2013-14 Annual Reports

Click each of the following Committee names to read through their annual report. If you have any questions, please contact the committee chair.

Communications Committee

Finance/Fundraising Committee

Membership Committee

Program Committee

Service Committee

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District 20 Conference

Join us at our last District 20 Conference in Port Huron. Here’s the invitation (and newsletter in case you missed it).

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Spring In Grand Rapids

We welcomed the first day of spring with a meeting at Sunnybrook. We were happy to see Nicki who brought a guest, our interpreter, and sixteen Quota members in attendance. We sent good wishes to our healing Quotarians Kim and Kath. We enjoyed dinner, which was breakfast!

We celebrated Diana and Peggy’s birthdays by singing to them. Peggy shared a delicious cake that her husband Joe bought for her (even though he’s the cook in the family, he knows her fondness for Arnie’s cakes).

Before we decorated dinner bags for Kids Food Basket, as our Quota Cares project, we held our annual election of officers.

We unanimously elected our new officers and directors for the upcoming 2014/15 fiscal year. Congratulations and thank you to the following Quotarians who have agreed to serve in leadership positions. Even though we are a relatively small group in terms of members, these Quotarians spend a significant amount of time taking care of business for our Club.

President – Martha Herman

President Elect – Pam Howland

Secretary – Cathy Kaiser

Treasurer – Maureen Martin

Director (2 yr. term)  – Sarah Glover

Director (2 yr. term) – Kathy Freeman

Director (1 yr. term) – Sandi Aten

Director (1 yr. term) – Robin Keith

The officers and directors will be installed at our annual Installation Banquet to be held on Thursday evening, April 17 at Sunnybrook Country Club. The Gavel Club will be sending an invitation to you to attend this very special evening. We will also have the chance to say thank you to those outgoing officers including our fearless leader, Kim. Please make every effort to attend the Installation Banquet and show your support for these Quotarians.

 Also at the Installation Banquet, we will announce the 2014 Quotarian of the Year! We need your nominations. Please complete and email this form to Martha, Pat, or Peggy by March 31. (Or just send an email including why you think your nominee deserves to be selected.)

Then we picked our favorite fundraisers and service projects we hope to work on in in 2014-2015. We used to choose these via “Quillionaire”, but Pam used her creative juices and came up with “Quota is Blossoming”. There were lovely green bookmarks with stems drawn on each one. As each Quotarian chose which activity she would like to help coordinate and participate, she placed a flower sticker on her green stemmed bookmark.

Pick your favorite Fundraisers and Service projects.

The Quotarian with the most stickers won a prize. The prize was an organizer (which will come in handy since she just signed up for all those activities). The winner, with five stickers, was Pat!

Pat picked the most!

Then we got to decorating the bags for Kids Food Basket. We decorated around fifty, 8 lb. bags (extra large). The kids who receive sack suppers often keep these bags. They decorate their rooms with them, simply because these bags were given to the student and is now something the student owns. Over six thousand sack suppers are delivered every day in West Michigan.

You don’t have to be creative to decorate a bag. We used stickers, stencils and had fun coloring.

What I love about this picture is the window behind Barbara, it’s still light outside! Happy Spring!

-Robin & Emily

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Catching up *Update*

Check out an update at the bottom of this post!

Last week, the weather was terrible.

Wait. Last week, or all winter long?

All winter, but last week for our Quota meeting the weather was particularly bad. There were accidents on the roads, rain was freezing, and there were some pretty big puddles out there.

We still had our meeting. We stuffed bags for Sisters in Support. We stuffed thirty-three bags! We had so many donations, the bags were filled to the brim with toiletries, chocolates and even books!

Stuffing bags

We had a great time decorating the bags.

We also got to enjoy some delicious chocolates.

I also want to point out that five Quotarians have commented on the last few blog posts! This makes me very happy to see interaction. Please keep it up. We try to keep up with what’s going on in the club. If you have something to share, email me (Emily). If you miss a meeting or an event, come here to see what happened. Thank you for your support and thank you to all of those who helped us last Thursday give something to women who have very little. We make a difference!


Stephanie, from Sisters in Support, came to pick up the Valentine gift bags (Feb. 28th) we put together for them. She was so excited.  She thought they were lovely.  What a special treat, too!  The women don’t often get something special just for them.

Also, she wanted us to know that they have been chosen as a charity to benefit from the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon.  She was excited to spread the word.  Check it out here.
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March 2014 President’s Message

I have heard one question much more than any other lately: Are we really going to do this, even with the weather like it is?
Just so you know, we will call off a Quota meeting only if the facility we use is closed due to the weather or a power outage. If they do close, we will send out an email to announce that. In addition, we will call all the members to let them know. This is for people (like me) who don’t have instant access to their emails.
Of course, we want our members to use their own judgment and only come to a meeting if they feel comfortable driving.

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