Santa Parade 2009

This year Delta Zetas and the Cool Cats joined Quota to hand out earplugs.


This was the second year Quota participated in the parade. The weather could not have been better.




With so many helpers to hand out earplugs, we quickly ran out! The rest of the parade was spent waving, smiling and chanting “Quota Cares! Save your Hearing!”


Look for us next year! Ho ho ho!

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Getting to Know You… Elaine

Getting to know Elaine.

Elaine has been in Quota for seven years. Her favorite snack is Kettlecorn popcorn and she enjoys eating it while watching her favorite movie “Pretty Woman”.

Elaine was asked if she has ever gotten so angry she has screamed? She says she used to get in her car and go for a ride and SCREAM when she was going through her divorce. The scream was directed at my ex-husband.

Finish the sentence: People might be surprised to find out that I… was born and raised in Reno, NV

Elaine was asked which would be better? Walking a mile on level ground or a mile over hills and through valleys? She answered she would be better walking over a hill and down through valleys, although it would be much easier to walk on flat ground.  She asks, “Why would I want to do anything easy?”

What if Elaine were the tallest person alive? She said she would be so sad to be the tallest person, because she needs to look people in the eye when she speaks to them.  Otherwise, she wouldn’t feel that she was connecting.

Elaine’s last question is, what is your favorite big city? Her favorite big city is San Francisco which is why she likes the hills and winding streets. What a city to explore!

My favorite city is San Francisco which is why I like the hills and winding streets.  What a city to explore!

Thanks Elaine for sharing a few things about you!

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Programs/Hospitality Update – January 2010

For our February 18, 2010 meeting, our guest speaker will be Marsha DeHollander, Program Director of Access of West Michigan. Access is a network of congregations, individuals, and the community at large working together to meet needs in Kent County. They want to partner with everyone in Kent County to help eliminate hunger and poverty in our community.

We are asking members to bring a bag of can goods or whatever you can do for aiding them in pantry assistance, emergency meals and development programs for both the Grand Rapids and international communities.

Thank you and looking forward to a wonderful, great year!

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Finance/Fundraising January 2010

There is nothing new to report for this month.

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Communications Update – January 2010

“Blog”ress to Date

As we convert our communications from newsletter to the blog, we are happy to report the following progress:

  • Each member with a current email address is signed up as a “Contributor”.  This means you can log in and it makes it easy for you to write new posts or to leave comments.
  • All of us are learning new vocabulary!  “Posts” are new entries on a particular topic, and responses to posts are called “Comments”.
  • At least 8 members have successfully written posts, maybe even more by the time you read this!
  • 12 of our members participated in “Treasure Hunt 2009” in October and November, which took them to the far reaches of the new blog.  Treasure Hunt winners will be receiving their “fabulous prizes” at an upcoming meeting.
  • And at least 14 members and 3 Shawnee Park friends have left comments.
  • And we express the Club’s  grateful appreciation to Emily, who “Publishes” the blog.  She fights off Spam with her sword.  She reviews all posts and comments and publishes it for our information.

This is all so important in making the transition from the newsletter — we want this to be a useful communication tool for all members, and we need to hear from you how it’s going.  Use the tools, see how they work for you.

Comments are the way we measure who’s reading.  So leave us a trail of breadcrumbs, eh?

But in all, we think we’ve got a good start.  Let us know where the snags are, what’s useful, what’s easy, what’s still a puzzle.  Call or email Maureen for assistance, better yet, leave a comment if you’re reading this on the blog!!

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Service Committee Update – January 2010

Thank you to all of Santa’s Helpers who made the Signing Santa event at DHHS in December  so much fun! Deb Buckley brought everyone together, including Santa, and our Photo Elf Joyce! Jan, Joyce, Pam G and Cathy now all know the secret to signing “Merry Christmas”!

Kathy Slagal is busy getting specs together for our Quota Legacy Scholarship.

Keep your hands ready for a fun hands-on project — we will be assembling Hearing Kits for patients at Metro Hospital. Watch for more details.

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Membership Update – January 2010

January 21st

Be A Star & Lighten the Burden.

Please use the Evite to post your rsvp. If you are bringing a guest, they can either rsvp to Emily, or you can use the Evite to add your guest. The Membership Committee is excited to share what Quotarians have been up to this past year. This is a fantastic way to spread the word and work of Quota. Are you feeling a little left out, or left behind? Make sure you join us for our special January meeting to shine bright for another year of service in our community.

Spots are limited, be sure you get your rsvp in by Jan. 14th, 2010. You won’t want to miss this!


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Installation Banquet

Please note the date change. This is not our regular scheduled Thursday. We pushed it back one week due to April 15th falling on the third Thursday.

Join us for our special Installation Banquet. You can view the invitation by clicking the link below.

Quota 2010 Installation Banquet Invitation

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Evening Meeting

Join us for our Annual Meeting. We will vote in a new slate for the next year.

The Cool Cats will join us to share what they have been doing!

You won’t want to miss this meeting.

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Evening Meeting

Join us for our regular business meeting.

A representative from A.C.C.E.S.S. will be our guest speaker. Please remember to bring canned foods to help supply their food pantry!

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