AAJ 2014-2015

From Akita Wiki

The following is a summary of the events of Akita Association of JETs (AAJ) for the JET year August 2014 to July 2015.

AAJ Council

Chairman Chairman Vice-chairman Vice-chairman Treasurer
Kenneth Grant Dave Johnson Alana Stephenson Lynne Francis Kinza Cooper

Donations

Event Profits Cause Donation Donated
Welcome Party ¥132,500 *KG (¥146,611)AAJ 2014 Misonotenshien Orphanage ¥200,000 June 22, 2015 (295 days late)
Tazawako Camping ¥32,000 June 22, 2015 (267 days late)
Halloween Dance Party ¥501,427*KG (¥487,820)AAJ 2014 (¥464,000)AAJ 2015 Peace Winds Japan ¥464,000 July 9, 2015 (257 days late)
Soup Curry Quiz ¥22,500 Japan Cat Network ¥22,500 July 9, 2015 (230 days late)
Christmas Caroling ¥57,610 Misonotenshien Orphanage ¥57,654 in toys & books June 22, 2015 (193 days late)
Valentine's Masquerade ¥5,000 Japanese Red Cross Society ¥80,000 July 9, 2015 (139 days late)
St. Patrick's Day Party ¥73,000 July 9, 2015 (111 days late)
Akita International Sumo Basho ¥80,156 Save the Children ¥80,156 June 26, 2015
Goodbye Party ¥10,000 Equal Marriage Alliance Japan ¥10,000 Sep 10, 2015 (60 days late)
Total ¥ ? ¥914,310

Welcome Party

The Welcome Party was held at Sanbōen, in Yurihonjō on August 30, 2014. There were 83 attendees. Proceeds were intended for Misonotenshien Orphanage. The amount raised is uncertain:

  • ¥132,500 according to a Kenneth Grant Facebook post (September 1, 2014)
    In the first week of June 2016, about a week after details concerning Kenneth Grant were added to this page, Kenneth Grant deleted the Facebook event page for this event and changed his Facebook profile name to Lewis Dennis.
  • ¥146,611 according to AAJ 2014-2015 (Spring edition of the Akitan, April 20, 2014)

However, all proceeds from the event were embezzled by Kenneth Grant the chairperson that time.

The proceeds were eventually donated in cash on June 22, 2015. The actions of Kenneth Grant delayed delivery of the funds by 295 days!

Tazawako Camping

The Tazawako Camping was held at Tazawako Campground on September 27-28, 2014. There were 34 attendees. In total ¥32,000 was raised for Misonotenshien Orphanage.

However, all proceeds from the event were embezzled by Kenneth Grant the chairperson that time.

The proceeds were eventually donated in cash on June 22, 2015. The actions of Kenneth Grant delayed delivery of the funds by 267 days!

Halloween Dance Party

The Halloween Dance Party was held at Jamhouse in Akita City on October 25, 2014. There were 200+ attendees (according to AAJ 2014-2015) or 278 according to Kenneth Grant. The amount raised is uncertain:

  • ¥501,427 according to a Kenneth Grant Facebook post (October 31, 2014)
    In the first week of June 2016, about a week after details concerning Kenneth Grant were added to this page, Kenneth Grant deleted the Facebook event page for this event and changed his Facebook profile name to Lewis Dennis.
  • ¥487,820 according to AAJ 2014-2015 (Spring edition of the Akitan, April 20, 2015)
  • ¥464,000 according to AAJ 2015-2016 (Charity Akita website [1] in Sept 18, 2015)

However, all proceeds from the event were embezzled by Kenneth Grant the chairperson that time.

Eventually ¥464,000 was forwarded to Peace Winds Japan on July 27, 2015 by AAJ 2015-2016.

Soup Curry Quiz

The Pub Quiz & Soup Curry Night was held at Soup Curry Savina on November 22, 2014. There were 34 attendees. In total ¥22,500 was raised for Japan Cat Network.
Proceeds from the event were donated by bank transfer to Japan Cat Network on July 9, 2015 (230 days after the event). The delay was due in part because the money was originally planned to be combined with the proceeds from the Halloween Party (that were embezzled by Kenneth Grant), and also because of where the money was going. This event was the first where charity money was raised for non-human charities. Not everyone within the community was happy with this. It was discussed on Facebook and later decided to just give profits from this event to Japan Cat Network.

Christmas Caroling

The annual Christmas Caroling event was held at Akita Station on December 13, 2014. There were 24 participants. In total ¥57,610 was raised to buy toys and books for Misonotenshien Orphanage.

Money raised from this event was used to purchase toys and books (worth ¥57,654) and was delivered to Misonotenshien Orphanage by Wil Lentze and AAJ members on June 22, 2015. On the same day the money raised from the Welcome Party & Tazawako Camping (all of which was embezzled by Kenneth Grant the chairperson that time, and later repaid from his BoE), was also presented to the orphanage.

The Facebook event page was deleted by Kenneth Grant.

Appi Ski & Snowboard Trip

Valentine's Masquerade

The Black Hearts Masquerade Cocktail Party was held at Bairo cafe in Akita City on February 21, 2015. It was the first time such an event was held. There were 17 attendees. In total ¥5,000 was raised for the Japanese Red Cross Society. This ¥5,000 was combined with the¥73,000 profit from the St. Patrick's Day Party on March 21, 2015, and ¥80,000 was transferred together on July 9, 2015.

St. Patrick's Day Party

The St. Patrick's Day Party was held at CLUB GEL in Akita City on March 21. There were 104 attendees. ¥73,000 was raised for the Japanese Red Cross Society. from ticket sales. The proceeds were combined with the profits from the Black Hearts Masquerade Cocktail Party (¥5,000) and were transferred by bank transfer to the apanese Red Cross Society on July 9, 2015.

The Facebook event page was deleted by Kenneth Grant.

Hanami Tea Party

Akita International Sumo Basho

The 11th annual Akita International Sumo Basho was held at the Akita Kenritsu Budokan on Saturday, June 13th, 2015. Total attendance was about 66 persons, including volunteers and wrestlers. 13 individuals participated in the men's bracket, while 8 participated in the women's bracket. Admission was ¥2,000 for adult spectators, ¥1,000 for volunteers, and wrestlers, and free entry for children under 10. Between admissions and the bake sale that was run simultaneously at the event, ¥80,156 was raised for Save the Children. The money was transferred by bank transfer on June 26, 2015.

Expenses Income
Venue rental 9,930
Food & drinks for wrestlers 6,836
Prizes 2,924
First Aid Kit 11,042
Supplies 4,507
Ticket sales
 21 × wrestlers @ ¥1,000
 14 × volunteers @ ¥1,000
 31 × attendees @ ¥2,000

¥21,000
¥14,000
¥62,000
Bake sale 18,395
35,239 115,395
Total ¥80,156

Facebook event page

Goodbye Party

The Goodbye Party (aka Farewell Party) was held at Orange House, Shimohama Beach on July 11, 2015. Attendance records were not kept. In total ¥10,000 was raised for Equal Marriage Alliance Japan.
Proceeds from the event were donated by bank transfer on September 10, 2015.

Miscellaneous

Expenses Income Date Note
Akita Wiki hosting (Hostigation) 4,805 May 25, 2015 Nov 22, 2014 to Nov 21, 2015
akitajet.com domain name (Surpass Hosting) 17,460 May 25, 2015 May 22, 2015 to May 21, 2024
Total ¥

See also

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