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.
|November 7, 2018|| "Keeping Safe in Atlanta"|
Self-defense lesson presented by Emily Thoreson
Program and lunch: NaNa Thai Eatery in Marietta
|January 9, 2018|| "Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrors"|
Presentation by Karen Johnson, producer of the documentary Film "Kusama-Infinity"
Program and lunch venue: TBA
|March 9, 2019|| "Play Ball"|
Guided tour of Sun Trust Park, new home of the Atlanta Braves
Yard House Restaurant at The Battery, Atlanta
|March 1, 2019|| "The Beauty of Koto Music"|
Musical presentation of Koto music by Ms. Makoka Ito