President’s Message 2.19.16

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE    February 19, 2016

Last night’s Club meeting was terrific. Everyone shined and sparked new interest and emotion into our guests, and our Club.  You all really make a difference!!

A few other things….

Gwen and I are meeting tomorrow to construct a survey of how you feel about Strategic Planning and the changes that have been implemented this year.  I think it’s important to measure our successes and examine the challenges we still need to fine tune.  The survey will be sent to you via email as soon as it is ready.

Quota International contacted me about the Hear For Good program recently.  Someone was interested in how the program worked and wanted more information.  The marketing person wanted to know about one of our recent successes and wrote this article on their blog. (https://teamquota.org/)

Region 4 is having their 2nd annual conference in Birch Run, MI, April 8th to the 10th.   Quota International President, Karen Murphy, will be there speaking and giving us updates on the latest news from headquarters.  Julie Jones will be the inspirational speaker on personal development.  It sounds like a great, fun and informative getaway.  See the attached reservation form.

Also attached is the new flyer for Quota of Grand Rapids.  It’s something we can hand out with pride.  BIG Thanks to the authors!!

“The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes

In my opinion, I think we are moving in the right direction.  New members are extremely important to keep that momentum working and growing.  New perspectives and challenges will continue to be present in our development as a Club.  But I think we can overcome mistakes and grow stronger.

Thank you for all you do.

Martha 

martha@empoweredconsult.com

President’s Message December 2015

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE for December, 2015

It’s been a very Happy Year, 2015!  Can’t wait for more action in 2016!

As you know, I wrapped on Black Friday and pulled in $67.10 from the crowd at B & N.  Last week on Christmas Eve, Kathy Freeman, Maureen Martin and her friend, Cynthia Lehman, came to join me wrap!  What fun, but the most fun was counting the money raised….$299.66!!!  Yahooo…for a total of $366.76.  We met a lot of cool people who were glad to give.

Also last week Tuesday, I met with Sharan Sturdavant from Cedar Springs, our first recipient of our Hear For Good hearing aids.  DHHS’s Nancy Cluley interviewed her as a candidate for our program and she was ecstatic to know that someone finally could help her.  She has had hearing loss for most of her life along with a speech impediment.  She found help for her speech but she still needed hearing aids.  She has been tested by three different audiologists in hopes that someone, or some way, she could get help.

Today, I received a voice mail from her husband, Eric, who is just as excited about the hearing aids as she is!  I called back and reached Eric.  He handed the phone to Sharan and told me her fittings would be tomorrow at Kaczmarski Hearing Center!  It only took one week to get the reconditioned hearing aids to her with her specific needs.  Starkey is an amazing company!

Kaczmarski is a terrific company as well.  They are the only independent audiology center in West Michigan.  Beckie Kaczmarski was more than willing to give her time, her employee’s time and talent to make this a dream come true at Christmas for someone who has been waiting so long for someone to come forward.

We are the ones who have made a new life for Sharan.  I’m so proud that we can all, collectively, with agency and audiologists’, support to make a difference.

I hope your dreams come true, too, in 2016.

marthaMartha

Holiday Book Fair Nov 7 2015

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HOLIDAY BOOK FAIR

Grand Rapids, Mich., October 19, 2015 – Quota International of Grand Rapids is teaming with Barnes & Noble to host a fundraising Book Fair on Saturday, November 7 at the Woodland Mall retail store. The event will run all day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A portion of all purchases made in the store on Saturday, or online at www.barnesandnoble.com from November 7-14, will be donated by Barnes & Noble to Quota for use in service projects to help the deaf and hard of hearing in West Michigan. On-line or in-store customers need to give Quota’s special Book Fair ID number 11704269 at checkout.
The Saturday event will include several special activities including Hearing Screening for Adults by Hear USA, Paws With a Cause service dogs, Fingerprinting with Trooper Martin Miller, story reading with sign language interpreters, and bookmark crafts for kids. A Mini Makers Faire will also be part of the fun – an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, authors, artists, and students exhibiting what they create. Santa also arrives the same day with the toys he has made.
Questions about the Book Fair can be directed to Lisa Braendle via email at lbraendle@aol.com.

Hear for Good Hearing Aid Donations Nov 2, 2015

  RECYCLE USED HEARING AIDS HERE 

Quota International of Grand Rapids is pleased to announce

HEAR FOR GOOD

A LOCAL PROJECT TO COLLECT USED HEARING AIDS FOR RECYCLING

AS PART OF MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY

Monday, November 2, 2015

4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

4328 Kalamazoo St. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI

Hearing aids are collected, remanufactured and

provided to people with lower incomes.

Quota Club of Grand Rapids supports

the deaf and hard of hearing in our community.

quotagr@gmail.com

Hear For Good Hearing Aid Collection Nov 2, 2015

 RECYCLE USED HEARING AIDS HERE

Quota International of Grand Rapids is pleased to announce

HEAR FOR GOOD

A LOCAL PROJECT TO COLLECT USED HEARING AIDS FOR RECYCLING

AS PART OF MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY

Monday, November 2, 2015

4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

4328 Kalamazoo St. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI

Hearing aids are collected, remanufactured and

provided to people with lower incomes.

Quota Club of Grand Rapids supports

the deaf and hard of hearing in our community.

quotagr@gmail.com

President’s Message Oct 4, 2015

marthaPresident's message poster.pdfCONGRATULATIONS, QUOTA CLUB OF GRAND RAPIDS!!

We have united our spirited talents for the best results on the 2015 Duck Walk!!  So many of you participated in one way or another to raise a new record of donations and sponsorships!!  Wonderful work!

Another thought…..

I believe we have all encountered some challenges in our lives.  We struggle and think about them, but we face those, hopefully, with positive energy knowing that we can move forward.  Our deaf friends experience those challenges on a daily basis.  Our lives are simple compared to the hurdles that they have.

Let’s remember that they need our help, support and promises to keep them moving forward, too.  Think what it’s like to walk in their shoes for a day.  Imagine life without the ability to hear, understand and comprehend life.  It isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.

Thank you for being you!

President’s Message 8.24.15

President’s Message, August 24, 2015

Over the past several months, I have discovered the unique culture, practices and principles of the deaf community.

From my experience, they are

bold and shy,

strong and vunerable,

intense and involved,

broken and collected

misunderstood and knowledgeable

depressed and suppressed.

They display pain with humor,

Laugh with a freedom only known to them

Discounted from society yet deeply involved in their own

Comforting to each other

Cautious with strangers, and

Unconditionally supportive

It’s a tightly woven community with skills, insights and challenges all very unique.

I understand so very much more than I did a year ago, and I’m so happy I’ve had the opportunity to acquire new life long relationships.

I would like to invite you, too.

Thank you, friends!