February 21, 2018 - Present
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 9:10 a.m.
Pat Stout furnished new e-mail addresses for her and Carlus! Thanks for helping me keep my records up-to-date!
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 9:10 a.m.Passing of Raymond W. Lau
The Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) is deeply saddened to share the news of the
passing of Raymond W. Lau on May 4th, 2018, in Singapore. Ray served as Information Programs
Officer at Embassy Singapore since 2017, and previously in Frankfurt and Niamey. Prior to joining
the State Department Ray worked at U.S. Embassies Yerevan and Luanda, served with the distinction
in the U.S. Air Force for six years, and was a brand manager and game designer at Alderac
Entertainment Group, in California.
A valued member of the community, recipient of multiple Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards,
with close colleagues throughout the Department and the entire USG, Ray was extremely capable,
providing excellent information technology services to mission staff. He was passionate about his
work, always using his talents to find a way to support employees, improve the Mission, and deliver
results. Ray was a dear friend and colleague, known for his professionalism, infectious humor, and a
never-ending supply of snacks, whose work and friendship touched many across the Department. He
will be sorely missed.
Embassy Singapore is planning a memorial service for Ray at the end of this week. His family
is planning a memorial service in Washington DC with details to be announced. Expressions of
condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ray is survived by his wife Foreign Service Officer Maureen Yates, and daughter Emma Lau.
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 9:10 a.m.Death of Tom Mukai
I received the below obituary from Dick Kalla:
It is with deep sorrow to announce the passing of Tom Mukai. Tom was born in Alderton, Washington on June 7, 1930. He is the youngest son of Setsu Yamamoto and Kamasuki Mukai, farms from Orting. Tom is married to Leila de Leon who he met when he was assigned at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines in 1976. They were married on May 19, 1978. They planned to travel to South America to go back to Costa Rica, Brazil, Chile and Argentina to visit places where they used to live to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary but Tom left for the Lord's kingdom one month earlier on April 21, 2018.
Tom is a very loving and devoted husband and spoiled Leila rotten. They had a wonderful life together and she will sorely miss him.
At the age of eight years Tom goes with his mother picking vegetables and berries in Orting and around the valley. He attended Fife High school but his schooling was interrupted when World War II broke out, December 8, 1941. In early 1942 the family was sent to the Internment Camp in Minidoka, Idaho. In the camp Tom's mother was a laundrywoman and Tom got a job raising the flag in the morning and lowering it down in the afternoon. He earned like one dollar ($1.00) a week. He saved the money so he and his friends from the camp can go to the next town of Jerome, Idaho. At 10 years old Tom and his friends would swim the deep and strong current of Snake River and walk ten miles to Jerome to buy candies and ice cream. The guard at the camp tower didn't even know they slipped out and slipped in. In 1945 the U.S. Government released the internees. Tom is now fourteen years old, continued and finished his high school at Lincoln High School, Tacoma. At barely eighteen years old Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy for four years during the Korean War in the 50's. After four years he got out of the U.S. Navy and worked at Fort Lewis for two years while studying at a business school (now defunct) in Tacoma. While he was in Ft. Lewis he was recruited by the U.S. Department of State where he received further education and training.
Working with the U.S. Department of State is a privilege. Tom and his wife, Leila, lived and travelled practically all over the world with assignments in Paris, Brussels, Belgium, Middle East (Jordan), Asia (Manilla, Beijing, South Vietnam) South America (Costa Rica and Chile, Peru), Africa (Lagos, Nigeria), with visits to the nearby countries. Tom was accomplished and very successful in his career. He is one of the key officers in the U.S. Embassy with the rank of Attache. He used to say he made the right decision to enter the diplomatic service instead of working in the Tacoma police force. Tom is a very likeable person and well spoken of by his employees, relatives and friends. He was a good and strict supervisor but was fair. With that, his employees want to follow him wherever he gets posted. In 1980 Tom was one of the advance party to be sent to Sao Paolo, Brazil during President Reagan's visit and in 1981 he was also one of the advance party to be posted in Peru for that country's election from military to civilian rule. He cherished these challenging assignments. Leila accompanied him on these assignments.
Tom came from the family of heroes. While Tom's family was in the internment camp his older brother Bill enlisted in 442nd regiment, the most decorated regiment in U.S. military history. His parents want to prove their loyalty to the U.S. Government as U.S. born citizens. His brother Bill received a purple medal fighting in Europe. Tom's oldest brother, Takeshi was a prisoner of war (POW) in North Korea for four years. Tom did his part by enlisting in the U.S. Navy during the Korean campaign. Tom used to say "Who else is supposed to protect me but my government". But that was not the case during World War II.
Tom is survived by his wife Leila Mukai and numerous nephews and nieces. He is predeceased by his parents Setsu Yamamoto Mukai and Kamasuki Mukai, sisters Mary Aihara, and Kim McKay; brothers Bill (Minuro) Mukai and Takeshi Mukai.
Leila Mukai would like to express her heartfelt appreciation to those who supported her in her time of deep sorrow.
Funeral Services were held at the Powers Funeral Home, 320 W. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup, WA 98371; (253)845-0536.
Friday, May 04, 2018 - 10:25 a.m.
Dick Hoffer furnished a picture of the 2018 Paolozzi Golf Outing at Myrtle Beach! In attendance were Ed Braun, Carmen Bevacqua, Dick Hoffer, Virgil Hudson, Tom Paolozzi, and Gary Bobbitt.
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 4:25 p.m.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1. STATUS OF HUGH BUFFHAM
Hugh worked as a contractor at BAX from 1977 thru 1992. Many of you may remember him. I received word from his son today about some health problems Hugh is experiencing:
My Dad has been dealing with Parkinson's Disease for the past 10 years. Recently he has progressed into a very aggressive form of Alzheimer's. Last Thursday he was found unresponsive and rushed to Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville, Florida. Since then he has had kidney surgery and has regained consciousness!
The following is furnished for those wishing to send Hugh get well wishes:
Twin Cities Hospital
2190 Hwy 85 N
Niceville, Florida 32578
His son's email address is: email@example.com
2. I know a lot of you, like me, are happy in retirement and not looking for employment, but if any of your friends have just retired or are about to retire they may be interested in this employment offer:
Mount Airey Group, Inc.
4716 Wakefield Chapel Road
Annandale, VA 22003
Who we are: We are an Overseas Diplomatic Mission experienced company that have on staff former Foreign Service Program Managers of the DoS Overseas Installations Branch, Information Management Officers, RIMC technical personnel, and long serving Federal contractors.
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We Hire: Former Foreign Service Program Managers of the DoS Overseas Installation Branch, Information Management Officers, RiMC technical personnel.
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Multiple projects/positions available for deployments of varying lengths beginning from May 2018. No requirement to be local to support these projects. Also see other career opportunities at www.mountaireygroup.com
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Director of Operations
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Friday, April 27, 2018 - 9:10 a.m.Death of Tom Mukai
I received the below from Dick Kalla this morning:
I received a telephone call and the following email today from Leila Mukai, wife of former communicator, Tom Mukai. Tom was 87 when he died on April 21. I promised Leila that I would contact you soonest so you could pass the message to the entire IM retiree community. For those who didn't know him, Tom was a great guy and he will be sorely missed.
I'm soooo..... broken hearted to inform you that Tom died April 21, 2018 in St Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. He has a heart attack and rushed to the hospital on April 12. He was fighting for his life for 10 days. He has four issues before the heart attack. At the hospital they found three more - he has pneumonia, failing kidney and the bladder cancer has already spread inside his body. He has a bladder cancer surgery last year. He never recovered his strength after that surgery.
Here's the details for those who want to attend his funeral:
|May 3, 2018, Thursday ||Viewing from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.|
|May 4, 2018, Friday ||Open casket 10 a.m. to 12:00 noon|
| || 12:00 noon to 1:45 p.m. funeral service|
| || 2:30 p.m. cemetery internment|
| || 3:30 p.m. reception|
Powers Funeral Home will do the service. Address below:
320 W. Pioneer Avenue
For those wishing to send condolences to Leila the following is furnished:
2514 David Court East
Tacoma, WA 98424
Tel: (253) 922-7166
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 5:45 p.m.
1. Joyce Snider furnished new contact information!
2. Judy Chidester furnished new contact information for Glenn and Gladys Powell! Gladys has developed serious health problems and they have moved in with her niece!
3. Charles LChristian has furnished a new e-mail address!
Saturday, April 07, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.
1. Brad Ham furnished a new e-mail address!
2. Bob Ribera furnished an up-date to his telephone numbers!
3. Joe Hazewski furnished a picture of an 8.6 pound bass he caught!
Friday, April 06, 2018 - 11:00 a.m.
The spring issue of the Newsletter has been posted for your reading enjoyment:
Issue 115-April 2018-Volume 18-Number 1
Issue 115 in Microsoft Word Format
Issue 114 in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Format
Sunday, April 01, 2018 - 11:11 a.m.
Jane Florence furnished a new snail-mail address! Thanks Jane for helping me keep my records up-to-date!
Friday, March 23, 2018 - 9:35 p.m.
We have a new member, Bob Cull! Welcome aboard!
Friday, February 21, 2018 - 10:00 p.m.
The following was received from Rob Robinson and is repeated for your action/information:
Pass this on to your friends. Yes, we will get new Medicare cards but NO one from Medicare (I emphasize this strongly) NO one from Medicare will call you.
Pass it along . It might come in handy to know Medicare will never call you on the phone.
It is true that the new cards will be sent out from April 2018 to April 2019. Medicare has warned there will be scams. They emphasize they do not charge for cards or want your personal information over the phone.
This change is coming up. DO NOT give out information over the phone.
Medicare Cards without Social Security Numbers Coming
Example of the new Medicare cards:
This is pretty important to get out to people with Medicare, their families, and friends or adult kids who help parents with Medicare.
Texas Senior Medicare Patrol, a division within the Better Business Bureau has just gotten word about the newest Medicare scam.
Here's what you need to know to protect yourself, family and friends, throughout the US.
Starting 4/1/18 Medicare will start a year-long project to replace all current Medicare Cards for beneficiaries to convert to alphanumeric ID numbers. Currently, the ID number is your social security number. This is starting to hit the media.
Scammers are opportunistic.
First of all the new Medicare card will come to you in the mail. You don't need to request it or do anything. It will show up.
WHAT'S THE SCAM?
Somebody saying they are from "MEDICARE" will call to tell you-you are getting a new Medicare card. But until it comes you will need a temporary card. They will tell you there is a fee for the card of between 5 and 50 dollars. They want personal information, bank account information or credit card information so they can process your temporary card. DO NOT REPEAT NOT GIVE THIS INFORMATION OUT!
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Medicare will never call you unless you ask them to. Medicare does all communications by mail unless you ask them to call. No one from Medicare will ever repeat ever call you saying they "I work with Medicare to make sure you get everything you are entitled to".
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THIS ONE?
First of all, spread the word. Feel free to share these notes. Use your answering machine to screen calls or just don't even answer a number you don't recognize. If it has happened to you or your friends or loved ones and personal info had been given out (happens considerably more often than you think so don't feel bad or stupid) immediately take action to protect yourself against identity theft.