Norwalk Kendo Dojo Meeting 5/19/06


  1. Center items
    1. 5/3/06 meeting report
    2. demonstration for Japanese school students Sat 6/3
  2. Federation items
    1. 5/13/06 SCKF meeting report
  3. Old Business
  4. New Business
    1. dojo meetings
    2. new members
    3. new forms
    4. guidelines for advancement

  1. Center notes
    1. 5/3/06 meeting report
      • received thank you note for help at luau fundraiser
      • mirror is broken, Mr Yoshimura and Karen's husband to fix?
      • kendo has bingo Sept 9
      • passed out carnival booth form, due at next meeting
      • starting a kitchen remodeling committee, probably will be chaired by Maggie Konishi. $52K in fund (started Dec'03). Suggesting kendo participate.
      • be sure to turn in rosters of new members to ensure they receive the center newsletter
      • another rafu shimpo article is in the works (past due?)
    2. demonstration for Japanese school students Sat 6/3, from 11:30am - 12pm in the judo room. This will be the monthly Japanese School cultural event for June.
  2. Federation notes
    1. 5/13/06 SCKF meeting report
      This is normally attended by many Norwalk people, but only Yamaguchi sensei attended as it was the same day as Center dinner. Got preliminary minutes from Mr Hada.
      • shinpan seminar 6/4 at Venice Dojo 9am - 5pm. For 3dan and above but lower yudansha may attend at sensei's recommendation. Wear keikogi/hakama and bring bogu (godo geiko from 4-5pm). Seminar will be conducted by Murakami sensei and Yamaguchi sensei.
      • need to submit bento order for shinpan seminar. Is the price $7 each?
      • Norwalk's SCKC line up was filled out by Yuji Hosokawa at Yamaguchi sensei's request
  3. Old business notes
    1. none
  4. New business notes
    1. dojo meetings
      • we'll be having monthly meetings on the Friday after the monthly SCKF meeting
      • the agenda will published at least one week ahead of the meeting (from next time)
      • if there is an issue that needs discussion please make sure it is on the agenda at this time
      • from now on hold the meetings at 7:30 so hopefully more parents will attend
      • the next meeting will be very important as the Carnival must be discussed (see below)
    2. new members
      • from this year we're trying a new policy to start new members every odd month
      • on those days we need a parent officer to be here early to help the new members get enrolled and started
      • to make this easier, change the starting day to the first Friday of odd months (rather than the first practice)
    3. new forms: there are new forms on the Norwalk Dojo website. Please use these forms from now on. If there is a problem please let Yoshimura Steve sensei know. The sign in/out form may need to be modified to cover only kids 13 and under.
    4. guidelines for advancement
      • guidelines are in development for beginners
      • for yudansha: if they want to participate in the Oct shinsa they need to start practicing now
    5. Carnival
      Since the booth form is due at the next Center meeting, the booths were discussed. There was a suggestion to cut back the food booth to just one item instead of four (last year we did chicken, beef, yakisoba, and boba), ultimately it was decided to just drop boba. We will still do the goldfish booth.