AUSKF 2019 Membership Registration

March 6, 2019

Dear President of AUSKF Member Federation,

This message finds you well. Today, I am contacting you regarding the 2019 AUSKF membership registration. The 2019 membership period is 4/1/2019 – 3/31/2020, and the 2019 membership registration due date is 3/31/2019. Please find attached letter for the registration information.

Online Registration

Travis Stronach and Steve Hoff have been volunteering their time for software development and improvement and keep making progress on the online registration portal. Last year, two more federations signed up the online registration system, and nine federations (AEUSKF, ECUSKF, EUSKF, GNEUSKF, MWKF, PNKF, SEUSKF, SUSKIF, and SWKIF) have been using the online registration system. We strongly encourage the remaining federations to join the online registration system. It will significantly reduce the amount of administrative work at every dojo, federation, and AUSKF stage, and it will also allow individual kenshi to review and update its own profile and take ownership of their accounts.
Please see more benefits here.

Spreadsheet Registration

Jean Kodama sensei and Mary DeJong have been volunteering their time and assisting the federations to import the membership data and continue working on the spreadsheet registration process. If your federation choses to remain in the spreadsheet registration, please follow the steps and instructions carefully. You can find the instructions here.

If you have any question regarding the membership registration, please feel free to contact me at keiko.umemura@auskf.org.

Sincerely,

Keiko Umemura
AUSKF Treasurer

Attachment: letter

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Team USA Kendo GRAND RAFFLE Announcement

June 21, 2018

Dear Federation Representatives:

Thank you for your continued support of Team USA Kendo. As we reach the final stretch of our journey toward the 17th World Kendo Championships in Korea, we are excited to announce our latest program: the Team USA Kendo Grand Raffle!

Now through August 16th, Team USA Kendo will be holding a Grand Raffle, with a prize drawing to be held during the Sayonara Party of the AUSKF Summer Camp in Las Vegas (August 18th, 2018). 


Featuring over 60 prizes (total value of over $15,000!), this event presents a great opportunity for the entire community to come together and support Team USA…and more importantly, perhaps even win a great prize! Prizes range in value from $75 to $1500 and include a full kendo bogu, skincare products, premier events tickets, and much more!

Please click the link below to visit the Team USA Kendo website, where you can purchase tickets ($25 each or 5 for $100), check out all of the great prizes, and learn more about our sponsors: https://www.teamusakendo.com/grand-raffle/

Please forward this information to your federation members – we want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to win!

Thank you for your support!

Team USA Kendo


August 2018 AUSKF Shimpan Seminar – Cincinnati, OH

June 5, 2018

Presidents:

Please find attached the announcement for the next AUSKF Shimpan Seminar to be held August 11 and 12, 2018 in Cincinnati, OH. Please distribute to all of the Dojo in your region. As always any AUSKF registered Kenshi is welcome to participate.

We hope to see you there.

On-line registration information will follow very soon.

Thank you very much,

Mark Kerstein
AUSKF Competition Committee

Attachment (corrected for time typos)

Update 6/10/18:
Here is the on-line registration link. Sign up ASAP!
https://goo.gl/forms/601mT0hAiUKOGZhH2


AUSKF 2018 Membership Registration

February 28, 2018

Dear President of AUSKF Member Federation,

This is my first communication with you as the new Treasurer of AUSKF Board. It is my great honor to introduce myself. If you do not know me, please feel free to contact me anytime.

Today, I am contacting you regarding the 2018 AUSKF membership registration.
Please find attached letter for the registration information.

Online Registration
So far, seven federations (AEUSKF, ECUSKF, GNEUSKF, MWKF, PNKF, SEUSKF, and SWKIF) have signed up to use the new online system. Travis Stronach and Steve Hoff have been volunteering their time for software development and improvement, and we are excited to keep making progress on the online registration portal. We strongly encourage the remaining federations to join the online registration system. It will significantly reduce the amount of administrative work at every dojo, federation, and AUSKF stage, and it will also allow individual kenshi to take ownership of their accounts and keep their profiles current.
Please see the benefits here.

Spreadsheet
If your federation choses to remain in the spreadsheet registration, please follow the steps and instructions carefully. You can find the instructions here.

Lastly, if you have any question regarding the registration, please email me at keiko.umemura@auskf.org.

Sincerely,

Keiko Umemura
AUSKF Treasurer

Attachment: letter


Team USA T-Shirt Fundraiser

February 5, 2018

Dear Federation Representatives:

Thank you for your continued support of Team USA Kendo. With the 17th World Kendo Championships quickly approaching, each and every team member has been hard at work preparing to represent AUSKF in Incheon, South Korea.

Starting this month, we will begin our Team USA t-shirt fundraiser. As in previous years, all proceeds will go toward supporting the team. Your support of not only Team USA, but this program in particular, has always been a huge part of our success at the World Kendo Championships.

All details regarding sizes, payment, contact information, and additional donation opportunities can be found on the attached form. Please note that all orders received by February 28th, 2018, will be delivered to federation representatives at the AUSKF Junior Open National Championships in April.

Please forward this email and order form to your federation’s dojo’s – we’d like to spread the word about this fundraiser to as many people as possible.

Thank you in advance for all of your support.

Yuji Onitsuka
Team USA Manager, 2018

Attachment


auskf.org

February 4, 2018

Dear federation presidents,

Back in 2006, auskf.org became the official domain name for the AUSKF website. Auskf.info was deprecated, because we could not gain ownership of it (long story).

If anyone contacts you about the auskf website being down, please direct them to auskf.org, which is alive and well.

In the meantime, we are trying once again to reach the owner of auskf.info, but the results are not certain.

Regardless, please be sure to use auskf.org going forward.

Thank you!
Jean Kodama, Webmaster


Progress of the online registration

January 15, 2018

Greetings,

We hope your new year is off to a good start.

We would like to report to you on the progress of the online registration. To remind you, the impetus for the new system is to automate the work flow, centralize data security, and correct errors in the existing database by having individual members verify their profiles and records. Travis Stronach and Steve Hoff have been volunteering their time for software development and improvement. The system is and will be a work in progress for many years to come, but it is now equipped with many of the convenient and flexible features that you requested, including the following:

(1) Each federation can set their own fee schedules online;
(2) Members can register online and pay by check via federation representatives;
(3) Dojo representatives can verify members’ eligibility and control their registrations;
(4) Dojo representatives can merge multiple dojo data into one (e.g., the system currently recognizes the University of Chicago Kendo Club and the Univ. of Chicago Kendo Club as two separate dojos. The dojo rep can merge the two);
(5) Users can merge multiple records (quite a few members have multiple IDs for various reasons); and
(6) Federations, if they choose to do so, can import spreadsheet to register their members;

So far, seven federations (AEUSKF, ECUSKF, GNEUSKF, MWKF, PNKF, SEUSKF, and SWKIF) have signed up to use the new system. We would like to encourage that the remaining federations will join us. It will either eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of work at every step of the way–dojo reps, federation reps, and the AUSKF will all be freed from a lot of mundane, manual work. It will also allow individual kenshi to take ownership of their accounts and keep their profiles current. Furthermore, we believe that the new system is more secure against potential data exposure than in the previous system where registrations data changed hands in multiple stages before getting to the AUSKF.

We will give more detailed instructions in March for the new registration that spans 4/1/2018-3/31/2019. Meanwhile, we encourage that the federation representatives will start entering the bank account information and submit to us a list of dojo representatives as well as those who should be given administrative access to. We also encourage that the dojo and federation representatives merge duplicate records, which unfortunately exist in the current database, before the registration rolls out. We expect that this work will significantly reduce the amount of confusion.

Lastly, Travis Stronach and Steve Hoff can use some helping hands in further adding new features and maintaining the existing system. The required skills include working experiences in

  • MVC.NET and C#
  • AngularJS and Angular 4
  • .NET Web Api
  • Experience with .NET Core is desired.
  • MS Sql Server
  • Entity Framework
  • A good understanding of SOLID principles and common software patterns.
  • Talent in UI design/HTML/CSS is a plus

We would appreciate it if you could ask your members about this volunteering opportunities for the benefit of the general membership of the AUSKF.

We look forward to working with you. Thank you.

Keiko Umemura, Kotaro Yoshida, Travis Stronach, and Steve Hoff

Update 2/28/2018:
See 2018 membership registration announcement and instruction letter