June’s send-off summer picnic with the JQ

We had a lovely evening with several guests, two JQ’s and two unofficial JQ’s. Our JQ’s were Martel, Christopher, Carlos and Marvin. We ate a delicious bbq buffet (your choice of pulled pork or chicken on a bun), coleslaw, mixed green salad, chips and cookies. We introduced our guests; Cindy (former Cool Cat teacher), Laura (also a teacher), Alyson (mother of Christopher -a JQ), Colleen (Gwen’s neighbor) and Coleen’s puppy, Fanny (who is training to be a Paws dog for a hearing impaired person)! We also played “Minute to Win It” games led by Martha (click on it for more explanation). Pat did a wonderful job, as usual, capturing the evening. Enjoy the photos!

Marvin and Christopher compete against each other to throw ping pong balls into a bucket on Quotarian Cathy and Quotarian Lisa’s head.

 Carlos and Emily compete against each other to hit a ping pong ball into a bowl using a clipboard.

Quotarian Maureen and guest Laura pick up penne with pieces of spaghetti.

Laura wins!

All the boys try winking a cookie from their forehead to their mouth.

Carlos gives it a try…

… and he’s the first one to succeed! He made it look easy.

It took Christopher a few tries, but eventually he winked a cookie into his mouth.

The night was perfect. All who participated won a semi-melted candy bar (and from what I’m told it was still tasty, I shared mine with hubby). We gave each of the four boys a summer gift to help keep them occupied over their break; a model car kit. They were very appreciative and were eager to put them together.

Don’t forget our meeting in July! Click here for more details.

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2013 August Member meeting

Join us for our regular Member meeting. Check back for more details. You never know what’s going to happen…

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July 2013 Member meeting

It’s high time we had high tea.

Join us for our regular member meeting at Sunnybrook Country Club. Social time begins at 5:30pm, Dinner and meeting begin at 6:00pm

Wear a hat, prizes for most creative will be awarded!

Need a few ideas???

What will you come up with? Who will have the most outrageous hat?

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2013 Camp Q

Join us for Junior Quota Club:

Camp Q

When: August 17, 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

Where: Pat Cook’s house, 9531 Conservation Drive, Ada

What: Swimming, lunch, outdoor activities and FUN!

Please wear your bathing suit under your clothes. Bring a towel. You will also need to bring the permission slip to swim.

You may want to bring bug spray!

If you need a ride, please contact Emily or Pat.

We need to know by August 13th if you are planning on attending.

Please contact:

Emily at 855-6247 or


Pat at 676-2062 or


This is our 4th camp experience day and we always have a lot of fun! We hope you can come and enjoy the outdoors, the pool, lunch, and lots of activities

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2013 50/50 raffle winner

And the winner is…

Brianne McGrath (Kim’s assistant)! She won $1,095! I know all of you were waiting to see if your name had been drawn. Congratulations to Brianne!

Thank you to our Quotarians for selling those tickets and raising a grand amount of money for our service projects! Kath S. came in third place, selling 34 tickets, Robin came in second place, selling 81 tickets, and Martha came in first place, selling a whopping 121 tickets!!! Way to go top sellers! Next year, look out. You have competition on your hands. Who will it be?

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June 2013 President’s Message

June is Commencement Month. I thought I’d pass on some of the wisdom that was shared with this year’s graduates. Sometimes in life, a reminder of an earlier lesson is refreshing and just what is needed to give you perspective.

Charlene Li–Founder Partner at Altimeter Group—(Altimeter Group provides research and advisory for companies challenged by business disruptions, enabling them to pursue new opportunities and business models.)

Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to consider the unexpected. Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to entertain the improbable opportunity that comes looking for you. And never be so faithful to your plan that when you hit a bump in the road – or when the bumps hit you – you don’t have the fortitude, grace, and resiliency to rethink and regroup.

But for everyone, plans or no plans, keep a little space in your heart for the improbable. You won’t regret it.

Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System At Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, Massachusetts

The history of technological innovation and economic development teaches us that change is the only constant. During your working lives, you will have to reinvent yourselves many times. Success and satisfaction will not come from mastering a fixed body of knowledge but from constant adaptation and creativity in a rapidly changing world. Engaging with and applying new technologies will be a crucial part of that adaptation. Your work here at Simon’s Rock, and the intellectual skills, creativity, and imagination that that work has fostered, are the best possible preparation for these challenges. And while I have emphasized technological and scientific advances today, it is important to remember that the arts and humanities facilitate new and creative thinking as well, while helping us to draw meaning that goes beyond the purely material aspects of our lives.


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