PSSCA Volunteers Needed

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association (PSSCA). In honor of this special event, a delegation of 200 people from Sapporo will come to Portland in honor of the celebration from June 5-9, 2009. Below is the schedule and the volunteers needed. To volunteer or for more information, send an email to community@jetaaportland.com

June 5 (Friday)
5-8 p.m. Benson Hotel Hospitality Desk (in lobby)

June 6 (Saturday)
10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Pioneer Place Sapporo Booth
5-8 p.m. Pioneer Place Sapporo Booth
6 p.m.  Home visit dinner

June 7 (Sunday)
8-10 a.m. Benson Hotel Hospitality Desk
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pioneer Place Sapporo Booth
2-6 p.m. Pioneer Place Sapporo Booth
3-5 p.m. Benson Hotel Hospitality Desk
4-9 p.m. Private Event at Portland Japanese Gardens

June 8 (Monday)
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.Citizens Group Downtown Walking Tour
1-3 p.m. Benson Hotel Hospitality Desk

June 9 (Tuesday)
8-11 a.m. Benson Hotel Hospitality Desk

To volunteer or for more information, send an email to community@jetaaportland.com

Benson Hotel Hospitality Desk
The Sapporo delegation is staying at the Benson, and will have a hospitality desk in the lobby.  Two bilingual volunteers are needed at the desk during the times that the visitors may need help or just want to have a chat.  The hotel’s reception people will help if specific information is needed. PSSCA board member’s cell phone list will be provided for any situation that require PSSCA’s assistance.

Pioneer Place Sapporo Booth
The Sapporo Children’s Art Exhibit and Sapporo Tourism Booth will be located on the lower floor of Pioneer Place during the weekend, toward the east end, by the Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe. There is a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 5.  A representative form Sapporo Tourism Promotion Department will be manning the booth, handing out brochures and maps, as well as answering questions. PSSCA needs two bilingual volunteers to assist him.

Home Visit
Portland families are inviting Sapporo citizens in small groups to dinner at their homes. We need two people with a car who can pick up guests at the Benson Hotel downtown at 6 p.m., take them to a party in NE Portland, and return them after the dinner.  Your level of Japanese does not have to be high, but enough to be sociable to help the guests and hosts enjoy the festivities.  Please be sensitive to the fact that Japan now has a zero-tolerance rule and help our guests enjoy their evening by not drinking at the party.

Private Event at Portland Japanese Gardens
The Portland Japanese Garden is hosting a special Mayors’ Reception in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association. Volunteers are needed for this private event; duties may include welcoming guests, giving information about the location and schedule of events, helping to manage crowds inside the exhibition, serving food and drinks, and generally interacting with visitors from Japan. http://www.japanesegarden.com/events/parallel-worlds/

** None of above assignment require a translator level Japanese, but need somebody who is comfortable with conversational Japanese to help visitors (and Portlanders) feel welcome.

** Besides above assignments, they are looking for people with a car to provide ride to Ikebana teachers from the Benson to a retirement community in SE Portland. There are maximum of 12 ladies, so they need 4 cars to pick up at the Benson at 8-8:30 a.m. (they have a ride back so it’s only one way).

To volunteer or for more information, send an email to community@jetaaportland.com

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The Portland Chapter of JETAA (The JET Program Alumni Association) was created to serve the bonds of friendship developed by the program participants. JETAA’s purpose is to achieve, through its activities, a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the other countries participating in the program.