News from Convention

This isn’t just hot off the press, it’s happening right now!

Kim, Martha and I (Emily, your friendly blogger) are sitting here in fabulous Cincinnati, Ohio surrounded by over three hundred Quotarians from around the world! The latest numbers on Quotarians are as follows: 5,283 members in 265 clubs in twelve countries. Our incoming President Karen Murphy is hoping to focus on “Gain and Retain”. No, that’s not weight. She means membership.

I encourage you to think about how you can help our Grand Rapids club focus on sharing the name of Quota with more people. When I first started in Quota, I was on our Membership committee. I used to challenge our membership to think about who you know. Who can you tell about Quota? Your hairdresser? Your assistant?

Let me tell you, it pays to talk about Quota. The firemen were meeting here when we first arrived at the hotel. Do you know that in one conversation, our fellow Australian Quotarians talked to several of those firemen. The firemen were so impressed about Quota that they put it on Facebook. They told their friends that if anyone wanted to learn more about Quota to contact Karen. There are twenty people who contacted her to learn more! Why are we keeping it a secret? Start talking about Quota. Ask your neighbor what they like to do. Everyone feels better when they help someone. Ask them if they know someone who is deaf or hard-of-hearing. That is an easy way to start a conversation about Quota. Don’t be shy. Let’s share Quota with everyone!

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New Interpreter Regulations for Michigan

Check out the changes coming to our state regarding hearing policy at health institutes.

Crain’s New Interpreter Regulations

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July 2014 President’s Message

As we begin to connect with the people who help us with our mission on July 24th, I’d like to remind you of some ideas that embrace Quota.

One of the first questions that any new person who joins in with us is ‘Do I belong here?’ One way or another, they must locate themselves in the story of our motto, We Change Lives.  They must experience a genuine emotional connection that says what you do matters to them, personally.  It might be the cause itself, a special project, their relationship with a member, etc. But whatever it is, all of us have a story to tell of a person who was touched by one of our activities.  Carlos, for example, had never roasted a marshmallow over a fire, had never experienced the taste of a s’more and was only one of the handful of young people who found a way to the picnic last year.  He topped his game by wiggling that oreo cookie from his forehead to his mouth in seconds.  I would say those experiences changed his life by giving him confidence, acceptance and applause, something that he rarely ever felt.

What do we at Quota stand for?  From the article about telling stories, we need to express ourselves, our passion, our mission, our special projects to include the people with whom we work.  People invest in organizations that reflect their own personal values and worldview.  They express themselves by donating their time, money and energy.  Now we need to reinforce what we know how to do – further engage, reinforce and brag about what we do with the money we raise.  Only a small group of people really know what impact we have on the community.

Communicating our unique difference is a matter of survival.  It’s time for us to be proud of what we do and act upon the things that matter the most.

Let’s spread the word. Tell a story about how YOU changed someone’s life through the service that we provide, how YOU impacted their future, how you inspired someone.


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Here’s what you missed at the June meeting

Just wanted to thank everyone for their contributions to this event.

I always say “Quotarians step up and do what needs to be done!” and that will make our club “Move Forward and Blossom with Quota!” I feel truly blessed to work with such a great group of women.

So here is the recap. It was great fun. While the accounting team of Bishop and Howland accounted for all the tickets and after we got through the “Business” with Martha, Sarah Glover stepped up to Afficiate the Fun. She made such adorable nametags, rule sheets and tally cards. After a short trial run, we were off to playing a few, hot games of Bunco with fabulous gifts and prizes. Thank you Sarah!

While I am mentioning gifts and prizes, thanks to everyone that contributed. It was so much fun to play and win!

The most important part, however, was that we raised the most money in the history of this event. All of you sold more than $2,400 worth of tickets. Which means that one of Martha’s ticket holders won $1,260. And you all raised $1,260 for us to use to help the deaf and hard of hearing in our community. Great job!

A special thank you to Martha Herman, Robin Keith and Kim Savoie who were the top three ticket sellers.


2014 50_50 raffle winner

President Martha and 50/50 Raffle Winner, Judy

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Save the Date!

Quota of Grand Rapids is celebrating!

Save the Date! July 24, 2014. Click HERE to see the official card. Share this with everyone you know. We want everyone to help us celebrate!

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Farmers Market

The first Saturday of each month Quota serves coffee and talks up healthy hearing at the Fulton Street Farmers Market. We have 3 volunteers each month but the more, the merrier! Join us from 10 until 12 and have some fun AND move Quota forward!

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July in Cincinnati

Several of us are getting ready to head to Quota International’s 2014 Convention. This is the biannual conference where Quota members from all over the world gather in the name of Quota’s mission. We make new friends and spend time with treasured friends. We see the difference that we make around the world.

Can’t go? Here’s how you can help this year without taking the car ride to Cincinnati, click this link to Q.I.’s website. We can take books, bears or monetary donations. If you would like to make a donation, the link on their page will take you to the donation page where you can print out the form. Give the form and/or donations to Emily,  Kim, or Martha before July 15th and they will be sure to turn it in at Convention.

Let’s continue to make a difference!

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June 2014 President’s Message

Maureen shared the link from Network for Good, a non-profit platform, with me about Storytelling for Nonprofits.  Over the past year, we have talked briefly about this topic and how we can engage more people as members, supporters, donors, and so on.  The Membership Committee, chaired by Diane, has shown intense interest in this subject, encouraging us to learn how this skill can benefit our Club.

Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of communication, stretching generations, and teaching young and old people strong ethics, morals, and sensitivity to, and for others.  Many of us have problems telling good stories simply by misunderstanding some of the basic guidelines.  This is just one of the points as outlined in the eBook on how to present stories that attract donors, win support and raise money.

Stories help us remember.  When you have facts you want people to remember, it’s much more likely the facts will be remembered if you contain those facts within a story.”

Last Thursday, I attended the concert held by the students of Ken-O-Sha school.  While I sat and listened to their little voices, reaching out and touching each one of us in the audience in a different way, I looked at the end of the row where Sandi Aten was sitting.  At one time this past month, she said she might like to volunteer somewhere else.  I don’t believe it!

Sandi had her eyes glued to each and every one of those 63 students, engaged and humored by their intensity, their efforts, their expressions and the joy of being recognized for their hard work.  She was every bit as happy as having several new friends, several new grandkids or several days traveling with friends. She knew all of the children, in one way or another, and praised them afterwards with warm and kind words of support. Her heart has been touched in so many ways by these children, their struggles, their failures, their accomplishments and their rewards.  I believe she will be there next year.

This is a story.  This is a memory.  This is an emotion.

This is why we are here; this is why we do what we do; and this is how we make a difference.

At our Summer Celebration on July 24th, we will be showing the last few videos of these children singing and playing their hearts out at these performances.  Please find a story that you can tell.

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The Last District 20 Conference

*Note from the editor Have no fear fellow Quotarians! In case you have been living under a rock, or you’ve simply been out-of-touch with news; we are changing from Districts to Regions. District 20 will now be known as Region 4. Our Regional Director, Yvonne, is helping us leap “4-ward” into this change.

President Martha writes:

News & Views from the Port Huron Conference, 5/16/14 – 5/18/14

Here are the highlights of our great adventure to the last District 20 Conference!

Friday:  After checking in to our rooms and at the conference desk, we dropped the suitcases off, put on our kitchen aprons, if we didn’t forget them (that would be Maureen and I), and headed to the rooms where we enjoyed yummy snacks, wine, soups, salads, and more wine.  Kath S. and Cathy K. were donned in a flowered apron, and a Q stamped half apron, respectively.  Very cute.  HOWEVER, the stars of the event were Kim and Rachael, who plumped and primped outstanding versions of HOT babes in outrageously exquisite aprons complete with hats, plumes and strategically placed cupcakes on their full aprons.  No scrimping here…Kim won first place and Rachael won second place with loud cheers and hoots.  Congrats, ladies!!

Saturday: We enjoyed breakfast at the nearby Country Club and started with meetings, reports, and introductions of several of the members who have positions in their respective clubs.

Some stats that I saw were significant are:

Members attending: Flint, 10; GR, 6; Iosco County, 5; Kalamazoo, 5; Port Huron, 14; Traverse City, 5.

Members in each club are as follows:  Flint, 31; Port Huron, 31; GR, 27; Traverse City, 13; Iosco Cty, 48 and Kalamazoo, 12.  Collectively, the 6 clubs and 162 members raised $57,000 for the populations we serve along with special projects over the last year. Yahoo!  We do make a BIG difference!

An entertaining, yet powerful presentation was given by a Port Huron organization that changes the lives of young people named Save Our Neighborhoods and Streets.  As a non-profit outreach program, the director and his staff have successfully supported youth to obtain leadership skills, soft skills and manners, and encouraged them to stay in school.  He challenges them to become respectful citizens and educated individuals.  Quota has participated in their outreach and supports them when possible.

After lunch, we were divided into ‘food’ groups to discuss topics such as membership development, fundraising ideas, retention, and more.

The results of that session will be available for all of us, shortly, if Lisa Kent can read our notes!  There were interesting perspectives from all conference attendees.

Tess Tompos, International Representative, gave us an update on some of the changes that will occur as we begin our mission with Region 4.

I won’t go into all the structural changes, like reducing the QI Board from 8 to 5, reducing other staff positions, but I will applaud that QI will now host all of our websites for FREE; only one delegate needs to go to the conferences and conventions so we can save money at the Club level, grant writing for larger sums of money to work with, and others.  If you would like to review the Region 4 Bylaws and Rules of Procedure, I will be happy to share them with you.


Besides the significant awards given for the best dressed apron, the following awards were given to our Club

The Helen David Service Award for our partnership with Northview Public Schools for the support given by us in the production of the ‘Miracle Worker’.

Significant years of service awards were given to:

Sarah Glover – 15 years

Anna Moore Butzner – 20 years

Kathleen Slagal – 25 years

Gwen Powers – 25 years

Robin Keith – 25 years

Diane Friar – 30 years

Peggy Bishop – 30 years

Maureen Martin – 30 years

Cathleen Kaiser – 30 years

Eleanor Roberts – 50 years

Virginia Ebers – 50 years


Saturday evening’s entertainment was a young man, named Jason, who wowed the crowd with his hypnotic antics!

It was really funny and I’m so glad I wasn’t up there trying to remember my name, forgetting the number 6, or saddened by my cat.  Rachael can tell you more!

District 20 is no longer (water under the bridge so to speak) and we are now Region 4, stronger, smarter, and ready to MOVE (or leap) FORWARD!

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2014 Quotarian of the Year

As presented at the April 2014 Installation Banquet:

It is my sincere pleasure to recognize and applaud Quota Club of Grand Rapids’ Quotarian of the Year.

She has been a very active member of our club for several years and continues to attack each task given to her with gusto, perseverance and attention to detail.  She is conscientious, dedicated and considerate of our members, their guests and all who have had contact with her in her Quota life as well as her personal life.

Undoubtedly, she goes above and beyond to ensure that her duties as former Treasurer, Secretary, committee member of Program, Service and Finance are consistent, well prepared and managed in a thoughtful, creative and hospitable manner.

Her countless contributions have impacted several people in our club as well as the community of people with whom we serve.  She can always be counted on to do a terrific job and is one of the members who rarely misses a meeting.  Her behind-the-scenes work illuminates her kindness, her passion and her caring attitude.

She has shared what Quota means to her with us, and now we would like to honor her with this award after so many years of giving.

We recognize our Outstanding Member for 2014….

 Sarah Glover!

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