Welcome to JAO!

The Japanese American Optimist Club (JAO) was started in 1954 to assist the JA community and to help its children live successful and happy lives.

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MAY 10

Japanese American Optimist Club - JAO

JAO President Eileen Yoshimura with JAO members (lt-rt) Nolan Maehara, Russel Fujii, Ed Miyashiro, Dan Yoshimura, and Mark Oune

MAY 09

*SAVE THE DATE* JAO will be hosting Bingo at Sakura ICF (formally known as Keiro) on Saturday, June 4 from 1-3pm for the residents. Come help the residents play bingo and pass out prizes! Please contact WillMcElroy@hotmail.com to RVSP!

MAY 09

Timeline Photos

JAO's Annual Hawaiian Dinner Luau Fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, June 18! We hope that you all can join us...It's time to send in those RSVP's!!

MAY 05

Timeline Photos

*SAVE THE DATE* JAO's Respect for Law Event is on Wednesday, May 25 from 7-9pm at Taix Restaurant (1911 Sunset Blvd, LA, 90026) This year, JAO is honoring Danny Wu, a firefighter who has educated more than 1000 kids on fire safety at our annual Christmas Party over the past decade! Cost: $28, includes salad, soup, entree, coffee/tea, sherbet. Please RSVP by 5/20 to ninatsuzuki@yahoo.com. We hope that you can join us!

MAY 01

PSED Quarterly

Our Pacific Southeast Quarterly District Essay Contest Honoree Alex Nakagawa is presented with his award!

APR 26

Photos from Japanese American Optimist Club - JAO's post

JAO's candidate, Eleanor, at the Area Oratorical Contest!

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JAO Installation 2015