August Events Recap

August 02    Historic Filipinotown Festival 2014
August 9-10  Los Angeles Tanabata Festival 2014
August 16-17 Chicago Members Visiting Mexico
August       Meetings with local leaders

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August 2 – Did you know that the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles is the first officially designated Filipino district in the country? Every year, in order to preserve the culture and traditions of the community – the district organizes the Historic Filipinotown Festival. It was a great honor for Reiyukai America to be at this festival where representatives from Reiyukai America had the opportunity to explain its activities and network with local leaders who are striving for the development of their community!

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August 9/10 - Every year, Reiyukai America’s LA members enjoy participating at the Tanabata Festival. For two full days, many people from different cultural backgrounds visited our booth to learn about the variety of activities and projects that take place within the region. Many people signed up for their annual membership in order to take part in the events. Many of those who did not sign up during the festival have attended the regular activities afterwards and have applied for membership. How awesome is that! Welcome new members!!

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August 16/17 – Reiyukai in Mexico organized the “Young Adult Leadership Retreat” and were joined by two REACT members from Chicago. During the two-day program, the participants from Chicago had opportunities toexplain their activities, exchange ideas about how to promote the activities of Reiyukai, and interact with the Mexican members.

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August Meetings with Local Leaders – The first story (picture) is of the Rotary Club of the Historic Filipinotown who was particularly interested in the Letter to My ParentsTM project. Later, representatives from REACT had a serious discussion about the project and the possibility of incorporating it into their lead writing program. We are very excited to be a part of this partnership so that REACT Los Angeles maybe able to bring this family-changing project to all of the people in the Filipino community. The second story (picture) is the update of our involvement with the kind people of Cambodia Town in Long Beach. REACT representatives met with American Red Cross Khmer Ambassador, Charles Song, who was introduced to the Letter to My ParentsTM Contest by a very active recent Annual Member of Reiyukai. With his kind endorsement, REACT will now continue to pursue meeting with local Khmer leaders in the area – with a view to introducing this enriching project to the community, as an inspiration to family unity.

July Events Recap

July 19-20   Lotus Festival 2014
July 26           Dragon Boat Festival 2014
July 27           Kundiman 808

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July 19/20 – Reiyukai America was delighted to be a part of this amazing community event! The last time Reiyukai America participated was in 2011! At the Reiyukai America booth, participants enjoyed a free workshop to experience the magic of Reiyukai Creative RecyclingSM and the displays about the activities and projects that currently Reiyukai America promotes in the Los Angeles area. Reiyukai America staff enjoyed having great conversation with many people who showed interest and curiosity about what Reiyukai does. There were several people who signed up as a member to continue enjoying and learning more about the ideas of Reiyukai!

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July 26 – Young Reiyukai America members in Chicago area enjoyed their first booth presentation at the Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival! Many who were participating at the boat race stopped by the Reiyukai America booth and learned about the local Reiyukai activities that take place in Chicago area.Picture5

July 27 – Last but not least, Reiyukai America attended Kundiman 808—an event that share a variety of voices of the Filipino-American culture! During the event, the Letter to My Parents Contest was introduced to the audience as one method of expressing the ideas and thoughts of the youth!

 

 

June Events Recap

June 21 Piyesta Pinoi 2014
June 22 Reiyukai Family Fun Group

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June 21 – Piyesta Pinoi is community celebration aiming to unite the Filipino American Communities in and around the Chicagoland; to promote and preserve the Filipino culture and heritage. It is also their focus to foster collaboration amongst different groups, organizations, clubs, businesses and individuals.

It was a great pleasure for Reiyukai America Chicago Activity Committee to be part of the very first Fil-Am Celebration introducing the basic concepts of “family values” that Reiyukai promotes along with the ideas of recycling crafts!

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June 22 – Diversity is one of the keywords that can describe the first Reiyukai Family Fun Group. Different families from different cultural backgrounds—Cambodia, Moldova/Romania, Spain, Mexico and Japan—joined at Brookside Park, located near the famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena to play together, sing songs, make creative recycling crafts, and enjoy book readings in many different languages! Can’t wait for the next meeting in July! For details, call the office!

 

May Events Recap

May 03 Reiyukai America at the Fil-Am Summit, Waipahu (HI)
May 03 Pasadena Earth and Arts Festival 2014
May 03-04 Hawaii Book and Music Festival 2014
May 10 2014 Flores de Mayo Festival, Honolulu (HI)
May 18 Honoring our National Heroes San Diego (CA), Los Angeles (CA), Honolulu (HI), Aurora (IL)
May 25 Honoring our National Heroes Pasadena (CA)
May 26 Honoring our National Heroes Chicago (IL)
May 27 Reiyukai Gathering – Los Angeles, CA

Picture6May 03 - A representative from Reiyukai America joined the Fil-Am Summit that was held at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu, HI as one of the corporate sponsors. Along with networking with future Filipino American young leaders, it was a great opportunity to introduce the concept behind the Letter to My Parents(TM) Contest having many agree that improving the family relationships leads to the development and improvement of the entire community.

 

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May 03-04, 10 – Reiyukai America is at it again, happy to announce its participation in this year’s Pasadena Earth and Art Festival. At the local park just two blocks away from the Reiyukai America Pasadena Center, Reiyukai America was able to introduce the ideas of helping and bettering the community. Not only that, Reiyukai America has also participated in two community festival in Honolulu with the hope of reaching out to more people to introduce the life-improving concepts of Reiyukai. During these events, Reiyukai America provided a free recycling workshop incorporating the ideas of the Oriental Fusion Handcraft(SM) – Recycling Workshop.

 May 18,25,26 – Throughout the month of May, the Reiyukai America National Committee organized numerous Memorial Day activities in different locations. Being part of these Memorial Day events, members and friends were, once again, able to realize that the freedom of this nation was never free—our lives can only exist upon those who dedicated their lives for this nation and its future. Below you will find photos and information on each event and location.

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For the first time, a wreath was presented to a monument dedicated to the Grand Army of the Republic in the City of Aurora, Illinois (left).Don Nose, President of Go For Broke National Education Center was present at the flower presentation to the Go For Broke Monument in Little Tokyo (right).

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Members in Hawai‘i joined their voices reciting a sutra at the chapel located inside the National Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl (left). Young members in Chicago dedicated a flower decoration to a monument after attending the ceremony that was held in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery (right).

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Family Fun BBQ was organized in Pasadena where kids enjoyed answering Memorial Day trivias. Later, participants joined for a flower dedication at the Memorial Park. Several new people joined Reiyukai, too! (both)

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Picture11May 27 – Ever since the 4th Reiyukai America National Committee was inaugurated, one of the short-term goals for the Los Angeles area committee was to re-establish a place where local members who live in the West LA area can attend a Reiyukai meeting. Members living in the area gathered at Kiyohara’s residence. After the sutra recitation, attendants enjoyed exchanging ideas and thoughts about what it means to incorporate the teachings into their daily lives. The next gathering at this location will be on July 22nd. For details, please contact the Pasadena office at (626) 356-8055.