Message From Kobe International University Alumni Association President
My sincerest thanks to all who support and understand the efforts of the Kobe International University Alumni Association.
Our association has continued this long entirely thanks to the great support of its members and our alma mater, Yashiro Gakuin, for which I am truly grateful.
The alumni association began with 23 members of our school’s first graduating class in 1972.
All the graduates at that time struggled to put our association into a concrete shape, but as young adults new to working life, things did not quite get on track.
But bit by bit, the organization continued to grow active, and five years after the school’s foundation we at last held a general meeting of its members.
Of the 203 graduates (23 from the first year, 27 from the second, 35 from the third, 36 from the fourth, and 72 from the fifth) turnout was unfortunately low, with only 11 members attending. Despite such, it was a most fruitful of meeting, during which discussions were held on association rules and activity policies. Since then the organization has been steadily built up, and in addition to our regular general meetings, we even hosted a concert and chat show featuring J-pop musicians Hirofumi Banba and Hiromi Ota as part of our celebration for the association’s 40th anniversary in 2012.
Many of our members gathered for what was quite an enjoyable event.
Additionally, with the increased number of members we saw at our 40th anniversary meeting, we decided to establish association chapters in eastern and western Japan for our non-local members. Then, in 2015, the very first general meeting of the association’s Eastern Japan Chapter was held in Tokyo to appoint Rai Kyoji, one of the university’s second year of graduates, head of the chapter.
The Western Japan Chapter later developed into the Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu regional chapters. I look forward to what the future holds in store.
In 2022 our association will already celebrate 50 years since its foundation. We are planning a commemorative project in celebration.
I ask all our members now for their support in making our 50th anniversary one full of life and grace.
Finally, I will extend my best wishes and pray that Yashiro Gakuin and Kobe International University continue to grow and develop.
Kobe International University Alumni Association PresidentKen’ichi Yamamoto
Kobe International University Alumni Association Regulations
Article 1: Our association is titled the Kobe International University Alumni Association.
Article 2: Our association is located on the campus of Kobe International University at 9-1-6 Koyocho-naka, Higashinada Ward, Kobe.
Article 3: Our association is built to promote camaraderie among members and contribute to the further advance of our alma mater.
Article 4: In order to achieve the goals mentioned above our association will conduct the following:
(1) Create newsletters and membership lists
(2) Offer talks, congratulations, and condolences to members
(3) Engage in projects which contribute to the advance of our alma mater
(4) Other necessary items
1. Our association is made up of regular and special members.
2. Regular Members are those who have graduated from Yashiro Gakuin University or Kobe International University.
3. Special Members are those in the faculty and staff of Yashiro Gakuin or Kobe International University who have been approved by the association board.
1. Regular members must pay an admission fee and lifetime membership fee.
2. An admission fee of 10,000 yen shall be paid during university entry year.
3. A lifetime membership fee of 10,000 yen shall be paid during university graduation year.
Article 7: The association will name the following board members for terms of three years.
(1) 1 president
(2) 3 vice presidents
(3) Board members
(i) A few elected from each graduation year
(ii) Full-time faculty and staff members of Kobe International University who are regular members of the association
(4) 2 treasurers
(5) 3 auditors
Article 8: Appointments of board members will be made as follows:
(1) President – Mutual election by board members
(2) Vice presidents – Mutual election by board members
(3) Board members – A few to be elected from each graduation year during general meetings
(4) Treasurers – Mutual election by board members
(5) Auditors – Commissioned by the president from among association members
Article 9: Official duties are as follows:
1) President – Representing the association and supervising its affairs
(2) Vice Presidents – Assisting the president and acting on behalf of the president in case the president is unable to perform duties
(3) Board Members – Organizing board meetings and handling operation of association
(4) Treasurers – Managing association accounts
(5) Auditors – Auditing association finances
1. Advisers and counselors may be appointed to the association.
2. The president may commission advisers and counselors after consulting with the board.
3. Advisers and counselors may respond to the president’s inquiries and/or offer advice.
1. A board meeting will be convened by the president annually.
2. The president will act as chair of the board meeting.
3. The board will convene a meeting when the president deems it necessary or when one-third or more of all board members request a meeting.
Article 12: Board meetings will discuss the following matters.
(1) Changes to association regulations
(2) Establishment, alteration, or abolition of association bylaws
(3) Project plans and budget matters
(4) Election of president, vice presidents, and treasurers
(5) Other important matters
Article 13: The board’s agenda will be decided by a majority of attending board members, with the president casting the deciding vote in case of a tie. Changes to association regulations, however, require the consent of at least two-thirds of attending board members.
1. A general meeting of the association will be held annually.
2. An extraordinary meeting may be held if the board deems necessary.
3. General meeting decisions require the consent of a majority of meeting attendees.
Article 15: Association affairs shall be reported at regular general meetings.
Article 16: Expenses for the association will be covered by membership fees, donations, and other sources of income.
Article 17: The association’s fiscal year will begin on April 1st and end on March 31st each year.
Article 18: Revisions to the association regulations will be made by resolutions at general meetings after discussion by the board.
1. These regulations take effect as of June 1st, 1976
2. These revised regulations take effect as of July 1st, 1984
3. These revised regulations take effect as of July 11th, 1988
4. These revised regulations take effect as of July 5th, 1992
5. These revised regulations take effect as of October 30th, 1994
6. These revised regulations take effect as of April 1st, 2002
7. These revised regulations take effect as of April 1st, 2005
8. These revised regulations take effect as of April 1st, 2006
9. These revised regulations take effect as of November 11th, 2007
10. These revised regulations take effect as of November 1st, 2009
11. These revised regulations take effect as of November 1st, 2011