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Quota Happy Holidays!

Thanks to Peggy and Joe Bishop for hosting our annual Quota Club Holiday party last night. The weather cooperated and those of us who attended enjoyed a fun evening of good food, drink and friendship. It was great to have a guest there as well as an alumni. Thanks to those who were there and brought food to share. And for those of you who weren’t able to make it, we missed you!

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President’s Message for December, 2014

It’s really too bad we don’t celebrate the months as much as we do November and December.  We make special wishes to people…Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, etc. during these months but why don’t we wish people good things during the rest of the year?

Why don’t we share positive messages, revelations, and salutations of joy every day?

Perhaps because we get caught up in our own struggles.  Perhaps many fewer than most people.

We do, however, have tremendous gifts among us, ready to share and provide positive growth and opportunity.  Let’s do something good every month of the year, no matter what month or day.  The world is new all the time.  And we, together, can make a difference.

Soon, we will be embarking on new ideas and practices that are vital to our future.  Please be mindful that these are just some of the ideas we have brought together.  We are not perfect nor are we knowledgeable in every area of building the best Club.

Think of it this way by O. A. Battista….

“Mistakes can be anchors that drag you down, or stepping stones to greater levels of achievement.  Unless you take the proper attitude toward mistakes, however, you are doomed to lose much of the pleasure of your work.  No matter how successful you may appear to be on the outside, real and lasting satisfaction comes only from inside of you.  The most important point of all to remember about mistakes is this: No error becomes a mistake until you refuse to correct it.”

We make mistakes but only to teach us about new ways to think.  I believe this, sincerely.

Happy Every Day of the Year!!

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Michigan native at the White House

Check out this interesting article about who’s baking cookies at the White House this year!

Thanks for sharing Kim!

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Quota in Action

Do you wonder what we do with the money we raise through events like our annual Duck Walk or our Barnes & Noble Book Fair. Well, wonder no more because here is just one example of how our funds do great work for our community.

We donated purchased ten pilot caps for deaf babies through the Northview Public Schools Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The caps are specially made to be worn by young children in order to keep their cochlear implants or hearing aids in place.

We received the following picture of one of the recipients wearing his pilot cap along with a thank you note from one of the dedicated teachers in this wonderful program.

Quota enjoys our relationship with Northview and we applaud the great work they are doing with young people in their program.

Pilot Caps

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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.

-Martha

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