Dear Midorikai Alums Around
We send our best wishes and
hope that you are enjoying the wonderful season in your country.
Worldwide there are over 500
Midorikai alums eager to lend their hands to their teachers' efforts
locally and to meet other alums. Daisosho and Oiemoto embrace
as alums all students who have attended even one day at Midorikai
and have encouraged the creation of an alumni association.
The goal of the Urasenke Midorikai
Alumni Association (UMAA) is to support these alums in their continued
study and practice of Chanoyu and in their continued close connections
with the Sen family, especially the younger generations.
At the first meeting of the
UMAA, thirty-one alums from eight countries suggested developing
a network of regional advisors around the world to help with these
goals. It seems that many alums are already connected in informal
networks and actively seek one another out through personal connections
and social media. At the same time, a desire for greater connectedness
was expressed. The UMAA hopes to provide a structure to link these
networks together and facilitate connections among the broader
community of Midorikai alums.
This letter reaches out to
you in hopes that you will consider volunteering to be a regional
advisor of the UMAA. Those alums who already are reaching out
to others and have created a network would advance the starting
point for this endeavor. In terms of geographical regions, the
region may be as large as a continent but preferably smaller transnational
representation will emerge with the volunteers.
Even if you feel unable to
volunteer as a regional advisor now, your input is essential for
shaping the role of regional advisor and the working of the UMAA.
Please let us know your suggestions and comments.
Thoughts on the active role
for regional advisors:
create a communication network among
alums in their region
publicize regional events and activities
through posting on UMAA media
share Urasenke Headquarters and
UMAA Board information with regional alums
relay information and ideas from
local alums to the UMAA Board
become future UMAA Board members
These are just a few initial
thoughts. The hope is that alums and the advisors themselves will
shape the role and the future direction of the UMAA.
Please, all those interested
in this process contact firstname.lastname@example.org with nominations/self-nominations
for regional advisors as well as suggestions and comments.
With thanks for your help and