Join us on Saturday, November 8 at Barnes & Noble at Woodland Mall! We have lots of fun activities planned for our bookfair. And if you can’t shop in person, you can use our bookfair code to shop on November 8 at ANY B&N store – OR you can shop online from Nov. 8-13 – just use our code when you check out. Thanks for supporting Quota and the work we do to help the deaf and hard of hearing!
September ’14 Meeting Minutes
Quota International of Grand Rapids Membership Meeting
Sunnybrook Country Club, Grandville, MI
September 18, 2014
Present: Sandi Aten, Debra Buckley, Elaine Carr, Pat Cook, Diane Friar, Sarah Glover, Barbara Griffin, Martha Herman, Cathy Kaiser, Robin Keith, Maureen Martin, Rachael Owsinski, Gwen Powers, Sue Scharf, Kathleen Slagal.
15 members and 3 guests attended.
1. Call to order: 6:00 pm by President Martha Herman. Quota Collect
2. Consent Agenda: August meeting minutes were approved as sent.
3. Recognition of Guests:Ashlee Dowley, Meijer Hearing Centers; Trish Lopucki, Northview, Supervisor; Total Communication Program; Nicole Kragt, Teacher, Northview
4. Review of Duck Walk: Great turn out! Quackers, the Duck, was a hit!! Donations were down a bit from last year. Schools and agencies participated which is wonderful! Finally we have connected with them!!
5. Committee Reports:
Communication – Robin: Completed PR for the Duck Walk; waiting on info for PR on the recipient of GRCC scholarship; Rachael will be handling PR for the Barnes & Noble book sale.
Membership – Diane: Awarded gifts to all guests
Program – Barbara: On October 16, we will hear from 2 audiologists, keeping with our theme of education about deaf and hard of hearing.
Service – Sandi: Showed samples of the 9 pilot caps we provided for young GROD students, to help keep their cochlear implants and hearing aids in place. Ashlee will provide one of her employees who speaks Spanish to help with parent meetings at KenOSha.
Fin/Fund – Pat: Barnes & Noble book sale is Nov 8 at Woodland Mall. Committee will meet to discuss spreading out fundraisers throughout the year. Robin will provide information on Amazon Smile – a program that shares a % of each Amazon purchase with your favorite charity: Quota.
Treasurer – Maureen: Thank you for sending in your dues payments.
6. Advisory Council – September 23, at DHHS, 3:30 – 5:00; Members to date: Cindy Cafmeyer, Jeannette Johnson, Ashlee Dowley, Trish Lopucki, Martha, and Kathy F. and Sue Scharf. Cathy K. will facilitate the discussion. This is an introductory meeting to identify unmet needs of the community and how we can collaborate with each other.
7. Strategic Planning – Cheers; The Board has approved an investment in Cynthia D’Amour’s Chapter Leader Lounge program for insight, group coaching experiences, succession planning and Strategic Thinking; Tons of Resources and expertise. This will assist us in a structured, goal oriented process along with landmark decision points and tools for measuring our success.
The next Board meeting will be Oct. 9, 5:30, Diane Friar’s condo. We ENCOURAGE you to join in on the discussion. Please let Martha know who else will be joining us. Robin encouraged all to attend as Strategic Planning will be a key part of this meeting. How do we Engage current members, Attract new members and not burn out?!
8. Other – Martha will write up a submission about the Duck Walk to Make a Difference Day, a chance to win $10K from USAToday newspapers. Robin and Gwen will provide editing.
Pat will investigate the ASL (American Sign Language) program at Forest Hills to see if they would be available to present at a future meeting. They have 3 classes running. Northview has 9 sections running also, with 420 students enrolled.
Quota received a thank you note from Kelly Cleveland for the pilot caps. “I can proudly give these to our new families to help ease the stress of teaching their little ones to refrain from pulling off their equipment.”
Travel raffle was won by Elaine Carr – a specially selected gift from Rockford purchased by Pam Howland.
Trish Lopucki, Supervisor Total Communication Program for Northview Public Schools
Northview offers a Total Communication program (oral and signing) for 60 students, age 2 – 18.
Eight teachers and 19 interpreters are amazing in making this Center based program work – it is recognized throughout the state. The Northview program is special because of the relationships of this family within a family. One key program is their monthly Deaf Connect Days – an opportunity for the students to get to know deaf culture from one another.
Martha adjourned the meeting at 7:10 pm.
Cathy Kaiser, Recording Secretary
Quota Shops for Charity
Quota Fundraiser – Barnes & Noble Book Fair – November 8
Quota International of Grand Rapids is hosting our annual Book Fair fundraiser at Barnes & Noble at Woodland Mall on Saturday, November 8.
Barnes & Noble will donate a percentage of sales to Quota to help fund our service projects to support the deaf and hard of hearing community. Click here to see the activities and print copies to hand out to your friends and family.
How can you help? There are three different ways!
- Visit the Barnes & Noble Store at Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids during regular store hours on Saturday, November 8. Special events will be happening all day long. Please see the attached Save the Date for more information. Make sure to mention Quota ID#11465085 to your cashier when completing your purchase or present a copy of the attached voucher.
- Shop at ANY B&N store on November 8 – anywhere in the US. Please make sure to mention Quota ID#11465085 to your cashier when purchasing. (or present voucher).
- Shop online at www.barnesandnoble.com anytime between November 8-13. Type in ID#11465085 when you checkout, and Quota will receive a percentage of the online sale!
Barnes & Noble is a great place to shop for gifts for the upcoming holidays or to feed your own love of books. Winter is coming and everyone likes getting cozy with a good book when it’s cold and snowing outside! Thanks for your help.
Quota of Grand Rapids is providing co-pay funding through Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) for the purchase of hearing aids for five individuals. This is only one of several service projects Quota does for which we raise funds with events like our recent Duck Walk and the upcoming Barnes & Noble Book Fair (Woodland Mall, Saturday, November 8.) We are proud to serve the community through organizations like DHHS.