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Central Area Newsletter, September 2011

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More exciting news is to be announced at the Central Area Meeting this weekend in Dubuque, Iowa. Pat and Emily will be attending and will share this news on our facebook page as soon as they hear it! Stay tuned…

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District 20 Newsletter – March 2011

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District Newsletter March2011

 

 

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Q.I. Update

January 20, 2011

IN THIS ISSUE:

1)   WORDS OF WISDOM

2)   LATEST QUOTA NEWS

3)   NEW QUOTA WEB SITE SOON TO LAUNCH

4)   2011 INTERNATIONAL VOTING INFORMATION

5)   TELL YOUR COMMUNITY THAT QUOTA CARES!

6)   DISTRICT STRATEGIC REPORTS AVAILABLE

7)   CLUB PRESIDENT’S CORNER

8)   OPPORTUNITIES FOR U.S. CLUBS

9)   WEB UPDATES FOR U.S. CLUBS

10)  CALENDAR

March is Quota Cares Month! Now is the time to plan your club’s special project. See #5 below for details.

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1. WORDS OF WISDOM

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all of your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”—Golda Meir

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2. LATEST QUOTA NEWS

*BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO MEET IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

The Quota International Board of Directors will meet in Washington, D.C., U.S.A., from February 4 to 6, 2011. Any major news or decisions made at the board meeting will be reported by President Gwenn in her first President’s Web message published after the board meeting and in the March issue of the LEADERSHIP e-ALERT.

*QUOTA GROWS ON

Since the last issue of the LEADERSHIP e-ALERT was sent to you, Quota International welcomed one new club and one new branch:

The Central Coast Branch of Quota International of Santa Maria, California, U.S.A.
Launched November 2010

Quota International of Mackay’s Rural North, Queensland, Australia.

Chartered December 12, 2010

*RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHERS SELECT WINNING CONTEST PHOTOS

Three former White House photographers and a Pulitzer-nominated photojournalist have completed judging of the We Share Foundation’s 2010 International Photography Contest. We proudly announce the winners:

-Grand Prize: Quota International of Taree, New South Wales, Australia

-Second Prize: Quota International of Cebu, the Philippines

-Third Prize: Quota International of Cebu, the Philippines

The Grand Prize photo will be published in the upcoming Quotarian magazine, to be published online in February, and all three winning photos will be published on the Quota International Web site.

*MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

Based on dues statements received as of December 31, 2010, Quota International has 5,950 members located in 269 clubs. This number will be adjusted as lost members in 2010 are reported on dues statements due in January. Club membership statistics are updated on a monthly basis and published on Quota’s Web site under the “For Clubs” link, http://www.quota.org/s&p/clubs.stats.htm

*QUARTERLY DONATIONS UPDATE

Quota leaders appreciate the generous gifts donated since the start of the current Quota year (May 1 – December 31, 2010):

-Wanda Frey Joiner: U.S.$54,397 (66% of our U.S.$82,000 goal)

-We Share Foundation: U.S.$28,700 (57% of our U.S.$50,000 goal)

-Friend of Quota: U.S.$18,635 (85% of our U.S.$22,000 goal)

*NEW BLOG ENTRIES ON-LINE

Stay connected with International President Gwenn Jackson through her blog. Read her posts since the start of 2011, “A typical Quota meeting,” and “A schedule for the new year” at http://www.deliveringpossibilities.com/newblog/.

*LAST CALL

Attention all clubs (outside of Quota’s South Pacific Area): January 31, 2011, is the final postmark date for the payment of club dues without payment of a late fee.

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3.  NEW QUOTA WEB SITE SOON TO LAUNCH

We are excited to report that Quota International will be celebrating the organization’s 92nd birthday month with a very special gift: the unveiling of Quota’s brand new Web site AND the publication of the inaugural issue of the new online Quotarian magazine. Our Home page will be sporting a new, more contemporary look and so many wonderful new features that we know you and your club members will enjoy.

In our November 2010 LEADERSHIP e-ALERT, we reported on some of the new features you could look forward to including a new search box, the ability to translate the site in other languages, the ability for every member to check her or his membership and donations record, and a new password protected Club President Center—just for you!  (We will e-mail the password you will need to enter that site closer to our launch date.)

Here now are a few other great features we know you will enjoy:

  • A new CLUB SALES MARKETPLACE where your club can advertise at no charge the merchandise you sell to raise club administrative or service funds. You will have the ability to upload an optional photo, so you might want to start taking your photos now!
  • A new QUOTA YOU TUBE CHANNEL, where clubs worldwide can post videos. (Have a video NOW that you would like to have posted when our site goes live?  E-mail it to Kyle@quota.org.)
  • Special software that will permit you to read THE QUOTARIAN online in the same way you read a print publication—as a two-page spread with easy to use features to turn pages, enlarge or reduce the size of your copy, and print pages for sharing.
  • A MEMBER SURVEY that will change from time to time asking for your feedback on various Quota issues. Our first survey will get your feedback on the new site, and you’ll get to see how your response compares to your fellow Quota members.

Watch for our announcement next month for the official launch date!

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4.   2011 INTERNATIONAL VOTING INFORMATION

All 2011 Board of Director elections will be held via mail ballot. To view a list of candidates, visit www.quota.org and click the “Quota Headlines” link, http://www.quota.org/express/exprs.headlines.2010.12.02.htm. Detailed voting information, the 2011 NOMINEE BROCHURE, and ballots will be mailed to all voting delegates no later than March 15, 2011. Because there is only one candidate running for the offices of President-elect, Central Area Director, and East Area Director, there will be no mail ballot election held for these positions, and the nominee will be declared the winner at the time that mail ballots for other elections are counted. Completed mail ballots must be received at the QI Office by May 15, 2011. Ballots received after this date will be disqualified.

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5.    TELL YOUR COMMUNITY THAT QUOTA CARES!

Quota International celebrates Quota Cares Month every year, and we invite your club to be a part of this exciting global event by planning a newsworthy service project in your Quota community in March. Doing so can pay dividends for your club through new members, increased fund-raising opportunities, and the ability to touch more lives that can benefit from the caring Quotarians worldwide are known for. Is your club in the market for a new project to plan? Consider new ideas from past winning clubs! Visit www.wesharefoundation.org and click the “Quota Cares Month” link to read all winning Quota Cares Month projects since the program began and to print a Quota Cares Month Planning Kit. The deadline for submitting your club’s Quota Cares Month Success form (for the Quota Cares Month International Competition) is April 15, 2011.  http://www.wesharefoundation.org/quotacares.htm

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6.   DISTRICT STRATEGIC REPORTS AVAILABLE

At 2009 district conferences, discussions led by international representatives enabled participants to assess the status and success of their district as well as identify areas for future improvement. In March 2010 we provided district strategic feedback reports (containing the results of the 2009 strategic roundtable discussions) to all governors. The feedback was provided as a tool for governors to use in moving their district forward in the way that is most important to district members as a whole. We have recommended that all governors make time to discuss your district’s results at your upcoming conference if they were not discussed at last year’s meeting. If you would like a copy of your district’s report, please contact Christy Herz at christy@quota.org.

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7.    CLUB PRESIDENT’S CORNER

*Help for your club. All Quota members have FREE access to a wonderful resource that will permit you to network with other club leaders while you participate in dynamic Webinars that will help you lead your club with success! If you attended Convention 2010, then you met Service Club Dynamo Cynthia D’Amour, President of PeoplePower Unlimited. Cynthia offers a special Web site for service club leaders, and your participation on her site is free! To learn more, click here: http://www.chapterleadersplayground.org/.

In case you missed them, notes from two of Cynthia’s recent Webinars, “What Younger Members Want from Your Chapter” and “Boost Your Leadership Confidence” are attached to this e-mail. Below is a list of FREE Webinars that Cynthia will be leading January thru March. All Webinars are 30 minutes, running from 1:00 – 1:30 pm, Eastern Time in the United States. All Webinars are archived for 45 days in case you are not available when it is live. Share this list with all club members and leaders so everyone can learn!

January 28 -  How to Plan an Amazing Board Retreat

February 3 – Attract More Potential Members to Your Chapter

February 9 - Creating Member Value with Virtual Team Meetings

February 15 – Break the Cycle of Doing Too Much

February 24 - How to Turn Around Your Struggling Chapter

March 1 - Dealing with Negative People Who Drag Your Chapter Down

March 16 - Make Being Involved More Fun

March 30 - Make Fundraising More Attractive to Your Members

*Club/leadership development coming soon to a city near you. Just announced for 2011, Cynthia D’Amour’s Lazy Leader Road Show! Later this year Cynthia’s D’Amour will be bringing a half-day program to 20 cities across America. The focus: How to create a surplus of volunteers – Lazy Leader style. Below are the cities the Road Show will be coming to. Plan now to send your club’s incoming 2011-2012 officers and any interested members. See the attached flyer for details.

Grand Rapids, MI        Sacramento, CA           Portland, OR

Dallas, TX                   Cleveland, OH             Baltimore, MD

Denver, CO                 Raleigh/Durham, NC   St. Louis, MO

Tampa, FL                   Philadelphia, PA          Pittsburgh, PA

Washington, DC          Indianapolis, IN           Minneapolis, MN

Chicago, IL                  Atlanta, GA                 Phoenix, AZ

Milwaukee, WI            Seattle, WA

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8.   OPPORTUNITIES FOR U.S. CLUBS

U.S. Quota clubs: Interested in hosting an arts event for deaf members of your community? Contact The Little Theatre of the Deaf for information about adding your community to their national tour of “Stories in My Pocket” and “Stories in My Pocket, Too.” Both performed in sign language and the spoken word, these productions are filled with stories, poems, and signing fun.

The audience chooses the stories, game-show style, from large colorful pockets on the stage.

What will be in the yellow pocket—Signing Fun, Fables, Poems, or Improvisation?  Included is a Learn and Study Together Guide providing material about the performance, exercises, and sign language lessons for everyone. Contact Betty Beekman, Tour Director, National Theatre of the Deaf, (860) 236-4193-Telephone or BBeekman@NTD.org.

U.S. Quota clubs: The Gannett Foundation’s Community Grant Program supports non-profit activities in the communities in which Gannett does business. To see a list of communities eligible and to learn more, click here: http://www.gannettfoundation.org/index.htm.

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9.  WEB UPDATES FOR U.S. CLUBS

In the “For Clubs” section of www.quota.org, “Administration and Operations” has been updated with three new pieces of information for U.S. clubs.

  • Incorporating your club. Quota International’s attorney and Board of Directors strongly recommend that all Quota clubs in the United States incorporate and adopt a conflict of interest policy. If your club is already incorporated you should also adopt a conflict of interest policy. Details on how to do both may be found at http://www.quota.org/s&p/clubs.adm.inc.htm.
  • Establish a Charitable Foundation. As U.S. Quota clubs have been designated 501(c)(4) organizations by the IRS, Quota clubs may wish to set up a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation for your service activities. Details may be found at http://www.wesharefoundation.org/serv501c3.htm.
  • Club President’s Guide. The Club President’s Guide addendum for U.S. clubs has been updated on-line with changes to the sections about incorporating and establishing a foundation. To view and print the new addendum, go to: http://www.quota.org/pdf/s&p.clubs.pres.guide.USaddendum.pdf*********************************

10.   CALENDAR

A 12-month Quota International calendar is published on www.quota.org. Click the “Quota Calendar” link on the home page, http://www.quota.org/express/exprs.calendar.htm.

JANUARY

*January 31—Last day of grace period for payment of non-SPA club dues and Advance Convention Fee

FEBRUARY

*February 1—New member forms/payments due at QI Office

*February 4-6—Board of Directors Meeting; Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

*February 6—Founders Day: Quota International’s 92nd Birthday

MARCH

*March—Quota Cares Month—Carry out your club’s special project!

*March—Next issue of the Leadership e-Alert mailed/e-mailed

*March 1—New member forms/payments due at QI Office

*March 15—Governance mailing sent to all voting delegates

APRIL

*April—District Conferences and Quota Training Seminars begin

*April 1—New member forms/payments due at QI Office

*April 15—Postmark deadline for Quota Cares Month competition forms

*April 30 – Last day of Quota International 2010-2011 fiscal year

MAY

*District Conferences/Quota Training Seminars underway

*May 1—New member forms/payments due at QI

*May 15—All International election mail ballots must be received by this date to be counted. (The 2011 President-elect, Central Area, and East Area Director nominees are unopposed; therefore no election will be held for these positions.)

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The LEADERSHIP e-ALERT is sent to all club presidents six times a year: January, March, May, September, October, and November. Board members, district leaders, past international presidents, and current Friends of Quota receive courtesy copies of all issues. At no time is e-mail information sold or loaned to other organizations. To delete, change, or add an e-mail address in this database, please contact kyle@quota.org. To change an address if you are receiving this e-communication via mail, please report it to Kyle Edwards, QI 1420 21st Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.

The QUOTA LEADERSHIP e-ALERT is written by Christy Herz

Foundation and Convention Manager / christy@quota.org / 202.331.9694.

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Leadership “Training”

I brought home a lot of ideas from Convention. I have discussed several at our recent Board meetings. I also promised to share that information on the blog for all of the leaders in our club (that includes everyone)! I hope you gain as much from the following as I did. (Please note: this is my interpretation of the “Charge Into the Future” training session from Convention, 2010. For more information please visit the website for Cynthia D’Amour, Leadership Strategist by clicking here.)

Be A Lazy Leader

I know some of you just gasped at reading that. What? A lazy leader? How will our club ever survive? Well it’s quite simple. Imagine having one person give 110% to Quota. They are busy taking care of all the details, overseeing many things at once, dipping their hands into everything that is going on within the club. Now picture one person who is only giving 60%. She is having fun, she is able to bring more people to the club because she has the time. Her friends and fellow club members see that she is getting things done and is delegating tasks. Each one of us has our own special talents. For instance: don’t ask me to take care of Treasurer’s Reports, that is NOT what I’m good at, but I can manage the blog. I digress, our 60% member has now brought in seven other people, each giving anywhere between 20-40%. Remember the Martyr Leader? She’s stressed out, burnt out and is headed toward a melt-down. She didn’t want to let Quota down and knew that if she didn’t do things, nothing would get done. Let’s look at those eight members whose total percent of “giving” equals 200% (estimated on the low side). See how more people are more effective at being lazy, than one person who is being a martyr?

Okay, now you know how to be lazy, the members will start pouring in right? They will if you know how to approach them. We have to paint a vivid picture of who Quota is. If you want someone to join Quota, do you tell them why you joined? That’s a great way to start the conversation, but even before you get to that point, you should start from the beginning. What are they looking for?

Hot Buttons

  • Personal/Professional Development
  • Contribution to a greater good
  • Community

Let me start by explaining the Hot Buttons. When you’re talking to someone about Quota and you’re trying to get them as excited about it as you are, the best way to do that is to find their hot buttons. What are they interested in. What is important to them. If you are talking to them telling them how much you love Quota because it gives you the chance to serve others, but they are really looking for a social group, then you’ve not only missed their hot button, but you’ve lost their attention. If you start off by asking what they are interested in, then you can hit their hot button because Quota really does relate to all three. Let me explain how.

The first one in that list is Personal/Professional Development. Do you know some companies hold training sessions that cost their employees $200-$300/session? We offer the same development through our speaker’s for our one year’s dues. Did you ever think to look at it that way? I certainly had not. It can be one more persuasive tool when speaking to someone about Quota.

Next is Contribution to a greater good. In other words: Service. That’s what we do in Quota. We help those in need. We provide many service opportunities throughout the year.

Last is Community. Before each meeting we hold a social time. We catch up with each others latest news. We have fun, we laugh and we get together outside of Quota too. Perhaps the person you are talking to wants to meet more people or even network with other business women. That’s what we do and who we are!!!

Great! Now you can find out what the potential Quota member is looking for and tell her how Quota meets her needs. We need to remember to focus on what we are and who we are helping.

One good way to bring in outside people is through our service projects. We have a walk coming up. Have you asked everyone you know to join in a walk around the park? You don’t have to ask everyone for money, but if you ask them to walk then you’ve opened to door of Quota to them. By asking someone from the outside to join us for a service project, they’ll see how much fun we have and they’ll get to know Quota better.

I will leave you with this quote from Cynthia,

“If not you then who? If not now then when?

  • Are they looking for Personal/Professional Development? We offer that when we have speakers
  • Are they looking to make a Difference? We do that through our fun service projects
  • Are they looking to meet new people/get out of the house/have fun? We do that with our fundraisers and our meetings, and we even set aside time for social gatherings.

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Communications Team Aug 2010

The Communications Team met on 8/5/10 and developed some nifty plans for publicizing our year’s activities.  We have developed a calendar and identified which activities will be highlighted each month.  Team members will interview the project leader to get specifics, and we will publish to the blog, Facebook, websites, and issue press releases to other media.  Click here for our Event Communications 2010-11 tool.

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Getting to Know… Maureen

Getting to know… Maureen. She has been a member of Quota for 29 years!! Her favorite snack is chips and cheese and a whole list of others. Maureen’s favorite movie is “The Shawshank Redemption”. She says she just loves the story of the bond that develops between the Tim Robbins character and the Morgan Freeman character.

Maureen was asked is she has ever wondered how scientists measure the size of the universe? When she looks up at the stars, what does she think about? Maureen thinks, “How in the world did they come up with those constellations?” She thinks about the ancient astronomers first drawing those dotted lines………and how for hundreds and thousands of years people have been looking up at that sky…

The kind of person who brings out the best in Maureen is… A balance of talker and listener.  A person who’s got an opinion but isn’t inflexible.  A person with enthusiasm and a positive outlook.

Which would be better? Winning one of those magazine publisher’s sweepstakes on TV or being recognized as a national hero? Maureen would prefer to win the sweepstakes, thank you!  When can she pick up her check?

What if a friend telephoned when Maureen was watching her favorite television program? She’d take the call.

Who’s Maureen’s favorite news anchor? She used to love Peter Jennings.  She was very saddened by his death.  Now she likes Jim Lehrer.

Thanks Maureen for sharing a little bit about yourself!!

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District 20 Newsletter – March 2010

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Minor By-law and policy changes

Thanks to Emily for catching two minor corrections to our by-laws and policy and procedure manual.  The revised documents are posted to the blog; click here to see that page.  For those of you who have already printed these documents, the by-law change is on page 11 and the policy change is on page 17.

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Membership Update – March 2010

The Membership Committee would like to remind you of a couple of things.

  • Please remember to invite your guest back to the March Meeting. Talk to your guest about joining Quota. Ask them; are they making a difference in the community?
  • Quota Dollars! We are still running this program on its two-year trial basis. You haven’t heard much about it, but here’s a reminder!

Quota Dollars (click to see how you can earn, purchase or redeem them)

  • Who do you know that you can invite to Quota? Do you know someone named; Sandy, Penny, Ruth, Irma, Natalie, or Ginger? It only takes one simple question; would you like to come and see what Quota does?

Remember, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” -Helen Keller

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District 20 Newsletter -February 2010

Click the following link to read the District 20 Newsletter for February 2010.

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