ACEN Weekend this year is behind us; and I am very grateful for being a part of this club. As club Captain, it has been my duty to generally steer this club in a certain direction, per the club’s needs. So, far, we’re doing alright together.
If you haven’t noticed, LAPOM had me in their Mahjong Friends interview this week. While I’ve yet to listen to myself talk, I can sum up my comments in just one sentence: This club makes me happy.
Nevertheless, our ACEN experience was not perfect this year; but at the end of the day, we got things done. Those in attendance came away from the mahjong room satisfied.
With that said, thanks to everyone who made our ACEN mahjong possible this year. This is extended to everyone who brought their materials, put in the work, and participated in the mahjong room (whether it be the tournament or freeplay). You all deserve a good pat on the back. 😺
Moving forward, if you notice, the general event page for the upcoming Mahjong Picnic is up. We are slating ourselves for June 30. Hopefully, the weather cooperates; and the ice cream trucks won’t be as noisy. We’ll be looking forward for some more good times and memories here.
Next week is Japan Fest. We’ll be looking to set up mahjong there as well as come into contact with Japan Fest staff. Sadly, they never replied to the e-mail. So, we shall see what we can do here moving forward in reaching out to the general area Japanese community.
Then this week, the Japanese Culture Club at Northwestern is apparently hosting a Japanese Festival of its own, called the Bunkasai Festival. I was asked to be in attendance to support mahjong here. So, I will be late coming up to Schaumburg. But at least, I get to take three players from Northwestern with me. They’re the same guys pictured yesterday.
For later in the fall, the North American Open is for October 11-12. While I have yet to book plane tickets, I know at least two of us are looking to go. If anyone else wishes to join, let me know. In the meantime, I will create an event page for this too in order to plan the trip.
Finally, our calendar year is from June 1st to May 31st. So, our calendar year is ending. Essentially, ACEN is like our “Christmas” but without the presents. Just mahjong festivity. With that said, here’s to another year of mahjong together.
Once again — this club as well as the area clubs — we are all one big group effort.