Scholarship Recipient

Read a gracious letter from our recent scholarship recipient (click anywhere on the letter to make it larger):

GRCC Scholarship

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Barnes & Noble Book Fair – What a success!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our book fair on Saturday! Whether you were a volunteer, a partner or a buyer, we appreciate your help! We are still awaiting final numbers but the in-store sales that day has given us a profit of almost $900 for use in our service projects! Here are some photos from this exciting day.


Quotarians Sarah and Sandi work the book mark craft table!

Quotarians Sarah and Sandi work the book mark craft table!


Long lines of people at the Johnanthan Rand book signing!

Long lines of people at the Johnanthan Rand book signing!


Author Johnathan Rand

Author Johnathan Rand


Trooper Martin Miller from Rockford Post/ Michigan State Police fingerprints children

Trooper Martin Miller from Rockford Post/ Michigan State Police fingerprints children


Paws with a Cause

Paws with a Cause


Thanks to Miracle Ear for providing hearing screenings

Thanks to Miracle Ear for providing hearing screenings


Signing & interpreter voicing for a part of Johnathan Rand’s book, “Ghoulish Ghouls of Grand Rapids”

Signing & interpreter voicing for a part of Johnathan Rand’s book, “Ghoulish Ghouls of Grand Rapids”



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Barnes & Noble Book Fair – tomorrow!

We just confirmed that Paws with a Cause service dogs will be visiting during our book fair tomorrow at Barnes & Noble at Woodland Mall! Molly & her puppy-in-training and Colleen with her “hearing” dog, Poppy, will arrive around noon time. Be sure to stop in and say hi!

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Barnes & Noble Book Fair – This Saturday!

The schedule of events for the book fair has been slightly revised but the number of activities we have planned is as high as ever. Come out and join us the fun as we offer children’s activities, cooking demos, book signings and crafts and the Barnes & Noble at Woodland Mall. But if you can’t join us in person, you can still support Quota by making purchases on November 8 at your local B&N store or online from November 8-13. Just use the Quota book fair number when you check out and B&N will donate a portion of your purchase back to Quota for our service projects!



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Pediatric hearing loss and cochlear implants

Please join us on Thursday evening, November 20,at Sunnybrook Country Club  for our monthly membership meeting. Networking with a cash bar begins at 5:30 and our meeting with dinner begins at 6:00. Our presenter that evening will be Kirsten Kramer. She is an audiologist from Spectrum Health and Kirsten will share with us what she does at Spectrum, how they work with pediatric patients and update us on what is currently happening in the field of cochlear implants. Guests are welcome!

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November 2014 President’s Message

Quota International empowers women, children, the deaf, hard-of-hearing, and speech-impaired in local communities around the world.

Soon we will be wrapping up our Strategic Planning sessions and I’ll be presenting my recommendations to the Board and the Membership.  This hasn’t been the easiest project to tackle but I think we’ve done a great job of collecting information, opinions and suggestions for improvement in our Club. Certainly, if there’s anything you’d like to be discussed, please join us on Nov. 17th at Cathy Kaiser’s condo, you can email her for directions.  We begin our discussion around 6:45.  Please let me (Martha) know that you are going to attend.

The Barnes & Noble book fair is going to be a great event!  There has been a tremendous amount of time and effort in planning and organizing.  Let’s get the word out, again, to support the Club and our mission. Click here to read more.

‘Make a Difference Day’ at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services was a big hit!  We collected 27 hearing aids that will be refurbished and distributed to low income people in the community.  Additionally, new sites have been added in several locations:

Elder’s Helpers, 1407 Robinson Rd. SE; Grace Lutheran Church, Coopersville; Orchard Hill Church at 3 Mile and Bristol, GR; Drs. Niquette and Fair, Fremont; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Newaygo.  Other sites pending are the GR Veterans Home and Porter Hills.  If you have any connections where you think we might be able to collect hearing aids, please let me know.

Something to think about…

The world is all new all the time.  I go out there, and every day I’m starting all over again.  I’m always an amateur.  I may start something that’s not supported by my peers.  Every day I give up.  But then I always come back to it, thinking that perhaps someone will be encouraged to try something new, something different, something impactful.  Controlled hysteria is what’s required.  To exist constantly in a state of hysteria.  It’s agony. But everyone has agony. The difference is that I try to take that agony home and teach it to sing.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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Barnes & Noble Bookfair – November 8 – Woodland Mall

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!

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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.

Respectfully Submitted,

Cathy Kaiser, Recording Secretary

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Quota Shops for Charity

Now you can shop and donate at the same time! AmazonSmile will donate a portion of all purchases to Quota Club of Grand Rapids Charitable Foundation.

Purchase gifts or household supplies, and help us buy hearing aids and provide ASL interpreters at no additional cost!

Quota Grand Rapids Charitable Foundation

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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!

  1. 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.
  1. 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).
  1. 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.

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