Quota – Service in Action

Thanks to Quota’s donation to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, two more people now have hearing aids.

One person emigrated to the US from Vietnam, however because of his lack of hearing aids, he has been unable to learn English and thus been unable to find employment. He is now taking English classes and is actively looking for work.

The second recipient is a gentleman in his early 50’s who is on disability due to other physical issues. With his new hearing aids he can now better communicate with his doctor.

Quota also assisted a deaf student who needed an alarm clock with a bed shaker to make sure he gets to school on time.

These are just a few examples of how Quota helps the deaf and hard of hearing in West Michigan.

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October ’14 President’s Message

Even though we didn’t make our financial goal for the Duck Walk by about $1000, I think we made tremendous strides in connecting with the Northview Total Communications staff and the GROD staff, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and their staff, the Meijer Hearing Center, Elder’s Helpers and others that we don’t usually have as participants.  That was one of my goals from the Summer Celebration.  I want to thank the committee for their hours of work and generous time spent making the Duck Walk a success!

Undoubtedly a positive relationship is blooming with Quota and our agencies, schools, and community members.  From here, I think we will find more people spreading the word, attending and, hopefully, donating.

The Quota Advisory Council met last week at DHHS with a small group, who are very engaged, in identifying the unmet needs of our community.  Cathy Kaiser led with an excellent tool for each entity to respond.  You can find the information by clicking here.  The minutes are also included by clicking here.

My relationship with Ashlee Dowley is growing even further.  One day when I was pitching the Duck Walk, I mentioned that we didn’t have enough money to support a Spanish interpreter for the Mother’s Group at Ken-O-Sha.  This group meets once per month for 2 hours and discusses issues related to the struggles of having deaf and hard of hearing children.  Many of the children are from Hispanic homes where Spanish is the only language spoken.  With an interpreter, those moms would be able to  understand and be confident that their children are in the correct program.  Ashlee told me that she had just hired a young man, just out of college at GVSU who majored in medical interpretation with an emphasis in Spanish!  She set aside part of his work schedule to attend the meetings. Chris Ward started at Ken-O-Sha last Friday with his first group.  He was definitely excited to put his skills to work and meet the moms, with enthusiasm!  And all of this didn’t cost anyone any money!!  Thank you, Ashlee!

Now to the Make A Difference Day.  I started to put together the registration information yesterday and found that the event does HAVE to occur on the 4th Saturday of October, Oct. 25th this year.  So… I thought we could still participate.  People would drop off old, unused, or broken hearing aids to be repaired and given away to those persons who cannot afford them.  They would be distributed through DHHS and other agencies.   Proposed hours are from 10 – 4.  I will let you know what’s happening along the way.  If you’d like to spend some time assisting on Oct. 25th, please let me know.

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IMPORTANT Update from Quota International

Quota Quick Update
5 July 2012
Important Update on Structure and Governance Proposal
The Quota International Board of Directors announced today that they have made some changes to the proposal for Quota’s future structure and governance system. Immediately reviewing results from member feedback provided at 2012 District Conferences just ended, the board:
  • Changed the regional assignment of some districts.
  • Will “Grandfather” existing club branches that don’t reach the 7-member minimum club charter number by December 31, 2012, thus permitting them to become a club. (This applies only to branches not located in a country where the law of the land requires a specific minimum number.)
  • Restricted the number of international board nominees from one Quota club to one per election.
  • Proposed a new ballot counting system to be used at international elections that would promote diversity on the board of directors and limit to three the maximum number of board members from one country.
The revised structure and governance proposal will be discussed at the Convention 2012 Town Meeting and voted on at the Bylaws session, both scheduled for Thursday, July 12, 2012.
Writer and Designer: Nancy Fitzpatrick, Deputy Executive Director
Occasional Quota Quick Updates are sent to members with e-mail addresses in the Quota International membership database. At no time is e-mail information sold or loaned. Delete, change, or add your e-mail address online or contact kyle@quota.org for assistance.
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drumroll please

Final results from the Quota International of Grand Rapids Barnes and Noble book fair are in!

Thanks to all for your help and support!
From in-store sales   $963.84
from Nook sales       $  57.75
from online sales      $  11.71
Grand Total              $1,033.30
Great job Kim!! You put a lot of work into this and because of all your hard work it was a great book fair!!
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Q.I. Update

January 20, 2011












March is Quota Cares Month! Now is the time to plan your club’s special project. See #5 below for details.



“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all of your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”—Golda Meir




The Quota International Board of Directors will meet in Washington, D.C., U.S.A., from February 4 to 6, 2011. Any major news or decisions made at the board meeting will be reported by President Gwenn in her first President’s Web message published after the board meeting and in the March issue of the LEADERSHIP e-ALERT.


Since the last issue of the LEADERSHIP e-ALERT was sent to you, Quota International welcomed one new club and one new branch:

The Central Coast Branch of Quota International of Santa Maria, California, U.S.A.
Launched November 2010

Quota International of Mackay’s Rural North, Queensland, Australia.

Chartered December 12, 2010


Three former White House photographers and a Pulitzer-nominated photojournalist have completed judging of the We Share Foundation’s 2010 International Photography Contest. We proudly announce the winners:

-Grand Prize: Quota International of Taree, New South Wales, Australia

-Second Prize: Quota International of Cebu, the Philippines

-Third Prize: Quota International of Cebu, the Philippines

The Grand Prize photo will be published in the upcoming Quotarian magazine, to be published online in February, and all three winning photos will be published on the Quota International Web site.


Based on dues statements received as of December 31, 2010, Quota International has 5,950 members located in 269 clubs. This number will be adjusted as lost members in 2010 are reported on dues statements due in January. Club membership statistics are updated on a monthly basis and published on Quota’s Web site under the “For Clubs” link, http://www.quota.org/s&p/clubs.stats.htm


Quota leaders appreciate the generous gifts donated since the start of the current Quota year (May 1 – December 31, 2010):

-Wanda Frey Joiner: U.S.$54,397 (66% of our U.S.$82,000 goal)

-We Share Foundation: U.S.$28,700 (57% of our U.S.$50,000 goal)

-Friend of Quota: U.S.$18,635 (85% of our U.S.$22,000 goal)


Stay connected with International President Gwenn Jackson through her blog. Read her posts since the start of 2011, “A typical Quota meeting,” and “A schedule for the new year” at http://www.deliveringpossibilities.com/newblog/.


Attention all clubs (outside of Quota’s South Pacific Area): January 31, 2011, is the final postmark date for the payment of club dues without payment of a late fee.



We are excited to report that Quota International will be celebrating the organization’s 92nd birthday month with a very special gift: the unveiling of Quota’s brand new Web site AND the publication of the inaugural issue of the new online Quotarian magazine. Our Home page will be sporting a new, more contemporary look and so many wonderful new features that we know you and your club members will enjoy.

In our November 2010 LEADERSHIP e-ALERT, we reported on some of the new features you could look forward to including a new search box, the ability to translate the site in other languages, the ability for every member to check her or his membership and donations record, and a new password protected Club President Center—just for you!  (We will e-mail the password you will need to enter that site closer to our launch date.)

Here now are a few other great features we know you will enjoy:

  • A new CLUB SALES MARKETPLACE where your club can advertise at no charge the merchandise you sell to raise club administrative or service funds. You will have the ability to upload an optional photo, so you might want to start taking your photos now!
  • A new QUOTA YOU TUBE CHANNEL, where clubs worldwide can post videos. (Have a video NOW that you would like to have posted when our site goes live?  E-mail it to Kyle@quota.org.)
  • Special software that will permit you to read THE QUOTARIAN online in the same way you read a print publication—as a two-page spread with easy to use features to turn pages, enlarge or reduce the size of your copy, and print pages for sharing.
  • A MEMBER SURVEY that will change from time to time asking for your feedback on various Quota issues. Our first survey will get your feedback on the new site, and you’ll get to see how your response compares to your fellow Quota members.

Watch for our announcement next month for the official launch date!



All 2011 Board of Director elections will be held via mail ballot. To view a list of candidates, visit www.quota.org and click the “Quota Headlines” link, http://www.quota.org/express/exprs.headlines.2010.12.02.htm. Detailed voting information, the 2011 NOMINEE BROCHURE, and ballots will be mailed to all voting delegates no later than March 15, 2011. Because there is only one candidate running for the offices of President-elect, Central Area Director, and East Area Director, there will be no mail ballot election held for these positions, and the nominee will be declared the winner at the time that mail ballots for other elections are counted. Completed mail ballots must be received at the QI Office by May 15, 2011. Ballots received after this date will be disqualified.



Quota International celebrates Quota Cares Month every year, and we invite your club to be a part of this exciting global event by planning a newsworthy service project in your Quota community in March. Doing so can pay dividends for your club through new members, increased fund-raising opportunities, and the ability to touch more lives that can benefit from the caring Quotarians worldwide are known for. Is your club in the market for a new project to plan? Consider new ideas from past winning clubs! Visit www.wesharefoundation.org and click the “Quota Cares Month” link to read all winning Quota Cares Month projects since the program began and to print a Quota Cares Month Planning Kit. The deadline for submitting your club’s Quota Cares Month Success form (for the Quota Cares Month International Competition) is April 15, 2011.  http://www.wesharefoundation.org/quotacares.htm



At 2009 district conferences, discussions led by international representatives enabled participants to assess the status and success of their district as well as identify areas for future improvement. In March 2010 we provided district strategic feedback reports (containing the results of the 2009 strategic roundtable discussions) to all governors. The feedback was provided as a tool for governors to use in moving their district forward in the way that is most important to district members as a whole. We have recommended that all governors make time to discuss your district’s results at your upcoming conference if they were not discussed at last year’s meeting. If you would like a copy of your district’s report, please contact Christy Herz at christy@quota.org.



*Help for your club. All Quota members have FREE access to a wonderful resource that will permit you to network with other club leaders while you participate in dynamic Webinars that will help you lead your club with success! If you attended Convention 2010, then you met Service Club Dynamo Cynthia D’Amour, President of PeoplePower Unlimited. Cynthia offers a special Web site for service club leaders, and your participation on her site is free! To learn more, click here: http://www.chapterleadersplayground.org/.

In case you missed them, notes from two of Cynthia’s recent Webinars, “What Younger Members Want from Your Chapter” and “Boost Your Leadership Confidence” are attached to this e-mail. Below is a list of FREE Webinars that Cynthia will be leading January thru March. All Webinars are 30 minutes, running from 1:00 – 1:30 pm, Eastern Time in the United States. All Webinars are archived for 45 days in case you are not available when it is live. Share this list with all club members and leaders so everyone can learn!

January 28 –  How to Plan an Amazing Board Retreat

February 3 – Attract More Potential Members to Your Chapter

February 9 – Creating Member Value with Virtual Team Meetings

February 15 – Break the Cycle of Doing Too Much

February 24 – How to Turn Around Your Struggling Chapter

March 1 – Dealing with Negative People Who Drag Your Chapter Down

March 16 – Make Being Involved More Fun

March 30 – Make Fundraising More Attractive to Your Members

*Club/leadership development coming soon to a city near you. Just announced for 2011, Cynthia D’Amour’s Lazy Leader Road Show! Later this year Cynthia’s D’Amour will be bringing a half-day program to 20 cities across America. The focus: How to create a surplus of volunteers – Lazy Leader style. Below are the cities the Road Show will be coming to. Plan now to send your club’s incoming 2011-2012 officers and any interested members. See the attached flyer for details.

Grand Rapids, MI        Sacramento, CA           Portland, OR

Dallas, TX                   Cleveland, OH             Baltimore, MD

Denver, CO                 Raleigh/Durham, NC   St. Louis, MO

Tampa, FL                   Philadelphia, PA          Pittsburgh, PA

Washington, DC          Indianapolis, IN           Minneapolis, MN

Chicago, IL                  Atlanta, GA                 Phoenix, AZ

Milwaukee, WI            Seattle, WA



U.S. Quota clubs: Interested in hosting an arts event for deaf members of your community? Contact The Little Theatre of the Deaf for information about adding your community to their national tour of “Stories in My Pocket” and “Stories in My Pocket, Too.” Both performed in sign language and the spoken word, these productions are filled with stories, poems, and signing fun.

The audience chooses the stories, game-show style, from large colorful pockets on the stage.

What will be in the yellow pocket—Signing Fun, Fables, Poems, or Improvisation?  Included is a Learn and Study Together Guide providing material about the performance, exercises, and sign language lessons for everyone. Contact Betty Beekman, Tour Director, National Theatre of the Deaf, (860) 236-4193-Telephone or BBeekman@NTD.org.

U.S. Quota clubs: The Gannett Foundation’s Community Grant Program supports non-profit activities in the communities in which Gannett does business. To see a list of communities eligible and to learn more, click here: http://www.gannettfoundation.org/index.htm.



In the “For Clubs” section of www.quota.org, “Administration and Operations” has been updated with three new pieces of information for U.S. clubs.

  • Incorporating your club. Quota International’s attorney and Board of Directors strongly recommend that all Quota clubs in the United States incorporate and adopt a conflict of interest policy. If your club is already incorporated you should also adopt a conflict of interest policy. Details on how to do both may be found at http://www.quota.org/s&p/clubs.adm.inc.htm.
  • Establish a Charitable Foundation. As U.S. Quota clubs have been designated 501(c)(4) organizations by the IRS, Quota clubs may wish to set up a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation for your service activities. Details may be found at http://www.wesharefoundation.org/serv501c3.htm.
  • Club President’s Guide. The Club President’s Guide addendum for U.S. clubs has been updated on-line with changes to the sections about incorporating and establishing a foundation. To view and print the new addendum, go to: http://www.quota.org/pdf/s&p.clubs.pres.guide.USaddendum.pdf*********************************


A 12-month Quota International calendar is published on www.quota.org. Click the “Quota Calendar” link on the home page, http://www.quota.org/express/exprs.calendar.htm.


*January 31—Last day of grace period for payment of non-SPA club dues and Advance Convention Fee


*February 1—New member forms/payments due at QI Office

*February 4-6—Board of Directors Meeting; Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

*February 6—Founders Day: Quota International’s 92nd Birthday


*March—Quota Cares Month—Carry out your club’s special project!

*March—Next issue of the Leadership e-Alert mailed/e-mailed

*March 1—New member forms/payments due at QI Office

*March 15—Governance mailing sent to all voting delegates


*April—District Conferences and Quota Training Seminars begin

*April 1—New member forms/payments due at QI Office

*April 15—Postmark deadline for Quota Cares Month competition forms

*April 30 – Last day of Quota International 2010-2011 fiscal year


*District Conferences/Quota Training Seminars underway

*May 1—New member forms/payments due at QI

*May 15—All International election mail ballots must be received by this date to be counted. (The 2011 President-elect, Central Area, and East Area Director nominees are unopposed; therefore no election will be held for these positions.)


The LEADERSHIP e-ALERT is sent to all club presidents six times a year: January, March, May, September, October, and November. Board members, district leaders, past international presidents, and current Friends of Quota receive courtesy copies of all issues. At no time is e-mail information sold or loaned to other organizations. To delete, change, or add an e-mail address in this database, please contact kyle@quota.org. To change an address if you are receiving this e-communication via mail, please report it to Kyle Edwards, QI 1420 21st Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.

The QUOTA LEADERSHIP e-ALERT is written by Christy Herz

Foundation and Convention Manager / christy@quota.org / 202.331.9694.

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Service Committee Update – August 2010

As was mentioned last month, a grant review cycle has been established which will enable the Club to more effectively evaluate and maximize the use of funds for all the service requests received.  All written requests and application form, if applicable, are to be submitted by the following quarterly deadlines:  May 1, August 1, November 1 and February 1. The Service Committee will then review the requests at their quarterly meeting and issue a response shortly thereafter.

Recently, grants in the amount of $309.85 were disbursed to DHHS for individuals in need of hearing assisted equipment.

In order to accommodate those that wish to send service requests electronically, an e-mail address has been set up.  Please send to: quotarequest@i2k.com

Quota International of Grand Rapids has traditionally provided an annual gift for camperships to the Indian Trails Camp in memory of Quotarian, Norma Raby.  Norma was an International President of our worldwide organization.

Recently, a letter was received from the Executive Director of Indian Trails Camp thanking Quota and letting us know that our support is having an incredible impact on many lives.

What a nice reminder of what a difference Quota makes.

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Fin/Fun June 2010 update

Quota-Fin/Fun committee update

June 2010

Fundraising Events

The fin/fun committee has not met, but Emails went out to the chairs of our fundraising projects.

Quota walk-Kath Slagal will be chairing the walk in September and plans on securing Riverside Park when she returns from vacation.

Barnes & Noble-Kim Savoie is chairing the Barnes and Noble event and has a committee meeting scheduled for July 20 at 5:00 p.m. at her office.  Our mall date has been set for January 8, 2011.  Kim has many exciting ideas to share with her committee.  Stay tuned…

Holiday shopping extravaganza-Peggy Bishop is heading this project up and has a committee meeting scheduled for July 22 at noon at the downtown Holiday Inn.

Conference sales-A big thanks to Maureen Martin for coordinating club sales at District Conference. We have a small supply of Koeze nuts available for your immediate purchase. Please contact Maureen.

Financial update

Final year end reports for the Club and Foundation have been finalized.  Peggy Bishop will file the required 990-N forms with the IRS.

Diane Friar has volunteered to do our internal inspection of the Club and Foundation this year.  Thanks Diane, we look forward to your report.

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Fin/Fun April 2010 update

Thanks to all the members who attended the March meeting and signed up to lead or help with various fundraising projects.  The results were discussed at the April board meeting and we have an exciting plan for the upcoming year. You will hear more about our proposed projects at the installation dinner so be sure to attend.  The fundraising projects we will be supporting are the Walk to End Silence, a Barnes & Noble event, a holiday shopping extravaganza, district sales, and of course your personal donations. We have leaders and participants for each of these events. I look forward to everyone’s active participation and support.

Our treasurers are busy working on the budgets for next year.  Stay tuned….

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Service Committee Update – October 2009

Service Committee Update:

Healthy Hearing
Quota sent grants totaling $464 to DHHS to help fund hearing assistance equipment for three individuals. Several other requests for individuals are in the queue.
Jan is gearing up for our first Healthy Hearing presentations this month in Grand Rapids area schools.
We will be distributing Healthy Hearing earplugs at our Quota Cares Walk on Sept 27. If you know of an organization or event that would benefit from awareness of the need for hearing protection, please contact anyone on the Service Committee. (We will also be distributing earplugs at this year’s Santa Parade.)

The Service Committee is considering 2 larger requests: grant for hospital kits for the deaf and hard of hearing patients at Metro Health; grant to help fund a loop system in the dining room at Sunset Manor.

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