Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hello Brigaders!

We've finally established a weekly meeting time! We will be meeting on Mondays at 3:30 in room # 8707! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come! 

Last meeting, we discussed collecting donations for the December flea market, approving an annual grant from Foothill, and the possibility of creating a medication drop-off bin at school for donations. If you'd like to read the full minutes, they can be found here.

Our next meeting will be on November 17th, and we will be getting a special presentation from Phyllis Spragge about her new plan for improving our brigade in the next few years. 

We hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Year, New Leadership!

New Leadership Announcement!

Co-Presidents of Medicine and Supplies:  Olivia Tran & Swaranjeet Chadha
  • Co-Presidents of Medicine will acquire medicines and supplies throughout the year and keep an on-going inventory.
Co-Presidents of Communication: Ryan Phelps & Joel Arvin
  • Co-Presidents of Communication will be in charge of emails with GB staff, Foothill faculty and chapter members, will update the blogs, and attend OBD meetings.  You can now address your emails to Ryan & Joel.
Co-Presidents of Fundraising: Jiah Um, Noelle Gross, & Summer Kanj
  • Co-Presidents of Fundraising will lead fundraising efforts and keep track of our finances.
Co-President of Dental Hygiene: Amy Brown
  • Co-President of Dental Hygiene acts as a liaison between Foothill's chapter and the Dental Hygiene students.  This person is needed because the Dental Hygiene students have strict school schedules which sometimes prohibit them from participating in regular meetings and events, and so must be updated by this important representative!

We're also going to have a party on Saturday November 1st at Nannette's house to regroup with the entire club, pass out our T-shirts that we ordered while on the brigade, and go over some new ideas for the club that we have talked about in our leadership meetings. We will have more details on that the closer we get to the date.

As the fall quarter begins, we encourage each of you to contact your professors and request to present in front of your classes about Global Brigades.  Our focus in the beginning of the year is volunteer recruitment.  

Thank you for a wonderful 2014 brigade - let's do it again!

Monday, August 18, 2014

See You Tonight at 9:30pm

Hi all,

Here is a copy of our flight itinerary:  Foothill College Medical August 2014 Honduras
It is a good idea to leave a copy of this with whoever is dropping you off/ picking you up from the airport.

Please remember to bring copies of your passport and copies of your vaccination confirmations if you have not already turned them in to us.  If you do not turn in copies of your vaccines, or if you opt to turn in the vaccination waiver, you will not be able to participate in certain areas of the brigade.  Please read the following from the Global Brigades website:

"Volunteer Requirements:
Volunteers will be able to participate in all aspects of the medical brigade only if they bring a record showing the following immunizations:
• Hepatitis A
 Hepatitis B
 Typhoid - this is not mandatory; however, it is highly recommended.
 Varicella Zoster - this is not mandatory; however, it is highly recommended to get the vaccine if you have not had chicken pox. 
Without a record of vaccinations, volunteers may only observe and enter information in the Data Informatics system. This is for the safety of both the volunteer and the patient."

Remember to also bring the suitcase(s) from our medicine packing day!

If you have any last minute questions, it is best (read: fastest) to call or text Noah or Jamie rather than email.

- Copies of passport
- Copies of vaccine confirmations
- The suitcases filled with medication and supplies
- Everything on the packing list
- $$$ for your Global Brigades T-Shirt 
(and wear it while we are in transit!)

Please let me know if I have forgotten to include anything.  Thanks and see you all soon!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Last Minute Details

Hello everyone,

In one week we will be on our way to Honduras!  Please double check everything before you arrive at the airport.

Please make sure that:

  • Your passport is valid 6 months+ from the date you return to the US
    • Please make copies of your passport.  Leave one at home, one with Mrs. Spragge, and one in a secret spot in your luggage
  • Your Empowered account funds are at $1621 or higher.  If you have a flight deviation, your amount may be different than $1621 and this should have been communicated to you already.  A few people are short on funds.  A couple people are short $0.50.  


  • You have all necessary vaccinations + have vaccination documentation to bring with you
  • You have all items necessary from the packing list
  • You have paid the $15.00 for your Brigades T-Shirt (Please do not stiff Dr. Schultheis!)
  • You are selling raffle tickets for our fundraiser on Thursday! And are passing out fliers!
  • You are ready for our final meeting Saturday, August 16, 12pm-3pm in Room 8711 at Foothill College.  We will be packing our medicine, hygiene pack, and charla supplies.  Please bring any supplies you may have collected as well as old suitcases you are willing to donate to the brigade.

If you have any last minute questions, please email fhmedicalbrigades@gmail.com.  If we cannot resolve your issue, we will pass your email on to our Global Brigades rep.

Thank you!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hi everyone,

Our fundraising team has booked a raffle night at Panera Bread in Fremont for August 14, 4pm-8pm! You can purchase raffle tickets from the fundraising team, and we will be handing out fliers to family and friends well before the event.  When they turn in these fliers to Panera on August 14th, a portion of Panera's profit from 4-8pm will be donated to our chapter.

Keep an eye out for more information from our fundraising team!

On August 3rd from 12pm-3pm we will have our second mandatory meeting of the summer.  We will be going over basic medical Spanish and learning songs and activities from the Charla group.  We will meet in Room 8711 -- see the "Upcoming Meetings" headline on the right of this blog.

Thank you and keep up the good work, all!

- Jamie

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hey Brigaders,

I am currently working on finalizing our travel plans for the upcoming brigade. Specific travel times have been posted under the "Brigade Date" tab in the right hand column of the blog. Please familiarize yourself with them and contact me as soon as you can if there are any problems.

Our travel agent has already booked us 30 tickets leaving and returning at those times. The rest of the brigaders (8 or so) will be booked separately. My understanding is that it is quite likely we will still all be on the same flight together, just booked as a group plus individuals. If this is not the case, we travel in 2 groups - each one with a faculty member. No one will travel alone, so not to worry.

Because a member needs to have $800 in their account before they can be booked separately (in the group of 8), I have already contacted the people on Empowered with the most money in their accounts. I need a response from these people with: birth dates, full names as they appear on your passport, and citizenship status.

While the majority of the group is already booked, prices only go up each day, so I need this information as soon as possible from the people I contacted. The ticket prices will be averaged out so no one will pay more or less than anyone else based on whether they were booked with the group or separately.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me. Things are only going to accelerate from here on out, so it is important that everyone be reading all of their emails and responding when necessary.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Heya Brigaders,

Thursday’s fundraiser was a great success! We brought in $387.09. I have not yet calculated the exact expenses, but we easily netted well over $300. I would like to extend a big thank-you to everyone that helped make the event possible: Rachael, Eleanor, Taylor, Amy Brown and Amy Tran, Joel, Sandra, Grace Essien and Grace Hargreaves, Pallavi, Eric, Noelle, and Alison.

I would also like to direct lots of praise towards Summer for being so involved in the planning of the event, and for baking an entire gross of meticulously crafted, delicious cupcakes. Thank you Summer!!

I was not present at the event the entire time and have an inaccurate record of who attended - please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email if I failed to acknowledge you in this post and I will amend it as soon as possible.