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
March is Quota Cares Month! Now is the time to plan your club’s special project. See #5 below for details.
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
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.
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/.
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.
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!
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
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. *********************************
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 31—Last day of grace period for payment of non-SPA club dues and Advance Convention Fee
*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—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—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
*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.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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