Salinas BWA News for December 2017

Oct. 14 & 15- FBWA Delegates meeting in Fresno. 
Tamiko Oishi, Irene Yonemitsu and Rev. Fujita attended the meeting. Highlight of the meeting was the discussion of the 16th World BWA Conference to be held in San Francisco in 2019, hosted Bay Area.   
Oct. 15- Annual Keirokai.
For the Keirokai event Toban group 1, chaired by Kahori Kuramura and Irene Yonemitsu and Toban group 2, chaired by June Aoki and Kazue Kuramura did a great job in making the Keirokai successful. The following ladies helped make the Kohaku daifuku manjus on Saturday; Kahori Kuramura, Carol Cisneros, Helen Yamashita, Kay Morishita, Sachi Yokota, Noriko Yamaguchi, Fukiko Nishio, Atsuko Yamaguchi, Fumiko Yonemitsu and board member Tsugu Kuramura. Thank you to the following members who donated the sekihan for the keiro members; Mitsuko Hagihara, Kazue Kuramura, Yoriko Kuramura and Noriko Yamaguchi. Also thank you to Kumi Tashiro and daughter Julia Nichols for making the corsages and boutonnieres and table arrangements.   
Oct. 29, Coast District Nembutsu Family Conference.
Toban 4, chaired by Lillian Kawahira and Tomi Matsuno took care of the desserts, children’s lunch, and distributed bentos. Toban 3, chaired by Yoriko Kuramura and Noriko Yamaguchi with help from Irene Yonemitsu, (in charge of breakfast) prepared and served the continental breakfast. The following BWA members made desserts for the lunch; June Aioli Carol Cisneros, Mitsuko Hagihara, Masako Hirai, Misako Kamimura, Lillian Kawahira, Kazue Kuramura, Tomi Matsuno, Fukiko Nishio, Tamiko Oishi, Yoshiko Shioya, Cynthia Tsukamoto, Noriko Yamaguchi, Helen Yamashita, Setsuyo Yamashita, Bonnie Yokota, Fumiko Yonemitsu, Irene Yonemitsu. Carol Cisneros was in charge of decoration, Bonnie Yokota was in charge of bentos and Cynthia Tsukamoto, Judy Ishizue, Fran Schwann, and Bonnie Yokota helped with the registration. Jan Tokiwa planned and presented the Emoji masking making workshop. Thank you BWA members for helping to make the CDNFC a great success.   
Nov. 12, Annual BWA Memorial Service.
The guest speaker was Rev. Dr. Shoyo Taniguchi. She gave a lengthy dharma message which was well received by those who attended. Thank you to Cynthia Tsukamoto for doing a great job as chairperson. Following the service, a luncheon attended by 13 BWA members and Mari Shido was held at the Country Club hosted by Mel Aoki. Everyone who attended had an enjoyable lunch.   
Dec.10, Annual Mochitsuki Fundraiser.
Carol Cisneros will be contacting BWA and Temple member to help with the event. Rice washing and prep work will begin on Saturday the 9th at 9:00am.
On the 10th everyone is needed at 7:00am.   
Dec. 15, Annual Onaijin Omigaki.
Members who has time are encouraged to help with the Onaijin cleaning at 1:00pm. Kahori will call members to help.   
2018 SBWA Board of Directors/Cabinet Ballots.
21 out of 24 ballots were returned. Thank you to Cynthia Tsukamoto for counting and tallying the results of the voting. Cabinets and officers will be determined in the December meeting on Dec. 16, meeting at 10:00 am. Members who have been selected will be contacted by Tamiko Oishi to attend the meeting.    
Dec. 17, Temple Cleanup.
BWA members are encouraged to help with the total temple clean up at 8:00 am. Please bring old rages if you have them.   
Dec. 31, End of the year Service at 7:00 pm.
Please come and help ring the bell 108 times. Light refreshments will be served.   

Salinas BWA News for November 2017

Sept. 24 -  Temple Annual Tri-tip BBQ fundraiser: 
Thank you to the following BWA members and Temple members who donated baked goods for the bake sale: Helen Yamashita, Irene Yonemitsu, Fusako Yonemitsu, Jan Tokiwa, Tamiko Oishi, Yoriko Kuramura, Kazue Kuramura, Kahori Kuramura, June Aoki, Lillian Kawahira, Bonnie Yokota, Carol Cisneros, Cynthia Tsukamoto, Fran Schwamm, Mariko Yamashita, Akiko Onitsuka (tomatoes), Valerie Onitsuka, Lynn Gatanaga, Tina Onitsuka and Kenny Dairokuno. The bake sale was a huge success. Thank you to the following for coming in from 8:30am to help prep bake sale and fill tri tip orders: June Aoki, Carol Cisneros, Lillian Kawahira, Kahori Kuramura, Kay Morishita, Tamiko Oishi, Fran Schwamm, Cynthia Tsukamoto, Helen Yamashita, Bonnie Yokota and Irene Yonemitsu.   
Sept. 30 – Cheese tasting social:
Thank you to June Aoki and Tamiko Oishi for helping with the event. The social was nice but had low attendance (few from Monterey and Watsonville and some from Salinas). The cheeses were donated from Star Market and the wine from Temple member Gary Omori.    
Oct 9- CDBWL delegate meeting:
Tamiko Oishi, Irene Yonemitsu and Rev. Fujita attended the CDBWL delegates meeting in Mt. View. The main topic of the meeting was to dialogue a resolution to be proposed at the March 2018 CDBWL conference in Mt. View.   
Oct. 14 & 15- FBWA Delegates meeting in Fresno:
Tamiko Oishi, Irene Yonemitsu and Rev. Fujita attended. Highlight of the meeting was the 16th World BWA Conference in 2019 in San Francisco preparations.    
Oct 15 -  Keirokai:
Toban group 1 chaired by Kahori Kuramura and Irene Yonemitsu & Toban group 2 chaired by June Aoki and Kazue Kuramura. Kohaku daifuku manju was made by the following on Saturday; Kahori Kuramura, Carol Cisneros, Helen Yamashita, Kay Morishita, Sachi Yokota, Noriko Yamaguchi, Fukiko Nishio, Atsuko Yamaguchi and Fumiko Yonemitsu. Tsugu Kuramura helped mix the mochi.  The following members made and donated seikihan; Mitsuko Hagihara, Kazue Kuramura, Yoriko Kuramura and Noriko Yamaguchi. Thank you all for helping to make 2017 Keirokai a success. Without your hard work and help the Keirokai would not be a success each year.    
Oct. 29 - CD Nembutsu Family Conference:
Toban 3 chaired by Lillian Kawahira & Tomi Matsuno will take care of lunch and desserts and Toban 4 chaired by Yoriko Kuramura and Noriko Yamaguchi will prep the continental breakfast. Irene Yonemitsu will be in charge of the breakfast. Carol Cisneros will take care of table decorations, Bonnie Yokota will be in charge of bentos.    
Upcoming events:
Nov. 12, Annual BWA Memorial service: The guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Shoyo Taniguchi and luncheon will follow at the Country Club. Any BWA members wanting to attend the lunch please contact Tamiko Oishi.     
2018 SBWA Board of Directors/Cabinets ballots due Nov. 5   
2018 Temple directory updates needed by members. Please contact Carol Cisneros for changes and updates by January 1, 2018.   

Salinas BWA News for October 2017

Rev. Fujita's parents and sister came to visit him in early September. Since so many members wanted to meet them and take them to dinner, Temple had a potluck dinner on Sept. 5 to meet and greet them. His family was so grateful for members taking sensei under their wings and helping him adjust to his first ministerial position in the US. We are very appreciative to Sensei's mother and father for raising such a dedicated, thoughtful young man. Thank you to BWA members who helped with the preparations and for all the members who brought food to share at the potluck. 

On Sept. 10, Sensei had an open house at the new Temple parsonage. Thank you to Carol Cisneros and Tamiko Oishi for helping sensei prepare for the open house. Many members came and brought refreshments to share. Everyone loved the new house and stayed to visit with other members. A special thank you to Alesia Uchida, Davis Onitsuka and Robert Gatanaga for spending countless hours buying furniture for the new parsonage, painting, refinishing floors, redoing the kitchen floor and range and many other things to make the house ready for Sensei to live in. 

Temple Tri-tip fundraiser was on Sun. Sept. 24. Irene Yonemitsu was the bake sale chair, and Carol Cisneros did some of the purchasing for the event. We will have an additional report in the next newsletter. 

Oct. 15 is the Eitaikyo and Shotsuki services and our annual Keirokai luncheon. Group tobans: Group 1 (chairs: Kahori Kuramura and Irene Yonemitsu), Group 2 (chairs: Kazue Kuramura and June Aoki).  

This year, we will not have an Udon lunch in November. Dharma School/YBA will hold a pancake breakfast on Nov. 5. 

Temple is hosting the CD Nembutsu Family Conference on Oct. 29. Toban 3 and Toban 4 will help prepare the continental breakfast and help with lunch and desserts. Please remember to attend the conference and send in your registration forms and fees before the deadline. Start is 9AM with registration.     







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Salinas BWA News for September 2017


Our heartfelt condolences to Mary and Grace Kawahira for the loss of their mother  Sachi Kawahira.  Our long time BWA member, Sachi passed away in July.


Thank you BWA ladies for all your hard work for the Obon on July 30th.  Thank you for the monetary pastry donations from :  Cynthia Tsukamoto, Fumi Urabe, Noriko Uchida, Chieko Eitoku, Fumiko Onitsuka, Fukiko Nishio, Mariko Yamashita and Noriko Yamashita. Thank you for all the pastries made and bought from:  Kahori Kuramura, Helen Yamashita, June Aoki, Valerie Onitsuka, Misako Kamimura, June Tanimura, Sachi Tanimura, Fran Schwamm, Bonnie Yokota, Fusako Yonemitsu, Akiko Onitsuka, Kay Morishita, Claudia Hirasuna, Linda Miyazaki, Carol Cisneros, Nancy Uota, Mitsuko Higashi, Tamiko Oishi, Machiko Miyanaga and Irene Yonemitsu.

Thank you to all the chair people and members who worked all week long to make this Obon a success. We are lucky to have such dedicated members who come and work long hours for the Temple Obon. Thank you!


Rennyo Shonin Memorial Service – Tri Temple Service August 20th.  Thank you Toban 1 for all your help: Kahori Kuramura, Irene Yonemitsu,  Carol Cisneros, Tamiko Oishi, Helen Yamashita and Bonnie Yokota for their excellent work. We had an excellent guest speaker, Rev. Dr. Ken Tanaka from Japan and formerly of Mtn. View speak on Saturday and on Sunday morning. His talk has been taped so it will be accessible for the members.


Some of the BWA members have been busy cleaning and setting up the new parsonage. Thank you to: Masako Hirai, Fukiko Nishio, Fumiko Yonemitsu, Atsuko Yamaguchi, Mitsuko Hagihara, Setsuyo Yamashita, Noriko Yamaguchi and Kahori Kuramura for cleaning the house after repairs, painting etc. were completed. Thank you to June Aoki, Helen Yamashita, Cynthia Tsukamoto and Machiko Miyanaga for lining all the kitchen, bathroom shelves. Thank you to June Aoki and Carol Cisneros for shopping for all the sundry items for the house and organizing the kitchen, bathrooms etc. for Sensei. We are still finalizing buying other items for the house and washing and cleaning linens etc. that will be used.


The FBWA Delegates meeting in Fresno on Oct. 13-14, 2017 will be represented by Tamiko Oishi, Irene Yonemitsu and Rev. Yugo Fujita for Salinas BWA.








Salinas BWA News for August 2017

Our heartfelt condolences to Kazuko Miyanaga family for the loss of son Tony Miyanaga.

Our long time BWA member and past president, Shinobu Gatanaga, passed away in June. Our sincere condolences to Shinobu's children and families. 

On June 25th, many BWA and BTS members came to help with temple clean up and also to help with Lumpia making for Obon. Thank you to co-chairs Mitsuko Hagihara, Kazue Kuramura and Fumiko Yonemitsu for such an excellent job.

We also made kuri manju on July 15 and 16th. Again, we thank all the members for coming out and making the delicious kuri manju. Thank you Fukiko Nishio, Misako Kamimura and Yoriko Kuramura for all your hard work in chairing this 2-day event. 

On July 20, chairperson Kay Morishita and her working committee made the anpans for Obon. Thank you for your dedication to carry on the Sachi Tanimura's tradition of anpans for Obon.

A great big thank you to Don Yoshimura for replacing the circuit board for the 2 wall ovens. This year the ovens worked well and all the baking came out very nicely. 

BWA gave a $10,000.00 donation to the Temple to use for the renovation and updating of the Minister's new house. We will also be cleaning the new house before sensei moves in.

In August, we will be helping with the Tri Temple service and lunch.

Thank you to all the BWA members for their dedication and sacrifices to make this year's Obon a success. With each year, our Temple work force gets smaller so we really appreciate all of you who persevere and make the effort to come and help. Thank you! Arigato!












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