Meeting Minutes (11/7/2010)
We are less than 2 months away from Honduras! For those of you that missed the meeting or came late, please read this email because it outlines an exciting change to our brigade! Although the excitement and anticipation for all of us is building, so too are our responsibilities and duties. Please keep in mind the key dates outlined at the end of the email.
Also, we are still in need of health professionals. If you have any friends/family that might know anyone that would be interested, please let us know! The fundraising group even thought up with some ideas that could possibly subsidize a part of their trip as an incentive.
Below are important notes that review the topics covered last Sunday.
1. New Brigades Model
The exciting news is that GMB is implementing a new brigades model for our trip! This new model will allow us to stay within one Honduran community, unlike the past when the group would move to a new one everyday. One benefit of this change is that we well be able to exert all of our time and care to one community. We will also have an extra day that we can dedicate to our liking! Some ideas we mentioned at the meeting included having a cultural-exchange day, a tourist-day, and an additional medical/public health day.
Our group fundraising event is still confirmed at Blake’s on Telegraph in Berkeley on Dec. 5. We have 2 bands, a DJ and karaoke machine/system scheduled for the event!
We handed out tickets for the event at the last meeting, so please contact Rommel or I if you still need a set. These tickets are valued at $15 a piece and will go directly towards our trips medications. Any brigader who sells 10 tickets prior to the event will not need to pay the $75 grant fee into our medication fund. Money from ticket sales and/or unsold tickets are due at the Dec 5th meeting
Each ticketholder will get a free raffle ticket, and additional tickets will be available for purchase or in exchange for medication/supply donations (ie a box of band-aids or a bottle of vitamins). Lastly, Blake’s will be having drink specials! Although the event is for the sake of our trip, let’s remember to relax and have some fun.
As far as personal fundraising, Ashley informed us of company matching incentives that many businesses have. Check with your employer to see whether or not they have a program or check in with Trina if you have questions. We can also accept matching donations from other donors' companies. Please pursue this right away, as we can only apply matching gifts that are received prior to payment deadlines towards your trip. A link to a database of companies that offer matching gift programs and other useful fundraising links can be found here:https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1FsMZeSWKWh2wseddnPfwg0U0nfZ6qdl0wgdwUeW5mEM
We still have a promotional deal with See’s that can help personal fundraising. If you are interested in selling See’s candy(not limited to a single bar) that has return value, please take a look at the attached flier. You can print this to collect orders or obtain fliers and collection envelopes from Ashley in Berkeley or at the next meeting. Checks for orders should be made out to "Berkeley Medical Brigades". Order forms and money are due Dec 1st.
Forms and documents pertaining to monetary donations can be found on our website (http://berkeleypostbaccsgmb.weebly.com/).
3. Medication Collection
Hopefully you are all having luck with the medication/medical supply donations. Please keep in mind that all donations should be collected by Dec. 5, the weekend of our fundraiser. If you need more information about the kinds of medications and supplies we need, please visit our website and check out the Member Sources tab. You can find two forms on that page with detailed information regarding what we need. You all should have also received an email regarding your collections and how to submit information about them.
4. Reminders/Due dates:
Nov. 17 – GMB Fundraising Webinar
Nov. 21 – Next Group Meeting (noon@Mills)
Nov. 29 – Airfare due ($760)
Dec 1- See's fundraiser due
Dec. 5 – Meeting # 5; Medication (collection/$100) + Grant Fee ($75) due
If you have questions about any of the above, or about anything else pertaining the trip, please feel free to contact me anytime.
Meeting Minutes 10/17
1. Honduras Overview
Here are some resources for information about Honduras:http://www.destination360.com/central-america/honduras/historyhttp://www.everyculture.com/Ge-It/Honduras.htmlSome things to consider when researching are climate, diet and health-related conditions in Honduras. Planning ahead for the trip will ensure a smooth transition and pleasant experience once abroad. In addition, please keep in mind the cultural differences between the US and Honduras. More details about preparing for the trip will be discussed as January approaches.
Our group fundraising event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 5 at Blakes on Telegraph. We are planning on having a DJ or live band perform, as well as other activities such as karaoke. Please start spreading word of this event. If you sell at least 10 tickets we will waive your $75 grant fee! All of the remaining proceeds will be used for the groups’ medications/supplies. Also, we will be accepting medically-related donations such as OTC's and band aids at the door for a free raffle ticket!
If you have not started your own personal fundraising, please begin ASAP. At Sunday’s meeting, we discussed selling See’s candy bars and emailing friends/family. Each case contains 24 chocolate bars and costs $21. Suggested retail value is $2/bar, so you stand to make $27/case. If you did not sign up for the See's fundraiser at the meeting, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday and include the number of cases of candy bars you wish to purchase. You will be asked to pay for the candy bars up front, but all proceeds are yours to put towards your trip!
If you have any suggestions regarding personal fundraising, please feel free to share your ideas with fellow members or at the next meeting.
Lastly, you may decide not to participate with the group fundraiser as long as you pay your portion of the grant fee.
3. Medication Collection
All of the personal medication collections are due Dec. 5. A comprehensive list of medications needed for the trip can be found on the right side of our Member Resources page (http://berkeleypostbaccsgmb.weebly.com/member-resources.html). In addition to the medications, please consider gathering other medical supplies for the trip listed on the Meds Flier, also listed on our Member Resources page. Because collecting medications can take a long time, begin asking for donations soon. You may also opt-out of collecting medications by providing $100 towards the groups fund.
Each brigader will provide 2 large suitcases to fill with medications and supplies. Each suitcase will weigh up to 50 pounds. Some great resources to find free suitcases are www.freecycle.org and www.craigslist.org. These bags will bear some physical duress during the trip so please keep this in mind if you choose to use your own. Health Professionals and additional brigaders needed!We only have until Monday to secure seats on our flight, so if you know a health professional or anyone else who is interested please have them contact us ASAP! Also, volunteers do not need to be students to join... anyone who is looking for an awesome experience in Honduras is welcome to join!!! CarpoolingSince a number of our brigaders commute, we have created a section of the website where you can get in touch with each other to find carpoolers! http://berkeleypostbaccsgmb.weebly.com/forum.html#/
Reminders & Due Dates:
- Email me a copy of your passport picture or bring 2 photo copies to the next meeting
- Check out our website for updates, news and schedule information
Oct. 25 - $235 Flight deposit due (your fundraising account should have a total of $235)
Nov. 7 - GMB meeting @ Mills College
Nov. 21 - GMB meeting @ Mills College
UCB Extension offers a medical Spanish course that is perfect for those with limited or no Spanish. This course will provide you with the Spanish skills to triage patients and give instructions on how to take medications on the brigade.
Visit us on brigades.org!
Global Brigades has created a new interface for fundraising, social networking, and more at brigades.org.
See our group page at: http://tinyurl.com/bpbgmb
Enter the Global Brigades Video Competition!
GB wants to hear how you inspire others to join/support Global Brigades. If your video is selected, your in-country fees are free!
More info at: http://www.brigadesblog.org/?p=1575
Spanish Language Resources
The iTunes store has a number of podcasts and apps available as well.
iPod/iPhone app: AUDIO- Medical Spanish by Mavro Inc (this is free!)
For those of you with limited to no Spanish, this book covers basic grammar as well as useful medical phrases and terminology:
As long as you practice speaking and listening, this book should be enough to prepare you for working triage.
Meeting Minutes 3/14
2) Ticket Minimum: Each member is required to sell 10 tickets. After selling 10 tickets, your grants fee of $75.00 will be waived. IN ADDITION, for any amount of tickets you sell above the 10, all of the proceeds will go towards your $100 pharmacy meds contribution!!!!
3) Marketing for Event: Please announce the event to your classes and bring your tickets to sell them in class (this will help towards your minimum). We will be posting a spreadsheet on google docs and you can go online and plug-in the details about the courses you are taking and making announcements. This will help others who are not currently taking classes make announcements in classes that have no representation, making them able to reach their minimum. We will also be posting on google docs a flyer to post in your class buildings or email out to friends/family and quarter sheets for you to cut and distribute during your announcements to help you advertise.
4) Additional fundraising: An idea was proposed to compile a World Music CD which would require people to either submit their own original works (songs, spoken word, etc) or works from others we know and sell the CD as another way of raising money for this trip and future trips. This would be an ongoing fundraiser. Since Alana and husband have volunteered to produce the CD, we would simple need to cover the minimal costs and submit the material and sell the CDs. WE NEED TO KNOW: how many people are able to submit material and/or know others who can and are willing? Also, are you willing to sell the CDs once they are produced??? We need to know this before going forward with this idea.
Meeting Minutes 2/28
So Minutes from last meeting:
Tips for Personal Fundraising
Zelaya goes into exile
Ex-President of Honduras Manuel Zelaya went into exile today, perhaps signaling the end of the turmoil that has surrounded his ousting and re-entry into the country. Since many of our families and friends will have questions about safety in Honduras, volunteers are encouraged to keep up with current events. Below are links to BBC's coverage of today's development, as well as some background information.
"Honduras ex-leader Manuel Zelaya heads into exile"
BBC "Q&A: Honduran Crisis"
Berkeley Postbaccs Global Medical Brigades
Check here regularly for important news and updates!