Wednesday of week 7, February 21st, marked a special occasion. MEMO at UCLA held its very first Healing Hearts: A Cardiovascular Disease Awareness Night. This night aimed at educating the UCLA population on the prevalence and effects of cardiovascular disease both locally and abroad. The board, interns, and general volunteers at MEMO had prepared extensively since fall quarter for this event and the outcome was amazing! Ackerman Grand Ballroom was full of pretty heart-themed decorations, student booths from different UCLA organizations shared information, raffles were made, auctions were held, and there was an amazing performance by none other than Joseph Vincent! But he was not the only one who performed that night; UCLA’s Kyodo Taiko and Foundations Dance Team also guest starred that night, captivating the eyes and ears of everyone that attended. We also had guest speaker and physician Dan Tran to inform everyone of his firsthand experience with cardiovascular disease. Overall, the night was a wonderful time for all who joined us in our cause to battle the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in California and Vietnam. Thank you to all the wonderful MEMObers that helped make this night so special!!!
A new winter quarter marked the beginning of a new MEMOship. This week’s general meeting was a special one because at the end of it, MEMObers finally got to find out who their mentors and mentees were going to be for the rest of 2018! The evening began with a nice ice-breaker (a Disney-themed version of Telephone) hosted by our beloved board members Lanzel and Cindy. After that, the MEMO board made a presentation to inform everyone of upcoming events like the Tet festival and the Healing Hearts awareness night. This was followed by a moment of recognition for two outstanding MEMObers of the month of November – congratulations Linda Do and Mimi Giang! Finally, the meeting concluded with a fun discovery of mentors and mentees. While the future mentors were hiding behind a long curtain (exposing only their feet), Mentees had to match their assigned socks to the ones their mentors were wearing. Once everyone was in place, the curtain dropped, and everyone got to meet their new MEMOship partner! Go MEMOship 2018!!!
To celebrate the joy of starting a new year, M.E.M.O. opened 2018 with a White Elephant gift exchange!! MEMObers came together and exchanged their gifts with fellow friends to take home a nice token of friendship from one MEMOber to another. It was an evening of joy and reminiscence as members exchanged gifts, enjoyed some hot chocolate, ate candy, and shared fun stories from their 2017 winter break! However, gifts were not the only things that were exchanged; people shared plenty of laughter as someone opened a gift by that took them by surprise, and as people would “steal” each other’s current gift! Overall, MEMObers had a lot of fun in starting a fresh new quarter with their newfound gifts.
Welcome back everyone!! We hope you had a happy holiday :D
There are a lot of exciting things coming up this quarter including our MEMOship Revelation, Healing Hearts Awareness Night, Interchapter Social at UCLA, Mission Trip Application and more!
Once again, we always welcome new MEMObers to join us. If you are interested, please follow the 3 easy steps below!!
We value and take note of your dedication, so make sure to stay active within M.E.M.O and attend as many meetings and events as you can. Priority for the medical mission trip will be given to those who participated and stayed involved throughout the year.
During Week 9’s general meeting, MEMObers split up into groups of potential mentees and mentors for our mentorship program, MEMOship, which pairs up old and new members to allow more experienced members to provide advice and useful insight about the organization, UCLA, and life in general to their mentee. Mentor-mentee pairs are able to participate in a variety of activities together, allowing for the opportunity of the growth of a valuable friendship as well! After a few brief announcements about past and upcoming events as well as a brief explanation of the meeting’s itinerary, potential mentees were paired up with their potential mentors and played a speed-dating game for pairs to introduce themselves and have a brief conversation, with icebreaker questions projected on the board to facilitate discussion. Mentee-Mentor pairs rotated every couple minutes, giving members a great chance to meet and get to know each other with every round!
MEMO’s Thanksgiving Potluck Social and Care Package Drive was both a social for old and new MEMObers to gather, share delicious food, and get to know each other better as well as a service event where donated goods were assembled into care packages and distributed to the homeless around Westwood. For the Thanksgiving Potluck, MEMObers signed up to bring a variety of delicious food items to share, such as spicy fried rice, glass noodles, mashed potatoes, bakery bread, cookies, homemade teas, and more! Everyone enjoyed a heaping plate of hot food and was able to chat and mingle with other members! MEMObers then began assembling care packages after their Thanksgiving feast for the Care Package service event, each including a warm and personal note wishing recipients a wonderful holiday season. MEMObers then divided into teams, were given procedural instructions in distributing packages, and were sent out on various routes across Westwood to spread joy and hope to the local community.