Wishing you a marvelous New Year full of fun and happiness. Thanks to all our ZaCSA Members for a fantastic 2015, and here's to an even better 2016!
Mark your calendars for the next Membership Event and let's get crafty!
Wednesday, January 20th. 9:00am - 11:00am
Camp Zama's Religious Education Center
Join us for a morning of painting! For this unique experience, two local artists are presenting a demonstration lesson while you paint along. Everyone will leave with their own masterpiece! Light breakfast refreshments will be offered at the event. Also, crafting-themed door prizes will be awarded to participants!

Tickets are available at the door on the night of the event o
r purchase your ticket online. Entry Fee Tickets: $10 ZaCSA Members/ $15 non-ZaCSA Members. Entry fee is included for those who purchased the Package Deal Program. 

Please RSVP on our FaceBook event page or to Angela LeMaster at Please feel free to invite a friend along too!
January 2016: Open by Appointment Only

We will be ringing in the New Year with a new project on our hands! Please be advised that our store, East Meets West, will be closed for improvements from January 1 until approximately January 21, 2016. However, East Meets West will be open for appointments during this time. For appointment availability, please contact your ZaCSA Board through the East Meets West Gift Shop Facebook page ( or the ZaCSA page ( 
We are thrilled to announce that our highly anticipated new computer system will be installed! Additionally, inventory and a bit of a spring clean will be conducted. While our store remains the preferred choice of many families to find their unique Japanese gifts and décor, these modifications will allow us to provide the very best shopping experience to our Camp Zama Community.
As we undergo this update and recruitment period, we apologize for any inconvenience and offer our sincere thanks for your patience and support. Again, to make a store appointment, please contact your ZaCSA Board or to offer your volunteering assistance, please contact Naomi Conner.
Thank you!


Volunteers wanted for several leadership opportunities at East Meets West Gift Shop!

Volunteer Store Manager - We believe in building a strong and thriving community. One of the most significant means of giving back is through funds raised at East Meets West, making the role of Store Manager so vital to our mission. This role is fulfilled by providing a time commitment of 10 - 16 hours per week. Responsibilities include oversight and direction of the store, volunteer coordination, making deposits, running reports, and attending Board Meetings.

Volunteer Shift Supervisors (4 supervisors needed) - Would you like to put your expertise to work, but have limited time? Help East Meets West fulfill ZaCSA’s mission with just 4 hours per week during one of the available shifts: Morning Shift (Tuesday or Thursday) from 10:30am - 2:30pm or Afternoon Shift (Tuesday or Thursday) from 2:00pm - 6:00pm. Responsibilities entail running the store during your shift to include stocking/merchandising, customer service, volunteer management, and working on QuickBooks Point of Sale software.

General Store Volunteers - Become the face of ZaCSA and make a big difference to how our community sees us and the work we do. Help East Meets West be a success, meet new people, and gain retail experience. Shifts are available in 2-4 hour increments between 11am and 6pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Responsibilities include customer service, cleaning and organizing merchandise, working the register, and other projects as assigned.
Volunteer ​Training ​will be held on January 19, 21, 26, and 28. 10am - 2pm
at East Meets West Gift Shop, Building 375. Open to all people interested in volunteering
at East Meets West. All volunteers (old & new) need to be trained on the new computer system!

If you are interested in one of these exciting opportunities, please contact our Vice President, Naomi Conner, at
Special Interest Groups: Upcoming Events
Wine Night
WHEN: January 13, 2016, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
WHERE: Bldg. 973A, Camp Zama
WHAT: Chinese New Year themed wine night!

Marlene Bailey and Mary Pressley are hosting our January Wine Night on Jan 13, 6pm at Mary P's house: 973A on Zama. We are doing a Chinese New Year theme. 2016 will be the year of the monkey, so a monkey theme! Come meet with friends, taste
some wine, eat some snacks and monkey around for a bit! 
  • Last names A-L bring a monkey themed snack
  • Last names M-Z bring a favorite wine
Directions: Turn left in the road after the football field/tennis courts and before the hill. Neighborhood behind the high school.
RSVP by January 10th by going to our FaceBook event page or
Lunch Bunch
WHERE: The Water Wheel Restaurant
WHAT: Lunch with friends, old and new!

Come join the ZaCSA Lunch Bunch as they venture out to the Water Wheel Restaurant for lunch. Keep checking the Lunch Bunch FaceBook site or email Melanie Kincaid, for more information!

Piecemakers and Craft Group
WHEN: Friday, January 8, 10:00am - 2:00pm
WHERE: ZaCSA Board Room in East Meets West Gift Shop
WHAT: Regular Meeting/Craft Day

WHEN: Friday, January 22, 8:30am - 2:30pm
WHERE: Tokyo Dome City International Quilt Show
WHAT: Fieldtrip time!

Join us for the annual Tokyo International Great Quilt Show in Tokyo on Friday, Jan. 22nd. We will be taking the train into Tokyo and then the line to Tokyo Dome City. Tickets to the event are 1900 yen to purchase ahead of time or 2100 yen at the door. Kei will purchase tickets for us and is requesting funds by Friday, Jan. 8th during our regular Piecemakers meeting (held between 10am and 2pm). We can discuss taking the Romance train during our Friday meeting and I will update the event.

Please RSVP to Facebook or
Join Us and Volunteer for a Good Cause!
Join the Membership Events Committee 
Help plan, design, and implement our monthly membership events held once a month. Interested parties, please email Angela at

Join the Adult Prom Committee
Sign-up to be part of the Prom Committee! ZaCSA's adult prom is being held on February 19th and there is much to do! Please email Angela at

Join the ZaCSA Auction Committee
Help make the 2016 ZaCSA Auction a success and raise money for Scholarships for Zama American High School Students! Next meeting is January 13th, 3:00pm at East Meets West Gift Shop. Please contact Karen Long (Auction Chair) if you are interested,

Join the Scholarship Committee
Please contact Susan Preston, Scholarship Committee Chair at if you are interested in helping out.


Community Grants!

ZaCSA contributes funds to organizations and individuals to provide services and programs to the Camp Zama Community. The ZaCSA Community Grants Application Period is now open for the 2015-2016 year. Check the website for deadlines. 

Download the application.

Questions? Contact our Grants Committee Chairperson at

ZaCSA's Heart of the Community Award: Kim Davis
Ms. Kim Davis is ZaCSA’s Heart of the Community Award recipient for January. In recognition of her outstanding Zama American High School PTO leadership and tireless efforts in running the Treasure Trove Thrift Store.
Kim's commitment does not start and stop as the ZAHS PTO President; she also works directly with Camp Zama chapel services to donate excess clothing to the Japanese Homeless and is on the founding Board of the SHA Community Garden.
The ZaCSA Board is honored to have Kim Davis as the Heart of the Community Award recipient!

Do you have someone you would like to nominate for the Heart of the Community Award? Please click for an application.
Volunteer of the Month
Tanya Richey

In December, we awarded the Volunteer of the Month to Tanya Richey. She has been a valuable ZaCSA member and invaluable volunteer to fundraising, East Meets West Gift Shop, and Programs.  She is that type of person where anything you ask of her is possible. All of the artwork that she donates to ZaCSA is above and beyond expectations.

She is a behind the scenes gal that never asks for recognition or praise. The ZaCSA Board is happy to acknowledge her as Volunteer of the Month and how much her talents help us to be successful in all of our endeavors. 

Pictured right: Naomi Conner with Tanya Ritchy.

We are pleased to announce the very talented Short Story Contest winners as CPT Hughs, Charrisa Curiel, and Hannah Kincaid! Their original short stories were inspired by a Japanese place, creature, or experience. Winning categories were 1) Most Creative, 2) Best Overall, and 3) Judge's Choice, with each winner receiving an East Meets West Giftcard. Congratulations to each of these fabulously talented authors!!!
50% OFF Membership Fee!

The ZaCSA Membership year runs from June 1st through May 30th and there are many many things to get involved in regardless of when you join! Please download your Membership Application and contact Kayla Pecastaing at  

Encourage your friends to
become a part of ZaCSA:

It's never too late to sign up!!!

ZaCSA is open to all adult members (not just spouses) within the Camp Zama community, regardless of rank or grade, military or civilian. Join us today! 
Membership Mixer

Camp Zama Guidebook 
on FaceBook!

One of the perks of your ZaCSA Membership is to see the additions to our next Camp Zama Guidebook as they come in! This FaceBook site is a companion site to your ZaCSA Camp Zama Guidebook, and shows the updates/corrections to the current book and also new restaurants, shopping, kids activities, day trips, and more! Check it out by visiting ZaCSA Guidebook on FaceBook!  
If you don't have your ZaCSA Guidebook, they are on sale at East Meets West Gift Shop (Building 375), Camp Zama for $10 each. All of the proceeds help to support ZaCSA's mission.  >>>MORE INFO.

Friendship Group Event:

New Year's Party
Wednesday, January 27 
Event time: 11:00am - 1:30pm 


Registration List: 

Pam Angell, Susan Bock, Fredlyn Chung, Naomi Connor, Dewi Deguzman, Gen Dine, Rachel Frickey, Tomika Grigley, Yvette Hairston, Anna Iguchi, Mary Jansen, Jennifer Jones, Jayme Katzenberger, Sharon Keller, Melanie Kincaid, Nicole Kiser, Yoko Lewis, Emilia Long, Noor Mithwani, Lara Moore, Dezarai Moulton, Alexis Muramoto, Yi ping Smith, Sachiko Thompson, Lu Zhang

More details will be emailed directly to each registered person. If you have any questions, please contact our People to People Chairman, Dezarai Moulton at If there are cancellations, Dezarai will call down her standby list. 


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with our Japanese Friendship Groups for the 2014-15 
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