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.

Pediatric hearing loss and cochlear implants

Please join us on Thursday evening, November 20,at Sunnybrook Country Club  for our monthly membership meeting. Networking with a cash bar begins at 5:30 and our meeting with dinner begins at 6:00. Our presenter that evening will be Kirsten Kramer. She is an audiologist from Spectrum Health and Kirsten will share with us what she does at Spectrum, how they work with pediatric patients and update us on what is currently happening in the field of cochlear implants. Guests are welcome!

July 2014 Summer Celebration

We are happy to share with you what happened at the July meeting. We called it our Summer Celebration and we welcomed many guests, donors, Quotarians, and spouses.

Robin and Emily took a few pictures; you can see those below.

One other thing we would like to share are our meeting minutes. You can now find them on the blog. They used to be posted but somewhere along the way we stopped. There is no good reason, but we are happy to announce that you can read them once again in case you missed them. The June meeting minutes are available by clicking here. You can also search for approved minutes (unapproved minutes will not be available, only the approved minutes which means it will be a month behind) over to the right hand side of your main screen.

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You’ll see “Categories“; look for Minutes. Click on Minutes and you will be taken to the page where you will find, you guessed it, the minutes. They will be in order with the most recent at the top of the page.

(Also, in case you haven’t discovered this, most words in bold are links you can click on. You are taken to the website page which is being discussed. If a word is in italic, you can try to click on it, but nothing will happen. If you aren’t sure, click on the word. It will either take you to a new page or nothing will happen.)

There’s your blog lesson for the day.

Back to our Summer Celebration. Here are the pictures!

Debbie and guests

Debbie talks to guests from DHHS

Think Hawaiian!

Kath and Bill had the same idea when they picked their outfits for our Summer Celebration!

A Paws Dog

Gwen’s neighbor and her Paws With a Cause dog who is in training for a person with hearing loss

Easton and his mom

Easton and his mom


Kath presenting Quota history

Gertrude & TheodoreGertrude and Theodore sang a song they wrote (with help from Chris) about Quota

Don’t forget to check the blog in a few days for our August President’s Message from Martha.

2013-14 Annual Reports

Click each of the following Committee names to read through their annual report. If you have any questions, please contact the committee chair.

Communications Committee

Finance/Fundraising Committee

Membership Committee

Program Committee

Service Committee

Here’s what you missed

Barbara ready for bee keeping

Five of the honey samples that Clay brought to share.


At our January membership meeting/event, Clay (Barbara’s husband) shared with us his passion/hobby of bee-keeping. His presentation was full of interesting facts about the honey bee. (They do a figure 8 dance that communicates to the other bees where flowers can be found outside of the hive.) Barbara donned the suit. They also brought samples of different flavors of honey which we were all able to taste. They were delicious and sweet. It’s amazing that honey can have different components. One thing to remember when purchasing your honey; always buy local.