Friday, August 28, 2015

Hey Brigaders,

I hope you are all having some well-deserved time off! First off, let me congratulate all of you on the amazing work that was done during the brigade! None of this would have been possible without the contribution made by every single one of you. Secondly, I wanted to remind everyone about the next meeting on September 12th. This will mostly be a reflection meeting in which we get to talk about our experiences, and of course just hangout in general! The location and time are still in the works, but we will keep you posted! Stay glued to the blog and look out for emails from Swaran and Summer, have a good day y'all!

-Shahil Sharma

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Hello Brigadiers,

We have one day until the start of this brigade, omg. I hope all of you are as excited as I am to get this thing started! Now for one of the last post's before the brigade, I just wanted to go over some important pieces for the airport arrival.

1. We are meeting tomorrow, Monday the 10th @ 10:00 pm sharp. If you are late, you will be penalized with a full day of data entry. Not fun at all, so get to the airport on time, please.

2. Please meet at SFO International airport Terminal 1- Avianca Airlines

3. Bring your assigned suitcase(s) with you to the airport.

4. Make sure you have a COPY of your passport and a copy of your vaccine records in your carry on luggage. 

5. If you are under 21, make sure to have the signed form on your person. It is also attached in the latest email sent by Summer.

6. If you are a international student bring your visa and necessary paperwork.

7. Make sure that you have $40 in CASH only for you exit fee (will be collected first thing when we arrive at our compound)

8.We will have e-tickets printed out for each of you

9. Those who did not get a backpack & 1-2 umbrellas yesterday, at our mandatory packing meeting, must reply to the email Summer just recently sent out. Or you can send an individual email to either Summer or Swaran.

10. You must be wearing our green club t-shirt for easy identification throughout the airports.

11. Towels will be provided to us in the housing, so there is no need to pack any!

12. Remember to bring 1-2 rolls of toilet paper. Also, don't forget work gloves! Those are vital for the public health portion.

13.You should have shoes that you are comfortable with getting dirty. Again, everyone is allowed one carry on size bag and one personal item (purse/ backpack/ laptop bag)

14. If you have trouble finding our group at the airport, please contact us!

If you have any last minute questions, don't hesitate to call! I hope everyone get's a good night's sleep and packs well, see you tomorrow night(ish).

Phone numbers:   Swaran: (510)754-4868   Summer Kanj: (408)649 4077

-Shahil Sharma

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