April 17th Quota of Grand Rapids Installation Banquet

April brings our annual Installation Banquet. Along with installing our new 2014-2015 officers, Deb will present a short message on deaf education from 1817 to the present.

Our Installation does require RSVP, please check your inbox for your invitation.

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March 20th Quota of Grand Rapids Meeting

Join us for our annual election of officers. Our Program Committee will also lead us in our service project (for Quota Cares Month). Our focus will be on the local non-profit organization, Kids Food Basket.

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Here’s what you missed

Barbara ready for bee keeping

Five of the honey samples that Clay brought to share.


At our January membership meeting/event, Clay (Barbara’s husband) shared with us his passion/hobby of bee-keeping. His presentation was full of interesting facts about the honey bee. (They do a figure 8 dance that communicates to the other bees where flowers can be found outside of the hive.) Barbara donned the suit. They also brought samples of different flavors of honey which we were all able to taste. They were delicious and sweet. It’s amazing that honey can have different components. One thing to remember when purchasing your honey; always buy local.

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February 20th Quota of Grand Rapids meeting

Join us as we decorate and stuff bags full of goodies for Sisters in Support. Last year, we heard from the director and packed up goodies bags (click here, if you missed it). Here is a list of suggestions for things you can bring (use your imagination!):

  • Personal toiletries (no shampoo/hair products, please)
  • Female hygiene products
  • Body soap
  • Body lotion
  • Bath salts*
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Kleenex (fancy travel packs)
  • Emory boards
  • Needle & thread
  • Paperback books
  • Dollar store items
  • Pens and pads of paper
  • Chocolates/candies
  • Warm fuzzy slipper socks
  • Hair accessories (pins, clips, etc.)
*Elaine’s recipe for bath salts:
   1/2 cup Listerine
   1/2 cup vinegar
   5 cups water
Mix in tub full of warm water. Soak your tootsies for 15-20 minutes. Ahh, now doesn’t that feel better?

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January 2014 President’s Message

January 2014

Take a look at these statistics on New Year’s Resolutions:

Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2012
1.Lose Weight
2.Getting Organized
3.Spend Less, Save More
4.Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5.Staying Fit and Healthy
6.Learn Something Exciting
7.Quit Smoking
8.Help Others in Their Dreams
9.Fall in Love
10.Spend More Time with Family

Length of Resolutions Data
Resolution maintained through first week 75%
Past two weeks 71%
Past one month 64%
Past six months 46%

People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who do not explicitly make resolutions

Source: University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology
Published: 12.13.2012

Successful or not, this tells me that people have good hearts and want to improve their situation and others’ as well. And the fact of the matter is that we don’t have to wait until the beginning of each new year to focus on that goal; every morning presents an opportunity to begin anew!

ps: check out our club in the news!

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