our BWA members in the gym.  Our special guests at our luncheon were Rev. & Mrs. Hoshu Matsubayashi, Jimmy Eitoku, our Temple President and his son Kai and our resident minister, Rev. Yugo Fujita.  We had 50 BWA members and 12 guests attend the luncheon.  We all enjoyed the delicious obento boxes from Kubota Restaurant in San Jose.  We thank Linda Miyazaki and her husband Neil for picking up the boxes in San Jose. We thank June Aoki, Carol Cisneros, Lillian Kawahira,Kay Morishita, Cynthia Tsukamoto, Helen Yamashita, Bonnie Yokota and Irene Yonemitsu for making the baked goods and for coming to help Saturday to set up the luncheon.  We thank Mel Aoki, Machiko Miyanaga and Rev. Fujita for coming to help on Saturday.  We thank Tamiko Oishi and Kumi Tashiro for making the corsages and boutonnieres.  We thank Green Valley Greenhouse and Tashiro Nursery for the flower donations. We thank Kazue Kuramura, Yoriko Kuramura, Fukiko Nishio, Noriko Yamaguchi, Sachiko Yokota and Fumiko Yonemitsu for making and serving tea. We thank Tomiko Kamimura, Kahori Kuramura, Linda Miyazaki, Yoshiko Shioya, Atsuko Yamaguchi and Ekiko Yonemitsu for cutting and serving cake.  We thank Mari Shido and Yoriko Kuramura for the Onaijin osonae.

         We also thank Robert Gatanaga for the video slide show for our entertainment for the day.  Everyone enjoyed our special anniversary luncheon.

         On Dec. 11th, our temple will have our year end temple cleanup.  We would like to have as much help from our BWA members as we can to clean our temple.

         On Dec. 18th, the Temple will have our Mochitsuki.  Please turn in your orders by Sunday, Dec. 11th.  Please come out and support our annual Mochitsuki.  We would appreciate as much help as we can.

         Our New Year’ Eve service at the Temple will be held on Dec. 31st at 7:00 p.m.









Salinas BWA News for November 2016


November, 2016 Newsletter Article

On October 9, 2016, our new minister, Rev. Yugo Fujita, arrived in Salinas.  A few SBWA members met him when he arrived in Salinas and went to dinner with him.

Many members helped clean and prepare the parsonage for sensei. They purchased linens, bedding and kitchen items and food supplies.

Rev. Fujita attended his first SWBA board meeting on Wed. October 12, 2016.  We had a small potluck dinner with him and he enjoyed the meal very much.  Being a young bachelor, he enjoyed taking home the leftovers!  We are very happy to have our new minister attend our meetings and look forward to his support and advice on our  BWA services and activities. Welcome Sensei!

Bonnie Yokota, Irene Yonemitsu and Carol Cisneros represented Salinas BWA at the biannual BCAFBWA Conference in Bellevue, WA. The theme was "Linked in the Nembutsu: Tsunagatte". The keynote speakers were English:  Dr. Sharon Suh and Japanese: Rev. Mutsumi Wondra. It was a wonderful conference with diverse workshops that related to a wide range of interests and ages. The tour to the International area, Chihuly Glass Museum and Pike Market place was interesting and a lot of fun. The next BCAFBWA conference will be Oct. 12-13, 2018 in Fresno hosted by the Central California District. Their theme is: "Create an Endless Ripple".

On Oct. 16th, the temple had their Eitaikyo, Shotsuki service as well as the annual Keirokai for seniors and Welcome potluck luncheon for Rev. Fujita.  We thank both BWA Tobans Group 3 and Group 4 for making the Seki Han and Daifuku Manju for our seniors in our temple and for setting up and overseeing the luncheon.  Everyone enjoyed the wonderful foods brought by our temple members and enjoyed the short entertainment program.  

SBWA/ BTS made their annual donation to the Salinas Warming Center for women and children which opens up on Nov. 1, 2016. This money comes from the I-Help account.

On Nov. 6th we will have our annual Udon luncheon.  Tobans Group 1 and Group 2 are in charge of the luncheon. Carol Cisneros and Kahori Kuramura are chairs for this event. Most members have received their Udon tickets to sell.  Please report your sale of tickets to your District Chairperson by Oct. 28th!  Thank you. 

On Nov. 13th, we will have our BWA Memorial Service in memory of all the BWA members who are now in the Pureland.  Since this is our 90th year of Salinas BWA, we have planned a special luncheon for our BWA members.  You have received your special invitation and please RSVP to your Toban chairperson by Nov. 1.  We hope to see you Nov. 13 to celebrate our 90th anniversary. Rev. Hoshu Matsubayashi will be our guest speaker.

On Dec. 18, 2016 our temple will have their annual Mochitsuki.  More information is on the mochitsuki flyer is this month's newsletter.

Also, please note that the Year-end clean up of the temple will be held on Sunday, Dec. 18th.  We need as many of our members to help with the clean up on this day.










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