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MARCH & APRIL 2010 Events


MARCH:    5th    Casino Night Preparation 5pm

                6th    Casino Night Preparation 9am

                        Casino Night 6pm

                7th    Casino Night Clean Up

                9th    Board Meeting 7:30pm

               14th    Dr Kato’s Buddhism Lecture (Japanese)

                21st   Fujinkai Meeting 10:00am

                         Higan-E, Monthly Service & Memorial 11:00am

                         Bishop Akiba’s Goodbye Luncheon 12:00pm

                28th   Garden Cleaning  9:00am

                         Late Bishop Yamashita’s 13th Year Memorial  11:00am


APRIL:       4th    Pancake Breakfast 8:30am    

                         Zenshuji Hanamatsuri  11:00am  

                11th   LABCF Hanamatsuri at Jodo-shu Temple 1:00pm

               18th   Fujinkai Meeting 10:00am     

                         Monthly Service & Memorial 11:00am

               24th   Manzanar Pilgrimage

               25th   Dr Kato’s Buddhism Lecture (Japanese)



Zenshuji's third annual Casino Night and Silent Auction fundraiser is just two weeks away! Tell your family and friends to save this date: Saturday, March 6th (6:00 PM to 11:00 PM)


We need your help with ticket sales, table sponsors, and donations for the silent auction ~ please do what you can today!


Casino Night Festivities:

The night's festivities include a dinner buffet, entertainment, drink tickets, raffle tickets, gambling chips to play casino games, and the chance to bid on silent auction items.


Casino Night Admission:

$30 donation (pre-sale - available now)

$35 donation (at the door)


You can buy the tickets from any Board Members (Ray Haynes, Lance Kawakami, Brian Kimura, Miyoko Mura, Ellen Nagamine, Yohko Fukase-D'Elarco, Hiroko Seki, Kaye Soo Hoo, Osamu (Sam) Matsushita, Howard Miyoshi, Midori Nakatani, Takashi Oda., Georgene Salisbury, Hiromi Yamashita or Atsuko Kubota) or Rev. Kojima.


Casino Table Sponsors:

We are in need of table sponsors ($100 donation, name displayed on the table) and cash patrons (cash donations of any amount to help defray costs).


Silent Auction Donors:

We are soliciting donations for the silent auction.  Times are tight for many of us but there are several ways to help.  Have some wine, beer or empty gift baskets left over from the holidays?  A gift card that you can part with?  Have a friend that is is a hair stylist?  Just about anything can become a silent auction item. Any gesture big or small is greatly appreciated. Contributions are tax deductible. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:


   * Tickets to movies, concerts, sporting events, plays, musicals and museums

   * Tickets to theme parks (Disneyland, Knotts, Universal Studios, Magic Mountain, etc.)

   * Framed photography or artwork

   * Hand-made arts and crafts

   * Produce, plants, yard and garden items

   * Collectible antiques

   * Gift certificates to restaurants, retail stores, hair salons, golf courses

   * Gift certificates for car washes, auto detailing, window tinting, etc

   * A weekend at a timeshare or other vacation package

   * Sports club memberships

   * Netflix subscriptions

   * Satellite radio or TV subscriptions

   * CDs, DVDs, PC/WII/PS3/GB games, books, audio books, iTunes credits, etc

   * Themed Gift baskets such movie lover (DVDs, popcorn, candy, etc.)

         o Movie gift basket (DVD, movie tickets, popcorn, candy, etc.)

         o Wine gift basket (bottles of wine, cheese, crackers, etc.)

         o Cooking gift basket (cook books, cooking ingredients, cooking utensils/equipment)


With the exception of collectible antiques, we request donations of new items for the silent auction please!


Click Here for a cover letter and form


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Ray Haynes at

Thank you in advance for you support!


Ray Haynes

Casino Night Committee Chairman



Newly elected:Term ending in January 2012 (7);

Carolyn Hashiba (President), Atsuko Kubota, Osamu Matsushita,

Howard Miyoshi, Midori Nakatani, Takashi Oda, Georgene Salisbury


Term ending in January 2011(8);

Yohko Fukase-D’Elarco, Ray Haynes, Lance Kawakami, Brian

Kimura, Miyoko Mura, Ellen Nagamine, Hiroko Seki, Kaye SooHoo



After 13 years at Zenshuji Soto Mission of North America, Bishop Akiba announced at the January, 2010 Board of Directors meeting he plans to retire as Bishop effective March 31, 2010. The role of Bishop is expanding in many ways and  the responsibilities are becoming more demanding. He feels this is a good time to step down and enjoy the comfort of his Oakland home and venture into some new activities.


We will be hosting a Retirement Luncheon for Bishop Akiba on March 21st after O-Higan service. We thank Bishop Akiba for his years of dedication and wish him a happy, healthy, and well deserved retirement!    Reservation Form  $15.  Please reserve by March 15th.




Zenshuji’s Ohigan Service will be held on Sunday, March21 2010 at 11:00am. The Fujinkai Ladies make Ohagi (bean cakes filled with rice) to pass out at the service. We will also have a BAKE SALE and the proceeds will go toward the Repair Fund (Mr. Hideo Mura and Mr. Sam Matsushita have been trying their best to keep up with the repairs). With the recent major rains, the aging Temple has encountered some water damage, flooding and wear & tear areas that will needed to be repaired. So please come and buy baked goodies provided by the Nagamine Family, Quon Family, Georgene Salisbury (ribbon-winning baker of The Los Angeles County Fair), James Monarrez, Takagi Family, and Ms. Kazuko Urata.




The Board plans to host a HANAMATSURI PANCAKE BREAKFAST on Sunday, April 4, 2010 beginning at 8:30am. Location will be the downstairs Social Hall of the Temple. It will be under the guidance of Jeff Tani, Brian Kimura, Lance Kawakami, Ray Haynes, Georgene Salisbury, Ellen Nagamine, and Atsuko Kubota. Flyers with more information on the pre-sale tickets and menu will be coming soon. Please keep your morning open on April 4th and attend the Hanamatsuri Service at 11:00am. We would like to ask the Sr. Y.B.A. members to come out and help. The more help we have, the easier it

will be.