Presented at 2011 Area Meetings
For reasons including increasing the membership satisfaction and organizational effectiveness of a non-profit of Quota’s current size, and to attract future generations of members, in July 2011, the 2011-2012 Quota International Board of Directors approved a first draft proposal for changes to Quota’s future international structure and governance system. The decision by the board was unanimous. A by-product of the proposal is some cost-savings for both QI and members. This proposal is being presented at 2011 Area Meetings. Feedback obtained will be discussed by the board at their February 2012 meeting. A final proposal will be unveiled at 2012 District Conferences. Bylaw changes required to implement the final proposal will be voted on by delegates at the Convention 2012 Bylaws Session, Thursday, July 12, 2012 in Honolulu Hawaii, U.S.A.
Quota’s structure is complex and costly and no longer makes sense in the age of technology.
Proposal for a New Structure and Governance System
- Positive, bold, exciting, and invigorating
- Keeps Quota connections in place
- Offers flexibility
- Good News: There IS something we can do about it – a plan that keeps Quota connections solidly in place yet offers flexibility future generations (and probably, some of you!) would appreciate.
- Three-part plan makes participating in Quota more affordable experience.
Proposal Part 1: Create Regions, Eliminate Districts and Areas
- Start in 2014
- 20 Regions – approx. 300 each
- Board determines composition
- Existing districts combined, where possible
- Will continue with districts, areas through 2013.
- Elected by region – begins 2014
- Appoints own leadership team
- Serves one 2-year term coinciding with biennial Convention
- Who can run? Past club presidents, past district governors, and past area directors
- Board will create basic guidelines for regional director in operating, creating team.
- Because regions larger than current districts, leadership pool larger.
- Past governors will continue to be honored as past leaders in Quota, invited to past leader events.
- Current district and area funds: District/areas distribute as they wish in 2013.
Regional Director Position
- Encourage development & growth in region
- Communicate with/encourage members within region
- Plan annual regional meeting (with host team)
- No club visits, no club officer installations
- Regional director duties streamlined, reduced version of area director and district governor.
- Regional directors will be encouraged to follow the “Lazy Leader” model of leading.
- Costly, time-intensive leadership tasks currently carried out will be eliminated (club visits, installations).
- Self supporting
- Held March, April, or May
- International representative assigned by president attends meeting/gives international message
- Meeting registration fees cover cost of meeting.
- Quota will pay international representative’s travel to meeting.
- Tradition of club (Circle) serving as host, assisting with logistics, to be continued.
- March added and June eliminated as months available for meetings; June difficult for international representatives, particularly in a convention year (Convention held in July).
- U.S. $10.00 per year, per member
- Dues fund:
- Region’s communications costs
- Regional director’s convention participation (attend training, vote)
- Upfront costs of annual regional meeting
- Dues set at U.S. $10.00 – lowest amount to accomplish region’s goals.
- Replaces current district, area dues and assessments.
- No public fund-raising activities planned; therefore regions will not need to be incorporated.
Proposal Part 2: Create Quota Circles
- Need 7 to charter
- Minimal rules/requirements
- Meet in person and/or virtually
- Members pay full QI/regional dues
- Pays full advance convention fee
- Has one vote in elections, bylaws
- Must elect/select president & treasurer
- Known as “Quota Circle of _____”
- Currently have 3 ways to belong: club member, branch member, member-at-large.
- Circles equal in stature to clubs; operate with minimal requirements; meet in person, virtually, or both.
- Benefit: fewer members needed to start. Can serve as host team for future regional meetings.
- Circle members pay same dues, liability insurance as club members; circles pay same fees as clubs.
- Why “Circles”? It’s a forward thinking and innovative approach for the future and a familiar concept to older generations (i.e., groups with like interests).
Create Quota Circles
- Circles start chartering August 2012
-Only circles can charter; no new clubs can charter
-Branches must become circles
-Continue permanently as a club… OR
-Become a circle
- The training of Club and Circle Presidents beginning in 2014 will be determined by the board.
- The process of branches transitioning into circles will begin in August 2012. QI will work with all branches in existence at that time in electing officers, collecting and paying dues, setting up bank accounts, insurance. Mentoring clubs no longer will do those jobs for branches.
- New club organization efforts underway as of August 2012 will result in new circles only.
Proposal Part 3: Restructure Quota International Board of Directors
- 5 board officers: president, president-elect/treasurer, 3 at-large board members
- All board officers represent all Quota members
- All board officers serve 2-year terms coinciding with biennial convention
- Elections: (1) held biennially at convention; (2) permit absentee ballots; (3) use preferential voting
- Reduced board size increases effectiveness, reduces costs.
- President retains current role – as president of board of directors and primary liaison with staff.
- President-elect/Treasurer (one person, one position) oversees development and growth and finances – doable according to past leaders who have held both positions.
- 3 At-large board members assigned specific responsibilities by president; may include service, communications, strategic planning, or other areas president views to be most pressing.
- At-large board members (and all board members) represent all Quota members, not specific constituencies.
- Title of at-large board members still under consideration. Under consideration: Board Member, Vice President, Board Director.
- All board members take office at the same time; all serve two years. Continuation of 2 of 5 board members sufficient to provide experience needed during board transition.
- All Quota members in every Quota country will have a path to Quota board leadership.
Transition of Officers – 2012-2014
- 2012-2013 president & president-elect serve TWO years (2012-2014)
- 2012-2013 treasurer serves ONE year; treasurer function incorporated in president-elect position in 2013-2014 year
- 2011-2013 area directors (East, Central, South Pacific) serve one extra year (2013-2014)
- 2012-2014 area directors (Canada, South, West) serve normal 2-year term
- President and President-elect installed at Convention 2012 serve 2-year term.
- Treasurer installed at Convention 2012 serves only one 1-year term, 2012-2013. President-elect assumes Treasurer responsibilities in 2013-2014.
- 2011-2013 Area Directors will serve one extra year; all have agreed.
- 2012-2014 Area Directors serve normal 2-year term.
- This transition provides the greatest support to QI during the period that it is moving to a new way of operating.
- Board members who participated in creating the proposal for Quota’s future structure “on board” to see transition through to completion.
-2012-2014 president-elect/treasurer automatically becomes 2014-2016 president
-Elections held for 2014-2016 president-elect/treasurer and 3 at-large board officers
-For president-elect/treasurer: past area directors and, in the future, past at-large board members
-For at-large board members: past governors and, in the future, past regional directors
- Transition completed at Convention 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. All officers installed at convention will serve 2-year terms starting and ending at the same time.
- Election held at that convention for four positions: 2014-2016 President-elect/Treasurer and three 2014-2016 At-large Board Members.
Proposal for a New Structure and Governance System
- Board of Directors UNANIMOUS in its support of proposal
- Quota’s situation requires a bold move NOW
- The proposal…
-protects YOUR local Quota experience
-opens up Quota in new ways for new members
– takes down boundaries that divide members
-opens doors to a more flexible & sustainable future
- Enormous thought and discussion went into proposal creation by both 2010-2011 Board and 2011-2012 Board. Many different scenarios considered.
- THIS 3-part proposal considered superior to all others.
- Quota’s situation requires a bold move.
- Proposal protects your local Quota experience while at the same time opening up Quota for new members (and current members) who want to experience Quota in a new way.
- Proposal enables your club to continue as it always has – if you want it to.
- Proposal provides for a regional connection for members who value that.
- Time for Quota to move forward, to take down boundaries that divide members AND open doors to more flexible, sustainable future that benefits all members.
- These changes are not “nice to do”; they are “need to do”.
This proposal will be published on the QI website www.quota.org after all the 2011 Area Meetings are completed. Please direct any questions to President Chris Tracey-Patte and Executive Director Kathleen Treiber as follows:
1420 21st Street NW