Sunday, July 19, 2015

Hello Brigadiers,

I hope summer is treating everyone well! It's been awhile since our last post, but a ton has happened since then. For everyone who attended mandatory meeting #2, sorry if you're comatose with all the information that was dished out. If you did not attend, please go over the email sent out by Karen Erickson, it contains all the material from the meeting and is digital gold in reference to the trip! To get everyone up to speed, we're going to go over some important updates, some of which were in the minutes sent out.
  1. Our second mandatory meeting went by smoothly, for everyone who did not make it, go over the material emailed by Karen. It provides information regarding vitals, charla, and all the other necessities for the trip. Pay extra attention to the minutes, it goes over the required documents you need to go through.
  2. Since we are closing in on the Brigade, we are now accepting applications for leadership positions next year! There are currently two positions, president and co-president. To apply, fill out the form sent out by Karen and Swaran.  The deadline for this is June 24th, very soon I know! If you think have the skill set, fill out the form and send it in. Remember, by involving yourself with a leadership position, you have a responsibility not just to the club, but to the school and many others.
  3. Laptops! Give us all your laptops! Just kidding, we are requesting volunteered laptops for the brigade; these laptops will be used largely for recording items and such. We need about 3-6 more laptops so please, if you can, let us know! The computers need to be running either: Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.
  4. If anyone has a travel scale, please contact Karen! It would be great to have one for our last meeting, aka packing day.
That is all, for now. We will be sending out a ton of reminders as the brigade creeps closer, so keep an eye out for those emails! Enjoy your summer y'all!

-Shahil Sharma

Friday, June 19, 2015

Hey Brigadiers,

I hope is everyone is surviving dead week! Keep on rollin folks. We just have a couple of updates to go over, generally what was sent out in the recent set of minutes.

  • We are nearing the brigade date, so get super excited everyone! Since we are so close, any type of donations should be sent in. Specifically, we need: gently used backpacks, umbrellas, suitcases, and boxes of crayons. Reach out to family members, friends, anyone you know, as long it is functional, you're set. 
  • Our July 11th Mandatory Meeting is coming up, so be prepared! If you haven't confirmed the date yet, be sure to do so. Contact Karen or Swaran if you cannot make it! On the agenda there is the pre-brigade curriculum we are going over in the meeting, it is at your disposal! 
  • Make sure you're prepared by going over the brigadier checklist, the brigade date can creep up on you! To access the checklist, you can click the link at the bottom right of this blog. Once you click that, go to the volunteer tools at the top right, and follow the directions from there! On the left will be a list of resources and the checklist will be all the way at the bottom.
  • A brigadier, from the University of Pittsburgh, has introduced us to the option of a vision clinic. This clinic would provide close to 400 readers and 300 sunglasses. Being able to see and read is something highly valued by the members in the community. The overall cost would be about $550, as a brigade, we are currently at $14,000 in club funds. If you agree/disagree with this, let Karen know by replying to the email she sent out!

Just a quick update to keep you guys informed! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Karen or Swaran. Before you know it, the brigade will be staring you in the face, so it's best to iron out any inquires as soon as possible. Good luck on finals everyone, see you soon!

-Shahil Sharma

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hi Brigadiers,

I hope everyone is doing well! We only have a few weeks left, so keep it up! There are couple of dates and prices that have changed. Also, there are just some general piece's of information I want to go over, about each mandatory meeting.

Empowered Deposit date, June 12th
- The total requirement has changed back to 800! We found a cheaper flight, so this enables us to bring it back down to 800 from 950.

Empowered Deposit date, July 28th
- The required total is back down to $1725. This is the last payment and the the overall amount you need in your account.

Mandatory Meeting #1
- We had a pretty good turnout for both of the dates(5/26,5/30). For anyone that still has not scheduled a meeting with Swaran, do so now. The information in the meeting is invaluable to your trip. Swaran also sent out an email that contained the presentation. Look over it when you have the chance!

Mandatory Meeting #2
- July 11th, from 10:30-2:30, is the next required meeting. This meeting is very important for your experience throughout the trip. We will have instructors giving out lessons on:vitals, fluoride, charla, and pre-brigade curriculum. The pre-brigade curriculum is required to be read, by everyone. If you can not attend this meeting, CONTACT SWARAN. You will need to go over the curriculum by yourself. It will be on you to understand it and read it thoroughly.

Mandatory Meeting #3
- The last meeting is August 8th, tentatively. This meeting will be a packing party, essential to the motions of the trip. We will be packing all the medications from Blessings and donations. Also, this will give you a chance to meet everyone before the trip, because who wants to go with a bunch of strangers?!

Have a good day everyone!
-Shahil Sharma

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hi everyone,

Hopefully you guys are doing well! Everybody that is reading this has most likely put in their deposit of 250 dollars, congratulations! From here on out is where we need the undivided attention of every single one of you. Reason being is that there are numerous pieces of information and requirements that will be need to be read or confirmed before the trip. All the emails we send from now should be regarded with the utmost priority! Getting that out of the way, because of all the activity, we need your guy's help. Participation in future events will be crucial to the success of the brigade and it will be a great way to meet everyone! Even though Wednesday meetings are not mandatory, try your best to attend them. It gives everyone an outlook on what the brigade is looking like, and notifies people of any upcoming ideas/events. If any of you have questions, don't hesitate to email any of the club officers or Karen. If you want to get these blog post's as an email, there is a widget at the top right of this blog. Just enter your email and you can receive notifications every time we post. Have a great day, keep up the great work!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Hello brigaders,

Some important information ~ please read!
1) Please help out at the flea market this Saturday! We are still short about $1000 and running out of time to raise funds.
2) We have lost our OBD rep replacement, unfortunately. We desperately need someone to come forward to take on this responsibility ~ we have a $12,000 grant from ASFC that we will not be able to access without official club status. We need an OBD rep to maintain our club status. We need the $12,000 to pay for medications ~ without it, there will be no brigade (unless one of you wants to donate $12K?). PLEASE ~ if you can attend weekly OBD meetings on Tuesdays, 1-2 pm, contact Swaran to get started!
3) Deadline to make your $250 deposit to your empowered account is two weeks away (May 13) ~ please do not wait until the last moment to set up your empowered account. You must be accepted into our initiative by one of us (co-advisor or co-president) before your account will be activated. No account ~ no brigade (this is a rule established by the Global Brigades). Your $250 deposit is nonrefundable, so once you have made the deposit, consider yourself committed to a trip to Honduras this summer.
4) Let me know if you are a minor (under 18) or a traveler under 21. Both of these require special permission forms from Global Brigades.

Thank you for your attention to this information,
Karen Erickson

Monday, April 27, 2015

Help Needed at DeAnza Flea Market!

Hello everyone,

Our next fundraiser is upon us. I hope you received the email from Swaran with details. We are selling goods at the DeAnza Flea Market THIS SATURDAY, May 2! We need as many hands helping as we can get: at least 8 folks just to help set things up (starting at 6:15am). We also need people to sell throughout the day and help us clean up/pack up/return unsold items to Foothill afterwards.

To sign up:

If you have any questions, contact us at

We really hope we can count on you helping out this Saturday ~ remember, we need to raise funds for medicines and medical personnel in order to go on a brigade. The more funds we raise, the more community members we can serve in Honduras!

And, please, if you sign up, show up! We'll be counting on you.

Karen Erickson

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello brigaders!

     I hope everyone is having a good start to the Spring quarter! Just a little over 4 months to go before we go down to Honduras!! With that said, we do have a couple of things we have to accomplish this quarter with the Walkathon being the first. It's going to be held this Saturday ( 4/11/15) from 9am to 12pm at the Foothill College track. We could use some help setting up so if anyone is available, kindly email me here. There will be fun games and activities such as the water balloon toss, tug of war, massage, nail painting, henna, zumba and a DJ.
      Also, on the 17th, which is a Friday, we will be having a flea market sorting activity from 10:30am onwards. This is in preparation for the upcoming flea market. If anyone is available, please email me here. As usual, please don't hesitate to contact me or anyone else in the board with questions and we hope to see all of you at the upcoming events! Have a great Spring quarter!