PRESIDENTâ€™S MESSAGEÂ Â Â February 19, 2016
Last nightâ€™s Club meeting was terrific. Everyone shined and sparked new interest and emotion into our guests, and our Club.Â You all really make a difference!!
A few other thingsâ€¦.
Gwen and I are meeting tomorrow to construct a survey of how you feel about Strategic Planning and the changes that have been implemented this year.Â I think itâ€™s important to measure our successes and examine the challenges we still need to fine tune.Â The survey will be sent to you via email as soon as it is ready.
Quota International contacted me about the Hear For Good program recently.Â Someone was interested in how the program worked and wanted more information.Â The marketing person wanted to know about one of our recent successes and wrote this article on their blog. (https://teamquota.org/)
Region 4 is having their 2nd annual conference in Birch Run, MI, April 8th to the 10th.Â Â Quota International President, Karen Murphy, will be there speaking and giving us updates on the latest news from headquarters.Â Julie Jones will be the inspirational speaker on personal development.Â It sounds like a great, fun and informative getaway.Â See the attached reservation form.
Also attached is the new flyer for Quota of Grand Rapids.Â Itâ€™s something we can hand out with pride.Â BIG Thanks to the authors!!
â€œThe great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.â€
â€“ Oliver Wendell Holmes
In my opinion, I think we are moving in the right direction.Â New members are extremely important to keep that momentum working and growing.Â New perspectives and challenges will continue to be present in our development as a Club.Â But I think we can overcome mistakes and grow stronger.
Thank you for all you do.
PRESIDENTâ€™S MESSAGE for December, 2015
Itâ€™s been a very Happy Year, 2015!Â Canâ€™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.Â Last week on Christmas Eve, Kathy Freeman, Maureen Martin and her friend, Cynthia Lehman, came to join me wrap!Â What fun, but the most fun was counting the money raisedâ€¦.$299.66!!!Â Yahoooâ€¦for a total of $366.76.Â 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.Â DHHSâ€™s Nancy Cluley interviewed her as a candidate for our program and she was ecstatic to know that someone finally could help her.Â She has had hearing loss for most of her life along with a speech impediment.Â She found help for her speech but she still needed hearing aids.Â 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!Â I called back and reached Eric.Â He handed the phone to Sharan and told me her fittings would be tomorrow at Kaczmarski Hearing Center!Â It only took one week to get the reconditioned hearing aids to her with her specific needs.Â Starkey is an amazing company!
Kaczmarski is a terrific company as well.Â They are the only independent audiology center in West Michigan.Â Beckie Kaczmarski was more than willing to give her time, her employeeâ€™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.Â Iâ€™m so proud that we can all, collectively, with agency and audiologistsâ€™, support to make a difference.
I hope your dreams come true, too, in 2016.
We have united our spirited talents for the best results on the 2015 Duck Walk!!Â So many of you participated in one way or another to raise a new record of donations and sponsorships!!Â Wonderful work!
I believe we have all encountered some challenges in our lives.Â We struggle and think about them, but we face those, hopefully, with positive energy knowing that we can move forward.Â Our deaf friends experience those challenges on a daily basis.Â Our lives are simple compared to the hurdles that they have.
Letâ€™s remember that they need our help, support and promises to keep them moving forward, too.Â Think what itâ€™s like to walk in their shoes for a day.Â Imagine life without the ability to hear, understand and comprehend life.Â It isnâ€™t easy, but itâ€™s worth it.
Thank you for being you!
Presidentâ€™s Message, August 24, 2015
Over the past several months, I have discovered the unique culture, practices and principles of the deaf community.
From my experience, they are
bold and shy,
strong and vunerable,
intense and involved,
broken and collected
misunderstood and knowledgeable
depressed and suppressed.
They display pain with humor,
Laugh with a freedom only known to them
Discounted from society yet deeply involved in their own
Comforting to each other
Cautious with strangers, and
Itâ€™s a tightly woven community with skills, insights and challenges all very unique.
I understand so very much more than I did a year ago, and Iâ€™m so happy Iâ€™ve had the opportunity to acquire new life long relationships.
I would like to invite you, too.
Thank you, friends!