Service Committee Report

We received a thank you/quarterly report from Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) in Ottawa County. Quota provided a $1000 grant to this agency for service to those who are deaf or hard of hearing in their county. Using our grant monies, MRS was able to capture an additional $2704 in federal matching funds. The goal of MRS is to help persons with disabilities obtain and maintain employment. To that end, MRS assisted two individuals whose employment involved constant verbal interaction to obtain hearing aids. One customer received $2200 in assistance, the other received $1000. In both situations there was no other source of financial assistance available and without the new hearing aids, these two individuals would have lost their employment.

By combining our funding and resources Quota and Michigan Rehabilitation Services were able to make a significant difference in the lives of these two people and allow them to continue to be contributing members of our community.


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October 2014 Minutes

These minutes are published to help you remember what we discussed or to keep you informed if you missed the meeting!


Quota International of Grand Rapids

Membership Meeting, October 16, 2014, 5:30 pm

Sunnybrook Country Club, Grandville, MI

Present: Sandi Aten, Peggy Bishop, Lisa Braendle, Pat Cook, Kathy Freeman, Sarah Glover, Martha Herman, Pam Howland, Cathy Kaiser, Maureen Martin, Rachael Owsinski, Gwen Powers, Kim Savoie, Kathleen Slagal, Emily Uebbing.

15 members and 1 guest attended.

1. Call to order: 6:15 pm by President Martha Herman. Quota Collect

2. Consent Agenda: September meeting minutes were approved as sent.

3. Recognition of Guests:Bobbi Bach, interpreter for our guest attended for a short time until we determined that Kiara Garrison would not be able to join us.

4. Updates and news

Amazon Smile – Maureen shared information about this super secret portal. When you sign into Amazon via Amazon Smile to make an online purchase, 0.5% of your purchase will be sent to Quota of GR. A link to the site will be sent to club members.

Barnes and Noble Lisa updated us on the Book Fair coming on November 8, 10 am – 6 pm. Save the date notices, vouchers, and a template to email to friends/family have all been sent to members. This event is also listed on the blog. Chef Del will be there, along with Pause With a Cause, Hearing Screening, Children’s Finger Printing, Mrs. Claus and Johnathan Rand, young adult author. Please sign up for a volunteer slot via Kath S. Wear your logo clothing on the date. Lisa will send weekly updates to get the excitement going, and an agenda of the day’s activities. (Lisa thanks everyone for concern over her Mom’s recent surgery.)

Thank you letters from agencies and service – Kathy F gave update on service activities: $1,000 sent to Indian Trails; $1,250 to DHHS for partial funding of 5 hearing aids; $90 for pilot caps for GROD; $100 for pilot caps for Northview; $500 scholarship at GRCC; $450 to Quota World Service; $1,000 to GROD for classroom supplies: $100 to each of 7 classrooms, $100 to the audiologist, $50 to each Teacher Consultant; $1,000 to MRS (Michigan Rehabilitation Services) Kent County and $1,000 to MRS Ottawa County; these funds will leverage federal match monies so that each $1000 contribution becomes $3,700 for MRS clients. Deb Buckley is working on the Christmas party for DHHS clients on December 9 at noon. It will be a potluck this year. We served coffee at the Farmers market this past summer and are on the schedule for 2015 – the first Saturday of the month for great awareness building.

New Membership Packets – Martha announced that Diane and Membership Committee updated the new member packets and Martha will send to members. Lisa requested that we have Membership packets at all events, especially the Book Fair. Ashlee Dowley has sent in her membership application and will be installed soon.

People Unlimited – Pam announced our club’s new membership in Cynthia D’Amour’s People Power Unlimited program. All members are encouraged to register and attend her online events and learning opportunities (live and archived), focused on making our club stronger.

Advisory Council – Martha reported on the first meeting of the Advisory Council held at DHHS with hearing related agencies and community members. We drafted a list of unmet needs so that we can coordinate with each other. Next meeting is Nov 6, 3:30 – 5:00 at DHHS.

Koeze Nut Sale – Maureen distributed new Koeze catalogs and order formsfor holiday and year round orders. Funds from these sales go into the General Fund to help will club operations.

Make a Difference Day – “Hear for Good” Martha announced that October 25 we’ll launch this campaign to compete in the Make A Difference Day. We will be collecting used hearing aids at various sites around the community and give them to DHHS where there will be refurbished and distributed to hard of hearing folks who can’t afford new aids. This can reduce the cost by 90%. Martha will distribute boxes with plastic bags for collection. If you have locations to suggest, let Martha know (churches, senior facilities, etc.)This campaign will be written up and submitted to the Make A Difference Day organizers (USA Today). If our event is selected, Quota wins $10,000. We’ll call it recycling hearing aids. Press release is scheduled to go out Monday.

Strategic Planning – Cathy updated the group on the Board’s Strategic Planning initiative. We have held two discussions to identify Key Issues and Strengths/Weaknesses, Opportunities/Threats, Definition of Success – in order to provide input for setting the future direction of our club. All are welcome to participate in the next meeting after the Board meeting on Nov 17. The group concurred that we need to let people know what Quota is and what we are doing to make a difference.

Very Special Guest – Kiara Garrison – our GRCC Scholarship recipient who was planning to join us and share her story. While she was unable to join us, her delightful thank you note let us know that she is 21 years old, has 3.5 years in at GRCC, and is focused on completing her degree – Special Ed Teacher for Deaf elementary students.

Other – Emily reminded us all to Read the Blog! And if you have information to share send it to her. One suggestion is: A Who We Help category on the Blog would be great. Our most recent brochure is on the Blog! Gwen is considering offering treasures from her Mother’s jewelry collection for a fundraising auction. Ginny Ebers sent along a “Hello!”

Martha adjourned the meeting at 7:45 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Cathy Kaiser, Recording Secretary

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Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services – Annual Holiday Party

On December 9, we hosted our annual holiday party for some of the clients of DHHS. We had a nice, homemade lunch (thanks, Debbie!) and gave each attendee a gift card AND a goodie bag filled with fun surprises. They all loved the food, the gifts and they couldn’t wait to play hangman! Thanks to the Quotarians who donated time and money to help bring a holiday smile to many faces. Special thanks to Kathy Freeman, Pat Cook, Martha Herman and Debbie Buckley!

DHHS Party


Debbie Buckley


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President’s Message, January, 2015

There are so many wishes for a new year, so many resolutions, so many promises. Perhaps these wishes, wants and dreams can be realized if we take them in smaller doses. Maybe by weeks or months, but years seem too long to keep focused.

Let’s challenge each other to keep our promise to Quota by the week and month. At each of our initiations, we were asked to uphold the principles of Quota. Have you? I don’t think you need a reminder of what they are. You know in your heart. You know in your actions. You know because you make a difference.

By the week….Support each other in their personal projects. Some of you want more involvement in the community. Some of you want to support our mission in different ways. Some of you want to stay in the background. Let’s support each other in all that we do, collectively.

By the month….Support Quota by attending the meetings, giving feedback, giving positive refreshment to the Club.

This month you will be presented with options for our Club to move forward. I would like you to think seriously about what and how you would like to proceed. We need to think about our focus, our promises and our future.

Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding an answer. - Denis Waitley

Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things … and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. – Walt Disney


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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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