2012 Holiday Lunch with DHHS

Join us for our annual luncheon with our friends at DHHS.

If you would like to purchase a gift (or two, just keep it to $30), please contact Kathy Freeman for the sign-up list. There are fewer clients this year but the need is still there. You can make arrangements with Kathy to deliver your gift if you cannot attend the luncheon. Or you may bring it to the Quota Holiday party on Dec. 6th. If you plan on attending the luncheon, please rsvp to Kathy.

This luncheon is all about the Joys of true giving. We hope you will join us this holiday season.

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What color are you?

We had an exercise at the September meeting where we had sheets of paper (color-coded) that described one of four colors. As you read through each color you had to decide which one fit you best. In case you forgot or weren’t there, here it is again.

When you find yourself with a person who seems to be competitive, risk-taking and impulsive, you may well be talking to someone whose primary color is RED. REDs are spontaneous, love to get attention, may dress boldly or daringly and will be action-oriented. It’s hard for them to sit still very long and it will help to get to the point quickly.

You may want to acknowledge and appreciate the fact that they are willing to spend the time with you and listen to what you are presenting. Emphasize the action in what you are proposing. Go directly to the summation and then go back and fill in whatever details may be absolutely necessary. Going on and on about something will cause the RED to leave – either physically or mentally.

Humor, clever expressions, even puns will be good communicating tools.

Talk about immediate benefits. Make the outcome of a decision clear and vibrant. You will keep the RED’s attention by talking about adventures, new ideas, exciting stories, sports and creative approaches.

Your first impression may be that RED is rather bored or nonchalant. As your conversation begins they may not participate much, but as they see value in what you’re saying you’ll sense a very authentic enthusiasm and interest. And if there is a sense of urgency, the interest will be further heightened.

RED’s seek action, immediate results and participation. They tend to be implosive, competitive and enjoy physical activity. They welcome the opportunity to be “on stage”.

If you want to sell an idea to a RED, make it entertaining, playful, experimental and FUN. Talk about the immediate benefits.


When you’re with someone whose dominant color is YELLOW you will get an impression of the industriousness, respect for the work ethic and a serious concern for rules, policies and traditions. The YELLOW will usually be quite conservative, eager to maintain the status quo. YELLOWs are proud to be reliable, responsible and helpful.

To establish a good communication link it will help to be a part of an establishment or an organizational structure. Be very clear and direct. Use precise terminology and businesslike approach. The YELLOW wants to be sure that what you are saying is right, proper, and according to the rules.

Discuss past successes, how your idea has been validated over the years. Relate your proposal to the bottom line.

References and referrals will be impressive to the YELLOW personality, with all the appropriate formalities. Be sure you have organized your thoughts and present them in orderly fashion. And, by all means, keep the appointment you’ve made and be on time.

YELLOWs will want to think things though to be sure they are doing the right thing. Is it honest? Will it provide status and respect? Does it support our policies and mission? Is the idea financially sound and feasible on the basis of established procedure?

Avoid abstractions and generalities until the solid foundation has been presented. Rules and guidelines help. And be sure to reaffirm the wisdom of YELLOW’s decision once it’s been made.


When you encounter someone who is filled with questions, wants to know more about almost everything, chances are you’re with a GREEN personality. The GREEN will have a seemingly insatiable curiosity.

They may seem cool or aloof, emotionally arms-length. But if you will move from the heart to the brain you’ll find a stimulating conversationalist. The GREEN may be skeptical. “Why?” is the important question. Spends a lot of time reading, mostly technical information (or Science Fiction). This person will be focused on the future, on the possibilities, on the vision. Quite content to be on their own, do things their own way and proceed independently toward the solving of a problem.

Talk about theories, models, paradigms and you’ll keep the GREEN’s attention. Suggest the possibility of a learning experience, an advance in knowledge or wisdom. Above all, be logical and factual. Be ready to validate and prove your assertions. The “global” implications will be important to a GREEN personality. If possible, show how you can help the person further develop knowledge and understanding.

Never mind the “small talk” or idle conversation. Discuss concepts, abstractions, new ideas and plans that will impact the future. Offer a logical solution to clear problems and puzzles. Challenge the GREEN to help find the solution. Be creative, innovative, not outlandish. Things need to make sense.

You may find yourself in a debate – friendly, but be ready to defend your position. The GREEN personality will have questions and must respect you before trusting your answers. Convey the “driving force” or theory which underlies your ideas and proposal. This thinking person will want to consider, interpret, and probe. That’s the fun in life.

You’ll establish rapport by appreciating the GREEN’s competence. Show how your idea meshes with their vision. Show a model or discuss the philosophical appeal.

Remember – GREENs want to be sure that anything they do makes sense!


BLUEs are very flexible, adaptable – almost chameleon-like in their ability to adjust to a group or a situation. That makes them a little more difficult to identify.

Friendship and acceptance is very important to the BLUE personality. They are not inclined to compete, but are very good at encouraging others to do so. Empathy comes easily, and whether you have a success or a tragedy, the BLUE will share your emotions sympathetically.

Here is a person who wants to make the world a better place, may be involved in causes, and easily and enthusiastically verbalizes convictions.

An interactive, “Let’s Win” climate is a natural for the BLUE. Working things out, resolving conflicts, and finding a way we can cooperate are second nature. Warmth, caring, nurturing, and openness will establish a rapport with this person.

The BLUE is authentic and unique – whatever you do that acknowledges those attributes will create a bond. Eye contact is important. Keep an open body posture. Physical touch will usually be accepted and reciprocated as a signal of a valued relationship.

BLUEs tend to be good with words and may dramatize their ideas and opinions. There’s no reluctance to talk about personal issues or relationships and the conversation may well get rather emotional.

It will be important for your ideas to be people-related and that they will make a difference. If that is clear, you will have a good listener who responds to your appreciation with appreciation.

There may be laughter, anger, or even tears. If your ideas will help people, bring out their best, and develop cooperation, teamwork, and self-esteem, the BLUE will hang on your every word. Conflicts or rejection will turn off the switches. Maintain a positive, warm, open atmosphere that encourages a rich exchange of opinions and ideas.


Great. That was a lot of information. What am I supposed to do with that?

It helps to talk about this in a group setting. We sat down in groups according to our color. Each color has strengths that they can bring to the group at large. Each color also has expectations and will be comfortable doing a specific task. For instance, yellows may prefer behind-the-scene tasks while reds want the spotlight. It is not only important for you to know which color you are, but to know the other colors and know that to be successful we need to understand and embrace each other’s differences.

We hope that you will use this as a tool in a committee, for a fund raiser, at an event and in the group as a whole. We are all unique and we all bring something to Quota that is valuable.


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A little “taste”

Pun intended. Read a little nibble on one of our Book Fair events.

Forks Over Knives Cookbook

The official cookbook from the award winning film—Forks Over Knives

Meet the author—Chef Del Sroufe

Date:                  Saturday November 10

Where:         Barnes & Noble bookstore at Woodland Mall

Grand Rapids, MI

Time:         3:00PM— Cooking demo and book signing

Chef Del has been a celebrity chef in the Central Ohio area for many years. He has operated his own vegan bakery and cooked for some of Columbus’ most prominent families.  He is co-owner of the Wellness Forum Foods.

Recently, Del has created an extensive book of recipes that appeal to a wide variety of tastes and the recipes are simple to make. Del is the best at creating dishes that are not only plant-based but low-fat and oil-free and tasty!  Most of the recipes are compliant with Dr. McDougall’s program, Dr. Esselstyn’s program, and other plant-based gurus who are achieving incredible results.  You will also hear about Chef Del’s incredible weight loss and his journey to great health.

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Making it easy

Our Membership Committee has encouraged us to bring a guest to every meeting. They have even sung a well-known song involving candlesticks (think Disney).

“Okay”, you think. “That sounds easy but sometimes I feel awkward and uncomfortable. I’ll just let someone else invite a guest.”

Don’t give up! It really is easier than you think. Let’s look at a few key points that will make it easier for you.

First, inviting a friend is a lot easier than inviting a stranger. Do your friends know you belong to Quota? Do your friends know about our Quota events? You share many things with your friends, be sure to share Quota! They’re more likely to come if they know someone (you) and if they know how much fun they’ll have.

Second, listen. What do they want? Ask them what they’re looking for. Think about all the ways Quota can fulfill their needs. Looking for fun? We have fun. (Have you seen the giant Q-tip?) Looking to help others? We help in many different ways throughout the community (JQ, Delta Zeta’s, DHHS, Shawnee, the list goes on). Looking for networking? We have an extensive network through our members and the people they know.

The most important part about listening isn’t sharing all of those key points about Quota; it’s about listening. Be sure you know what your friend is looking for. Knowing your own story and how you came to Quota is also important. Think back to when you first came to a meeting. Somebody listened to you and that made you feel welcome. You came back and now you want to be sure to share the opportunity with someone else. The best way to share is to listen.

Once you’ve done that, invite them. Invite them to join our Barnes & Noble Book fair. We need more volunteers. Invite them to our November meeting. We’re going to have an Interior Designer guide us through holiday decorating.

You don’t know they won’t come until you invite them. Somebody took the time to invite you and the Membership Committee encourages you to take the time to invite someone you know to join us.

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DHHS presents an award to Quota GR

Katie Prins, Executive Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services DHHS (right), presents Quota International of Grand Rapids President, Kim Savoie (left), with the DHHS Organization of the Year Award!!!

Thank you DHHS for your continued support!

Quotarians: be sure to congratulate each other and then share the news!

There are ways to continue your support, through our fundraisers and service projects. The next fundraiser is our Barnes & Noble  Book Fair. Be sure to share the information with everyone you know! Let’s continue supporting these organizations and individuals in our community!

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Book Fair with Barnes & Noble

Quota of GR it’s time to spread the word about our Book Fair at Barnes & Noble!!!

There are a couple of different ways to share information about our Book Fair.

  • click here to print vouchers (print as many as you want)
  • click here to print a flyer with vouchers
  • click here for a flyer that you can print and hang in your office, church, grocery store, hair salon, bank and wherever else you can think of!

We will have printed copies available at our October 18th meeting. In the meantime start sharing these vouchers with EVERYONE you know!

Hand these out to friends, family and neighbors so that as they begin their holiday shopping at B&N they can help us raise money! Shop at ANY store on November 10th, use a voucher at the checkout, and a percent of the sale goes toward our fundraiser (please note: these are not coupons and stores appreciate the customer using a voucher, not just our #).

Shop online between November 10th-15th and use our book fair #10895399 at the checkout and we receive a percent of the sale!

Our book fair number is printed on all of the flyers/vouchers above. Please urge everyone to use a voucher.

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Quota B&N Book Fair

Join us for our book fair fundraiser! Print off vouchers to share with friends and family. Get your holiday shopping started early!

Can’t join us on the 10th? Shop online between November 10th-15th. Use our book fair id #10895399 at the checkout. A percent of all purchases goes to our fundraiser. We will use this money to help deaf & hard of hearing individuals.

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President’s Message October 2012

Chapel Rock—is located in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior in Munising, Michigan.  Trails to the beach overlook Chapel Lake with views of the beautiful Chapel Falls on the west side.

The Chapel area was named by early European explorers and is found on early maps as La Chappelle. Chapel Rock is a remnant of Cambrian age sandstone. The archway between the rock and the mainland collapsed in the 1940’s. It and the remaining arch were carved by Lake Nipissing high waters some 3800 years ago.

Take a look at the tree on Chapel Rock.  It has survived on that rock, since the 1940’s, only by the root you see on the right that connects it to the mainland.   It is only one but imagine how strong this connection is!

I’ve been thinking about connections lately because our company, in our highly regulated industry, now allows us to have a LinkedIn profile and to make connections for business purposes.

It’s interesting to see how people are using this to expand their business network and reach out to those with which they can derive a service or provide a service.  Some have the strategy to “connect” with as many people as possible; it’s all about the number.    It makes me wonder how strong those connections are.  Will they live up to years of the changing business cycle?  Will it last through life’s challenges?  Can they sustain you during the down-times?  Are you able to share a common experience with these connections?  Will these connections help put a smile on your face and lighten your load?  Will you be able to make a difference because of your connections?

We sometimes take our connections for granted, just as we walk out in our yards or the park, and don’t even think about the tree roots underground.  However, when things change, and they always do, (just ask the tree on Chapel Rock), are our connections enough to keep us standing for years to come?   I know my connections with Quotarians can.


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