Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Greetings, Brigaders! 

I hope you will have the time to attend tomorrow's meeting ~ we need to start planning our next fundraisers and everyone's input is needed!

Also, I have about a dozen boxes, so we can start sorting out the books for the next flea market ~ it will go much faster with more hands helping out! Next up we'll tackle the clothing!

Lastly, we hope to schedule some "mandatory" club meetings throughout the quarter so that everyone can start to know each other and get involved in the club activities.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello all,
 Wish you all and your families a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hope you all had a relaxing and joyful break.  For this quarter meetings will be Wednesdays, 2-3pm, room 8707 (same lab room as last quarter).  We will star this week with a discussion about the ASFC proposal. Our focus this quarter will be on fundraising. Please try to make it to the meetings even if it is only for a while. Thanks and look forward to seeing you all. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Congratulations on the first successful fundraiser for the 2015 brigade - you made $412.25 at this weekend's DeAnza flea market! Thanks to all who helped, and a special shout-out to Swaran, who did so much to organize this and worked very hard meeting folks to collect their donations.

As we were packing up the unsold items yesterday, we discussed a few plans for preparing for the next flea market to make it run even more smoothly - and perhaps to increase the sales. Primarily this involves pre-sorting clothing and books - something we can do during a few club meetings in winter quarter. Even though we don't have our next flea market scheduled, there WILL be another one, so keep your eye out for donations and let your friends and family know we are always collecting things.

There will be no meeting on Monday (tomorrow). We will schedule them again as soon as winter quarter starts. Our first priority for winter quarter will be the ASFC grant - deadline is in January, and we don't want to miss that.

Good luck with your finals and have a joyous holiday season with your families and friends.

This flea market wouldn't have been a success without all of the people that helped. Thanks to professor Edwards for letting us borrow her van, and help with the initial setup. Shout out to Daniel and Joel for help with initial sales, initial set up, and help with cleaning up and taking stuff back to foothill. Shout out to Ryan who also helped in the initial sales. Shout out to summer for giving us an idea of how much some of the clothes were worth and for helping with initial clothes sorting. Another shoutout to Meli, and Shahil who as new members really helped a lot. Meli was great at sorting clothes and selling during the middle hours. Shahil thanks so much for tent, tables, and help with selling. Also thanks for both of your help in the cleaning process. A special thanks to Meli's boyfriend, Sam, who even though not part of club still helped with the cleaning process and hauling stuff into cars. Last but not least shout out to Avinika and professor Erickson for their help in packing stuff back up and hauling stuff back to foothill. Without all the people that came to help this fundraiser wouldn't have been that successful.

Go medical brigades 2015!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

December 6th De Anza Flea Market Fundraiser!!!

1. Flea Market is happening at De Anza, Saturday, December 6! We need volunteers to work at the flea market! Please volunteer for a time to come and help - any amount of time is appreciated - it's not necessary to stay the entire time (although if you can, please consider it). Flea market hours are as follows:
a. Set up: between 6:30-7:30 am (unloading the vehicles and setting out goods to sell)
b. Selling: from 8am-2pm (if you are good at this, we can use you!)
c. Clean up: after 2pm (loading the vehicles and returning unsold goods to Foothill)
2. In addition to volunteers to work the flea market, we are still collecting donated items to sell. If you can bring the items directly to DeAnza during the drop-off time, please contact Swaran (swaranchadha18@yahoo.com) for a permit. Otherwise, you can coordinate with Swaran to drop goods off at Foothill next week. Drop off times are:
a. Monday (December 1): 3:30-5:30
b. Wednesday (December 3): 2:00-5:00
c. Friday (December 5): 11:00-1:00 (drop off goods and help load vans!)
3. We also need help loading vehicles on Friday, December 5. We use a storage facility at Foothill and need to transfer the goods to the vehicles. Swaran has a van - if anyone else has a large truck/van/SUV, please consider helping out in moving goods from Foothill to DeAnza.
4. We need the following items to make the flea market run smoothly - please let us know if you have any of the following we can use on flea market day. If you do, please contact Swaran to coordinate pick up - and make sure to label it so you get it back!
a. tent (for rain or sun shelter)
b. tarp (to keep goods clean while on display on the ground)
c. tables (to display goods)

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!