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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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DEC 31

Japanese American Optimist Club - JAO

DEC 31

Japanese American Optimist Club - JAO's cover photo

DEC 17

JAO Xmas Kids Party Gift Wrapping

DEC 08

Dear JAO Members & Friends, SAVE THE DATE - DEC 17 (Sat) FOR JAO's ANNUAL CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PARTY! Date: Dec 17 (Sat) Time: 10 am Set-up Place: Maryknoll, 222 S. Hewitt, Los Angeles We are expecting 150 children! Your help is needed to transform Maryknoll into a Winter Wonderland, assist with crafts and food service, and be helpful elves as the students receive a gift from jolly Santa Claus. Set-up time is 10 am. Lunch will be potluck and donations of food or money are needed. Please contact Leiton Hashimoto at lhashimoto@semprautilities.com to let him know what you are bringing. For questions or to RSVP to volunteer, please contact co-chairs Billy Wing at billyhnl@hotmail.com or Will McElroy at willmcelroy@hotmail.com. Thanks for your support - See you there!

NOV 28

Join us as we prepare for the JAO Children’s Christmas Party (12/17/16). Help us wrap 150 toys for the party and participate in a game of “White Elephant”! HOLIDAY GATHERING/GIFT WRAPPING PIZZA PARTY Dec 14 (Wed), 7-9pm Sakura Gardens (formerly known as Keiro Retirement Home) 325 S Boyle Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033 Cost: $10 (Dinner) Bring: “White Elephant” item ($10 value) for the gift exchange Please RSVP by Megumi by 12/12: megumi_yuhara@yahoo.com

OCT 22

Photos from Japanese American Optimist Club - JAO's post

Join us on Saturday, October 29 as we host our Annual Halloween Party at an elementary school in Los Angeles (invite only)! Volunteers needed from 9am-2pm to help with set up, crafts, activities and to help entertain 100+ children. Lunch included. Please contact Joyce at jnakashimard@gmail.com for more information and to RSVP.

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JAO Installation 2015