The Club’s Women’s Group will donate ¥7.8 million to local charities over the coming year.
Raised through the group's various annual sales and events, the money will be distributed to eight causes, including the Sanyukai homeless shelter in Tokyo and Family House, a provider of temporary housing for families of children with serious illnesses.
“We count on everyone’s generosity to help us support charities that focus on children’s well-being, shelter and food security, and the advancement of women,” says Tomomi Fujita, the Women’s Group’s director of charity programs.
Photo: Sanyukai director Jean LeBeau
Seven Members were voted onto the Board of Governors in the Club's annual election.
The results of the ballot were announced at the Club's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on November 21.
At the first Board meeting following the AGM, Michael Alfant was selected as representative governor. It is Alfant's second consecutive one-year term as representative governor.
In other Board positions, Jesse Green and Alok Rakyan were named first and second vice president, respectively, with Machi Nemoto selected as secretary and Michael Benner as treasurer.
2017 Board Election
- Michael Alfant
- John Flanagan
- Sam Rogan
- Betsy Rogers
- Kenji Ota
- Alok Rakyan
Women's Group Representative
- Chalice Markowitz
Four wines have been crowned winners following the inaugural Seasonal Wine Taste-Off on November 14.
Around 100 Members sampled 13 white wines and 13 reds before voting for their favorites at an event in the Winter Garden.
Meanwhile, the chosen wines for February to April are the 2016 Babich Family Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, from New Zealand's Marlborough region, and the 2015 Three Thieves Pinot Noir, another California champion.
Members now have access to discounted travel and entertainment.
Through the Club's partnership with Elite Club Perks, a discount ticket and travel portal, Members can book discounted worldwide hotel stays or tickets for sports and entertainment in North America.
Members can search for offers on the Elite Club Perks website through a dedicated page on the Club website.
This latest exclusive program complements the global network of reciprocal clubs open to Members.
Overall satisfaction increased for a third consecutive year in the latest Membership survey.
Nearly 91 percent of Members expressed satisfaction with the Club through ratings of either “excellent” or “very good.” The figure was around 89 percent in the previous two surveys.
A record 1,472 Members completed this year’s online survey, which was conducted over two weeks in September.
The top-rated areas of the Club were Member and Concierge Services, the Guest Studios, the parking facilities, the Fitness Center and the Squash Courts.
Forty-one percent of Members said they visited the Club a “few times a week,” with most people doing so to use the dining or recreational facilities.
"The survey's highest-ever response rate and overall satisfaction rating are a true testament to the efforts of the staff, and we will use the feedback in the survey to strive to ensure that every Club experience is a satisfying one for Members," says Club General Manager Tony Cala.
Check the full survey results (log-in required).