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Wind Chimes
Zama Community Spouses' Association


ZaCSA Executive Board

Honorary President Alissa Harrison Advisor Angela Tilley President Beth van Kan Vice President Crystal Ryan Secretary Rhianna Santos Treasurer Tanya Simmons Parliamentarian Barbara Hill Hospitality Yolanda Hingel Membership Vacant Reservations Tanesha Clark People to People Ashley Padgett Programs Jennie Rodriguez Media & Publicity Esther Dacanay Historian Louise Clutter Fundraising Cathy Bischof Webmaster Meggan Orenstein Welfare Janet Montoya Scholarships Rose W ade East Meets W est: Manager Beth van Kan Purchaser Crystal Ryan

Welcome Back to the Wind Chimes Newsletter

The December 19, 2012 ZaCSA Christmas Party with our Japanese Friendship Groups was a huge success! Thanks to all ZaCSA members who attended and had a great time as well as helped to make it a memorable event for our Japanese Guests. The Zama American High School Chorus; pianist Jessica Wenzel; vocalist Somers Overly; and vocalist Yolanda Hingel all gave exceptional performances that contributed to the evenings success and enjoyment. A huge ZaCSA thanks to the event coordinator and ZaCSA Vice President, Crystal Ryan for arranging this wonderful evening. We are already looking forward to next year!

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New Group!
Begins February Want to learn to knit or share your passion?


January 16 Learn about at- home businesses on Camp Zama p. 3

Japanese Events
January Events Two new events were added to share fellowship. p. 7

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A note from the Honorary ZaCSA President

What can you do to make a difference? The answer is so simple. REALLY! Find your passionfind others who share your views, Merr convince one person to share your dream, and EXECUTE. I often hear from others that, I would love to help, but I just cant find the time right now or I just do not know where I fit. Well, make it your mission to find the time, FIT, and make a difference in not only your life, but in the lives of others who could use your personal expertise.

The Silent Auction for the East Meets West Christmas Tree netted $1200, when the final bid and donations were combined. The money will be delivered to the town of Ishinomaki on Friday January 18, 2013. I would like to invite ZaCSA members to continue donating funds for the city at East Meets West during regular shop hours, until Thursday January 17, 2013.

A note from the ZaCSA President

Those who know me best know that I am the consummate organizer. While I have evolved into a Program Manager by trade, I am a planner of all things that I encounter. My job, volunteer endeavors, my poor children, and yeseven my husband, can attest to being scheduled and coordinated to the point of ad nauseum. Those with no time find more time where there is no time. I would like to especially thank three ZaCSA special chairs for their unique passion and for stepping up to take on the challenges and tackling three time consuming events for this ZaCSA year:

With the conclusion of the Silent Auction; the Christmas Celebration with our Friendship Groups; and looking forward to the January Luncheon featuring and supporting the at-home businesses in our community, I continue to serve ZaCSA as a proud member who is grateful for every ZaCSA member and the support they provide each other and our Camp Zama Community.

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Crystal Ryan ZaCSA & Friendship Groups Christmas Party: December 19, 2012 Darlene Truesdell Tri Service Luncheon: February 26, 2013 Jill Russell Basket Auction: March 16, 2013

Crystal has poured her heart and soul into making her event unique and special for both our Japanese friendship groups and our organizations membership. Christmas for each ZaCSA year should be a new and different experience. Crystal, you have raised the bar and given us a distinctive Tour of Christmas this year. Darlene, I so hope to be able to fit into my Little Black Dress and represent Zamas luncheon theme with style! And to Jill, it will be difficult to exceed your own footprint, but we look forward to seeing what you and your team has in store for the Zama community as you raise the bar for ZaCSAs 2013 Basket Auction Scholarship financial fundraiser to new heights.

The newest evolution in ZaCSA group activities is starting under the coordination of Sylwia Carter, a ZaCSA members who enjoys knitting. W hether learning a new skill or sharing an old passion, the fellowship in these shared interest groups knit together our community. Like the Piece Makers, who typically contribute a quilt to the Basket Auction and created gift bags for East Meets West to sale this season, these groups have the creativity and power to provide m any kinds of opportunities for our community. I can't wait to see what this group unravels. More information can be found on page 10 of the Wind Chimes.

My final entry this month is all business. Coordinating the ZaCSA events requires the time of volunteers and the staff of the facility hosting our event. Typically, The Camp Zama Community Club is our venue and planning with them means they need to know the number of people attending and what they will be eating one week in advance. Deadlines to purchase tickets for each month's event can b e found in the Wind Chimes and on the ZaCSA Facebook site. Please purchase your tickets by the posted event deadline.

I hope 2013 is your b est year yet!

Can these exceptional ladies use your help with upcoming eventsSURE THEY CAN! The time for you to find your passion and make a difference is now. If you are still not sure where you can best utilize your talents? Ask m e or our President, Beth van Kan - - we always have ideas.

Thank you ZaCSA membership for a great 2012!


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ZaCSA January Luncheon

Wednesday January 16, 2013 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Camp Zama Community Club The Zama Community Spouses' Association
is excited to present our best member luncheon yet! We will be hosting at-home business owners from the Camp Zama Community who will share their goods and services with you during this member's only luncheon event. ZaCSA is proud to promote the at-home business owners of Camp Zama by making our members aware of the quality goods and services we have within our midst. Ticket Information Price: $17 Purchase by: Thursday January 10, 2013, at the East Meets West Gift Shop All food orders must be submitted to the Camp Zama Community Club one week in advance of our event. ZaCSA Members are welcome to showcase their at-home businesses, too! Deadline to reserve your space is Tues. Jan. 8, 2013. Complete the form at this link to reserve space and receive more information: m?formkey=dHdCVUlwbUJCV3REZlJxVE 42dVNLc0E6MQ#gid=0

We are sorry but we CANNOT accept late ticket requests or payment at the door.


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ZaCSA 7 th Annual Scholarship Basket Auction

Going... Going... Green!
March 16, 2013 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm Camp Zama Community Club 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Social Hour and Basket Viewing 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Live/Silent Auction Tickets: $10.00 Pre-purchase through ZaCSA Members Hors d'oeuvres Buffet Cash Bar Adults Only

ZaCSA sponsors the Annual Basket Auction to raise money for the scholarships ZaCSA provides to the Camp Zama Community. Last year, thanks to the kindness and generosity of the Camp Zama Community, the event was a great success! ZaCSA awarded $17,500, in scholarships to our Camp Zama High School graduating seniors. During the month of February, ZaCSA members will be selling tickets outside of the Camp Zama PX on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are many volunteer positions that will need to be filled by ZaCSA members, view them and sign-up today: 1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: 2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


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News from the East Meets West Gift Shop

January Events Open for First Saturday of the Month Saturday January 5 - 1000 - 1400 Making Handbags from vintage obis with Amy Saturday January 5, 1000 - 1400 Our Special Event of the month will take place this day: Amy will demonstrate how to make a handbag from a vintage obi. One class member will take home the handbag as a door prize! $10 donation suggested for the class.
Regular shop hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1100 - 1800 First Saturday of the Month 1000 - 1400

Special East Meets West Demonstration Class:

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What is that...
Obon Tray
An obon is 'a tray' to bring dishes or beverages from kitchen to table, typically made of wood or metal. Obon come in many sizes; to carry individual tea cups and an accompanying snack or to larger obon to serve many people. The obon featured in this photo appears to be made specifically for the retirement party of a Japanese soldier. The kanji on the helmet mean "Bravery" and "Courage", while a sentiment in hiragana conveys thanks for a job well done and wishes the soldier more peaceful days and a rest that is well deserved. 5



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Include these Volunteer Opportunities for ZaCSA in Your New Year Resolutions!
Staff a table to Greet Newcomers and give them information about ZaCSA once a month at the Newcomers Welcome at the CZCC during the Newcomers Taste of Japan Luncheon. Contact the Hospitality Chair, Yolanda Hingel at: The Tri Service Luncheon is an opportunity for the spouses' clubs from NAF Atsugi, Camp Zama, and CFA Yokosuka to come together in camaraderie and fellowship. ZaCSA is hosting this year's event on February 26, 2013. There are many volunteer needs for this event from early planning to the day of the event help. If you would like to volunteer, contact the Tri Service Luncheon Chair, Darlene Truesdell at: The 7th Annual ZaCSA Scholarship Basket Auction is Going, Going, Green! Volunteering for this evening event is just as fun as attending! We will also need ZaCSA volunteers to sale tickets for the event at the Camp Zama PX during the month of February. Use our Volunteer Spot link to see all of the essential volunteer opportunities for this critical ZaCSA event:

Mark Your Calendar's for these Upcoming ZaCSA Events

A complete list of of ZaCSA Member and Friendship Events can be found on the ZaCSA Facebook Page: Sat. January 5, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join ZaCSA Member Amy Jones in the East Meets West Board Room and discover the secrets to making a beautiful handbag from Vintage Japanese obis. Amy will demonstrate one technique for making hand bags and one member of the class will take home the Vintage Obi Handbag she creates! Weds. January 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am ZaCSA Executive Committee Meeting in the East Meets West Board Room (if any members would like to attend the meeting or be placed on the agenda, contact ZaCSA Secretary Rhianna Santos at: Weds. January 16, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ZaCSA Membership Luncheon Featuring Camp Zama Community At-Home Businesses Weds. February 6, 10:00 am - 11:00 am ZaCSA Executive Committee Meeting in the East Meets West Board Room (if any members would like to attend the meeting or be placed on the agenda, contact ZaCSA Secretary Rhianna Santos at:

Tues. February 26, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ZaCSA hosts the 2013 Tri Service Luncheon


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Updates and volunteer request from the ZaCSA standing and auxiliary committees

ZaCSA Committee News


Media and Publicity

If you a ZaCSA Group Leader or Committee Chair and want to advertise your ZaCSA event, a request for members or volunteers, or a similar need, please contact the ZaCSA Media and Publicity Chair, Esther Dacanay. Esther can be reached at

The deadline to join the January event, Luncheon Featuring At-Home Businesses, is Thursday January 10, 2013. Please make your payment at the East Meets West Gift Shop. If you have any questions, contact Reservations Chair, Tanesha Clark at:

Membership ZaCSA Membership provides opportunities for

social, cultural, and creative pursuits. ZaCSA member events include luncheons, evening events, small interest group support, and a variety of other activities hosted by our Japanese Friendship Groups. Making friends and sharing experiences is one of the highlights of being a ZaCSA member. ZaCSA volunteer contributions create community welfare funds and provide service to the Camp Zama Community. Please join us in welcoming the following new ZaCSA Members who joined during the month of December: Susan Preston, Maria Stephens, Lorrie Lloyd, and Judy Nay. Membership Fees are $25 or free membership for spouses of deployed soldiers. Membership Forms can be found at the East Meets West Gift Shop and online at:

Welfare The Welfare Committee reviews and researches

requests for funds applications and makes recommendations to the ZaCSA Executive Committee. Community members are encouraged to take advantage of the fundraising ZaCSA does specifically to support our community in this way. Applications for funds need to be submitted two months prior to the date they are needed. For more information, contact the Welfare Chair, Janet Montoya, at:

Tri Service Luncheon Save the date: Tuesday February 26, 2013. Plan

to attend or volunteer at the 2013 Tri Service Luncheon. ZaCSA has the honor of hosting this gathering and we are preparing a fabulous event for everyone!. You can contact the Tri Service Chair, Darlene Truesdell, at:

Fundraising Fundraising Chair, Cathy Bischof, reports that on

December 10, ZaCSA raised $171.00, gift wrapping at the Camp Zama PX. A special thank you to all who helped wrap and all who donated. We appreciate you! Questions or suggestions? Contact Cathy at:

Scholarships ZaCSA Scholarship Chair, Rose Wade, attended

the Zama American High School College & Career Fair in October to promote the ZaCSA Scholarships to ZAHS students and parents. High School and Adult Student ZaCSA Scholarship applications are in the process of being updated and more information will be available soon. You can contact Rose at


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People to People

The ZaCSA Wind Chimes Newsletter is now the spot for all of your People to People news.

You will not be receiving a reminder email about the events you have signed up for; the list of names below will serve as your reminder. Thursday January 17, 2013 Four Hour Tour with Do Japan in Harajuku with Tomi Shibata Meet Tomi at 10:00 am at Omote-Sando-Guchi at JR Harajuku station
Teresita Sanchez Carla Cardenas Rose Wade Jen Peach Nyra Pratt

Friday January 25, 2013 Sunflower Restaurant Friendship Group with Kuniko Shibuya Walking Tour of 8 Lucky Gods in Seya Meeting Place: In front of Ebina station of Sotetsu line Time: 10:00am (Time changed from 10:30 to 10:00 due to that wed like to start to walking at 10:30 from Seya station) Well buy round trip ticket from Ebina station to Seya station before starting.
Susanne Galvin Natasa Brumage Becky Cook Stefanie Driver Heather McCullough Teresita Sanchez Mary Manglapus Emily Anderson Suzanne Corneliussen Meggan Orenstein Jill Russell Rachel Jennings Tanya Simmons Hiromi Walker Jessica Webb Barbara Hill Tanesha Clark

Wednesday January 30, 2013 New Year Party with Friendship Sagamihara at Zama Shrine 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Meet in the JED parking lot at 10:30 am, begin walking at 10:45 am Directions to the Zama Shrine: Leaving from From Gate 1, turn right. Go through the Sagamihara Tunnel and turn right on the first street. You will see the "Suimei Kaikan" sign in Japanese at the corner. Go straight on this narrow road and Suimei Hall will be on your right.
Jessica Webb Susanne Galvin Denise Strange Kelly Sabalboro Lia Pane Becky Cook Jeannette Ritter Robin Hodgson Stefanie Driver Darlene Truesdell Natasa Brumage Jill Russell Tracy Pennington Alissa Harrison Audrey Hernendez Teresita Sanchez Kayla John Heather McCullough Nyra Pratt Carla Cardenas Meggan Orenstein Rose Wade Jen Peach Sue Ellis Hannah Wenzel Belen Evans Isabel Thompson Beth van Kan Carly Yayboke Rachel Jennings Carmer Westbrook Janet Montoya Paula Childers Mary Manglapus Kyoko Patterson Esther Decanay Louise Clutter Dianne Ruetten Lori Ballard Hannah Jones Izumi Thompson

Waiting List for New Year Party

Hiromi Walker Rory Sorensen Barbara Hill Deanna House Yvette Hairston


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A Special Offer for ZaCSA Members Only from our Camp Zama Red Cross

If you are interested in being part of a class of ZaCSA members and receiving this offer, contact the Programs Chair, Jennie Rodriguez at: This offer expires October 31, 2013


ZaCSA Special Interest Groups

ZaCSA want to support your special interest. Cooking? Scrap Booking? Day trips in Japan? Book Club? Photography? The possibilities are endless!
We have the perfect meeting spot, the backroom of the East Meets West Gift shop. Start your group today, find people with like interests, and start having fun!

Piece Makers The Piece Makers quilting group meets the

second and third Friday of each month. ZaCSA members are invited to join us, advanced or brand new -- you are welcome! The Piece Makers work on their own projects and have traditionally completed a group quilt that is donated to the March Basket Auction, in which all the proceeds go towards ZaCSA Scholarships.

ZaCSA Knitting Group Want to learn to knit? Maybe re-new a rusty

skill? Or share your time and talents with others who share a passion for knitting? Sylwia Carter will be forming a group beginning in February. Like minds are welcome to gather and share a yarn or two. For more information contact Sylwia at:

A Special ZaCSA Thanks!

Jessica Wenzel - for providing live holiday piano music beautifully performed throughout the ZaCSA and Friendship Groups Christmas Celebration Yolanda Hingel - for giving an inspiring vocal performance of The Christmas Song at the ZaCSA and Friendship Groups Christmas Celebration Somers Overly - for giving a wonderful vocal performance of Winter Wonderland at the ZaCSA and Friendship Groups Christmas Celebration The ZAHS Chorus and Mrs. Jean Sullivan - for giving an energetic and holiday spirit inducing chorus performance at the ZaCSA and Friendship Groups Christmas Celebration The East Meets West volunteers - for working extra hours, baking holiday cookies, and providing holiday spirits at the successful Special Opens during the month of December All of the ZaCSA Members who baked Christmas Cookies for our Japanese Friendship Groups