The Last District 20 Conference

*Note from the editor Have no fear fellow Quotarians! In case you have been living under a rock, or you’ve simply been out-of-touch with news; we are changing from Districts to Regions. District 20 will now be known as Region 4. Our Regional Director, Yvonne, is helping us leap “4-ward” into this change.

President Martha writes:

News & Views from the Port Huron Conference, 5/16/14 – 5/18/14

Here are the highlights of our great adventure to the last District 20 Conference!

Friday:  After checking in to our rooms and at the conference desk, we dropped the suitcases off, put on our kitchen aprons, if we didn’t forget them (that would be Maureen and I), and headed to the rooms where we enjoyed yummy snacks, wine, soups, salads, and more wine.  Kath S. and Cathy K. were donned in a flowered apron, and a Q stamped half apron, respectively.  Very cute.  HOWEVER, the stars of the event were Kim and Rachael, who plumped and primped outstanding versions of HOT babes in outrageously exquisite aprons complete with hats, plumes and strategically placed cupcakes on their full aprons.  No scrimping here…Kim won first place and Rachael won second place with loud cheers and hoots.  Congrats, ladies!!

Saturday: We enjoyed breakfast at the nearby Country Club and started with meetings, reports, and introductions of several of the members who have positions in their respective clubs.

Some stats that I saw were significant are:

Members attending: Flint, 10; GR, 6; Iosco County, 5; Kalamazoo, 5; Port Huron, 14; Traverse City, 5.

Members in each club are as follows:  Flint, 31; Port Huron, 31; GR, 27; Traverse City, 13; Iosco Cty, 48 and Kalamazoo, 12.  Collectively, the 6 clubs and 162 members raised $57,000 for the populations we serve along with special projects over the last year. Yahoo!  We do make a BIG difference!

An entertaining, yet powerful presentation was given by a Port Huron organization that changes the lives of young people named Save Our Neighborhoods and Streets.  As a non-profit outreach program, the director and his staff have successfully supported youth to obtain leadership skills, soft skills and manners, and encouraged them to stay in school.  He challenges them to become respectful citizens and educated individuals.  Quota has participated in their outreach and supports them when possible.

After lunch, we were divided into ‘food’ groups to discuss topics such as membership development, fundraising ideas, retention, and more.

The results of that session will be available for all of us, shortly, if Lisa Kent can read our notes!  There were interesting perspectives from all conference attendees.

Tess Tompos, International Representative, gave us an update on some of the changes that will occur as we begin our mission with Region 4.

I won’t go into all the structural changes, like reducing the QI Board from 8 to 5, reducing other staff positions, but I will applaud that QI will now host all of our websites for FREE; only one delegate needs to go to the conferences and conventions so we can save money at the Club level, grant writing for larger sums of money to work with, and others.  If you would like to review the Region 4 Bylaws and Rules of Procedure, I will be happy to share them with you.


Besides the significant awards given for the best dressed apron, the following awards were given to our Club

The Helen David Service Award for our partnership with Northview Public Schools for the support given by us in the production of the ‘Miracle Worker’.

Significant years of service awards were given to:

Sarah Glover – 15 years

Anna Moore Butzner – 20 years

Kathleen Slagal – 25 years

Gwen Powers – 25 years

Robin Keith – 25 years

Diane Friar – 30 years

Peggy Bishop – 30 years

Maureen Martin – 30 years

Cathleen Kaiser – 30 years

Eleanor Roberts – 50 years

Virginia Ebers – 50 years


Saturday evening’s entertainment was a young man, named Jason, who wowed the crowd with his hypnotic antics!

It was really funny and I’m so glad I wasn’t up there trying to remember my name, forgetting the number 6, or saddened by my cat.  Rachael can tell you more!

District 20 is no longer (water under the bridge so to speak) and we are now Region 4, stronger, smarter, and ready to MOVE (or leap) FORWARD!

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2014 Quotarian of the Year

As presented at the April 2014 Installation Banquet:

It is my sincere pleasure to recognize and applaud Quota Club of Grand Rapids’ Quotarian of the Year.

She has been a very active member of our club for several years and continues to attack each task given to her with gusto, perseverance and attention to detail.  She is conscientious, dedicated and considerate of our members, their guests and all who have had contact with her in her Quota life as well as her personal life.

Undoubtedly, she goes above and beyond to ensure that her duties as former Treasurer, Secretary, committee member of Program, Service and Finance are consistent, well prepared and managed in a thoughtful, creative and hospitable manner.

Her countless contributions have impacted several people in our club as well as the community of people with whom we serve.  She can always be counted on to do a terrific job and is one of the members who rarely misses a meeting.  Her behind-the-scenes work illuminates her kindness, her passion and her caring attitude.

She has shared what Quota means to her with us, and now we would like to honor her with this award after so many years of giving.

We recognize our Outstanding Member for 2014….

 Sarah Glover!

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June 19th Quota of Grand Rapids meeting

Join us for a fun night of Bunco and we’ll draw the winner of the 50/50 raffle. Want a ticket? Contact us for your chance to win. Last year we gave away just under $2,000. All it takes is one winning (lucky) ticket!

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May 2014 President’s Message

Before I post the President’s Message, I want to take a minute to congratulate Martha on her new appointment! I also want to say thank you to Kim for sharing two years worth of thoughts here on our blog. As Martha takes over please continue to check back at the beginning of each month for her message. Stop by more often for other news and information. For instance, check back after this weekend to see the special post about our 2014 Quotarian of the Year. -Emily

Without further ado, here’s the first message from Madame President:

My theme, Moving Forward, reflects some changes in the focus of Quota International. I will continuously communicate with you and expect that you will communicate with me.

Here are some of the highlights of what to expect from me as we grow and develop our Club:

  1. Challenge – learn how to improve and expand our Club
  2. Discover – learn how can we encourage others to join, volunteer, donate
  3. Innovate – learn how to think outside the box, and get measureable results
  4. Prioritize – our goals and reduce the obstacles
  5. Collaborate – with other agencies and build lasting relationships
  6. Synergize – the community w/ Quota
  7. Build – on small progressive steps to positive change and personal fulfillment
  8. Move Forward and create a WAVE of CHANGE, not only for others, but for a stronger sense of purpose for ourselves as leaders of our communities

Let’s all move together to create a fabulous, intriguing effort for success.

Not any one of us can do it. It must be a collaborative effort.

I thank you, I appreciate your insights and suggestions, and I trust that we can make a difference in the lives of those we serve, collectively. -Martha

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