We're back, baby! And oh boy, there's a lot of you guys! New members, thank you so much for showing an interest in the club, and old, glad to see you again! With all of your help, LandA will be able to make even more of a difference this year!
The meeting seemed to have a rocky start when our usual meeting room, A241, had technological issues, but quick thinking and Mr. Miranda's generosity allowed us to usher in the both the members and the new year in his room instead. Never let it be said that LandA can't roll with the punches! After settling in, the LandA officers welcomed the club and proceeded to present the PowerPoint detailing the club's premise, people, and purpose. If you missed this meeting, worry not! There's an attached file of the introductory PowerPoint below with all you need to know.
First, the previously elected LandA officers introduced themselves, with Farbin Towhid and Julia Joseph both acting as Presidents, Farhan Towhid as Secretary, Daniel Honrales as treasurer, James Wood as Project Manager, Sabree Galvan as Community Relations Manager, Amila Haque as historian, and, finally, Cody Van as Media Manager. Check out the About Tab on this freshly updated website for more information about these phenomenal people! Which, speaking of the website, we went over all the new details you can find here as well!
Afterwards, the officers discussed our previous projects and successes; next meeting, we'll start suggesting project ideas for us to begin working on. We went on to say that club dues will be $15 and the t-shirt fee will be $5, along with the fun idea of tie-dying all our shirts one meeting! This is an entirely student-run and student-funded club, so every penny is greatly appreciated! Not to mention that the Point System in still in place--donating supplies, attending meetings, and other actions will be rewarded with "points" that can earn you numerous achievements!
Finally, it was game time. Once the members gathered their snacks, we sat back, ate, and played a rousing game of Kahoot! Farbin would like to apologize for having one of the answers being about bank robbery, and will offer points for you to not call the police. Please. She can't go through that again.
Once the final scoreboard led to cheers and groans, once the sweet, sweet prizes were doled out, and once everybody had stuffed themselves with chips, it was then that this great meeting came to a close. This day certainly bodes well for the year to come, and we hope that LandA growth and service will only continue! Thank you so much for your attention, and here's to a new year filled with Love and Art!
A picture of the club's meeting, courtesy of our very own Cody Van. Follow us @ahsloveandart!
Awwwh, LandA's over for the year! This meeting was getting important things done and member appreciation.
We started with our elections and party. We were gonna wrap up everything for next year and party, but we were under a time crunch that affected what we did.
So, the first important thing was... ELECTIONS! Yes indeed, our candidates spoke to the club about why they would make the best candidate for each position, and answered questions the members had afterwards. It was a bit heartbreaking to see, since we can't give everyone positions, but I'm confident that our officers will be stellar. I'm also really excited that Julia and I will be able to delegate some tasks, since it'll give us a chance to start doing our schoolwork before 1:00 AM each night. The voting ballot is on the home page of this website, and voting closes at midnight on Friday. For those of you who are running, good luck!!
After that, we gave out awards to the members that had supported us throughout the whole year. There were so many people we wanted to give awards to, but in the end we only gave out a few. Again, super heartbreaking to choose between you all, but we still wanted this gesture of appreciation. When the awards were all given out, we watched a wrap up video made from clips I filmed throughout the year. Watching this was heartbreaking too, since it summed up the good feelings, the service, and the lovely people who were a part of Love and Art this year. If you want to watch the video, it is in the PowerPoint attached below. Then, we had time for a Kahoot, so we played one about the club. This was really nostalgic, since the members who stuck through since the beginning answered all of the questions correctly while the others had to guess on some.
Man. It's a wonder my heart is still intact with all this heartache.
So, the new officers will be posted on the About Page of this website on Saturday, May 5, at 8:00 AM. We will also be getting back to you about the Arts Fest and when we'll meet to discuss that, since that is coming up too. As for you new members that came yesterday, welcome! You are joining a super awesome community, and I promise that you will fall in love with LandA the way we have.
And... I guess that's it. This is my last journal entry, since our historian will take over next year's newsletters. I really enjoyed writing these, but even greatness must retire eventually.
So, I love you all lots... and I guess I'll see you next year! Goodbye!!
Man, is it just me or is my heart starting to ache...
Guess who went to Victoria Gardens for another event?
That's right, it was us! We had our second volunteer event yesterday, and it was a bit different from the last one. It had a rough start, but ended up pretty well overall.
Last time, we had Anita, a Victoria Gardens employee who works with volunteers. Unfortunately, she couldn't make it to today's event, which kind of left us in the dark about what we should do.
We all signed in, then went to the business center in the nursing home to ask for instructions. They told us that the seniors were involved in an intense game of bingo, so we would have to wait until that was over. When it ended, they told us that we could go ahead and set up in the dining room. So, we went in there, picked a table, and started setting up our craft. After some waiting, no seniors showed up.
That's when phase 2 was devised: walk around with some tea lights and ask the seniors if they wanted to make one. This caused one senior to do the craft with us, possibly out of pity. We let her make a few, since no one else seemed interested in the craft. She seemed to enjoy it, though.
That's when things started to pick up a little. A lot more seniors started to come in, and all of them seemed to like the craft! We gave away all of our tea lights, and the seniors were happy. After the event was over, we headed back.
Overall, I think it went well. The hiccups were unavoidable, and it was only our second event.
Now that it's over, we will start working on the Arts Fest. I will update the Current Project Page to focus on the festival.
Special thanks to Big Bro Towhid, for being the resident adult at yesterday's event! Also, thanks to all the volunteers who came! Every time I have an event with you guys, I am reminded of just how capable you are!
And now, my dear friends, I must bid you adeiu.
Until next time.
If you attended the last meeting, you will recall that we didn't vote on a project. We had an online form, and eventually decided to do a ping pong ball tea light craft (Ha! The craft has to do with light! That's why the title has to do with light as well!).
First, we reviewed important things about elections, such as the requirements to run. As a reminder, remember to fill out the election sign up form on the home page of the website if you want to run. The link to the points log is right underneath it if you would like to check that out.
After that, we began preparing the project. This project was pretty easy to prepare, since we only had to cut holes into each ping pong ball and test each tea light. Some members thought of a genius idea to create the holes with pens instead of blades, which was awesome. Thanks homies. Unfortunately, we only have enough supplies to do 15 projects at the nursing home, so it would be awesome if you, awesome reader, donated some electric tea lights for Saturday.
A huge announcement came out today as well. The Allen Arts Alliance contacted us about the Allen Arts Fest, and offered us a booth! We gladly accepted the offer, and began planning for that event. So far, we have our projects decided and a few decoration ideas. We will be having an additional meeting to prepare for this event, and the date will be posted on the home page (as well as sent out through Remind). After the event on Saturday, I will put everything related to the Arts Fest on the Current Project page.
So, that's basically it. As always, the PowerPoint from this meeting is attached, so feel free to review it.
With a cordial goodbye, I will see you next time at the Victoria Gardens nursing home.
Wowie zowie! We're already starting our next project!
We went over the details of the last project and the diversity showcase, then discussed improvements, what we learned, etc. Since there were a few problems we encountered during these events, we figured out some solutions and ways to improve communication.
After that, we discussed elections. Elections will be on May 2nd, and you must fill out the form on the home page of the website to run. We went over positions available, as well as the election process. If you would like more information, feel free to contact either Julia or Farbin.
Next, we brainstormed some ideas for the next project. We thought of a lot of great ideas, but there were a lot of debates on which project would be best. Because we ran out of time to vote, a google form has been uploaded to the current project tab. Please vote for the project you think will be the most practical and fun to do with the elderly!
The NHS induction ceremony happened to be after the meeting, so we hung out in the room until the ceremony. It was a bit hectic planning out how we were going to lock up the room, carry our stuff to the ceremony, and a lot of other things, but it made for a pretty fun experience!
Well, that's it for this journal entry, and I'll see you cool cats next time!
It was a pretty last minute decision to set up a booth at the diversity showcase on March 29th.
Our spot in the showcase was confirmed the day before the event, so you can imagine how rushed our plans were. After some (very little, actually) deliberation, we decided to set up a mini demonstration of the shaving cream marbling and print some coloring pages. After sending out a Remind, we waited for the showcase.
Armed with some flyers, a huge poster, some coloring pages, and a tray of shaving cream, we set up our booth. Overall, it looked pretty good. Since we had some extra time, we explored the showcase and saw the other booths.
When the event was going on, our booth ended up being the busiest! We used up many bottles of shaving cream and made an absolute mess, but everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. We rushed about, explaining things about the club and creating shaving cream art pieces, until it was time to go home. After hours of work, our exhausted team cleaned up and called it a day.
I would love to give a very special shout out to all of the volunteers who helped with the booth. It was a suuuuper last minute call, but you all pushed through and helped out with some very laborious projects. This was this event that helped me understand just how capable you all are, and this club would be nothing without you.
For those of you who learned about the club through the diversity showcase, welcome!!! You are going to be part of an amazing community, meet some awesome people, and make our town a more connected and lively place.
Welp, that's all we have time for today, kiddos. See ya at the next meeting!
Wow, this first project was... different from what we expected.
So, we all came into the nursing home, then had an orientation. We took all of our supplies to the room the event was scheduled to take place, then began to set up. It was a bit messy, and none of us thought to bring cleaning supplies. We were relying on tissues to clean up paint and shaving cream until we started stealing paper towels from the restroom.
By the time both tables were set up, one group had already demonstrated the project to the seniors and they were happily creating their masterpieces. We presented the project to the next group of senior citizens, but they didn't want to do the project! This was unexpected, but we eventually convinced them to try out the craft.
We jumped between tables, helping the seniors and each other with the project. Although the process wasn't as smooth as we expected it to be, it was still extremely fun! The seniors seemed skeptical at first, but they warmed up an enjoyed the strangeness of the whole event. The Victoria Gardens coordinator working with us said that she was excited to see how the next event goes.
Although it didn't go exactly as expected, this event was an extremely useful learning experience. We learned ways to choose better projects, plan better for the actual event, and make the process smoother.
Thank you to everyone involved with Saturday's event, whether you were able to make it or not! I can definitely tell you, with your help, the next service event will go waaaay better!
Have a great week, and see you at the next meeting!
Today was the day.
We sat down, went over the PowerPoint, then began the experimenting.
For some context, the club voted on creating a shaving cream marbling project last meeting for the senior citizens. Today we experimented with the project and figured out the best way to do it. This meeting was exciting, since working on the projects is the core of the club.
Although it seemed like a free for all of shaving cream and paint, we actually accomplished a lot. We figured out ways to improve the project, and began working on the presentation for the nursing home. If you would like to work on the presentation, contact Farbin or Julia and we will share the Google Slide with you.
Another big thing: the plans for Saturday. We are visiting Victoria Gardens to do our project then, so we explained the plans. If you would like to volunteer for that, you must fill out the form on the home page as well as the Victoria Gardens Volunteer form. The VG forms will be posted on the homepage soon, but the totally rad LandA founders will have them too.
So, the things that you need when you come on Saturday:
-Victoria Gardens volunteer form filled out
-Event registration form filled out
-Dues (if you haven't paid them)
-Supply donations (optional)
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!! We will also be sending frequent updates on Remind (you can find the code on the Contact page)
Here's the PowerPoint from today's meeting:
Huge thanks to those who came to today's meeting; we got some important work done that we couldn't have done without you. For the newer members, welcome!
Now, for what we did: We went over some project ideas, and decided on a project to do at our nursing home visit. We will do a shaving cream marbling craft (super cool)! Also, we collected some dues. There were some updates to the website we also explained.
Next time, you can bring your $10 dues, some cans of shaving cream, food color or acrylic paint, popsicle sticks, paper, and disposable trays and cups. We have created a form for the supply donations, so you can sign up for the supplies you would like to bring.
The PowerPoint for the meeting is listed below, so you can check it out for any reminders. Thanks for reading this newsletter, and we would love to see you next time. Happy spring break!
We finally had our first official Love and Art Club meeting! I have to say, it ended up going extremely well.
First, we got some food and settled down. When everyone arrived, we presented the PowerPoint and gave out all the information. After that, we played a Kahoot and passed out prizes to the winners. Since we had some time left over, we posted some more flyers around the school before calling it a day.
If you weren't able to make it, don't worry! Below is a PDF of the PowerPoint from the meeting, so you will have the same information we gave during the meeting. You can still join during the next meeting, which will be on Wednesday, March 7th.
Some things may need to be explained, like the point system and project examples. We will explain everything to new members when they join, so you will still be caught up to the comings and goings of the club.
Have a great rest of the week, and see you next time!
In case you missed out, here is an account to catch you up!