NOTE: ECM = MEMBER OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
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,
FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY, INC.
The Society held its Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 15, at the Society offices in Fairhaven. The voting of the session included the following who were approved for a one-year term on the Society’s Executive Committee:
Debra Almeida, Kristine Audette, Dr. Brian Bowcock, William Do Carmo, Aline Duval, Rev. Ann Fox, Junji Kitadai, Barbara Owen, Ayako Rooney, Gerry Rooney, Michael Silvia, Jill Simmons, Louise Tapper and Henry Mastey.
Officers elected to a one-year term were:
President: Gerry Rooney
Vice-president: Michael Silvia
Treasurer: Dr. Brian Bowcock
Secretary: Rev. Ann Fox
Ayako Rooney was, again, designated as the Cultural Advisor
A report of activities from Japan was offered by long-time member, Junji Kitadai, via Skype.
During the meeting a long-standing member, Debbie Almeida, was recognized for her exhaustive efforts in leading the educational programs of the society. As a result thereof she was officially designated as the Educational Coordinator for the Society.
The meeting was followed by refreshments and a Power Point presentation of the
O-hanami (cherry blossom) festival which took place on May 6th .