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Sandbar State Park - Site of the JASV Annual
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.
Independence Day Parade in Montpelier. Thursday,
July 3rd, 5 PM - 7 PM
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: http://j.mp/aaZ4Qs]
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
(TSaitoh@AOL.com) 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
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
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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