October 11-13, 2013
The weekend weather was gloriously beautiful. The hotel was on a harbor with salmon leaping through the air every few minutes. I walked to the lighthouse each morning to see the sunrise. There was a wonderful farmers’/craft market within walking distance. Oh, to have a GR Quota friend to share it with! Oh well, I survived, sat with district friends at the meetings and dinner and learned so much. Nice weekend!
Eighty attendants included big groups from North Dakota and Wisconsin.
Laura Lehman, International President, opened the Saturday proceedings by explaining several concerns the Board had about moving headquarters to Dallas; after one meeting there, they have changed their minds so QI headquarters will stay in Washington DC.
Regional candidacy is open so the web site has all the candidates with their information. Votes must be to governors by October 15. This does not concern our club because we are unique in that we remain the same six clubs currently in our District will also be in our new Region. Yvonne Babe is running unopposed so she will continue on as Regional Director.
There are more than 50 JQ clubs invited to convention and being asked to submit a video for convention.
There will be a “Draw Down” at convention. Tickets are $100 and must be purchased by March 1. (They may be bought as a group.) 400 will be sold and the winning ticket will be worth $10,000!!!!!
Members are not reading the online version of the Quotarian online as was hoped, so there a hard copy of the publication will be mailed to all in February.
Barbara Schreiber was introduced. She is a young 45 years old with a bundle of energy. I was impressed with her new outlook, quick thinking and commitment to Quota. By the way, she asked again that everyone email her with one reason why you love Quota (she only had a very few respond to her first request—maybe that shows how very few read online!)
Karen Murphy spoke next. She said that Central Area has the highest average member per club in the world – 27 (helped by 52 members in Flint and 51 in Iosco County). Karen is challenging other clubs to match us.
She did say that an average of 87 members worldwide are leaving each month.
Quota’s fiscal year is being changed to the calendar year, which should make many things easier for all.
Karen also said that her club’s JQ has raised $5,000 and will be raising $15,000 next month. Wow!
She announced that this year was NOT a deficit budget year!!!!!!!!!
$1.5 million was donated by Quota worldwide.
There were “reports” by all the district governors.
Yvonne wore her frog hat and she did a great job promoting our Duck Walk!
The 6th district raised $81,000 last year!!!! Yikes!
Julia Witherspoon was the guest speaker — she spoke about her Cops ‘n Kids program and said “I love Quota!” about 600 times (sincerely each time!). She has two new extensions called “Book ‘em” (books for prisoners that they receive right after being booked) and “Books at Birth” which are given to new moms when they leave the hospital. She was presented with an honorary membership in Quota —there were many tears by presenter and presentee. It was quite touching and she is such a wonderful person—so inspiring and loving! (We might want to plan ahead for our March project and think about doing a version of either of her two new projects so we can buy books at the Book Fair in November ????). Just a thought…………
Concluding the afternoon was a panel discussion with the board members. Many attendees had questions about the new structure but I think we have most of the information that was covered and we were promised to receive much more. Possibly the biggest concern was the fiscal calendar change re: dues/taxes. There is no definite answer at present, as the board will have to wait until the Regions make singular decisions in January. We were reminded several times about the time involved in making this major structural change.
This is wordy, I know, so I will just say further that there was a nice banquet on Saturday night when I sat with the Flint contingent and had a very enjoyable time. I bought a Q pendant from the Silent Auction, which raised $1466 for the Wanda Frey Joiner foundation. Sunday involved lots of talk about Cincinnati: cost of the registration is $360 per member. The good news about that is that you can pay in 4 installments.
We split up into Regions to discuss the future. Our Region 4 discussion was about how we can use the new structure to change the way we do things as one entity going forward. For example, our yearly conferences could still move from club to club but without a “host” so that each club contributes in a different way. Also, communication within the Region will become more important, actually, necessary.
That’s it in a nutshell (maybe a big Brazil nut?). Please contact me if you have any specific questions.