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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FEB 04

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JAO members, family, and friends got together last night for an early Chinese New Year Celebration!

FEB 03

Timeline Photos

JAO held our Annual Essay Contest at Taix Restaurant last Wednesday, January 27. Congratulations to all of our participants (two of the top 3 winners pictured below)

FEB 01

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JAO would like to congratulate Kitty Sankey, who is the first female President of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California!

JAN 20

*SAVE THE DATE* for JAO's Chinese New Year Celebration at Hop Li's (526 Alpine St, Los Angeles, 90012) on Wednesday, February 3 from 7-9pm. Cost: $20. Please RSVP to JessicaKanai@gmail.com by 1/29.

JAN 17

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JAO's Shinnenkai...Good food, good company, and good information! Thank you to JAO member, Dr. Richard Watanabe for the talk on Diabetes!

DEC 30

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Team JAO at the OCO Mochitsuke at Tanaka Farms this past Sunday!

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JAO Installation 2015