Grand Rapids, Mich., October 19, 2015 – Quota International of Grand Rapids is teaming with Barnes & Noble to host a fundraising Book Fair on Saturday, November 7 at the Woodland Mall retail store. The event will run all day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A portion of all purchases made in the store on Saturday, or online at www.barnesandnoble.com from November 7-14, will be donated by Barnes & Noble to Quota for use in service projects to help the deaf and hard of hearing in West Michigan. On-line or in-store customers need to give Quota’s special Book Fair ID number 11704269 at checkout.
The Saturday event will include several special activities including Hearing Screening for Adults by Hear USA, Paws With a Cause service dogs, Fingerprinting with Trooper Martin Miller, story reading with sign language interpreters, and bookmark crafts for kids. A Mini Makers Faire will also be part of the fun – an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, authors, artists, and students exhibiting what they create. Santa also arrives the same day with the toys he has made.
Questions about the Book Fair can be directed to Lisa Braendle via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have united our spirited talents for the best results on the 2015 Duck Walk!! So many of you participated in one way or another to raise a new record of donations and sponsorships!! Wonderful work!
I believe we have all encountered some challenges in our lives. We struggle and think about them, but we face those, hopefully, with positive energy knowing that we can move forward. Our deaf friends experience those challenges on a daily basis. Our lives are simple compared to the hurdles that they have.
Let’s remember that they need our help, support and promises to keep them moving forward, too. Think what it’s like to walk in their shoes for a day. Imagine life without the ability to hear, understand and comprehend life. It isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.
A personal message from the Board to increase awareness and understanding about Quota’s three core areas of service: World Service; Women and Children; Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and Speech-Impaired.
Celebrating Quota International with President Karen
A whirlwind of love, experiences, and community insight, encompassed much of Quota International’s first year of regional meetings. From California to the Philippines, Quotarians shared projects and helpful tips that can increase the impact our organization has on the world at large. This year, the Board attended these meetings, and returned to their home clubs with a renewed love of Quota and respect for all of the volunteers working tirelessly to make a difference. Read the full accounts from President-elect/ Treasurer Marie, VP Jeanette, VP Cindy, and VP Emile at www.teamquota.org.
Development and Growth with VP Marie
Quota International members around the world are always interested in learning new ways to positively impact their communities. After an exciting visit to some of Quota’s first regional meetings, President-elect/Treasurer Marie offers up another great project idea for Quotarians to enjoy around the world! READ MORE
Delivering World Service with VP Jeanette
“Dress a Girl” is a service project the members of Quota International of Whakatane, New Zealand started to support young girls, by hand sewing simple dresses that grow with the child. These Quotarians discovered that there was an extreme need for girls living in impoverished countries to have their own dresses to wear on a daily basis. When too many girls living in impoverished countries do not own more than a ragged t-shirt, these handmade dresses are invaluable, especially in the places where young girls are taken from their villages to be used as sex slaves every day. READ MORE
Investing in Deaf Resources with VP Cindy
Over the last few months, while attending many of the regional meetings, I have been so impressed and proud of the wonderful service work that is being done in your local communities in the name of Quota! One very worthwhile service project, “Quota’s Hear for Good” by Quota International of Grand Rapids, MI, United States stood out to me because it can easily be duplicated in many of our communities around the world. READ MORE
Empowering Women and Ensuring Child Development with VP Emilie
It was an overwhelming pleasure to witness the QuoCKa reading project, managed by Quota International of Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia during the Region 13 meeting. This outreach project, where club members, Junior Quotarians, and local police read to 3rd graders at a local primary school, generates an interest and loved of reading in children at an early and critical age. READ MORE
On July 28th, the Advisory Council met. Several members could not attend, however, I thought you’d like to know that we now have the following people on the Council:
Jeannette Johnson, DHHS
Pam Howland, Quota
Kathy Freeman, Quota
Nancy Cluley, DHHS
Trish Lopucki, Northview
Mary Kay Kolber, GROD
Todd Sprunger, MRS (Kent County)
Brenda Jones, Hope Network
Deb Atwood, DHHS
Hannah Cluley, student
Marcia Patrick, Senior Neighbors
Kirsten Kramer, Director of Audiology at Spectrum
Cathy Cronick, MRS (Ottawa County, by email)
Someone to be selected by Area Agency on Aging
At our recent meeting, we discussed the lack of reading and writing skills of the deaf and employability issues that restrict employment in the community. Both of these issues were expressed by Todd Sprunger and Brenda Jones, both of whom deal with the deaf on a daily basis. Todd and Brenda attended along with Deb Atwood, Jeannette Johnson and Nancy Cluley along with myself.
What a great summer it’s turned out to be! I hope you are all enjoying it.
Last week, I volunteered at KidSign Kamp sponsored by DHHS. Forty-one children attended from 3 to 14 years of age. They were a very, very busy crowd!! Monday MSU Cooperative Extension showed them the importance of healthy eating and how to grow their own vegetables. They each got to make their own salsa and left with some, too. On Tuesday, we visited Karin’s Horse Connection in Caledonia. What a great place!! The kids each got to ride and groom horses, learned how to do some tricks on them and played some cool games. The faces and smiles were as big as the horses themselves!! Wednesday was Hero Day. Police, firefighters and ambulance personnel visited and showed us their equipment and the importance of safety. Oh, to ride in a cop car with the sirens blaring….nothing better for any of the kids!! Thursday we went to Star Theatre and toured the projection room and watched the movie “Ant-Man”. The movie was the first captioned film offered in GR, with popcorn, too. Friday we were entertained by a cool Clown at Jester’s Court, a bouncy playground, and signed our song for the week, “Roar” by Katy Perry.
The kids were fabulous!! Each day we learned some new sign language and some even signed sentences.
This experience reminds me of the wonderful work we do to support the children who love life so intensely. One mom told us that she saw her child bloom from a shy little girl to one who enjoys every minute, every opportunity to express herself and deal with barriers yet to be. The world is all new every day.
We make this happen by supporting financially as well as personally. I’m proud to be a part of it. I hope you can join me in giving long lasting memories for these children.
These locations will accept used hearing aids. The hearing aids will be recycled and provide refurbished hearing aids to low income individuals. Thank you for helping Quota International help the hard of hearing in our community.
DHHS, 4328 Kalamazoo, SE. Contact Deb Atwood 732-7358