Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League

The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) was formed in 1983 as the Greater Los Angeles Singles chapter. It was a unique chapter providing single individuals a vital link to participate in and promote JACL mission and programs. GLAS was the founder and promoter of the National JACL Singles Convention. There were 11 such biennial conventions held in various cities and states. Singles was removed from the chapter name in 2014.

Meetings are held monthly at Merit Park Recreation Hall, 58 Merit Park Drive, Gardena on a Sunday afternoon, usually the 2 nd Sunday. Meetings may be held at the Faith United Methodist Church, 2115 W. 182 nd St., Torrance.

The meeting begins with JACL chapter business followed by a program with a guest speaker. Programs, open to the public, cover a variety of interesting and informative topics.

Guests and prospective members are welcome and encouraged to attend the meetings/programs. There is time for fellowship and refreshments afterward. Programs are announced in RAFU SHIMPO.

GLA participates in community and other JACL activities throughout the year.

The Young Adults Group was formed within GLA in 2020. See Young Adults Group.

GLA issues a monthly newsletter.


GLA annually awards the Hana Uno Shepard Memorial Scholarship. See Scholarship.

JACL National Convention

July 31-August 4, 2019, Salt Lake City, UT

Andrew Gruhn is about to speak in favor of Resolution 3 at the Convention.

Andrew is presently Vice President, Young Adults Group.

See RAFU article.
See Andrew's report.