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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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Here’s what you missed…

High tea.

Delicate sandwiches.

A crisp summer salad.

Fancy hats.

Ladies ready for tea.

Lady Emily

Lady Gwen

Lady Sue and Lady Elaine

Delicious cookies.

A surprise shower for Rachael.

A baby gift fit for a Duck Walk.

And a lot of fun.

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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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2013 Installation Ceremony

As I mentioned in this post, Robin did a very nice job with the Installation Ceremony at our banquet. Since we all write on computers these days, it’s very easy to share with you what she said. Without further ado, here is the ceremony (and photos!):

This was another great year for Quota under the strong leadership of the outgoing board. We added new members, established our Junior Quota Club, made lots of money working on great fundraisers and continued to serve our mission to help the deaf and hard of hearing and disadvantaged women and children. A special thanks to Kim for her steady, strong leadership. We are lucky to have had her guidance over the last year and for another year to come. Our group is small but we are strong – and optimistic for the future of our Club and the good things we can do to help those we serve through our mission. We have had interesting programs and fun social get-togethers in a wonderful new location. We continue to move forward using efficient communication through technology. And we got some great PR this year!

And maybe most importantly, we have continued to have fun together.

Thanks to the new Officers and Directors

Leadership in Quota is a big responsibility. Our leaders give many hours to their roles. Thanks to each person for accepting the challenge. Each position carries unique and important responsibilities. You make a difference.


The Directors are charged with helping to lead the Club, acting as liaisons to all Club Committees and handling any other responsibility as requested by the President. Returning for the 2nd of two year terms:

Barbara Griffin (Barbara was unable to attend.)

Emily Uebbing joined Quota in January of 2007 and has served in many capacities, including as President. She agreed to be on the Board again because she enjoys knowing what goes on behind the scenes and being in the know is important because Emily’s also our blog editor! (Have you checked the blog lately??)

Emily has lived in West Michigan for a total of fifteen years – the first 8 years of her life in Niles and the remaining seven here in Grand Rapids with her husband, Bill. Emily current works as the Jr. High Youth Director, Wedding Coordinator and Support Staff for Adult Education at the First United Methodist Church of GR. And if that’s not enough, she will have a “summer job” helping a friend with her landscape business in Mt. Pleasant.  A little known fact about Emily? She’s is very afraid when crossing bridges!

New Directors:

New director Sandi Aten just joined Quota in February of this year. She agreed to step immediately onto the board so she can make new friendships, learn more about Quota and participate in activities that benefit others. She has lived in West Michigan for 47 years and she retired in 2011. In her free time, Sandi volunteers at Shawnee’s Oral Deaf School and for Gilda’s Club’s LaughFest. Little known fact about Sandi? She likes to garden.

Robin Keith – she has agreed to be a director for the next two years as well. She joined Quota in 1989 and have been on the board many times, including a stint as president (when she had the chance of a lifetime to attend the only international convention held in Singapore!) She has lived in GR for 35 years and currently work as the Community Relations Manager with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. A little known fact about Robin? She could live on popcorn.


The Treasurer is charged with managing the financial condition, records and obligations of the Club’s operating fund and the Charitable Foundation fund and will be accountable to report our condition to the Board and the membership.

Maureen Martin joined Quota in 1981 and has been on the board many times, including a stint as president. She has also served our district as governor. She agreed to serve as Treasurer because a very good friend asked her to serve and she couldn’t say no! She has lived in West Michigan all her life and although she has traveled far and wide, she still loves coming home. She is the Finance Manager at Home Repair Services and has served on the boards of the Girl Scouts, Grand Rapids Ballet and Lake Michigan Academy. A little known fact? Maureen likes to play pool.


The Secretary is charged with keeping the minutes from all meetings of the Club and the Board and will handle all relevant correspondence of the Club.

Cathy Kaiser We have a very experienced board as Cathy has also served on the board a number of times and was president for an unprecedented three years! She joined Quota in 1981 and agreed to serve as Secretary this year because the loves knowing the inside scoop! She has lived in West Michigan since she was 13 years old and currently is the training coordinator for MISBTDC (ask Cathy what that stands for) at GVSU. A little known fact about Cathy? She once made a jacket out of a tablecloth!


The President Elect will act in the absence or inability of the President to serve and will perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President or the Board of Directors.

Martha Herman has only been a Quotarian since February of 2011 but has been very active from the start. She agreed to be in a leadership role to learn more about Quota and to use her energy and skills to help advance our Club. She has a master’s degree in leadership so she’s really prepared! She has lived in West Michigan her whole life and is currently self employed as a government contractor helping small businesses learn how to get long term contracts with federal, state and local governments. A little known fact? At the age of 26 she wrote a high school curriculum for blind and physically handicapped students to finish high school at home. One of her graduates was a gentleman with multiple sclerosis who was bedridden.


The President is responsible to preside at all meetings of the Club and the Board, generally supervise the interests and welfare of the Club in the community, appoint committees, represent the club at District and International meetings and generally set the direction, with the Board, for the next year.

Kim Savoie joined Quota in 1995, the same year she got her first hearing aids. She agreed to lead our club now because her current employer, Stifel Nicolaus, allows her to do so (her previous employer would not due to industry regulations). She’s lived in West Michigan her whole life bout wouldn’t reveal how long that is! For 29 years Kim has been a personal financial planner – which she considers being the best job in the work because she helps empower people financially! She has been active with Hudsonville High school, were her daughter Katie attends school – Kim will be a prom chaperone and also volunteers with the Hudsonville Band and Winter Color Guard. She’ll have an empty nest next year when Katie flies off to college. A little known fact: Kim uses her left hand for some tasks and her right hand for others – but she’s not truly ambidextrous!


At this point, the new Board was installed.

Please look for photos of the new board (to be posted soon, here on the blog) to help you recognize them. We are here to serve you and we want to hear from you. And we also want to thank you, the members, for your support of this club. We do make a difference!

Here are some photos from the evening.

Sandi, Maureen and Martha pose for a picture before eating dinner.

Gwen, Diane and Eleanor sharing laughter and smiles.

Kath and Pam share a hug before the program started.

Emily, Sarah, Anna Moore, Pam H., and Robin enjoying another Installation banquet.

The 2013-14 Board Members: Emily, Barbara (not pictured), Robin, Sandi, Maureen, Cathy, Martha, and Kim (look for mugshots, er, I mean head shots/close ups to be posted in the next few weeks).

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2013 Installation Banquet

We missed many of you at the Installation Banquet. For those who are sick, we hope you are feeling better. For those who are traveling, we hope you have fun and return home safely. For those who just missed it, we missed you. But we don’t want you to miss out on everything. That’s why we post on this blog. To keep you up-to-date, informed, and on the up-and-up (you know, the haps -it’s what the kids are calling it these days).

Robin did a wonderful job as Mistress of Ceremonies. Cathy gave a wonderful invocation. The club continues to impress us with their delicious food. Robin introduced the new Board (check back for some entertaining information on your incoming Board). Emily presented the Quotarian of the Year (check back to read all about the deserving Quotarian). Kim then shared her insight to the new Board. Here’s what she told us,

Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright.  Benjamin Franklin.  These people are all bright keys.  

“Maureen” is a Celtic name that means – Great. In Quotarian, Maureen means a great vision.   Maureen can easily see “the big picture” and lends her vision to the Board and the Club readily.  In the coming year, she will be Maureen the Great, conquering the financial reporting for the Club and Foundation.

A Latin-American name, “Patricia” means – of noble descent. In Quotarian, Patricia carries our Club’s reputation nobly forward with our Service Projects and our Hospitality.

“Martha” is an Israeli name with the meaning – lady. In Quotarian, Martha is the lady with enthusiasm for all our projects, especially the Duck Walk.

An Irish name, “Kathleen” means – pure, virginal. In Quotarian, the name Kathleen (or Kathy with a K) means pure passion for our service projects and know-how to squeeze extra money out there for our cause.  And this up- coming year, she’ll no longer be a virgin to heading the Service Committee.

The meaning of “Sarah”, an Israeli name is – princess. In Quotarian, Sarah has been not just the princess, but the Queen of Programs and RSVPs for our meetings.

In Latin-American, the name “Emily” means – admiring. In Quotarian, her name is especially fitting because we all get to admire Emily’s handicraft when we look at the blog every week.  We’ll get to continue to see her work displayed for admiration in the new Quota year as she continues to work her magic with the blog and bring her knowledge to the board as a Director.

The meaning of “Cathleen”, an Irish name is – pure, chaste. In Quotarian, this Cathleen (or Cathy with a C) means purely ambitious for our members and their numbers, and in the next year, a desire for pure minute- taking for posterity.

A Greek name, the meaning of “Pamela” is – honey. In Quotarian, Pamela Goebel did a honey of a job in discovering our financial weak spots and then worked to make them run smoothly.

In English, the name “Robin” means – famous brilliance. In Quotarian, it’s the same in that Robin gives a famous brilliance to our efforts through the publicity covering our results.  She’s also brilliant at taking all the conversations and detail discussed at meetings and putting them so succinctly in the minutes.

“Barbara” is an English name taken from the Greek “barbarous”, meaning traveler from a foreign land.  The name became popular in medieval Britain after the 3rd century martyr St Barbara.  In Catholic custom, St. Barbara is a protectress against fire and lightning. In Quotarian, even though Barbara travels frequently, as a Director she protects our Board from the storms of bad decisions and will continue to do that in 2013-14.

As you know, the Greek meaning of “Pamela” is – honey. In Quotarian, Pamela Howland is as sweet as possible in coaxing extra funds out of folks to further our cause and will keep it going for another year as the Fin/Fun Committee Chair.

The name “Sandi” originated as a Greek name that means – defender, helper of humanity. In Quotarian, Sandi will be a helper of all who we serve for the next two years as a Board Director.

French in origin, the mythological ancient Roman divinity, Diana, or “Diane”, was noted for beauty and swiftness; often depicted as a celestial huntress. In Quotarian, Diane will apply her beauty and swiftness to advancing the membership of Quota of Grand Rapids.

Now, I didn’t know this until I searched my name last in this list, but the meaning of “Kimberly”, in English is – ruler. In Quotarian, with everyone’s continued support and help, I will do my very best to lead our group for one more year, and I thank you for the privilege!

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What color are you?

We had an exercise at the September meeting where we had sheets of paper (color-coded) that described one of four colors. As you read through each color you had to decide which one fit you best. In case you forgot or weren’t there, here it is again.

When you find yourself with a person who seems to be competitive, risk-taking and impulsive, you may well be talking to someone whose primary color is RED. REDs are spontaneous, love to get attention, may dress boldly or daringly and will be action-oriented. It’s hard for them to sit still very long and it will help to get to the point quickly.

You may want to acknowledge and appreciate the fact that they are willing to spend the time with you and listen to what you are presenting. Emphasize the action in what you are proposing. Go directly to the summation and then go back and fill in whatever details may be absolutely necessary. Going on and on about something will cause the RED to leave – either physically or mentally.

Humor, clever expressions, even puns will be good communicating tools.

Talk about immediate benefits. Make the outcome of a decision clear and vibrant. You will keep the RED’s attention by talking about adventures, new ideas, exciting stories, sports and creative approaches.

Your first impression may be that RED is rather bored or nonchalant. As your conversation begins they may not participate much, but as they see value in what you’re saying you’ll sense a very authentic enthusiasm and interest. And if there is a sense of urgency, the interest will be further heightened.

RED’s seek action, immediate results and participation. They tend to be implosive, competitive and enjoy physical activity. They welcome the opportunity to be “on stage”.

If you want to sell an idea to a RED, make it entertaining, playful, experimental and FUN. Talk about the immediate benefits.


When you’re with someone whose dominant color is YELLOW you will get an impression of the industriousness, respect for the work ethic and a serious concern for rules, policies and traditions. The YELLOW will usually be quite conservative, eager to maintain the status quo. YELLOWs are proud to be reliable, responsible and helpful.

To establish a good communication link it will help to be a part of an establishment or an organizational structure. Be very clear and direct. Use precise terminology and businesslike approach. The YELLOW wants to be sure that what you are saying is right, proper, and according to the rules.

Discuss past successes, how your idea has been validated over the years. Relate your proposal to the bottom line.

References and referrals will be impressive to the YELLOW personality, with all the appropriate formalities. Be sure you have organized your thoughts and present them in orderly fashion. And, by all means, keep the appointment you’ve made and be on time.

YELLOWs will want to think things though to be sure they are doing the right thing. Is it honest? Will it provide status and respect? Does it support our policies and mission? Is the idea financially sound and feasible on the basis of established procedure?

Avoid abstractions and generalities until the solid foundation has been presented. Rules and guidelines help. And be sure to reaffirm the wisdom of YELLOW’s decision once it’s been made.


When you encounter someone who is filled with questions, wants to know more about almost everything, chances are you’re with a GREEN personality. The GREEN will have a seemingly insatiable curiosity.

They may seem cool or aloof, emotionally arms-length. But if you will move from the heart to the brain you’ll find a stimulating conversationalist. The GREEN may be skeptical. “Why?” is the important question. Spends a lot of time reading, mostly technical information (or Science Fiction). This person will be focused on the future, on the possibilities, on the vision. Quite content to be on their own, do things their own way and proceed independently toward the solving of a problem.

Talk about theories, models, paradigms and you’ll keep the GREEN’s attention. Suggest the possibility of a learning experience, an advance in knowledge or wisdom. Above all, be logical and factual. Be ready to validate and prove your assertions. The “global” implications will be important to a GREEN personality. If possible, show how you can help the person further develop knowledge and understanding.

Never mind the “small talk” or idle conversation. Discuss concepts, abstractions, new ideas and plans that will impact the future. Offer a logical solution to clear problems and puzzles. Challenge the GREEN to help find the solution. Be creative, innovative, not outlandish. Things need to make sense.

You may find yourself in a debate – friendly, but be ready to defend your position. The GREEN personality will have questions and must respect you before trusting your answers. Convey the “driving force” or theory which underlies your ideas and proposal. This thinking person will want to consider, interpret, and probe. That’s the fun in life.

You’ll establish rapport by appreciating the GREEN’s competence. Show how your idea meshes with their vision. Show a model or discuss the philosophical appeal.

Remember – GREENs want to be sure that anything they do makes sense!


BLUEs are very flexible, adaptable – almost chameleon-like in their ability to adjust to a group or a situation. That makes them a little more difficult to identify.

Friendship and acceptance is very important to the BLUE personality. They are not inclined to compete, but are very good at encouraging others to do so. Empathy comes easily, and whether you have a success or a tragedy, the BLUE will share your emotions sympathetically.

Here is a person who wants to make the world a better place, may be involved in causes, and easily and enthusiastically verbalizes convictions.

An interactive, “Let’s Win” climate is a natural for the BLUE. Working things out, resolving conflicts, and finding a way we can cooperate are second nature. Warmth, caring, nurturing, and openness will establish a rapport with this person.

The BLUE is authentic and unique – whatever you do that acknowledges those attributes will create a bond. Eye contact is important. Keep an open body posture. Physical touch will usually be accepted and reciprocated as a signal of a valued relationship.

BLUEs tend to be good with words and may dramatize their ideas and opinions. There’s no reluctance to talk about personal issues or relationships and the conversation may well get rather emotional.

It will be important for your ideas to be people-related and that they will make a difference. If that is clear, you will have a good listener who responds to your appreciation with appreciation.

There may be laughter, anger, or even tears. If your ideas will help people, bring out their best, and develop cooperation, teamwork, and self-esteem, the BLUE will hang on your every word. Conflicts or rejection will turn off the switches. Maintain a positive, warm, open atmosphere that encourages a rich exchange of opinions and ideas.


Great. That was a lot of information. What am I supposed to do with that?

It helps to talk about this in a group setting. We sat down in groups according to our color. Each color has strengths that they can bring to the group at large. Each color also has expectations and will be comfortable doing a specific task. For instance, yellows may prefer behind-the-scene tasks while reds want the spotlight. It is not only important for you to know which color you are, but to know the other colors and know that to be successful we need to understand and embrace each other’s differences.

We hope that you will use this as a tool in a committee, for a fund raiser, at an event and in the group as a whole. We are all unique and we all bring something to Quota that is valuable.


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