I spy…

…with my little eye…

this sign!

TDD signWho can tell me where this sign is located?

Leave your answer in the comment section and, if you’re correct, you’ll receive a prize! You have until the Duck Walk, Sept. 14th, to leave your answer.

Don’t remember how to comment? Email me (Emily) for directions.


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News for you

Here is a link to our new International President’s message. Please take a moment to read what Karen Murphy has to say. She shares her goals, the direction the Board is going and the changes we can look forward to with our new structural system (we are in Region 4, “leaping 4-ward”).

I’ve also included the July Minutes as approved at our August meeting.

Quota International of Grand Rapids Meeting

Sunnybrook Country Club, Grandville, MI

July 24, 2014 Minutes


Present: Sandi Aten, Peggy Bishop, Deb Buckley, Pat Cook, Ginny Ebers, Kathy Freeman, Sarah Glover, Barbara Griffin, Martha Herman, Cathy Kaiser, Robin Keith, Maureen Martin, Rachael Owsinski, Gwen Powers, Kathleen Slagal, Emily Uebbing.

16 members and 29 guests attended. Guest list is attached.

1. Call to order: 6:00 pm by President Martha Herman.

Sandi raffled off fun summer baskets of goodies throughout the meeting.

2. Consent Agenda: June meeting minutes were approved as sent. Robin and Sarah were awarded prizes for uncovering the false line in the minutes.

3. Introductions: Martha asked each group of guests to introduce themselves: Quota members, Alumni, Agencies, Volunteers, School staff, Supporters and Special Guests

Quota Collect

4. GR Quota History: Kath Slagal presented a delightful review of Quota’s founding in 1945, significant accomplishments, and notable events. Recall that we raised $40,000 for Cameron Weston’s cochlear implant under Peggy Bishop’s presidency. Remember our first male member, Mike Friar in 1989? How much fun we had with the Cool Cats at camp and cooking school! Quota means friends who will be there when you need them. Thank you to all contributors for your time, talent and donations.

5. Where are we now, and where we’re going: Martha shared plans for the future including strategic planning that will provide more focused services, an Advisory Council to help the club and partners collaborate more effectively, attract new members, and seek out more funding. Although some of us are wearing out, and our lives are busy, our hearts are big.

6. Slide show: Emily Uebbing presented an excellent video collection of Quota activities, including the Cool Cats, Convention, Kids Food Basket bags, and gift bags for Sisters in Support.

7. Quotations from our Partners – David Overeen, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, GR, and Todd Sprunger – MI Rehab Services, Kent County described their services and the types of needs their clients have, including hearing aids, and other equipment.

8. Special announcements and recognitions

a. Kath Slagal recognized the top tickets sellers in the 50/50 raffle (Martha, Robin, Kim).

b. Kathy Freeman – Service Committee Chair in recognition of the Helen David Service Award for the sign language interpreters at Northview’s theatre performance of ‘The Miracle Worker”. Kathy also described our service projects for this year.

c. Sarah Glover – Quotarian of the Year, 2014

d. Chris Kaiser – aka, Gertrude; aka, Theodore sang a special song for Quota

9. Special Guests – Renee, and her son, Easten Johnson with Grandma Grace. We are considering the many ways we could assist Easten who has a cochlear implant.

10. Upcoming Events: Martha announced these opportunities to support Quota:

            Duck Walk, September 14th, Millennium Park, 1 pm – 3 pm

            Koeze Nut Sale – Order those great nuts for any occasion at any time!

            Barnes & Noble Book Fair – November 8th, Woodland Mall

11. Other Announcements: See you at the Duck Walk!

Martha adjourned the meeting at 7:30pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Cathy Kaiser, Recording Secretary


Summer Celebration 2014 – Guest List

# First Name Last Name Organization attended but no RSVP
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1 Sue Allen Deb Buckley
2 Dave Aten Barbara Griffin
3 Sandi Aten Mary Kaiser
4 Deb Atwood Rachael Owsinski
5 Yvonne Babe District 4 Director Steve Owsinski
6 Joe Bishop Grace Johnson
7 Peggy Bishop
8 Deb Blackmore
9 Judy Clarke
10 Joe Allen Cook
11 Pat Cook
12 Jack DeBoer
13 Kathy DeBoer
14 Amy Docter
15 Summer Docter
16 Ginny Ebers
17 Kathy Freeman
18 Sarah Glover
19 Tom Glover
20 Martha Herman
21 Karen Hooker
22 Easten Johnson
23 Jeanette Johnson
24 Renee Johnson
25 Cathy Kaiser
26 Chris Kaiser
27 Bill Keith
28 Robin Keith
29 Maureen Martin
30 Kathie McFarlin
31 Nicki Mumford Quota Club of Kalamazoo
32 David Overeem Deaf & Hearing Services
33 Mary Peterson
34 Gwen Powers
35 Heather Reuth
36 Misti Ryefield Deaf & Hearing Services – interpreter
37 Dusty Scheuerman Elders Helpers
38 Jessica Scheuerman
39 Kath Slagal
40 Colleen Smith
41 Todd Sprunger Michigan Rehab Services
42 Emily Uebbing
43 Martel Walker
44 Patty Watson AMBUCS
45 Cameron Weston
46 Renee Weston
47 Gertrude
48 Theodore


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Just so you know….

I (President Martha) will be sharing information with you periodically about what’s going on with our partners, people, and agencies as I meet with them. This is a follow up to the Summer Celebration to strengthen our relationship with the community. I will be meeting with GR Oral Deaf teaching staff, with Sandi, our liaison; Northview P.S. with Pat, our liaison; AMBUCS, Patty Watson; MI Rehab Services, Todd Sprunger; Miracle Ear manager in GR, Chad Barcheski; and others.

August 13, 2014 DHHS

I met with Jeannette Johnson, Development Director, Deb Atwood, Business Manager and David Overeem, Tech Support at DHHS to discuss how we can complement each other’s efforts in reaching the community. I did not indicate or promise any financial support in any way.
We discussed the services that they have to offer …. American Sign Language classes, Workshops, Interpreters, Cultural Sensitivity training, and counseling over 6700 clients per year. They have relationships with Hear Now at Spectrum Health, Area Agency on Aging, and are continuing to seek sources for funding through grants.

There are high schools, Wayland and Forest Hills Northern, that teach ASL for credit towards their Foreign Language requirement. Another good group to pull in.

They have several fund raisers each year including a May Fest at McFadden’s, a Silent Auction, a February Chocolate event, and a Silent Celebration in June with 200-300 people attending at Douglas Walker Park. They hold a camp for kids, and will be hosting a speaker, Trix Bruce, a well-known actress, humorist and speaker in November.

I indicated that I would like them to participate in our activities as well. They are more than willing to assist us in our effort to attract more people to OUR fundraisers. They would like to be a part of our Duck Walk, our B & N bookfair and anything else. They have offered to supply equipment for our FREE hearing screening at the Duck Walk, distribute our flyers and direct people to our website.

Here’s my thinking on this.
We reach a larger group of people for the same cause. We are just supporters
We may increase club membership.
We increase awareness through partnership using their databases.
We could collaborate on a grant to raise money for our pet projects with fewer efforts to drum up ideas, making our time more efficient and effective.

We would have to establish a statement such as ‘we do not endorse any agency’…etc.
If we did participate in a fundraiser with [DHHS], we would have to weigh the pros and cons of support, time and effort. There may be some political ramifications as well.

Overall, DHHS truly appreciates all we do as a club to provide funding and support. Together I think we can have a positive impact.

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2014 Duck Walk

Mark your calendar to attend our annual Duck Walk on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Millennium Park. Click here for more information, or click below to:




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August 2014 President’s Message

The QI Convention was fabulous! I had a copy of QI Leadership survey from Quotarians around the world for you to read here, but I will have to re-arrange some files to be able to post it.

We are not the only ones struggling with membership, retaining and gaining new members, raising money and keeping the spirit alive. Barbara Schrieber has initiated some new ideas and I am confident that we will all feel better with her leadership to revive Quota. It was mentioned that Quota hasn’t changed in 40 years and with the same Director for 28 years! Certainly it is time to move forward.

Earlier I mentioned that there is some new technology to assist the deaf and hard of hearing. One of them is the SMART 911. The state of Louisiana has recently adopted this emergency text option for those people who are deaf to call for help in case of an accident, home invasion or other emergency situation from a cell phone. I talked with Jeannette Johnson from DHHS at the Summer Celebration, and there is legislation pending for Michigan to soon adopt this service.

There is another program available to connect people who want to volunteer their time or talents or services via Let’s say we need more ear plugs to give away at the B & N Bookfair. We post our needs on-line and perhaps there is someone out there who can donate them to us. Perhaps we can post on our Facebook page, or work our QI network to gain support or products. Great idea, but time consuming. I’ll try it and let you know.

All in all, we will be getting improved support, both for our clubs and the people we serve. Amazing things are happening around the world in technology, and we will now be able to connect, learn and explore.

Summer Celebration was a great hit, as I’ve heard from most of the participants, volunteers and agency contacts. The Advisory Council, a group of people from agencies, schools, audiologists, and others will meet to discuss how we can work together, share resources and become a source of information. Jeannette Johnson and another staff member will be participating from DHHS along with Cindy Cafmeyer from Ken-O-Sha. We have a tentative meeting scheduled for September 23rd. If you would like to participate, please let me know.


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