Giving back through life-changing experiences. - Updated on 02/02/2024
Giving back through life-changing experiences. - Updated on 02/02/2024
May the coming year bring you success, happiness, and everything you've been working towards. Cheers to a fantastic New Year!" Our members got together to celebrate the end of the year with luncheon on December 30, 2023 at Osaka Japanese Restaurant.
Wishing you a year filled with love, health, and happiness. Happy new year and may your dreams turn into reality and your resolutions become achievements! We appreciate your continued support this year! 明けましておめでとうございます。今年も宜しくお願い致します！
If you are interested in volunteering and community service in 2024, please visit our "Community Service Event & Information Form" here, https://forms.gle/mNhoyKhAWTdPiRpY8
We will be updating this form throughout the year and it'll be a one-time stop to get information with our community outreach and community service projects. For Shannon West Homeless Youth Center project and Easter Basket projects, please contact Auntie Cathi Minami at (702) 635-2782; she is also included in this email.
Las Vegas Okinawan Club has several partnerships with local nonprofits and communities to better serve our Southern Nevada community! Our community service initiatives include:
1. Shannon West Youth Homeless Center - Dessert /baking goods delivery to Shannon West Youth Homeless Center once a month together with Ninth Island Aunties.
2. Hunger Relief and Education Support for At-risk Children - Las Vegas Okinawan Club participates in Back-to-School Event to distribute school supplies, Easter Food Basket Giveaway and early literacy books each year.
3. Senior Services for Minority and Immigrant Individuals and Families - Las Vegas Okinawan Club's Keiro program offers dependent older adults, a warm, safe and encouraging environment. Our friendly and professional volunteers provide:
For families caring for a dependent older relative, can feel confident that their loved one is being cared for in a safe and nurturing setting. Volunteers in the Keiro Senior Services program are bilingual
4. Las Vegas Homeless Camp Food Distribution - members help coordinate food pickup and deliver for food distribution to a homeless camp near the Las Vegas Strip once a month. Our partnership with "The Promise" allows for helping those in need. Please visit https://www.instagram.com/thepromiselv/.
5. Food Drive for Struggling Families - Las Vegas Okinawan Club's new initiative is to help to feed families and individuals in need in our Southern Nevada community, and food and monetary gifts donated by caring community members are a vital part of making that happen. If you have non-perishable food you are not using or not going to consume, please consider to donate and drop them off at our club events and gatherings.
Please visit our "Philanthropic Initiatives" page to learn more about our community service projects.
Young Okinawans of Las Vegas (YOLV) Picnic Signup Form - Youth, Young Adults & Family Picnic
Date & Time: March 9, 2024 Saturday, 1 pm - 4 pmLocation: Green Valley Park (370 N Pecos Rd, Henderson, NV 89074)
Our 1st Young Okinawan of Las Vegas (YOLV) Picnic is coming up on March 9, 2024 Saturday!
This would be a social outing and team building for any students, youth, and those members 18 to 40 (ish). Family and kids friendly picnic. Parents, family members and any club members are also welcome. Please bring your own chair and a dish to share.
We are seeking volunteers:
We are also seeking donations of:
We will be accepting any drinks, snacks or prizes at our new year's party on February 17, Saturday.
Please use this sign-up form to register, to volunteer or to donate. https://forms.gle/UCfE5DgPnbrQcdJSA
If you would like to donate funds to sponsor the Youth picnic, please use this link, https://square.link/u/Ewk5uMNC or Zelle to the club (email@example.com).
Thank you for supporting our Okinawan youth and young Okinawans at-heart!
Las Vegas Okinawan Club's annual Spring picnic will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2024.
Pickup: May 18, 2024 Saturday
Time: 11 am - 2 pm
Location: Craig Ranch Regional Park
Address: 628 W. Craig Rd. North Las Vegas, NV 89032 Village Lodge #1
$5 per person for admission to cover venue rental and drinks
Come and enjoy Okinawan food and beautiful Spring weather! Volunteers are welcome!
Las Vegas Okinawan Club will host its Andagi Okinawan Donuts fundraiser on May 18, 2023
Save the Date!
More information to come!
Pickup: May 18, 2024 Saturday
Location: Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha
Address: 4110 N M.L.K. Blvd, North Las Vegas, NV 89032
Come and enjoy Okinawan donuts, andagi to help fundraiser. Volunteers are welcome! The committee members that plan the event each year are all volunteers, as are the cooks and booth workers. All proceeds go back to Las Vegas Okinawan Club
At Las Vegas Okinawan Club, we envision a world where every person has access to the resources they need to live a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life. We strive to create a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, regardless of their background or circumstances. Our community partners, local nonprofits and municipalities worked together to better our neighborhoods by creating and participating in events to support our Community.
The Winter Wonderland 4.0 Food Distribution event aims to provide essential food supplies and create a festive atmosphere for those in need. By coming together as a community, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of these families and bring hope and warmth during the holiday season.
Special thanks to our community partners, Aloha Shoyu, Asian Community Resource Center, Neighborhood Housing Services Southern Nevada, Ninth Island Aunties, and Gene Haas Foundation, we were able to provide holiday groceries to 400 families experiencing food insecurities to support hunger relief, approximately 1,600 members in our Southern Nevada community. Families received a ham and trunkful of groceries. We are fortunate to have our community partners and supported to make our community a better place to live! Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!
These are some words and phrases in the Okinawa/Ryukyuan language (sometimes referred to incorrectly as a hogen 方言 or dialect though it is quite different than Japanese in pronunciation). It is known as uchinaaguchi うちなーぐち. There are actually several variations, as regions and different islands technically had their own languages! Most of these below will be from the main island language group. Unfortunately fewer and fewer people these days can even speak uchinaaguchi. https://www.onookinawa.com/home/learn-uchinaguchi/
Ryukyuan dance can be basically categorized into “Traditional Dance”, “Zo Dance” and “Creative Dance”. Traditional Dance is developed as being performed on the stage for entertaining Imperial envoys (Sapposhi) from China during the Ryukyu Kingdom era and came to attain greatness in the 18th century. Traditional Dance is classified into four kinds; the old married couple’s Rojinodori, young boys’ Wakashuodori, young men’s gallantry expressed in Nisaiodori, and the Onnaodori female dance performed with fascinating Bingata-dyed colorful costumes. The Zo Dance appeared after Haihan-Chiken, the abolition of clans and the establishment of the prefectural system (after 1879). Adopting music and culture of commoners, it became popular. “Creative Dance” is created by dancers of modern times, and superior works are still being created one after another. In 2009, Ryukyuan Dance was designated as a National Important Intangible Cultural Property. https://www.nt-okinawa.or.jp/traditional-okinawan-performing-arts/english/ryukyudance_en.html
Maui Relief Fundraiser & Senior Appreciation
Keiro No Hi – Celebrating and Recognizing Our Elders - Respect fort the Aged Day Party was held on September 3, our 1st Keiro Kai Senior party of the Las Vegas Okinawan Club. Special Thank you to all of our volunteers and performers. Keiro No Hi, translated in English as “Respect for the Aged Day,” is a Japanese public holiday celebrated in September. It is a day to honor older adults, to express appreciation and gratitude for their contribution to society, and to celebrate their longevity and vitality.
We raised $841 and added $500 on to top of the funds raised. Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Lahaina, Maui.
Our annual Spring Picnic that was held on May 13, Saturday at Craig Ranch Regional Park was successful! Thank you to all the volunteers and performers who made this event fun and safe place together and enjoy Spring picnic! We had total of 163 participants and gained 16 new members at the Picnic! Please welcome our new members! Participants enjoyed BBQ Food, Raffle Prizes (i.e., Cirque du Soleil tickets, cash prizes, restaurant gift certificates, etc), Asian & Pacific Islander cultural performance, FREE community resources to the community including food assistance, health navigators, SNAP, citizenship assistance and more! 5月13日土曜日にクレイグ・ランチ・リージョナル・パークで開催された毎年恒例の春のピクニックは成功しました。このイベントを皆で準備をしてくれ安全な場所にしてくれたボランティアとパフォーマーの皆さんに感謝致します。皆で春のピクニックを楽しむ事が出来ました。合計 163 名の参加者があり、ピクニックには 16 名の新しいメンバーが加わりました。新しいメンバーを是非、歓迎してください! 参加者は、バーベキュー料理、ラッフル賞品（シルク・ドゥ・ソレイユのチケット、賞金、レストランのギフト券など）、アジアおよび太平洋諸島の文化パフォーマンス、食料支援、健康ナビゲーター、SNAP、市民権支援などのコミュニティへの無料のコミュニティリソースを楽しみました。
Las Vegas Okinawan Club's new initiative is to help to feed families and individuals in need in our Southern Nevada community, and food and monetary gifts donated by caring community members are a vital part of making that happen. If you have non-perishable food you are not using or not going to consume, please consider to donate and drop them off at our club events and gatherings. For questions, please text (702) 350-2689.
Restaurant Discounts - We are so grateful for the generosity of Okinawa Onigiri & Ramen Tatsu! Please support local businesses!
Las Vegas Okinawan Club members are eligible for a 10% discount at these two restaurants. Please make sure to present your valid membership card!
Traditional Okinawan Dancers, Ryubu No Tomo
Reiko Ogasawara, a former Japanese NBA dancer came to our 2023 Spring picnic on May 18 to teach a dance move to our club members and picnic attendees.
Las Vegas Okinawan Club held its 10th year anniversary party. We had guests from Okinawa Association of America (Los Angeles Okinawa Kenjinkai), Utah Okinawa Kenjinkai, and other guests from out of state. Together, we had 204 guests to celebrate the club's 10th year anniversary on September 3, 2022.
2021 Las Vegas Okinawan Club Annual Spring Picnic (May 1, 2021)２０２１年度ラスベガス沖縄県人会春のピクニック
2021 Las Vegas Okinawan Club Birthday Lunch２０２１年度ラスベガス沖縄県人会バースデーランチ
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