Show Me the Money!

It’s the time of year again to $ell, $ell, $ell!

Tickets for our popular 50/50 raffle have been distributed and are being sold like hotcakes.

Buy yours now at $5 for one ticket or $10 for three tickets. (If you are not a Quotarian and would like to participate by purchasing tickets, please leave a comment on this post.)

We are expecting a bigger than ever sales which means that the winning ticket could be $ub$tantial! The winning ticket will be drawn at our Installation Meeting on April 16th. 

Quotarians, if you cannot attend the meeting, please turn in your money as requested on the tickets.

We appreciate all you do to help support our Quota Club by participating in this important fundraiser.

A big thanks from your Finance and Fundraising Committee.

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Yvonne Babe, Director of Quota International Region 4, was at our Quota meeting on March 19 to share the great news of the speaker coming to our Region 4 Conference to motivate us in the upcoming year!

Thanks to the generous support of Kim’s firm, Stifel Nicolaus, the featured speaker at our Conference will be Dr. Sherene Mchenry, author of Pick: Choose to Create A Life You Love.

Pick is designed to empower readers to create a life they love and to overcome what’s holding them back. Anchored on awareness, acceptance, action and accountability Pick helps readers develop the mindset and skills they need to build the life they desire. Highly conversational, each chapter starts with a true story, shares lessons learned, helps the reader identify where they currently are and offers suggestions if they want to pick up the pace on realizing their potential and dreams. Apathetic or Energetic? Reactive or Proactive? Naysayer or Yeasayer? Dreamer or Doer? Hassle or Humor? Chaotic or Calm? Tolerate or Terminate? Lollygag or Launch? Pick shows readers how to choose beliefs and behaviors that help them be happy and create a life they love.

The Conference will be held on May 16-17 in Mt. Pleasant. Details and the registration form were in the Leap Pad sent to all Region 4 Quotarians. But if can’t find your copy or you need more information, please contact Maureen Martin.

Let’s all go, have some fun and get fired up!!!!


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Grand Rapids Oral Deaf Program – Annual Golf Outing

The Grand Rapids Oral Deaf Program is holding their annual golf outing fundraiser on Friday, May 8 at Quail Ridge Golf Club. Cost per golfer is $100 and includes 18 holes with cart, gift bag, lunch and dinner!


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Mark Your Calendars!

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services is holding it’s annual Silent Celebration on Saturday, June 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Pinery Park Lodge.

Mark your calendars for this very special event!

Silent Celebration 2015 Flyer with price

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Quota = Fun Programs!

For our meeting on Thursday, February 19, we invited Kelly Cleveland from the Oral Deaf Program at Ken-o-sha. Kelly’s experience as  a teacher of deaf students provided for an interesting discussion and Quotarians asked lots of questions about the program and the students. Quota has been involved with the teachers and students of the Oral Deaf Program for many years. We look forward to finding more opportunities to partner with them in the future.

On Thursday, March 19th, we will be celebrating Quota Cares Month. During this special month our club always chooses an activity that impacts our community. This time we will be learning more about our newest project, “Hear for Good,” a program in which Quota collects used hearing aids that are refurbished and given to low income individuals who can’t afford to purchase brand new hearing aids. We will be making collection boxes for the used hearing aids at our meeting and then distributing them to various organizations (nursing homes, audiologists, etc.) in our community. We already have placed several boxes and look forward to expanding our collection sites.  Yvonne Babe, Quota’s Region Four Director, will also be in attendance at our meeting.

Our April meeting on Thursday, April 16 is our annual installation meeting for new officers and directors for 2015-2016. We will also be holding the drawing for our annual 50/50 cash raffle. This is a special evening for one of our members who will be honored as 2015 Quotarian of the Year.

We always welcome guests from our community who would like to learn more about Quota and what we do for the deaf and hard of hearing. Please contact us if you would like to attend one of our meetings (we meet at Sunnybrook Country Club) or learn more about our service to the community.

Quota International of Grand Rapids

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President’s Message – A new chapter for Quota

We are about to start a new chapter for Quota. It is one that embodies our spirit, our cause and the lives of others. We can do this.

Over the next month or so, we’ll be launching a new approach to our mission. One that is created by what we do, why we do it and the outcome we want. It includes other people who may not have the same dedicated passion as we do about the deaf and hard of hearing, but they are looking for some new knowledge, experiences and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Many of you have ‘grown up’ with Quota. Some of the people you have admired have left our Club and those mentors are still available to you now as friends you see at social events. But the spark continues in all of us to move forward to let the next generation know that we have so much more to give. You have kindled the fire for so many years and now it’s time for us to build a new fire.

Several other deaf/hard of hearing associations have recently folded. But we’re not. We’re going to collect people with the skills, time and energy to assist in our mission. We’re going to tap into new populations with new mind sets to help us reach the community we serve. We’re going to invite them to lifelong learning.

With volunteers as our partners, we can teach, mentor, enlighten, encourage and learn from each other. Not in a formal manner, like a classroom, but in groups and teams with a problem to solve. Each one of us has something to share, teach and inspire. Each one of us uses our talents and skills every single day. Let’s share what we know.

One of the biggest reasons people don’t want to volunteer is that they feel like they don’t get to use their skills. By golly, we have a place for them on our team!

Every day I learn something new. Something about a Club member, something about the deaf community, something I need to improve about myself.
That’s what keeps me going for more.

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“I’m proud of my language” — Northview High School students raise money to fly to Gallaudet University

The students have two months left to raise enough money to visit Gallaudet University April 29. Part of their trip is funded by the Northview Education Foundation and a grant from the Grand Rapids Hearing Loss Association. The rest of the trip’s cost is left up to the GoFundMe page their teacher started.

The way these high schoolers communicate, between American Sign Language and English, along with how motivated they are to learn more, is inspirational.

“I’m proud of my language,” said Chase Spencer, Northview sophomore. “I’m proud of ASL, I’m proud of the way I communicate.”

Chase was born in Uzbekistan. When he was 11-years-old, he moved to the United States and started to learn English and ASL.

“My family all of them can hear, I’m the only deaf person in my family,” said Alexandria Martinez.

Alexandria said as she grew up, she learned how to read lips at home. Now she, Chase, and their classmates said, from being on sports teams to biology class with their hearing peers, they are learning and building their English skills at a fast pace.

“The deaf kids can do what the hearing kids can do”: that was the resounding message from these students.

They have a lot of support at Northview: on a daily basis there are several ASL interpreters, teachers, and a program director just in their home classroom. However, at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C., everybody signs.

“Language! They use my language,” said Chase. “They use ASL and sign, and I can learn in my own language. It will be so much better for me.”

After their trip set for April 29, several Northview students said they hope to return there as a college students once they graduate.

“Gallaudet is really a place for the deaf community,” said Megan Ward, Northview teacher for the deaf. “It’s a place where people who are deaf belong. So this is a great opportunity for them to go and experience a world that was created just for them.”

When each student boards their plane come April, they will be one step closer to their future.

“I’m thinking about working in immigration, on the border of Mexico, especially as it relates to deaf people; maybe setting up a home and a school,” said Alexandria

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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments to Advisory Council on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

LANSING, Mich.– Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Elizabeth Bystrycki, of Otsego, Jill Gaus, of Jackson, Miriam Horwitz, of Huntington Woods, and Jeannette Johnson, of Grand Rapids, to the Advisory Council on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing.

The 13-member council, housed within the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, advises the department on matters pertaining to deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing persons.

“These individuals bring years of valuable experience to this council,” said Snyder. “I am confident their work will continue to support Michigan’s deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing citizens.”

Bystrycki is former chair of the conference committee of the Michigan Deaf Association. She studied at Gallaudet University. Bystrycki represents deaf or hard of hearing persons and replaces Jamie Maes-Eischen.

Gaus is a consultant with DeafBlind Central. She is also an instructor at Lansing Community College and previously taught at Michigan State University. Gaus has experience as a licensed practical nurse. She represents deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing persons and replaces Odessa Carter. Gaus is also appointed as chair of the Council.

Horwitz is an interpreter with English and ASL Community Interpreting, and has more than 10 years of interpreting experience. She earned a bachelor’s degree in musical theatre and education from American University, and a master’s degree of interpretation from Gallaudet University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in interpretation, also from Gallaudet University. She represents individuals knowledgeable in the field of deafness and replaces Laura Scott.

Johnson is the development director for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services in Grand Rapids. She also has experience with the National Association of the Deaf and Mental Health Services for the Deaf. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in public and nonprofit administration from Grand Valley State University. She will represent deaf or hard of hearing persons and replaces Brenda Neubeck.

Appointees will serve three-year terms expiring Jan. 18, 2018. Their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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Save the Date – 50/50 Raffle Drawing- April 16!

One of our Club’s largest fundraisers – our annual 50/50 raffle – is coming up in a couple of months! Tickets will go on sale  in March and the drawing for the winner will be held at our meeting on April 16, 2015.

YOU could be the lucky winner! (You do not have to be present to win.) Proceeds from the raffle help us in our service to the deaf and hard of hearing community. So we need a successful raffle!

Contact us if you would like to purchase tickets – and watch for more details coming soon.

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Valentine’s Day Fun!

On February 13th, Quotarians Pat and Pam helped students in Miss Cindy’s classroom make special Valentine’s for their parents. The students attend school at the Grand Rapids Oral Deaf Program located at Ken-O-Sha School, a program of the Grand Rapids Public Schools.  It was hard to determine who had more fun, the students or the Quotarians!



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