WHITFIELD-MANJIRO 
FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY, INC.

(508) 995-1219

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Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society, Inc.

BOARD MEMBERS
(as of June 2018)

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
  • Mr. Robert Whitfield, 5th generation descendant
  • 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 – ECM
  • 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 volunteer
  • Mr. Albert Jones, community volunteer
  • Ms. Susan Joseph, former committee member
  • Mr. Andrew Langhauser, retired businessman - ECM
  • Ms. Carolyn Longworth, Director, Millicent Library, founding member
  • Mr. Henry Mastey, retired educator - ECM
  • Ms. Donna Maxfield, retired teacher
  • Mr. Thomas Mello,  
  • 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         
  • 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

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,

WHITFIELD-MANJIRO FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING

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