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Sandbar State Park - Site
                    of the JASV Annual Meeting

Sandbar State Park - Site of the JASV Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting and Picnic. Sunday, June 22. Noon - 4 PM.
Sandbar State Park
The JASV annual meeting will be held on Sunday, June 22th, from 12 noon until 4 PM at the Sand Bar State Park in Milton. [Rain date: June 29th]. The agenda for the meeting includes the election of officers, the election of board members, and a general picnic. This is a potluck event; please bring something to share. JASV will provide soft drinks and pay the entrance fee - mention this at the gateway booth. Bring your favorite summer chair, umbrella, Frisbee, and beach gear. Bring a friend or neighbor! Pets are not permitted in the park.

Directions: The Sand Bar State Park is located on Route 2 at the east-end of the Causeway between Milton and the Islands. From I-89, take exit #17 (Champlain Islands), and drive 4 miles north on U.S. 2) [Google Maps:]

Independence Day Parade in Montpelier. Thursday, July 3rd, 5 PM - 7 PM
JASV are looking for members and friends who can join in the July 3rd parade in Montpelier from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. We will have banners and signs and matsuri dancing. If there are some people who can help, please ask them to send an e-mail to JASV presiden Toshi Saitoh ( or call at 802-865-9985. For more information about the Independence Day Celebration in Montpelier, check out their website -

Francis B. (Frank) Tenny, 1920 - 2014

Francis B.
                    (Frank) Tenny, 1920 - 2014

Frank (Francis B.) Tenny died on April 5, 2014. He was a founder of "Tenny Memorial Fund" in the JASV, and supported promoting cultural exchange between Japanese and Vermont high school students. We at JASV are all sorry for the loss.

The following is from the Barton Vermont Chronical.

Frank (Francis B.) Tenny died on April 5, 2014, at the retirement home, RiverWoods, in Exeter, New Hampshire.  He had developed dementia over the last years.  At 93, he had lived a long and satisfying life.

Mr. Tenny was probably destined for a life involved with Asia.  Born in Rochester, New York, on December 22, 1920, he was whisked off by his parents to Yokohama, Japan, at the age of three months.  Later on, he enjoyed his Japanese kindergarten, but he was always annoyed when his Japanese playmates slipped on their woodengeta and rushed out the door ahead of him while he had to wait to get his shoes tied.

He said, “I spent my early childhood in Japan where my father was founder and first president of Kanto Gakuin University in Yokohama.  I attended the University of Rochester, but the Pearl Harbor attack took place the year I graduated and at age 21 I was drafted.

“Because of my knowledge of Japanese, I spent World War II in code breaking activities in the U.S. and New Delhi.  At the end of the war I was in China investigating Japanese code breaking efforts there.  I got an M.A. in Chinese at Harvard, and after a few years in a newspaper career, I joined the U.S. Information Agency, was later absorbed into the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Department of State, and had postings in Surabaya, Indonesia, Bangkok and Tokyo.

“When Henry Kissinger reopened cultural exchanges with China, I accompanied the Philadelphia Orchestra on their China tour during the Cultural Revolution.  Later I directed the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, established by Senator Javits.  I received the Order of the Rising Sun Class Three from Japan and also the Knowlton Award from the U.S. Military Intelligence Corps.”

Mr. Tenny and his wife, Robin, and daughter, Laura, moved from Virginia to Barton in 1983.

Mr. Tenny thrived on a life of farming in the morning and translating early twentieth century Japanese novels into English in the afternoon.  He enjoyed battling the raccoons for the peas and the corn (they usually won), driving the John Deere tractor into town, working with the Old Stone House Museum, getting to know Vermonters, going to concerts, and walking among the hills and lakes of this beautiful country.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Robin, and by his daughters, Carol and Laura.

He was predeceased by his son Charles Tenny.

Donations may be made in Mr. Tenny’s memory to the Charles Tenny Memorial Fund of the Japan-America Society of Vermont, which promotes cultural exchange between Japanese and Vermont high school students, care of the Japan America Society of Vermont, 123 Ethan Allen Avenue, Suite 306, Colchester, Vermont 05446; or to the Old Stone House Museum, 109 Old Stone House Road, Orleans, Vermont, 05860; or to a charity of one’s choice.


JASV Organizational Notes:

The JASV Board Meetings: Second Wednesday of the month - 6:30 pm. The JASV board meetings are in the JASV office at 123 Ethan Allen Avenue, Suite 203. Colchester. All are welcome.

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JASV, Last updated 2014 June 10 1300