2013 Camp Q

Saturday, August 17th was the perfect day for Camp Q. We had ten students from various programs join together to experience camp Quota style. Pat was gracious enough to let us use her house, yard and pool again. The “campers” worked on a service project; stapling cards to earplugs. They swam, cooked hot dogs over an open fire (it was a fire pit and a grill, but hey, it was still cooking outside), made bead projects, played games, had fun with a photo booth, made s’mores and had a great time making news friends and memories.

Here are a few photos from the day:

The entire “camp”

roasting hot dogs

Maureen sitting in the shade with a four legged friend

 Kath and Kim observe the bead project table. Most of the campers made bracelets, a few made necklaces.

Bo, Amy and Anastasia at the photo booth.

Kath helps the boys make their bead projects.

 The girls on the right throw ping pong balls into the buckets on the heads of the girls on the left.

Kath helps Victor sting his beads.

CJ and Martel enjoy their s’mores.

Carlos roasts his marshmallow to a perfect golden brown.

Katelyn and Anastasia pick up penne noodles with spaghetti noodles. No hands!

CJ steadies the bucket on his head.

Campers eat in the shade.


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June’s send-off summer picnic with the JQ

We had a lovely evening with several guests, two JQ’s and two unofficial JQ’s. Our JQ’s were Martel, Christopher, Carlos and Marvin. We ate a delicious bbq buffet (your choice of pulled pork or chicken on a bun), coleslaw, mixed green salad, chips and cookies. We introduced our guests; Cindy (former Cool Cat teacher), Laura (also a teacher), Alyson (mother of Christopher -a JQ), Colleen (Gwen’s neighbor) and Coleen’s puppy, Fanny (who is training to be a Paws dog for a hearing impaired person)! We also played “Minute to Win It” games led by Martha (click on it for more explanation). Pat did a wonderful job, as usual, capturing the evening. Enjoy the photos!

Marvin and Christopher compete against each other to throw ping pong balls into a bucket on Quotarian Cathy and Quotarian Lisa’s head.

 Carlos and Emily compete against each other to hit a ping pong ball into a bowl using a clipboard.

Quotarian Maureen and guest Laura pick up penne with pieces of spaghetti.

Laura wins!

All the boys try winking a cookie from their forehead to their mouth.

Carlos gives it a try…

… and he’s the first one to succeed! He made it look easy.

It took Christopher a few tries, but eventually he winked a cookie into his mouth.

The night was perfect. All who participated won a semi-melted candy bar (and from what I’m told it was still tasty, I shared mine with hubby). We gave each of the four boys a summer gift to help keep them occupied over their break; a model car kit. They were very appreciative and were eager to put them together.

Don’t forget our meeting in July! Click here for more details.

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JQ cooking class

February 23, 2013 –

Bill Uebbing (Quota spouse), Joe Bishop (Quota spouse), Cathy Kaiser, Cindy Cafmeyer (teacher), Emily Uebbing, Faith DeYoung (teacher), Martha Herman, Maureen Martin, and Pat Cook all gathered at Kath Slagal’s house to teach some of our Junior Quota members in a cooking class. Our group of students were: Alyson, Amy, Anna, Christopher, CJ, Elizabeth, Grace, Martel and Summer. We had a lot of fun and made some delicious food. Here are a few pictures (thanks to Pat!) and the recipes.

Group 1 made salsa and homemade hot cocoa. l-r: Bill, Chris, Elizabeth, Grace, Summer, Martel

Group 2 made carrot stew and fruit salsa (thanks to Cathy for the stew recipe and Robin for the fruit salsa recipe). Anna is chopping the carrots for the stew.

Group 2, l-r: Amy, Alyson, CJ, Anna

Group 1, hard at work stirring the cocoa and peeling the garlic. Don’t worry, the two weren’t in the same recipe!

Alyson gives a thumbs-up to the cinnamon chips.

Our JQ pose for a group shot.

Thank you! The JQ’s send their thanks to all Quotarians who made a donation. The food was great and they all learned something new to make!

Here are the recipes:

Carrot Stew


  • 1 lb bag of lentils
  • 1 lb bag of carrots, chopped or diced
  • 1 qt beef broth
  • 1 tsp beef soup base
  • 1 med. onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, mashed
  • butter to sauté onions and garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke (we omitted)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Sort and rinse lentils
  • Sauté onion in butter. When onions are clear, add garlic and sauté for a couple minutes more.
  • Combine, all ingredients in a stockpot bring to a boil then lower heat to simmer, and simmer until carrots are tender (about 30 minutes).

Serves 8

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips


  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples – peeled, cored and diced
  • 8 oz. raspberries
  • 1 (16 oz) carton of strawberries, diced
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (more or less to taste)
  • tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor (I used strawberry)
  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • melted butter or butter flavored cooking spray   

Cinnamon sugar:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon


  1. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Coat one side of each flour tortilla with melted butter or butter flavored cooking spray. Sprinkle tortillas with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Spray again with cooking spray (not necessary if using melted butter).

4. Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture. This salsa can also be served with cinnamon graham crackers or cinnamon pita chips. Best when made and eaten the same day otherwise the fruit gives off so too much juice and it gets runny.

Hot Chocolate


  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon table salt
  • Whole milk for serving


In a large bowl, combine sugar, cocoa, and salt, and whisk to combine well. Store the mixture in an airtight container.

For individual servings, pour 1-cup whole milk into a microwave-safe mug, and microwave on high just until hot. Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa mix, and stir to dissolve. For a larger batch of cocoa, warm the milk in a saucepan set over medium-low heat, taking care not to let the milk boil; as it warms, stir in 2 tablespoons of mix for each cup of milk.

Restaurant Style Salsa

Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: n/a Difficulty: Easy Servings: 12


  • 1 can (28 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes With Juice
  • 2 cans (10 Ounce) Rotel (diced Tomatoes And Green Chilies)
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Quartered And Sliced Thin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro (more To Taste!)
  • 1/2 whole Lime Juice


Note: this is a very large batch. Recommend using a 12-cup food processor, or you can process the ingredients in batches and then mix everything together in a large mixing bowl.

Combine whole tomatoes, Rotel, onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you’d like—I do about 10 to 15 pulses. Test seasonings with a tortilla chip and adjust as needed.

Refrigerate salsa for at least an hour. Serve with tortilla chips or cheese nachos.

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Rules to Live By…

A few of us created these “rules” to share with our JQ and Members as we work together.

  1. Take a buddy with you! (Boys with boys, girls with girls.) No Quota member should ever find themselves alone with one of our JQ members and vice versa. No JQ should ever go anywhere during a Quota activity without taking a buddy and letting a Quota member know.
  2. Ask before you hug/touch someone. Not everyone is a “touchy/feely” person so respect them by asking first and if they say no, understand that it is their prerogative (and nothing against you).
  3. Try it first. Whether it’s a taste of something you have never tried before, or an activity, give it a try (a “no-thank you” bite) first.
  4. Have fun.
  5. Respect each other.
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It’s official!!!

We have a Junior Quota Club!!!

Click here to read the official letter from Quota International.

Remember, there are lots of ways you can become involved with our JQ. Contact Emily for more information.

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Junior Quota Camp

Join us for…

Junior Quota Club Camp!

We will go swimming, have lunch, do outdoor activities and have lots of fun! If you are a Junior Quota member, please bring your permission slip with you! Don’t forget to wear your bathing suit, bring a towel and wear clothes over your suit. You may want to bring bug spray and sunscreen!

If you need a ride, contact Emily or Pat. We need to know if you are coming by August 7th. You can click this link to rsvp.


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A summer picnic with our new Junior Quota!

Did you miss our picnic on the 21st? It was loads of fun. Minutes from our petite business portion will be available soon, here on the blog, so check back to see what you missed. In the meantime, check out the photos of our Installation and the fun we shared with our new Junior Quota members (and friends/family)!

Installation of Rachael & Nicki

First, we had the minutiae. We installed our two newest members: Rachael (on the left) and Nicki (on the right). Rachael is a friend of Emily’s who, after years of being pestered by Emily to join, finally made the commitment. Nicki is a returning member. She was a member from 1990-2002 and then again from 2004-2009. She is glad to be back. Be sure to welcome both Rachael and Nicki next time you see them (and don’t forget to introduce yourself, we only have to remember two names, they have to remember twenty-nine)!

Then we got down to business… er, fun! We welcomed our new JQ members with official certificates. Martha took care of printing those off, and they looked great (click here to see a sample)! We asked that the students who were (and still are) interested in JQ sign and return an official form to us. While we will continue to invite all eighteen students to our events, we felt that this commitment to signing a paper would give us a better idea of who would be joining the JQ.

Let the games begin!

Martha and Cathy organized the games. There was a relay race involving water and a spoon…

Carlos & Grace

Carlos and Grace try to carefully carry their spoon to the measuring device without spilling a drop…

Martel & Amy

Martel and Amy also watch their spoons as they make their way to the measuring cup…

The team on the right wins!

The next game involved cotton.


Nicole doesn’t find this very easy as the wind picks up!

games with JQ

Everyone has a blast with a water balloon toss.

Amy in action

Amy shows off her vertical jump as she goes up for a frisbee catch!

Allison throws a frisbee

Allison gives the frisbee a good toss…

Quotarians watching the games

Quotarians, friends and family watch the new JQ, cheering them on with enthusiasm!


Summer’s smile says it all, “this was fun!”


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Picnic with our new Junior Quota Members (gift ideas & list of students)

We have asked the Cool Cats and several other students to join together to form a JQ!!  We have invited all of them (there are eighteen students) to join us at our June meeting (click here to see the invitation). This will be a picnic at Centennial.

As we have in the past few years; we will be providing them with summer activities. They often are lonely and bored during summer vacation. We want to support their continued education and to give them fun and exciting activities to keep them stimulated!

Below is the sign-up sheet. Thank you to everyone who volunteered!! We are only looking to spend $15.00 to keep it fair to everyone. Kim will be bringing fun extras for all of the students.

If you need more suggestions for gift ideas, please contact me. We just ask that you remember their reading level is around 1st-2nd grade, so age-appropriate items may not be the best gift. If you aren’t sure, ask me!

Please let me know who you would like to sign up for by June 7th.

Gift ideas:

  • year subscription to National Geographics for Kids is ($15.00)
  • seed starter indoor kit w/ a variety of seeds that could be split up & given to each
  • any type of word search activity book

Click here for more gift ideas.

Names of students:                                Names of Quotarians:


Christopher *(boy)                                                          Kathy F.

Zedin * (girl)                                                                         Pam G.

Almina * (girl)                                                                      Pat

Brija * (girl)                                                                            Martha

Megi * (girl)                                                                            Diane

Carlos *(boy)                                                                          Sue

Allison * (girl)                                                                         Peggy

Marsalais (boy)                                                                        Kath S.

Martel  (boy)                                                                            Kathy F.

Nicole  (girl)                                                                            Robin

Summer (girl)                                                                          Anna Moore

Anastasia (girl)                                                                        Sarah

CJ (boy)                                                                                  Emily

Quoc Viet (boy, into guitars)                                                  Cathy

Sanel (boy, into cars)                                                              Maureen

Grace (girl)                                                                              Pam H.

Anna (girl)                                                                               Elaine

Amy (girl)                                                                               Rachael

*denotes new “members” of JQ (are not part of the Cool Cats classroom, but are mainstreamed. May have attended school with the Cool Cats).

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Picnic with our new JQ

Quota is having a

picnic with Junior



Quota invites you to meet our new JQ and to join us for our annual picnic!


RSVP by June 7, 2012 to:

Emily Uebbing



Who: Quota members, the Cool Cats, Junior Quota members, family members, and teachers.

What: A summer picnic

When: June 21, 2012 5pm – 7pm

Where: Centennial Country Club, 3361 Charlevoix Dr. SE Grand Rapids, 49546


We will play games, eat dinner and get to know our new Junior Quota members all in the name of summer!!! You don’t want to miss this!!

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More ideas for JQ gifts

Thanks to Kim for finding this list from last year; here are more ideas for the JQ members for the picnic. You will see specific gift suggestions, but likely any of the students will enjoy these ideas.


“Little House” Series, 2nd-3rd grade chapter books



Jogging log book (she has participated in the 5/3 Bank Run)



How-To craft books/supplies (especially interested in flowers)



Cross-stitch set, 1,000 piece puzzle



2nd-3rd grade chapter books, craft book/supplies, photo album



2nd-3rd grade chapter books, craft book/supplies



(no puzzle)









1,000 piece puzzle



*Ideas for all of them:

-Any nature books, they have recently discussed stars/planets in class so books on those topics

-Any type of craft kit (available at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby)

-Magazine Subscriptions (National Geographic Kids, Stone Soup, YES, Zoobooks, Owlkids, Our Little Earth, Ranger Rick, etc.)

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