A summer picnic with our new Junior Quota!

Did you miss our picnic on the 21st? It was loads of fun. Minutes from our petite business portion will be available soon, here on the blog, so check back to see what you missed. In the meantime, check out the photos of our Installation and the fun we shared with our new Junior Quota members (and friends/family)!

Installation of Rachael & Nicki

First, we had the minutiae. We installed our two newest members: Rachael (on the left) and Nicki (on the right). Rachael is a friend of Emily’s who, after years of being pestered by Emily to join, finally made the commitment. Nicki is a returning member. She was a member from 1990-2002 and then again from 2004-2009. She is glad to be back. Be sure to welcome both Rachael and Nicki next time you see them (and don’t forget to introduce yourself, we only have to remember two names, they have to remember twenty-nine)!

Then we got down to business… er, fun! We welcomed our new JQ members with official certificates. Martha took care of printing those off, and they looked great (click here to see a sample)! We asked that the students who were (and still are) interested in JQ sign and return an official form to us. While we will continue to invite all eighteen students to our events, we felt that this commitment to signing a paper would give us a better idea of who would be joining the JQ.

Let the games begin!

Martha and Cathy organized the games. There was a relay race involving water and a spoon…

Carlos & Grace

Carlos and Grace try to carefully carry their spoon to the measuring device without spilling a drop…

Martel & Amy

Martel and Amy also watch their spoons as they make their way to the measuring cup…

The team on the right wins!

The next game involved cotton.


Nicole doesn’t find this very easy as the wind picks up!

games with JQ

Everyone has a blast with a water balloon toss.

Amy in action

Amy shows off her vertical jump as she goes up for a frisbee catch!

Allison throws a frisbee

Allison gives the frisbee a good toss…

Quotarians watching the games

Quotarians, friends and family watch the new JQ, cheering them on with enthusiasm!


Summer’s smile says it all, “this was fun!”


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Nicki’s birthday

Happy Birthday Nicki!

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May 2012 Minutes

Quota Business Meeting

May 17, 2012



Present: Peggy Bishop, Anna Moore Butzner, Ginny Ebers, Kathy Freeman, Jan Gauthier, Sarah Glover, Pam Goebel, Barbara Griffin, Martha Herman, Pam Howland, Robin Keith, Maureen Martin, Gwen Powers, Kim Savoie, Sue Scharf, Kathy Slagal, Joyce Snyder, Emily Uebbing


The meeting was called to order by President Kim Savoie at 6:10 p.m.


Consent Agenda

The financial reports were moved from the Consent to the Active Agenda. The remainder of the Consent Agenda was approved.


Active Agenda: It was noted that the year-end financial reports cannot be included on today’s Consent Agenda since they have not yet been reviewed and approved by the Board. This will happen at the June Board meeting.


Guests:  Rachael Owsinski (present); It was noted that Rachael will be installed at our business meeting on June 21, 2012.


Travel Raffle: Kim introduced a new concept for our Travel Raffle. When traveling, Quotarians are encouraged to bring something back from their trip to donate to the travel raffle. The item will be placed in the new locked box Kim provided which the Club agreed would add an element of mystery and fun to the raffle. Tickets are purchased for $1 each for a chance to win the prize. Proceeds will go to our General Fund for operating expenses. This month Kim brought back a gift from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.


Red Apple:  Kim explained that the Red Apple is a voluntary fine donated by Quotarians for sharing a personal or professional announcement, a funny story, etc. At our business meeting on June 21 we will ask for suggestions for a new name for the Red Apple fund. Voting will take place via the “applause-o-meter.”


May/June Birthdays:

Maureen Martin – May 7                                  Sarah Glover – June 9

Diane Friar – May 12                                       Carol Karr – June 17

Eleanor Roberts – May 29



Lisa Braendle’s father-in-law recently passed away after a long illness; her brother is also very ill. Due to these pressing family maters, Lisa is not able to be as active as she would like. Please consider sending Lisa a card to let her know we are thinking about her during this difficult time.


District 20’s annual conference is this weekend, May 18-20, in Kalamazoo. Three Quotarians are attending (Kim Savoie, Emily Uebbing and Maureen Martin.) Yvonne Babe is incoming Lt. Governor and sent a message to our Club saying she is looking forward to working with us in the coming year.


Kim Savoie distributed an interesting article on team-oriented work styles.


Junior Quota/Cool Cats Picnic: We will host a picnic for members of our Junior Quota Club/Cool Cats on the deck of Centennial Country Club at our business meeting on Thursday, June 21. At this meeting we will give them gifts to help keep them occupied during the summer. We ask that volunteers who select a name limit the value of the gifts to $15 so it is fair for everyone. Emily distributed a sign up sheet.


It was announced that Quota will host a summer camp for the Cool Cats at Pat Cook’s home. The date will be confirmed soon but it will likely be either Saturday, August 4 or Saturday, August 11. Helpers will be sought as we draw nearer to the date of the event.


Quota International of Grand Rapids Blog: Pictures of our new leadership team are now posted on the blog. Kim will be using the blog more extensively to share news, publish minutes, etc. Every Quotarian is encouraged to check the blog on a regular basis. It was suggested the Quotarians consider setting a reminder in their calendars.


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services: DHHS is hosting a lunch and learn program on Friday, May 18 from noon-1:00 p.m. The subject of the lunch and learn will be how to communicate with a deaf person.


Barnes & Noble Book Fair: Emily Uebbing announced that Pam Howland has agreed to co-chair this fundraiser with her. The event will be moved to the store at Woodland Mall and a date will be announced soon. It will likely be on a Saturday in November.


Show Me The $$: Pam Howland and Martha Herman led the club in a few rousing games of bingo. Prizes were won by Rachael Owsinski, Pam Goble, Sarah Glover and Kim Savoie.


The 50/50 Raffle was then held. Robin Keith sold the most number of tickets (and was given a beautiful tiara.) Martha Herman sold the next highest number of tickets and earned a bling ring.


We raised a total of $1,600 in ticket sales. The winner of the raffle was Teresa Kaulback (Martha Herman’s niece) and she won $800.00. The Club made $800.00 on this fundraiser and our goal was $700. Peggy Bishop noted that the Club will need to send the winner a 1099 since the prize was valued at over $600.


Kim Savoie adjourned the meeting at 7:05 p.m.


Submitted by:


Robin L. Keith

Recording Secretary





Upcoming Events

Friday-Sunday, May 18-20     District 20 Conference in Kalamazoo

Thursday, June 7                       Board Meeting @ Stifel Nicolaus

Thursday, June 21                      Business Meeting @ Centennial Country Club

Junior Quota/Cool Cats Summer Send Off

Thursday, July 19                       Summer Gathering @ Joyce Snyder’s house

Thursday, August 2                    Board Meeting @ Stifel Nicolaus

Thursday, August 16                  Business Meeting—Who Wants To Be A Quillionaire?—Choosing our service projects and fundraisers for the coming fiscal year

Sunday, September 16               Quota Cares Walk @ Riverside Park


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District 20 Conference Report

Quota International District 20 Conference report

May 18, 19, and 20, 2012

Radisson Hotel, downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan


In attendance from the Grand Rapids club were Kim Savoie and Emily Uebbing, delegates, and Maureen Martin, alternate.   There were 44 in total attendance of which 16 were voting delegates.  Grand Rapids sold one Quota Event sign for $25 at the club sales area.  The check from the Flint Club was mailed to our treasurer.

Friday night was registration and the Kalamazoo club hosted us at a spa retreat.  We enjoyed facials, neck wraps, cooling eye pads, foot rub treatments, and lots of enjoyable refreshments and conversation with members from the other clubs around Michigan.

Saturday was a time of ceremony and welcome greetings.  Then we heard from Bill Hop of Hearing Loop Systems of Holland, Michigan.  I followed up with an email to the club representatives, attaching the article from on the Loop Systems which Robin Keith had forwarded to our members recently (and you can read by clicking here).

We had reports from the Credentials Committee, approved minutes from last year’s conference, heard the roll call of delegates and then the Nominating Committee presented the slate of district officers: Kathleen Holt from Flint will continue as Governor, Yvonne Babe from Iosco County was elected Lt. Governor, Ann Kraft from Flint will continue as Secretary/Treasurer, Lisa Kent from Traverse City, and Rebecca Roth from Port Huron were elected as directors.

We heard from Shiela Morris, our International representative.  Her presentation was “Go for the Gold”.

Next were the Standing Committee Reports.  The Audit Committee proposed that a mid-year audit of the District’s financial records be done so that any problems or questions might be identified and corrected before the end of the fiscal year.  The Budget was accepted with the words Revenue deleted from the total line, and removal of the line item for expenses for the host club of the district conference because the host club covers any expenses they have for fun night, and the conference itself is supposed to be as close to breakeven as possible, with any gains sent to the District as miscellaneous revenue.   That $700 line item that was listed as expense for the host club for conference was added to the line item for Governor’s travel since $1700 is more representative of the actual expenses; this leaving no change to the total expenses.

Lunch ended with the Past Governors collecting funds for Hand-In- Hand World Service.  The Collection raised $411.00 and the Governors decided to contribute that to the club in Iloilo, Philippines.

The conference adjourned for the day.  As is typical however, there was an important strategy session after the conference closed for the day.  The group reviewed the proposals to be voted on at the International Convention in July that would change the structure of Quota International.  More on that later in this report.

The Installation banquet was held Saturday evening.  District Awards were presented:  the Helen David award went to Traverse City; the Kathryn Homan award went to Kristi Hazard from Port Huron, the Vivian Ingraham award went to Kate Sawhill of Traverse City.  Lisa Kent accepted on her behalf. The Jane Peth award went to Marian Charters from Iosco County, the Betty Hollingsworth award went to Yvonne Babe from Iosco County.  The District Quotarian of the Year was awarded to Barb Rumbel from Flint.  The Entertainment for the evening was Bill Hoffman, Mental Magician who presented Fact, Fiction, and Fakery.  It was a fun time.  An honorarium will be presented in Bill’s name to the Quota International We Share Foundation.

An impromptu auction was held after the Banquet which raised $575.  (The proceeds of which were understood to be used to fund the coffee break at the International Convention in District 20’s name, per the budget approved earlier.)

On Sunday, we heard reviewed the clubs’ longevity: Flint, 68 years, Grand Rapids 67 years, Kalamazoo 67 years, Port Huron 60 years, Iosco county 58 years, and Traverse City 35 years.  Traverse City was awarded the Mileage Award.  Marilyn Doyle received the Intrepid Traveler Award.  The 50/50 raffle raised $175, half for the District and half for the winner whose name I did not note.

We had some final business to conduct.  A proposal was made that the District add $425 to the auction proceeds to donate $1,000 to the Wanda Frey Joiner fund in District 20’s name so that it carries on even after the expected change in Quota International’s structure that will not include districts.  After the second, there was much discussion.  The budget which was approved the day before had $500 revenue listed to fund the International Convention coffee break along with a matching expense for the same.  It was understood that the revenue would come from the auction held at the Installation Banquet.   During the discussion, it was discovered that the $500 listed on the budget as an expense was actually meant to come from the general fund balance which included money that was raised at last year’s district conference for the coffee break.  So that revenue item was removed from the budget and revenue reduced to $7549.00 with the total ending balance being $2,989.  It was voted that the district would send $1,000 to Quota International for the Wanda Frey Joiner fund in the District’s name.

We received an invitation from Traverse City for the District Conference which they are hosting in 2013. (We have a video/link that we will be sharing, for now, pack your bags for the cruise of a lifetime!)

I received details on a Trivia Night fundraiser that was successfully used by the Flint and Kalamazoo clubs.  I will pass this along to the Fin/Fun Committee.

Regarding the Bylaws proposals to be voted on at the International Convention in July, there are 3 proposals to consider.  This information is assuming that no change to the proposals have been suggested at other District Conferences and then forwarded to International, as we are doing after our Conference.

Proposal 1 will create Regions and eliminate the Districts and Areas.  Our District members agreed that we did not feel a likeness or cultural kinship with the other District clubs with which we are currently grouped.  We can, and voted that we will, petition International to allow us to move to Region 2 which is made up solely of clubs from Ohio.  The Ohio District has been asked their feelings on this request and they welcome us to join their Region.  Also, according to the International representative at our Conference, there is no reason to assume that International will not grant this request.

Proposal 2 changes the club establishment requirement to 7 members.  It also establishes a Member-At-Large category to anyone interested.

Proposal 3 restructures the International Board of Directors.  It currently reads that it will be a 5 members Board consisting of a President, President Elect/Treasurer, and 3 Vice Presidents.  District 20 is forwarding advance notice to amend the proposal to read: The elected officers of Quota International shall be President, President Elect, and 3 Vice Presidents.  The Vice Presidents shall be made up of one representative each from North America, The South Pacific, and all other areas of the clubs of Quota International.  One of the Vice Presidents will be appointed by the Quota International President to oversee the financial activities of Quota International.

We believe this amendment will open up the President position to a persona who is not necessarily interested in the treasurer position and skill set.  It will also allow for diverse representation on the Board from the entire world represented by Quota International


Kim Savoie, President

Quota International of Grand Rapids


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Loop Hearing Technology article

Click on the link below to read an interesting article that Robin shared.


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President’s Message June 2012

As I left GR for the 66th Conference of District 20 of Quota International, I felt sad at the possibility of a change in the structure of Quota International (to be voted on at the International Convention in July). Now fresh from that Conference, I’m excited about the future possibilities, and am anticipating the stimulating exchange I expect at the International Convention.

I read an article recently in Financial Advisor Magazine about the changes that are being made in my industry—the financial advisory world. I thought, “How like Quota this is.” And so, I’m adapting excerpts from that article for my own purposes. The article was written by Lewis J. Walker.

Woody Allen quipped, “Ninety percent of life is just showing up.” As a glib line from a comedic filmmaker, his observation is not a prescription for life or societal advancement. Nevertheless, “showing up” is a great start because in any group, only a few do so. You cannot contribute if you forfeit. Of those who do show up, a smaller number go on to make a difference. It’s a basic truth: You get out of something what you put into it. You have to show up and get involved.

Consider the development of Quota International. Those pioneers in 1919 were women determined to make a difference. They were willing to show up, arrange and pay for their own meetings, contribute to the conversation, take on responsibilities, complete assignments, generate awareness, lead and expand the vision. All of the major change propelled by Quota has been by dynamic collaboration—one person’s ideas stacked upon the thoughts of others, which through trial and testing, morphed into a new way.

If you don’t get involved in your local club, and then let the opportunity of involvement at the District level pass, forego the Area activities, and then skip the education of global travel to International Conventions, you are missing a great gift—the gift of presence. You are forfeiting the richness of possibilities that stem from engagement in the theater of future-focused thinking. “Aha” moments often come from unlikely sources, at unexpected times. Breakthrough ideas and dear friendships come by showing up and interacting. The fabric of life comes from whole cloth woven from loving, willing and enthusiastic involvement and servant leadership.

This link will help you to learn more about the proposed structure change to Quota International and engage in this future-focused thinking.

One of the gratifying opportunities we had at the District Conference was to contribute to a collection by our former District Governors. We raised $411 and the Governors decided to contribute that to the club in Iloilo, Philippines. Click here to see the great things going on in Iloilo.

I hope you choose the gift of presence!

Kim Savoie

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Cool Cats Ceremony

Join parents, teachers and students for a “Moving On Ceremony” for the Cool Cats on Thursday, June 7th at 7pm at Shawnee Park gym. Special recognitions, speeches and refreshments will all be part of the evening.  Quota members are specially invited to attend.  Please RSVP to Cindy (Cool Cats teacher) or Emily asap.

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