The Fall benefit order for the Tsukuba International School is the last week of September, with 5% of the general store order being donated by FBC to the school. The actual order will be sent in on Sept. 29, but you can bring in your orders any time before that (and even through the end of the week if necessary, but that involves some hassle). In fact, you can even designate the school to benefit from your order even if you send it in as a separate order during the week of Sept. 26 to Oct. 2. Even people in other areas of Japan can write Tsukuba International School on the order form and FBC will donate 5% to TIS.
The Japanese customs has become more strict in recent months, and will not allow any one person to order more than Y200,000 on a single order (and only one order per week). While few of us would order that much anyway, a group order in the name of one individual often does go over that. To get around this, FBC must divide the order up using different names (even if sent to the same address). As an added benefit, then, those who 'lend' their names for that purpose can designate TIS as rebate beneficiary for any order they place during all of September and October. They simply need to write the school name on their form plus "OK per Jane".
Catalogs will be available soon and will be passed at the Back-to-School event at TIS on Thursday evening, Sept. 16. All are welcome at the event. If you are interested in seeing the school, this is a good time to come for a visit. Questions concerning FBC should be addressed to Tim Boyle at 55-1907.
If you're thinking of stocking up supplies as insurance against possible Y2K related problems, this is a good way to get basic non-perishables and help the school while you're at it. For orders over Y50,000, shipping is free, and thus you can have your order delivered right to your door if you wish. Even for smaller orders, the shipping is not so expensive, but if you want to avoid that entirely and don't mind picking up your order at the Tsukuba Christian Center/YMCA building, then you can join the group. Likewise, you don't have to be an FBC member if you go through the group.
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