President’s Message December 2015

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE for December, 2015

It’s been a very Happy Year, 2015!  Can’t wait for more action in 2016!

As you know, I wrapped on Black Friday and pulled in $67.10 from the crowd at B & N.  Last week on Christmas Eve, Kathy Freeman, Maureen Martin and her friend, Cynthia Lehman, came to join me wrap!  What fun, but the most fun was counting the money raised….$299.66!!!  Yahooo…for a total of $366.76.  We met a lot of cool people who were glad to give.

Also last week Tuesday, I met with Sharan Sturdavant from Cedar Springs, our first recipient of our Hear For Good hearing aids.  DHHS’s Nancy Cluley interviewed her as a candidate for our program and she was ecstatic to know that someone finally could help her.  She has had hearing loss for most of her life along with a speech impediment.  She found help for her speech but she still needed hearing aids.  She has been tested by three different audiologists in hopes that someone, or some way, she could get help.

Today, I received a voice mail from her husband, Eric, who is just as excited about the hearing aids as she is!  I called back and reached Eric.  He handed the phone to Sharan and told me her fittings would be tomorrow at Kaczmarski Hearing Center!  It only took one week to get the reconditioned hearing aids to her with her specific needs.  Starkey is an amazing company!

Kaczmarski is a terrific company as well.  They are the only independent audiology center in West Michigan.  Beckie Kaczmarski was more than willing to give her time, her employee’s time and talent to make this a dream come true at Christmas for someone who has been waiting so long for someone to come forward.

We are the ones who have made a new life for Sharan.  I’m so proud that we can all, collectively, with agency and audiologists’, support to make a difference.

I hope your dreams come true, too, in 2016.

marthaMartha

Hear for Good Hearing Aid Donations Nov 2, 2015

  RECYCLE USED HEARING AIDS HERE 

Quota International of Grand Rapids is pleased to announce

HEAR FOR GOOD

A LOCAL PROJECT TO COLLECT USED HEARING AIDS FOR RECYCLING

AS PART OF MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY

Monday, November 2, 2015

4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

4328 Kalamazoo St. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI

Hearing aids are collected, remanufactured and

provided to people with lower incomes.

Quota Club of Grand Rapids supports

the deaf and hard of hearing in our community.

quotagr@gmail.com

Hear For Good Hearing Aid Collection Nov 2, 2015

 RECYCLE USED HEARING AIDS HERE

Quota International of Grand Rapids is pleased to announce

HEAR FOR GOOD

A LOCAL PROJECT TO COLLECT USED HEARING AIDS FOR RECYCLING

AS PART OF MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY

Monday, November 2, 2015

4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

4328 Kalamazoo St. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI

Hearing aids are collected, remanufactured and

provided to people with lower incomes.

Quota Club of Grand Rapids supports

the deaf and hard of hearing in our community.

quotagr@gmail.com

Advisory Council news July 28, 2015

News about the Advisory Council

On July 28th, the Advisory Council met. Several members could not attend, however, I thought you’d like to know that we now have the following people on the Council:

    • Jeannette Johnson, DHHS
    • Pam Howland, Quota
    • Kathy Freeman, Quota
    • Nancy Cluley, DHHS
    • Trish Lopucki, Northview
    • Mary Kay Kolber, GROD
    • Todd Sprunger, MRS (Kent County)
    • Brenda Jones, Hope Network
    • Deb Atwood, DHHS
    • Hannah Cluley, student
    • Marcia Patrick, Senior Neighbors
    • Kirsten Kramer, Director of Audiology at Spectrum
    • Cathy Cronick, MRS (Ottawa County, by email)
    • Someone to be selected by Area Agency on Aging

At our recent meeting, we discussed the lack of reading and writing skills of the deaf and employability issues that restrict employment in the community. Both of these issues were expressed by Todd Sprunger and Brenda Jones, both of whom deal with the deaf on a daily basis. Todd and Brenda attended along with Deb Atwood, Jeannette Johnson and Nancy Cluley along with myself.

Quota’s Advisory Council Minutes

Here are the minutes of our last meeting. The Advisory Council continues to build the bridge between clients and agencies. We will communicate with you on a regular basis.

Minutes of the GR/Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Quota Advisory Council held Jan. 22, 2015

Present: Trish Lopucki, Deb Atwood, Pam Howland, Kathy Freeman, Jeannette Johnson, Nancy Cluley, Cindy Cafmeyer, and Martha Herman
Guest: Jean Silba from the Comprehensive Therapy Center.

Jean led us off with a rousing description of the CTC with all of its benefits, programs and cool things they are doing with the community schools. The CTC also has a summer program for children, Therapy and Fun, for children 1 – 14 years of age. It’s a relaxed, integrated and intensive program that achieves maximum therapeutic progress for children with disabilities. For more information on the program, go to www.therapycenter.org.She has an abundance of information how Quota and other agencies and schools can maximize our potential in obtaining more assistance in the GR community. She mentioned that there is a program called Leadership GR that we might want to pursue in terms of gaining recognition, tapping into talents of the community and providing leadership training. She’s a keeper for us!!

News…
DHHS – The organization is pleased to have Nancy Cluley join them in the interviewing of senior members who are in need of hearing aids. Money from the Senior Millage was earmarked to help this population. She’s really learning and understanding their struggles with low incomes. She’s on board with all of us looking for new sources of funding, collaboration and cooperation.

Upcoming DHHS Events:

  • Kids’ program, called KidSigns – There will be a rock climbing and swimming adventure on January 29, 2015 at Kroc Center at 2500 S. Division Ave., 5:30 pm to 8 pm.
  • March 28th, kids from KidSigns will be exploring the Children’s Museum from 10 – 11:30 a.m..
  • May Fest, May 9 at Ramada Inn, 28th and E. Beltline, local wine and beer, hors d’oeuvres, Silent Auction and FUN
  • May 31, KidSigns activities will venture to Binder Park Zoo. Children from DHHS and the Deaf Interaction group from the Kalamazoo area will be participating.
  • June 13 – Silent Celebration, June 6, 11 to 3 pm, Pinery Park Lodge
  • July – Field Day, Lamar Park Splash Pad, 1 – 4 pm
  • July 20 – 24 Kids Kamp

…and more!

Quota – Pam and Kathy explained where we are as a Club right now and the journey moving forward. Jean suggested that we explore Leadership Grand Rapids programs that might help and support our mission. Everyone is appreciative of the work we do for the deaf community.

KenOSha – Cindy reported that there aren’t many new things happening but she and the rest of the staff were thrilled to get a little bonus for supplies from Quota. You can do a better job of anything if you have support. We’re glad to help!

Northview – Trish reported on the special trip for some of the seniors to visit Gallaudet University this spring in Washington, DC. She will be taking these students to visit the campus and learn about what they have to offer. She still needs about $1000, or a private jet, to complete the trip! Trish also recommended that representatives from Michigan Rehab Services should join us on the Council. Word from a recent retiree is that the budget only allows for direct contact with clients, and we aren’t clients. Trish will be meeting with them shortly at Northview. Trish also indicated that some of her teachers would like to join Quota knowing that we are doing some changes.

JJ – The Facebook page is up and running. Put any news you’d like on the page for sharing. We’ll get in the habit of posting info. DHHS is raising money for a new server for their office. They still need some funding to reach their goal.

Trish will give us instructions on how to use Google docs next time. Please bring your laptops so we can practice. There will be a test. She also has all of our email addresses on a spreadsheet and will share that with us as well. First, she needs to go on vacation.

Martha talked about the continuation of the Hear for Good project. Starkey will refurbish the hearing aids Quota is collecting; we get points; after a number of points are accumulated, we can get free hearing aids. Older hearing aids will be distributed in third world countries. Quota will re-launch this program in March.

Our next meeting will be March 12th at 3:30, DHHS.

Respectfully submitted by
Martha Herman
January 26, 2015

Quota – Service in Action

Thanks to Quota’s donation to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, two more people now have hearing aids.

One person emigrated to the US from Vietnam, however because of his lack of hearing aids, he has been unable to learn English and thus been unable to find employment. He is now taking English classes and is actively looking for work.

The second recipient is a gentleman in his early 50’s who is on disability due to other physical issues. With his new hearing aids he can now better communicate with his doctor.

Quota also assisted a deaf student who needed an alarm clock with a bed shaker to make sure he gets to school on time.

These are just a few examples of how Quota helps the deaf and hard of hearing in West Michigan.

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

Martha

DHHS support

Quota of Grand Rapids is providing co-pay funding through Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) for the purchase of hearing aids for five individuals. This is only one of several service projects Quota does for which we raise funds with events like our recent Duck Walk and the upcoming Barnes & Noble Book Fair (Woodland Mall, Saturday, November 8.) We are proud to serve the community through organizations like DHHS.