thank you (from Betty and District 20)

Hello District 20 Members:

I wish to thank everyone who participated in our 65th District 20 Conference.   You came from far and wide to have fun plus participate in the governing of your District 20.

This was a heartwarming weekend for me, meeting up once again with long time Quota Friends, new Quota Friends and our President Elect Laura Lahman.  I trust all attendees felt the same way.

Our conference opened with the Parade of the Quota Flags followed by the “Cool Cats” in their rendition of the National Anthem of the United States of America.  Their performance was so heartwarming and received an overwhelming applause.   We also recited a poem written by E. Vera Hall, QI Past International President 1968-1969 from Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Our guest speaker, Julie Pioch, presented us with challenges on our knowledge of Quota and Parliamentary Procedure.  My thanks to Julie for such an interesting presentation and having us answer with buttons allowing us all to always be correct.  From the Flint Club, Connie Rau and Renee Keswick drove up especially to present a group discussion on Membership Retention.

The nominating committee worked tirelessly this year.  They presented the slate of Kathleen Holt, Governor and Jeanette Gravlin, Lt Governor.  The election was unanimous.

We breezed through the reports, due to the efficiency of our Committee Chairs.

Our buffets were fit for the Queens we are.  At lunch we heard from Laura Lahman on her passion, Junior Clubs.  She was accompanied by Shelley Warwick sharing with us the formation of our first Junior Club in Port Huron.  Our banquet was full of excitement also.  President Elect Laura conducted a grand Installation Ceremony with gifts for all of us.  Susan Schneberger and her elves entertained us, in  their own special way, with a successful auction.   We attained our goal of monies for the District 20 Coffee Hour sponsorship at the International Convention, 2012. “Thank you everyone!!!!!!!!!!”    On Sunday our Celebration of Life was once again an emotional and heartwarming presentation.  The Listening Tour for District 20 was then shared with us by Brenda Chadwick.

I would be remiss by not overwhelmingly Thanking QI Grand Rapids for the extremely delightful FUNnite!  Also, thank you, for their organization in giving us an excellent weekend.  We will be looking forward to the possibility of a Quota Club in Holland in the near future.   I am sure Laura Lahman would do the International honors.

It has been my pleasure serving you the last two years.  Each Club received me with warmth and friendship. I will be joining the ranks of the has-beens (past Governors) but know that these women are always ready and able to assist when called into action.

My fellow Quotarians—always remember — DISTRICT 20 is the best!!!!

May your walk through the Hall of Fame continue to keep you on the path of fulfilling your life long dreams.


Kind Regards,   Betty

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Picnic in the Park

Join us as we meet in the park! We’ll have special guests that evening as the Cool Cats and their families join us. We are also inviting their pen pals from Kalamazoo (thanks to the club President there, Nancy). It’s a potluck dinner. If you haven’t signed up to bring a dish to pass, please contact Emily.

We’ll be meeting at Riverside Park, at the smaller pavilion (where we hold the Walk). If you need directions or have any questions, please contact Emily or click the link above or here.

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The mail ballots have been counted for the elections of Quota’s 2011-2012 international officers, and congratulations go to:


  • 2011-2012 President-elect Laura Lahman
    QI of Coral Springs/Parkland, Florida, U.S.A.

(sole candidate; no election held)

  • 2011-2012 Treasurer Karen Murphy

QI of Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia

  • 2011-2013 Central Area Director Judy Walthers
    QI of Kenosha-Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

(sole candidate; no election held)

  • 2011-2013 East Area Director Michelle Fryling

QI of Indiana, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

(sole candidate; no election held)

  • 2011-2013 South Pacific Area Director Denise Rowell

QI of Coolum Beach, Queensland, Australia


Other 2011-2012 Quota International board members will include:

  • 2011-2012 President Chris Tracey-Patte
    QI of Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia
  • 2010-2012 Canada Area Director Marie Dobson-Dunlap
    QI of Huronia, Ontario, Canada
  • 2010-2012 South Area Director Sheila Morris
    QI of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.
  • 2010-2012 West Area Director Vicki Conable
    QI of Santa Maria, California, U.S.A.

Quota International’s 2011-2012 Board of Directors will be installed at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on July 8, 2011.



Occasional QUOTA QUICK UPDATES are sent to members with e-mail addresses in the Quota International membership database. At no time is e-mail information sold or loaned to other organizations. To delete, change, or add an e-mail address in this database, please contact


This QUOTA QUICK UPDATE was written by Nancy Fitzpatrick, Deputy Executive Director / 202.331.9694.

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Quota Quick Update – May 2011

Quota Quick Update – 17 May 2011






Won’t you share this issue of the Quota Quick Update at your next club meeting?


Organizing a new Quota branch or club pays dividends to your district, your organization, AND YOU!  Here’s how:

*Organize a club branch with five or more new members and you will earn $150, your club will receive a $150 administrative stipend, and the branch will receive a $150 service grant!

*Organize a new club with 15 to 19 members (10 of whom are new) and you will earn $300 AND your new club will receive a $300 service grant.

*Organize a new club with 20 or more new members and you will earn $500 AND your new club will receive a $500 service grant.


There are additional benefits if the branch or club you organize grows, and there is no greater gift to Quota than organizing more helping hands for service. Our organizers are our heroes! Learn more online:



Quota International has replaced its original Facebook GROUP with a new Facebook PAGE geared more towards use by businesses and organizations. This was done because Facebook announced that it was going to start archiving all Facebook groups (like Quota’s original group) that were created using the old group format. Users of the original Facebook group were notified and a link to the new page was published. You can reach Quota’s NEW Facebook page by using this link: or go to and click the Facebook icon on our home page. Check out our other social media connections, too:  YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn!



*New Entries on President Gwenn Jackson’s Blog

Read about President Gwenn’s great adventures as she travels Quota International’s Listening Tour network.

*Australian Flood Relief Special Final Report

Over Aus.$80,000 was donated by members, clubs, and friends of Quotarians worldwide to assist families, schools, and communities that were devastated by raging floods and damage from Cyclone Yasi. A special final report now available online, provides information about this effort, and includes photographs and details on how funds were distributed and spent.

*2011 Volunteers of the Year

We proudly present the We Share Foundation’s 2011 Volunteers of the Year. These Quotarians, honored by their fellow club members, embody the true spirit of volunteerism, symbolizing everything for which Quota stands. Meet this year’s slate of award-winners and read their profiles.

*Latest Awards Won by Quota International

Quota’s newsroom contains the latest on new awards won by your international organization. We’re thrilled to announce that the February, 2011 The Quotarian magazine just received the Gold Award in the Hermes Creative Awards program. This was the first issue Quota has entered in the E-Zine (electronic magazine) category, and we’re proud that it is the sixth year in a row that The Quotarian has received this award! There were nearly 4,400 entries to the contest, and just 19 percent received this honor. In addition, we proudly announce the awarding of the 2011 Communitas Award to Quota’s Club-to-Club World Service Program. The judges recognized the Club-to-Club World Service Program for exhibiting the spirit of ‘communitas,’ which means coming together for the good of a community.


*FREE Quota Letterhead Templates for Clubs/Districts

Clubs and districts interested in “adopting” Quota’s new look are invited to download free stationery templates. Two files are provided—a PDF file, which lets you view the sample letterhead, and an EPS file that allows you or your graphic designer or printer to modify the letterhead, personalizing it for your club or district.


*Club Sales Marketplace

Two items (a Quota cookbook and a canvas bag) are now offered for sale on Quota’s new online Club Marketplace – a great place to purchase or sell club logo and fund-raising items! This is a free service provided by Quota International, and there is no cost to advertise your club’s items.



Occasional QUOTA QUICK UPDATES are sent to members with e-mail addresses in the Quota International membership database. At no time is e-mail information sold or loaned to other organizations. To delete, change, or add an e-mail address in this database, please contact


This QUOTA QUICK UPDATE was written by Nancy Fitzpatrick, Deputy Executive Director / 202.331.9694.

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the Cool Cats and their theater debute

Click the link below to read the article on the Cool Cats theater experience!

Cool Cats article

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Garden Party


We always hope for the best weather, and it doesn’t always cooperate. We’ll weed in rain or shine (just not downpours) and this year it was cloudy. The rain held off and while the ground was still wet from the rain overnight, that made our job easy! We pulled lots and lots of weeds and beautified the courtyard at Shawnee!

Maureen and Pat

We had lots of help: Anna Moore, Cathy K, Kathy F, Maureen, Pam, Pat, Emily, Mary Kay (Principal at Shawnee) and her two grandkids. The kids brought laughter and joy to the task which motivated us.



Pam donated beautiful geraniums that we planted.


Some parents came in last fall and planted some beautiful tulip bulbs.

I promised no “butt” pictures; these made the cut.

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Interesting Article

SignTalk Joins Fundraiser for Marlee Matlin’s Cause

Has anyone been watching Celebrity Apprentice?  I thought this was interesting.  Kim

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2011 Quotarian of the Year

The QoY is presented annually to someone who has provided an outstanding contribution to our club and community.


Some Quotarians distinguish themselves by totally immersing themselves in the club…from chairing a committee, volunteering on numerous projects, being a board member, to helping financially as well as continuing to be involved in all aspects of the club.


This person has distinguished herself in so many ways….for one, she has been a member for a very long time and is committed to the club, two, she has even served as President of our club and Quotarian of the Year.


Although employed in a very demanding career, (she works with numbers all day long!), she has managed to participate in many of the club activities and fund raisers, such as the walk, the Santa Parade, and the Holiday Shopping Extravaganza to mention a few, as time permitted.


She regularly attends business and Board meetings and has attended many District Conferences.  She helps us stay legal in process.


Recently she has served as a Director on our Board and was a Chair of a committee.


She supports and is involved in many local charities and community events.


She wears very hip and stylish glasses and is preparing to be a grandmother…this rock star has demonstrated professionalism and significant accomplishments this year and always,  Let’s congratulate Peggy Bishop as our Quotarian of the Year for 2011.

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President’s Message May 2011

Well, I’m back!  My years in China literally flew by and now it seems like a DREAM!  It was a wonderful dream, of which I will remember every minute!

So, here we go with a new dream that began with a fantastic installation banquet on Thursday night, April 21, at the Cascade Country Club.  We had 23 in attendance and I would like to thank and congratulate all who put it together.  For those of you who could not make it, I am sorry you couldn’t be with us.  Please make sure you about it here if you haven’t had a chance to do so yet.

One thing that wasn’t mentioned was that Emily was absolutely stunning and also very cute with her pink streaked hair.  She will be a hard act to follow.

In addition to a new board, we installed our newest member, Diana Bittrick, who will be a great addition to the club.  Welcome, Diana.

I also want to welcome and thank Martha for the handmade candles that came with a song led by her and Cathy Kaiser.  We may have to book this duet again soon!  Take note, Hospitality Committee.

I would like to thank Robin Keith for the CHOCOLATE!  The giant chocolate Qs were really wonderful.  Mine kept me occupied all the way home.  I think that could be called DWC—driving while chewing.

For those of you who didn’t know, the darling pillows at each place setting were made by Jan Gauthier.  They are so typical of Jan’s creative, thoughtful way and we thank you for them.

Congratulations to our Quotarian of the Year—Peggy Bishop.  It is certainly a well-deserved award!  We appreciate you, Peggy.

Overall, it was a fun way for me to begin my year as President of a club that I am proud to be a part of and one in which I am honored to have a leadership role.  I’ll do my best to be a Lazy Leader!

-Pat Cook

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