Larry Oda Receives JACL Ruby Pin Award. In April of 2016, Tsuneo Larry Oda was honored by the national JACL as a recipient of the Ruby Pin award. The Ruby Pin is the JACL’s highest award given to members who have made exceptional contributions to JACL and society at great personal sacrifice.
A third generation Monterey resident, Larry has served two terms as national president of the JACL and a term as vice president for General Operations. He is a current board member and former chapter president of the Monterey JACL and served as general chair for the 36th biennial national JACL convention. In 2007, he was a member of the prestigious Japanese American Leadership Delegation to Japan, a program to further U.S.-Japan leadership ties. In 2012, Larry was a member of a JACL delegation that delivered relief funds to residents of the Sendai-Tohoku region recovering from a devastating tsunami.
From 2014 to the present, Larry has actively participated in the Kakehashi Project enabling young Americans to travel to Japan to build cross-cultural bridges. He is currently employed in management by the City of Salinas, CA, remains active in community affairs, and has authored Seaside Canning Company and the Oda Family History.
Congratulations, Larry, on your JACL Ruby Pin award.