I have pleasure in presenting the Chairperson’s report for the year 2004/2005. It has been a busy year with 2 Cultural Fairs, Festivals and delegations to and from
you to all the members of the FSFA Executive for their great efforts. The
sister city relationship continues to be robust with new faces both here and in
Susono. Both FSFA and SOFA are committed to exploring ways of celebrating the
relationship in new ways. Japan
Sam Warrington is out student in Susono this year. He has entertained us weekly with his emails on life in Susono. We have been very impressed with his efforts to date and we amazed at his personal development when we say him Susono a few weeks ago. He has been very well looked after by SOFA.
3 boys from Susono arrive in Frankston on
7 August 2005
for a 2 week visit. They will be hosted by in Langwarrin. Elizabeth Murdoch
The Fair was an outstanding success from the moment our Japanese guests arrived until they left. There had been good weather and good crowds. The success of the Fair had been due to a lot of hard work from many people – Kimono House, the Arts Centre staff, Australian Arrow and the Committee, to name a few.
FSFA took the delegation on the Monday to Australian Arrow, McClelland Gallery, the chocolate shop, the Golf course and to Waves. On the Saturday night they had gone to the Seaford Hotel for dinner, which had been very different from the type of thing they would do in
, and they
had enjoyed playing the pokies. Japan
Another great effort from Des to put together our annual Speech Contest. Good support from local schools.
Phil Harris’s Book
FSFA supported Phil and Meredith Harris who have written a book on their trip to
debuted at our Japanese Fair. It was a humourous account of their time in Japan . It
provided a great insight into life in Susono. Japan
Steve Walker and Chris Hodgins attended the ASCA Conference in Noosa. The next ASCA Conference in 2005 would be hosted by LaTrobe City Council and Devonport in
had managed to secure the hosting
of the 2006 Conference Tasmania
Yoshio Noda in his short time with FSFA, had a major impact on us with his knowledge of Susono and drawing FSFA and Australian Arrow closer together. He is now back in Susono and we had the pleasure of catching up with him on our recent visit. Yoshio now runs the Susono branch of FSFA.
Yoshinori Hashimoto has continued the high level of support we receive from Australian Arrow.
FSFA supported the recent visit of 2 groups of children of Yazaki staff in
. They we welcomed at Japan on the 22nd and
29th March 2005. Frankston High School
Visit to Japan and World Expo 2005
I was most fortunate to lead a 33 strong delegation to
in late June this year. The group visited Japan ,
Kyoto and the
World Expo, Susono and Nagoya .
An outstanding success in every aspect, apart from the hot weather. We
witnessed the Frankston High School Stage band play at the Aichi Pavilion at
the World Expo, at Yazaki headquarters , Tokyo
and at the Australian Fair. Many thanks to those who were part of the
delegation, and to the Frankston Council, Australian Arrow and Frankston High
School for their financial support. A presentation on the trip will be made
later in the evening. Susono High School
The Sea Festival has become a key part of our promotional program. The partnership with AAPL works well with mutual support of the weekend’s activities. Thank you to Megumi Restaurant, Australian Arrow, Council and the people who were not on the committee, but worked at the Fair.
We had great support from Brenda Saunders and her team and Yoshinori, his wife and the Japanese staff at AAPL.
We are looking to invite a delegation from Susono to a future Sea Festival rather than the Japanese Fair.
Assistant Language Teacher
Laura Wallis and Emma Kennedy have been selected as Assistant Language Teachers to commence work in Susono in the next weeks. Both are locals and are excellent candidates. We wish them well in their roles.
We look forward to another exciting year. Thank you to everyone who supported the Association over the past 12 months.