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Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society, Inc.

WHITFIELD-MANJIRO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING

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WHITFIELD-MANJIRO 
FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY, INC.

FOR OUR ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

In December of 1987 a delegation of dignitaries from the New Bedford /Fairhaven area journeyed to Tosashimizu, the home town of Manjiro, and signed a "Sister City" agreement.  This led to the incorporation of the "Fairhaven/New Bedford-Tosashimizu Sister City Committee, Inc.".  Since that time there has been an on-going exchange of political leaders, Little Leaguers, students, quilters, artists...etc.

In 2008 the Committee was designated to operate the museum which was created when the amazing fund-raising efforts led by Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara resulted in the purchase and renovation of Captain William Whitfield's home at 11 Cherry Street, Fairhaven, Mass. With a new, international mandate for services, the Committee voted to change its name to one more in keeping with its new mission.  Thus, did the organization acquire the name,

BOARD MEMBERS
(as of July 2019)

HONORARY

  • Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, (Honorary President- in memorium)
  • Mr. Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan
  • Ms. Irene Hirano Inouye
  • Mr. Rokuichiro Michii, Consul General in Boston
  • Ms. Kyo Nakahama, 5th generation descendant
  • Mr. Jon Mitchell, Mayor of New Bedford
  • Mr. Robert Espindola, Fairhaven Selectman
  • Mr. Daniel Freitas, Fairhaven Selectman
  • Mr. Charles Murphy, Chairman, Fairhaven Selectman
  • Mr. Mitsunobu Hijiya, Mayor of Tosashimizu

PARTICIPATING

JAPAN

  • Mr. Junji Kitadai, Manjiro Historian – ECM

USA

  • President & CEO, Gerald P. Rooney, recipient of Order of the Rising Sun,  Gold & 
    ​Silver Rays - ECM    
  • Vice-President, Michael Silvia, community leader - ECM
  • Treasurer, Dr. Brian Bowcock, community leader - ECM
  • Secretary, Rev. Ann Fox, Unitarian Minister, tour guide - ECM
  • Cultural Advisor, Ayako Rooney, founding member – ECM 
  • Educational Coordinator, Ms. Debra Almeida, Ed.D.,  – ECM
  • Ms. Kristine Audette, bookkeeper, volunteer - ECM
  • Ms. Joan Doyon, WMFH tour guide
  • Ms. Aline Duval, retired nurse, tour guide 
  • Ms. Joni Gaudiello, teacher, Bristol Community college
  • Mr. Enrique Goytizolo, antique dealer, WMFH Curator
  • Mr. Peter Grilli, President & CEO, Japan Society of Boston (RET)
  • Ms. Gail Isaksen, Fairhaven business woman, community voluntee
  • Mr. Andrew Langhauser, retired businessman - ECM
  • Ms. Carolyn Longworth, Director, Millicent Library, founding member
  • Mr. Henry Mastey, retired educator - ECM
  • Prof. Shigeru Miyagawa, Head of Foreign Language Dept., MIT
  • Ms. Cheryl Moniz, business woman, community volunteer
  • Ms. Debbie Morris, Whitfield home owner
  • Mr. Arthur Motta II, Dir. of Marketing, New Bedford School System 
  • Ms. Barbara Owen, past Treasurer - ECM
  • Dr. Matthew C. Perry, 4th generation descendant
  • Ms. Jill Simmons, past member, Mattapoisett Harbor Master, NBPD-RET - ECM
  • Ms. Louise Tapper, retired teacher - ECM  
  • Mr. Robert Whitfield, 5th generation descendant. ECM      
  • Ms. Cynthia Yoken, past member, retired teacher

     ADVISORY

  • Mr. Tsutomu Karino, Procedural & organizational advisor, New York
  • Ms. Susan J. Onuma, Partner, Kelley & Drye Law Firm, New York
  • Ms. Fujiko Hara, President, Diplomat, Inc.
  • Mr. Kenzo Kiikuni, Chairman, Brd. of Sasakawa Mem. Medical Foundation
  • Mr. Mikio Kumagai, Sec. Gen., St. Luke's Int. Hospital Foundation
  • Mr. Yoshio Okawara, former Ambassador
  • Mr. William Do Carmo, Community Advocate, Business Man

NOTE: ECM = MEMBER OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE