Nikkei and Retirement holds 30th anniversary luncheon

Nikkei and Retirement held its 30th anniversary luncheon at Benihana in San Francisco’s Japantown on July 14.

The guest speaker was the Rev. Lloyd Wake, who, along with his wife Marian Wake, was instrumental in organizing a committee following the Nisei Retirement Planning Conference organized by the National Japanese American Citizens League and the National Institute of Mental Health in November of 1976. The conference led to the establishment of a local committee, which sponsored a general community meeting in March of 1980 from which emerged the formation of the Pre-Retirement Committee in 1980, and a few years later the name was changed to Nisei and Retirement.

To make the group more inclusive, the name changed to the current title.

Lloyd Wake spoke about “the beauty of Nikkei retirement,” which he described as retiring with “dignity.”

The group aimed to have events and workshops for Nisei seniors in the Bay Area, a goal it continues to fulfill today.

Lloyd Wake remarked that the group continues to hold events that meet the community’s needs.

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