Overall satisfaction with the Club hit an all-time high in the recent annual membership survey.
Of the record 1,683 Members who completed the survey, 93.7 percent rated the Club either "very good" or "excellent." That figure is up from last year's 92 percent.
While overall membership value dropped by 0.5 percent from last year, scores of "excellent" in this area increased by 2.3 percent.
Of the 26 areas of the Club evaluated in the survey, 23 improved their ratings from 2018, with the Guest Studios receiving the most favorable assessment.
Once again, the main reasons for using the Club were for the recreation and fitness facilities (76 percent), the dining outlets (71 percent) and family-oriented activities (38 percent).
Members can check the full survey results (log-in required) here.
The Club launches its newest dining space on October 18.
Located in the former CHOP Bar, Vista is an all-day destination for morning coffees and snacks, lunch and evening cocktails and bar food.
The lounge, with its stylish, European-style furnishings and herringbone-patterned floor, offers Members both a quiet, daytime retreat and an evening hub for socializing and entertaining.
“We wanted to preserve [CHOP Bar],” says Jim Weisser, chair of the Food & Beverage Committee. “It should still be a place in the evening where you can go have a good glass of wine or the best cocktails in town with a burger or steak, but also somewhere our Members can enjoy during the day.”
Vista is open on weekdays, from 9am to 11:30pm.
The Club is set to welcome the NBA's Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy on October 6.
The trophy, awarded to the winner of the NBA Finals each year, will be accompanied by four-time NBA All-Star Shawn Marion.
Members will have a chance to snap selfies at this meet and greet and win tickets to a preseason game in Saitama between reigning champions the Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets.
The trophy is named after former NBA commissioner Larry O'Brien, who served from 1975 to 1984.
The Board of Governors has approved the slate of candidates for this year's Board election.
The election will be held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting on November 26.
The following list of candidates was proposed by the Club's Nominating Committee:
- American Citizens (four to be elected)
Jeffrey S Behr
- Japanese Citizens (one to be elected)
- Other Nationalities (one to be elected)
- Women’s Group Representative (one to be elected)
In accordance with Chapter 5, Section 31 of the General Rules, unauthorized electioneering, including written communication to Club Members, other than in official Club election materials, during any election period, is prohibited.
Violations by a candidate for governor, upon review and recommendation of the Nominating Committee, may result in the disqualification of the candidate. Proper decorum is expected during the election period.
Former Club governor Tom Jordan has passed away at the age of 88.
Joining the Club in 1985, he served on the Board from 1995 to 2001 and from 2003 to 2009, a period that included the start of the Club's redevelopment project.
He also served two terms as president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, of which he was a member for nearly three decades, including 15 years on the organization's board.
Tom was living in Hawaii with his wife, Karen, when he passed away.