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Every year, MVNCI holds a reunion for current and past title holders, contestants, and staff members. This year, we held our reunion at Shincha Tea in San Jose on January 15. Quan, Savannah, Jullianne and I had a wonderful time mingling with with everyone. It was so nice seeing old faces and meeting new ones. We had past contestants, previous court members, and volunteers come to snack and hang out with us. The tables were covered with different teas, toppings, and snacks. By the end of our reunion, all of the food was devoured! We would like to thank everyone, not only for attending our reunion, but for also supporting our organization.
We would also like to thank Shincha Tea for having us. The food and drinks were delicious! Be sure to check them out and write a Yelp review. You’ll get a FREE small drink along with it 🙂
On Saturday, December 3rd, Quan, Alex, Jullianne, and I volunteered at the Valley Children’s Hospital located in Madera. Previously at our coronation in May, we collected donations for the hospital by auctioning off different items as well as holding a raffle for guests in attendance. When we arrived, we donated the $1300 we had raised, which hospital staff were greatly appreciative of.
We then had the opportunity to play with children in the hospital’s playroom. Since the holiday season was quickly approaching, we decided to teach the children how to make a piece of Christmas art. Children came in and out of the playroom when they had the chance, and we were able to make crafts with the children who wanted to spend some time with us. The craft we helped them make was a Christmas tree ornament that they could hang in their rooms or on a Christmas tree. The ornaments were made from three popsicle sticks. From there, the children were able to choose from additional decorations including a wide array of colorful string, construction paper, jingle bells, and pom poms.
Ultimately, this was a great experience for us to give back to the community during the holiday season and to bring smiles to these children’s faces.
If you would like more information about donating, volunteering, or visiting at Valley Children’s Hospital, please visit: https://www.valleychildrens.org
On Saturday November 19, Alex, Jullianne, and I hosted the “Boba & Chill” funshop for the 10th Annual Summit – Foundations: Identity to Action held by United Vietnamese Student Association of Northern California. This funshop was hosted for students currently enrolled in Northern California institutions, mainly members of the Vietnamese Student Associations.
We arrived at the University of the Pacific at 2:00PM. To start off our funshop, our 2016 Miss Social Jullianne, shared her networking tips that she learned from the pageant process with the funshop participants. Jullianne went above and beyond and even shared her personal Networking To-do’s checklist. Then, I led an icebreaker to encourage teamwork; as teamwork is extremely essential in order to accomplish the output quality.
After the icebreaker, our own MVNCI boba expert, Alex, was finally ready to teach participants how to make their own boba! Due to time constraints, Alex had already pre-cooked the pearls before leaving for Summit. However, Alex had prepared a detailed, well-written Powerpoint to show participants how to make the delicious boba milk tea step-by-step!
As Alex was wrapping up her Powerpoint, Jullianne and I began serving cups of milk tea of each of the students. We also brought grass jelly and rainbow jello as additional toppings–these all disappeared as quickly as the boba! This was also Jullianne and I’s first time tasting Alex’s boba tea and we have to say, it was delicious! Overall, we had a great time attending the 10th Annual Summit as funshop leaders with these students who are current leaders in their respective school’s Vietnamese Student Association in the Bay Area.
If you are interested in getting involved with UVSA or would like to attend Summit next year, please visit: http://norcaluvsa.org/
On Saturday, August 6th, Quan, Alex, and I had the pleasure of volunteering our time at Veggielution, located in San Jose. Veggielution is a six-acre community farm that provides a unique opportunity for volunteers like ourselves to learn about growing food. As a community farm, the organization distributes its crops at low costs or free to the community. Veggielution is very conscious about its impact on the community and distributes its crops through a myriad of ways such as their Farm Stand, volunteer give-aways, and soup kitchen donations.
That morning Quan, Alex, and I started off with a new volunteer orientation where one of the interns showed us Veggielution (which includes a kitchen where they hosted cooking lessons, a youth garden, a hen house, and an orchard). The three of us were then assigned to work at the fruit orchard with other volunteers. They were in the process of re-mulching the trees, so we had the opportunity to learn about proper nutrition for soil in order to get the best results. This process of mulching includes cutting up donated cardboard and placing them around the bases of the trees at a certain distance. Then, we shoveled piles of woodchips and raked them on top of the cardboard. Volunteering with Veggielution was a wonderful opportunity for us to learn about how our food is grown while giving back to the community.