As I mentioned in this post, Robin did a very nice job with the Installation Ceremony at our banquet. Since we all write on computers these days, it’s very easy to share with you what she said. Without further ado, here is the ceremony (and photos!):
This was another great year for Quota under the strong leadership of the outgoing board. We added new members, established our Junior Quota Club, made lots of money working on great fundraisers and continued to serve our mission to help the deaf and hard of hearing and disadvantaged women and children. A special thanks to Kim for her steady, strong leadership. We are lucky to have had her guidance over the last year and for another year to come. Our group is small but we are strong – and optimistic for the future of our Club and the good things we can do to help those we serve through our mission. We have had interesting programs and fun social get-togethers in a wonderful new location. We continue to move forward using efficient communication through technology. And we got some great PR this year!
And maybe most importantly, we have continued to have fun together.
Thanks to the new Officers and Directors
Leadership in Quota is a big responsibility. Our leaders give many hours to their roles. Thanks to each person for accepting the challenge. Each position carries unique and important responsibilities. You make a difference.
The Directors are charged with helping to lead the Club, acting as liaisons to all Club Committees and handling any other responsibility as requested by the President. Returning for the 2nd of two year terms:
Barbara Griffin (Barbara was unable to attend.)
Emily Uebbing joined Quota in January of 2007 and has served in many capacities, including as President. She agreed to be on the Board again because she enjoys knowing what goes on behind the scenes and being in the know is important because Emily’s also our blog editor! (Have you checked the blog lately??)
Emily has lived in West Michigan for a total of fifteen years – the first 8 years of her life in Niles and the remaining seven here in Grand Rapids with her husband, Bill. Emily current works as the Jr. High Youth Director, Wedding Coordinator and Support Staff for Adult Education at the First United Methodist Church of GR. And if that’s not enough, she will have a “summer job” helping a friend with her landscape business in Mt. Pleasant. A little known fact about Emily? She’s is very afraid when crossing bridges!
New director Sandi Aten just joined Quota in February of this year. She agreed to step immediately onto the board so she can make new friendships, learn more about Quota and participate in activities that benefit others. She has lived in West Michigan for 47 years and she retired in 2011. In her free time, Sandi volunteers at Shawnee’s Oral Deaf School and for Gilda’s Club’s LaughFest. Little known fact about Sandi? She likes to garden.
Robin Keith – she has agreed to be a director for the next two years as well. She joined Quota in 1989 and have been on the board many times, including a stint as president (when she had the chance of a lifetime to attend the only international convention held in Singapore!) She has lived in GR for 35 years and currently work as the Community Relations Manager with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. A little known fact about Robin? She could live on popcorn.
The Treasurer is charged with managing the financial condition, records and obligations of the Club’s operating fund and the Charitable Foundation fund and will be accountable to report our condition to the Board and the membership.
Maureen Martin joined Quota in 1981 and has been on the board many times, including a stint as president. She has also served our district as governor. She agreed to serve as Treasurer because a very good friend asked her to serve and she couldn’t say no! She has lived in West Michigan all her life and although she has traveled far and wide, she still loves coming home. She is the Finance Manager at Home Repair Services and has served on the boards of the Girl Scouts, Grand Rapids Ballet and Lake Michigan Academy. A little known fact? Maureen likes to play pool.
The Secretary is charged with keeping the minutes from all meetings of the Club and the Board and will handle all relevant correspondence of the Club.
Cathy Kaiser - We have a very experienced board as Cathy has also served on the board a number of times and was president for an unprecedented three years! She joined Quota in 1981 and agreed to serve as Secretary this year because the loves knowing the inside scoop! She has lived in West Michigan since she was 13 years old and currently is the training coordinator for MISBTDC (ask Cathy what that stands for) at GVSU. A little known fact about Cathy? She once made a jacket out of a tablecloth!
The President Elect will act in the absence or inability of the President to serve and will perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President or the Board of Directors.
Martha Herman has only been a Quotarian since February of 2011 but has been very active from the start. She agreed to be in a leadership role to learn more about Quota and to use her energy and skills to help advance our Club. She has a master’s degree in leadership so she’s really prepared! She has lived in West Michigan her whole life and is currently self employed as a government contractor helping small businesses learn how to get long term contracts with federal, state and local governments. A little known fact? At the age of 26 she wrote a high school curriculum for blind and physically handicapped students to finish high school at home. One of her graduates was a gentleman with multiple sclerosis who was bedridden.
The President is responsible to preside at all meetings of the Club and the Board, generally supervise the interests and welfare of the Club in the community, appoint committees, represent the club at District and International meetings and generally set the direction, with the Board, for the next year.
Kim Savoie joined Quota in 1995, the same year she got her first hearing aids. She agreed to lead our club now because her current employer, Stifel Nicolaus, allows her to do so (her previous employer would not due to industry regulations). She’s lived in West Michigan her whole life bout wouldn’t reveal how long that is! For 29 years Kim has been a personal financial planner – which she considers being the best job in the work because she helps empower people financially! She has been active with Hudsonville High school, were her daughter Katie attends school – Kim will be a prom chaperone and also volunteers with the Hudsonville Band and Winter Color Guard. She’ll have an empty nest next year when Katie flies off to college. A little known fact: Kim uses her left hand for some tasks and her right hand for others – but she’s not truly ambidextrous!
At this point, the new Board was installed.
Please look for photos of the new board (to be posted soon, here on the blog) to help you recognize them. We are here to serve you and we want to hear from you. And we also want to thank you, the members, for your support of this club. We do make a difference!
Here are some photos from the evening.
Sandi, Maureen and Martha pose for a picture before eating dinner.
Gwen, Diane and Eleanor sharing laughter and smiles.
Kath and Pam share a hug before the program started.
Emily, Sarah, Anna Moore, Pam H., and Robin enjoying another Installation banquet.
The 2013-14 Board Members: Emily, Barbara (not pictured), Robin, Sandi, Maureen, Cathy, Martha, and Kim (look for mugshots, er, I mean head shots/close ups to be posted in the next few weeks).