Holiday Book Fair Nov 7 2015

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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 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

Installation of Board of Directors and Announcement of 2015 Quotarian of the Year!


Quota International of Grand Rapids announces the installation of the following Quotarians to the Board of Directors for the 2015/16 fiscal year

President                     Martha Herman, Empowered Consulting, LLC

Vice President            Pam Howland, Retired

Treasurer                     Maureen Martin, Home Repair Services

Directors –                  Sandi Aten, Retired

Kathleen Freeman, Hope Network

Rachael Owsinski, Fifth Third Bank

The Club also announces that Maureen Martin has been selected as the 2015 Grand Rapids Quotarian of the Year! This award is given annually to a local Quotarian who exemplifies the standards of Quota International and the organization’s motto, “We Share.” Maureen has been a member of Quota since 1981, currently serves as Treasurer and has also served as President, District Governor and in other leadership roles during her long tenure with the Club. Her dedication, experience and “voice of reason” continues to help guide the club as we move forward into the future.

Congratulations to Maureen and the newly installed Board of Directors.

Save the Date – 50/50 Raffle Drawing- April 16!

One of our Club’s largest fundraisers – our annual 50/50 raffle – is coming up in a couple of months! Tickets will go on sale  in March and the drawing for the winner will be held at our meeting on April 16, 2015.

YOU could be the lucky winner! (You do not have to be present to win.) Proceeds from the raffle help us in our service to the deaf and hard of hearing community. So we need a successful raffle!

Contact us if you would like to purchase tickets – and watch for more details coming soon.

Quota Fund/Friend Raisers for 2015

Quota is working hard to raise funds that will be used to help the deaf and hard of hearing and make a difference in the lives of many people in our community.

Our Fin/Fun committee has proposed three major 2015 fundraisers for Quota this year. Planning for the first one is already underway. Our popular ‘Show Me the Money” 50/50 raffle is back!  Chair Pam H. has applied for the raffle license and is busy making plans with her committee. Ticket sales will start on March 19 and continue until April 16 when a winning ticket will be drawn at our annual Installation Banquet. We hope all members and Quota friends will support this great event by buying tickets.  You never know–one of you might be the big winner this year!!

Our annual Duck Walk will be held in September. Co-chairs Martha H. and Sandi A. have plans for some new and exciting changes this year. And our final major fundraiser will be our annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair which will be held in November. Chairs Lisa B. and Pat C. are sure to have fun things planned. So watch the blog for more details as planning begins!

Please remember that Koeze’s products can be purchased year-round and the proceeds help us fund our service projects. Valentine’s Day is a great time for a Koeze treat.

And finally, Amazon Smile is always a great way to help out by just hitting a key on your computer. Visit, select Quota Grand Rapids Charitable Foundation as your chosen charity and a portion of all your Amazon purchases will help us help others.

Your support in all fundraising endeavors is much appreciated! Leave a message for us if you would like to join in the fun!

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


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”



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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