Quotarians out and about in Grand Rapids

Saturday evening was a busy one for Quota members. There were a couple of community events going on around town.

At DeVos Place the Feelin’ Grand event for Metro Health Hospital Foundation was in full swing. Quota member, Carol Karr, who is also the Chair of the Metro Health Hospital Foundation, welcomed the thousands of guests who were in attendance including yours truly, Emily and her husband Bill.


(Carol Karr as seen on the screen)

(Bill and Emily checking our Art Prize before the event)

Over at the Crowne Plaza, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services was holding their own event, the Masquerade Ball. Quota received an award for The Organization of the Year.

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Quota GR holds 4th Annual Walk

The weather was perfect for humans if a bit dry for ducks, so on Sunday September 16, Quota Intl. of GR held our 4th annual Quota Cares Walk and our first annual Quota Cares Duck Walk.

Attendance was high–more than 40 people–and a good time was had by all.  We were led into the walk by our own Quota Duck and the trail was marked by his orange duck prints.
There were sweets and bananas plus plenty of cold water and juice for the thirsty walkers. GVSU Delta Zeta girls set up a water stand along the route.
Four of our Junior Quota members walked to raise $185 and were rewarded with prizes and many smiles.Gertrude the chicken entertained and our own Pam Howland’s mother Cloe won the contest for the best quacker, a well-deserved honor as she had tough competition.We all look forward to next year’s Duck Walk.  Thanks to all who participated, including two different families with multiple generations who came out to walk!

 Precious and pure.
This appears to be a staring contest between Kathy and a squirrel. “Hey! You’re not a duck!”
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President’s Message September 2012

The Wisdom of Flying Geese


When you see geese heading south in the fall, they fly along in “V” formation.   You might be interested in knowing what scientists have discovered about why they fly that way.


#1–It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following.  By flying in “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

#2–When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
#3–The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
#4–Finally, when a goose is sick or wounded and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and then they launch out to catch up with their group or fly with another formation.
Basic Truth #1–People who share a common direction can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

Basic Truth #2–It pays to take turns doing hard jobs, true with geese or with people!

Basic Truth #3–When we’re not in the lead, it’s important to honk our support from behind.

Basic Truth #4–If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other, protect one another, and sometimes make new friends who are going in our direction.

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Rules to Live By…

A few of us created these “rules” to share with our JQ and Members as we work together.

  1. Take a buddy with you! (Boys with boys, girls with girls.) No Quota member should ever find themselves alone with one of our JQ members and vice versa. No JQ should ever go anywhere during a Quota activity without taking a buddy and letting a Quota member know.
  2. Ask before you hug/touch someone. Not everyone is a “touchy/feely” person so respect them by asking first and if they say no, understand that it is their prerogative (and nothing against you).
  3. Try it first. Whether it’s a taste of something you have never tried before, or an activity, give it a try (a “no-thank you” bite) first.
  4. Have fun.
  5. Respect each other.
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Hearing loss in the world of sound…

Please click this link to read an interesting article written by David Myers.

Then click this link to watch a video of a woman and her reaction to hearing for the first time.

Thanks to Barbara for sharing these two stories!

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