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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 🙂
Although all of us Court members have been so busy with gearing up for back to school or working our day jobs, we managed to get together on such a beautiful day to do a bit of community service in Oakland for our monthly community service project. Lake Merritt may seem absolutely spotless at first glance, but we all noticed that there was still some work to be done. Aside from the many cigarette butts thrown carelessly on the ground, there was still some trash around the lake. Lake Merritt is a nice place for a picnic, get together, or nice jog in the great outdoors, but that also makes way for a lot of littering and trash left behind. This is obviously bad for the environment but also for the ecosystem in that area. In just a short amount of time, I couldn’t help but revert to making observations my major taught me. As an environmental earth science major, I noticed how much nature and wildlife inhabits Lake Merritt. The birds, trees, swans, dogs etc. are all affected by the trash and debris that people carelessly leave behind. Humans, too, of course are also a part of this equation in creating the problem as well as being affected by it. Though it may have seemed like an insignificant action of cleaning up Lake Merritt, I know that every little step counts and helps work towards significant progress in creating a better, cleaner Earth!
What a nice way to get in a nice walk around the lake with my sisters while doing the environment some good! I could not think of a more enjoyable way to do community service.
On the morning of June 29th, I was on my way to Fort Funston Nursery and I couldn’t help but admire what a beautiful day it was in the southwestern region of San Francisco. What was surprising was that I didn’t know this area existed despite the fact that I use to live only less than 10 minutes away!
As we walked up to the volunteer area, Yolanda, Giang, and I, we were greeted by the staff as well as a station with snacks and refreshments. As we waited for all the other volunteers to arrive, we explored the on-site greenhouse; inside was a plethora of plants!
Shortly after, we were called over to the station where we were going to be working. We were then introduced to the Silver Leaf Loofin. The Loofin is an endangered plant and our duty was to transplant a bunch of Loofin into single tubes so an abundance may be rehabilitated and restored back into it’s natural habitat. As we began, volunteers grabbed gloves to protect their hands, but I wanted to go bare and embrace mother nature; a little dirt is not harmful! 🙂 When I was transplanting, I felt at ease and calm and definitely focused; I forgot how peaceful it is when gardening and planting.
When we got done with the project, all the volunteers voted to take a walk and tour other plants that are living on Fort Funston. Some of the plants we were introduced to(and had a catchy name to remember) included Purple Milk Thistle, Coyote Bush, Sticky Monkey Flower, and the Yarrow plant which is a medicinal plant use to help with blood clots.
I had a great time volunteering and learning a little bit of mother nature and its history…Nonetheless, it was an absolutely gorgeous day to be outdoors helping out at a nursery!
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