The Tomodachi Club is a daytime women's cultural exchange group established in October 1981 under the sponsorship of the Japan-America Society of Georgia (JASG) to promote friendship, cultural exchange and understanding among Japanese and American women. Today the club has close to 60 members in two membership categories: Active members who attend both General and Small Group meetings, and Support members who attend only General meetings.
General meetings and Small Group meetings alternate on a monthly basis from September to May. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, except September and January, in which they are held on the second Wednesday. Occasionally dates may change due to special circumstances. General meetings are held in September, November, January, March and May, and may include a luncheon with program, an interesting field trip, or a special event. Small group meetings are held in the alternate months of October, December, February, and April, usually in members' homes, and may include a coffee or luncheon with an activity of interest to the group, a program, demonstration or discussion.
Tomodachi Club activities are governed and organized by four volunteer Co-chairs, usually two Americans and two Japanese. Leadership changes are made alternately in order that one American and one Japanese co-chair remain with experience and knowledge to pass on to the new Co-chairs. The Co-chairs plan and organize the activities for the General meetings. Each Small Group has a leader selected by the member of the group and together they plan and organize their activites.
Tomodachi membership includes either Individual or Family membership in the Japan-America Society of Georgia. JASG members receive the organization's quarterly newsletter with a schedule of upcoming events, but Tomodachi members can opt out if they do not wish to receive JASG event notices or be listed in the JASG Directory. Individual members pay dues of $40 per year, while Family members pay dues of $50 per year. Family membership allows spouses and children to participate in JASG activities. Annual dues are payable in June of each year.
|September 8, 2021||"Fall Garden Gathering"
Program: Lisa Bartlet, Gardens Manager of the Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw will tell us about the Bonsai Exhibit at the Gardens, tour of gardens and historical Hiram Butler home.
Lunch: Carriage House at Smith-Gilbert Gardens, lunch catered by Adriane's Delectables
|November 3, 2021||
"Discover Historical Marietta"
Program: Tour of the Root House, an antebellum home built in Marietta
Lunch: Either House of Lu Chinese Restaurant or Wei Sichuan Restaurant, both near Marietta Square
|January 12, 2022||Program and venue TBA|