We’re here for each other – that’s why we are Quotarians

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2015 International Photo – Quota Cares Teddy Bears, by Coral Springs/Parkland

Dear Quota Friends of Region 8 USA – February 20th, 2018

This past week has been unbearable for us all near and far of Parkland, Florida.

These are the victims of the Florida school shooting: CNN

We are all asking the same question – what can we do?  At this time I have been told that there are no straight answers to this question.  We have to do what is in our hearts. Some have attended rallies, some attended vigils, and some are making donations on the Go Fund Me Page.  But the one thing I know each of us is doing – praying for the victims, injured and survivors of this mass shooting.

I’ve been in touch with Past International Vice President, Cindy Hurd because their club is right in the backyard of Parkland, being Quota of Coral Springs/Parkland.  They are all having a rough time.

I thought if as many of us as possible in our clubs could either email or mail a card or message, it would let them know that their friends of Quota Region 8 and beyond are thinking of them.  I did email a card from all of us at Quota Region 8, but individual or club cards/messages would be great too.

If you would, please ask your members to email a message to staff@quota.org to the attention of Quota of Coral Springs/Parkland or put a card in the mail and I will get everything to them at once — contact staff@quota.org for my mailing address.  Please send to me by the last day of the month so they will have everything by their meeting, the first week of March.

Thank you all so much.  We’re here for each other.  That’s why we are Quotarians!

Love,
Elinor Adler,
Region 8 Director

Quota Club Signature Projects are Showered with Love

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Quotarians in Valdosta, GA, United States, put a little extra in their Buckets of Love – 2017 International Photo Contest submission by PCP Patsy Permenter 

“It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love is put in the giving.” – Mother Teresa

Washington, DC, February 14th, 2018 – To accomplish goals outlined in Quota International’s Strategic Plan, the 2016-2018 International Board of Directors have selected six (6) Quota Club Signature Projects from dozens of projects reported by club presidents over the past several years.  These 6 signature projects are coordinated by volunteer members changing lives throughout all 14 Quota countries.

The Quota Club Signature Projects are:

  • 1919 – Scholarships and Community Grants date back to Quota’s origins with a mission focused on encouraging girls to go to and stay in school. Because Quota was founded by Wanda Frey Joiner and four female executives months after the end of WWI and a year before women won the right to vote in the United States, girls getting an education was important.
  • 1942 – Early versions of Quota’s Buckets of Love project can be traced back to Quota’s efforts supporting the Red Cross and troops during World War II.  Quota International’s War Work report counts 100 Quota clubs in the United States, Canada, and Australia who donated over 5,500 knitted articles and hand-made garments to the Red Cross and sent more than 2,700 packages to camps and servicemen between May 1st, 1042 and December 31st, 1942. Today, Buckets of Love include many types of donations in many different containers – from food to clothes and healthcare supplies, to books, school supplies and toys – in baskets, backpacks, or boxes.
  • 1979 – Sound Beginnings grew out of the Shatter Silence program in the late 1970s where Quota members granted scholarships to deaf students, supported legislation and donated medical equipment for mandated in-hospital newborn hearing screenings, and funded research grants. Today, Sound Beginning projects continue to support educational initiatives for those who are deaf or hard of hearing – from ‘Baby’s First Hearing Aids’, and free hearing and speech clinics to Sound Amplification Systems in the Classroom – and more.  Workforce training projects also offer Sound Beginnings for all women and children.
  • 1983 – Quota’s International World Service projects began in the early 1980s in New Delhi, India, with the opening of the Quota Home for Abandoned and Destitute Women.  Clubs have been hosting International Women’s Day celebrations, festivals and awareness events for over 30 years, and have raised more than $1 million for World Service Educational Development, Health and Wellbeing, and Workforce Development projects providing aid to mothers and babies living in poverty in five developing countries.
  • 1998 – Cops ‘n Kids/QuoCKa Literacy projects launched in 1998 when Julia Burney Witherspoon, a police officer in Racine, Wisconsin, saw the opportunity to get abandoned books to kids through the generosity of police officers. Quota members were excited to help and over two decades have donated millions of books to Cops ‘n Kids projects in four countries. Members of the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania club (United States) have donated over a million books to Cops ‘n Kids in their local community.  In Australia, when you hear QuoCKa, they’re talking about the Cops ‘n Kids Literacy project.
  • 2004 – The first Junior Quota (JQ) Leadership project launched in 2004 and quickly grew to be in Australia, Canada, Philippines, and the United States. Every year, Quota members mentor hundreds of Junior Quota members – high school and college students. JQ members learn leadership skills while changing lives in their schools and in their communities while coordinating projects that support women and children in shelters, collect food for the hungry, clean up parks, and raise funds for research.
  • Because there are many Other Special Projects that are meaningful to Quotarians, a few notable additions are included but are not limited to:
    • Quota Cares Teddy Bears and Bears & Badges are supported by members donating bears to social workers, emergency services, and hospital staff to give to traumatized children.
    • Listen Up Turn It Down healthy hearing curriculum is shared by members in the classroom and in the streets offering free ear plugs at loud events including Carnival in Aruba.
    • Signing Santa events are hosted by members giving deaf children the opportunity to speak/sign with Santa.

On this Valentine’s Day, we salute Quotarians for the love you shower over these Signature Projects giving to women and children when they need it most.  You are everyday heroes.

Executive Director,
Barbara Schreiber


Quota International, Inc. is a non-profit organization empowering women, children, the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired in local communities around the world. Founded in 1919 by five business women who were inspired to serve, Quota International was established as the first international women’s service organization one year before women in the United States won the right to vote. Today, 5,000 members – women, men, and youth – come together to help women and children overcome poverty, educational, and workforce challenges in 14 countries. For more information on Quota Club Signature Projects click here.

Celebrating the Strength of Quotarians

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Members from Quota International of Gloucester celebrated Quota’s 99th Birthday on February 6th. (Back: L to R; Val Pritchard, Margaret Andrews, Club President Helen Parsons, and Helen Whan – Front: L to R; Claire Reynolds, Pamela Stewart and Charter Member Daphne Croker.)

What Makes Quota Strong?

by Past District Governor, Claire Reynolds, Gloucester, NSW, Australia

Have you noticed that the members keep in touch,
Remember birthdays, achievements and such?
That’s caring and it keeps a club strong.

Have the fundraising and functions seem to ‘gel’
Because you all turn up and do your bit as well?
That’s commitment and it keeps a club strong.

Does each member sing the song
About how good it is to belong?
That’s promotion and it keeps the club strong.

And if folk have need of care…..
Are your members always there?
That’s compassion and it keeps a club strong.

When you all work together for your goal
To achieve the ideals of Quota as a whole,
That’s unity of purpose and it’s what keeps Quota Strong.


Quota International of Gloucester was chartered in 1965 in New South Wales, Australia.  The club’s 21 members donate more than $4,000 in their Township each year from funds raised at their Christmas Puddings and Baby Show.  The Gloucester members are known for their support of deaf and hard of hearing services and women and children including The Quota SPA Scholarship Programme, Sound Amplification Systems, Kids Deaf Camp, Cochlear Implant Support and Quota Cares Teddy Bears. 

Update: Philippine Members are safe from eruptions of the Mayon Volcano

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Quota Members with children at their Heart of Giving event in March 2016 – Quota Cares Month winning entry – Submitted by members of Quota International of Legazpi-Mayon

Update from President Elect, January 2018 – Our Quotarians from Legazpi-Mayon are safe from the eruptions of Mayon volcano.

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Photo by Quotarian, Legazpi-Mayon Charter President Meg Los Baños

Since Mayon volcano is visible from their residences, they were affected by the ashes, polluted air and poor visibility. Numerous evacuation centers were set up by their local government and some organizations are supporting the needs of the evacuees.

Quota International of Legazpi-Mayon Charter President Meg Los Baños informed me that they are physically helping at the evacuation centers but not financially because of deficient club funds, which the other R18 clubs are also experiencing due to the dates of their upcoming fundraisers.

Emilie Simon
President Elect/Treas 2016-2018
Quota International Board

Mayon Volcano, aka as Mount Mayon, is an active volcano in the province of Albay, on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Renamed as the “perfect cone” because of its almost symmetric conical shape, Mayon forms the northern boundary of Legazpi City, the largest city in terms of population in the Bicol Region.

https://sco.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayon_Volcano

 

Aspire to Inspire: Founder’s Day 2018

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February 6th marks Quota International’s 99th anniversary as an organization that has worked to provide sound beginnings empowering women, children, the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired. On this occasion, we reflect on our beginnings and who we are now as an organization.

Our History
Founding Women“The idea for Quota International was sparked when Wanda Frey Joiner attended a Christmas “ladies’ night” party hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Buffalo, New York.  Wanting to form a similar organization for women to join, a few weeks later, Joiner and four businesswomen, Florence M. Smith, Alice C. Sauers, Ora G. Cole, and Jean Ware Redpath, signed incorporation documents forming Quota Club International on February 6, 1919, one year before the United States passed the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote and less than one month after the end of World War I. Because many women had joined the workforce and organized campaigns to support the troops, when the war was over, women wanted more employment and empowerment opportunities.  Their enthusiasm propelled the organization to become the first international women-only service organization in 1925.

The five founders chose to keep their dream simple by using the “golden rule” as their code and the “sharing” of both talent and responsibility as its ideal. During the early years of Quota, the organization’s focus targeted and promoted: good citizenship, crime prevention, extending friendly relations, gaining recognition for the achievements of women, and international relations.”

Where We Are Now

Quota International Convention 2016Since 1919, Quota International members have been developing programs and nurturing communities around the globe. Quota International is now in 14 countries with more than 260 clubs worldwide and growing.

The work that members support is just as vibrant and diverse as the membership. Projects range from Cops ‘N Kids/QuoCKa reading programs; medical clinics; support of kindergartens; run for life relays; providing food to less fortunate to assisting with outreach programs for homeless persons; to providing information about protecting hearing, hearing aids, hearing system loops and other technologies for assistive listening. Quota members are creative in fundraising efforts as can be demonstrated by the vast variety of fundraising dinners; bingo, bunco and trivia nights; craft, art and nut sales; cookouts; fishing tournaments; Holiday home tours; sausage sizzle event; and their willingness to reach in to their communities to work with other like-minded local agencies to achieve common goals.

All of the efforts have a common thread, the desire to make the lives of those around us a better by thinking and acting locally which then impacts globally. Quota International is in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) with a specific focus on SDG 1: No Poverty; SDG 3: Health and Wellbeing; and SDG 4: Quality Education. In these areas, Quota International is delivering world service.

So, on February 6th, Founder’s Day, we celebrate the vision of the women who stepped forward to create the first women-only international service organization. We celebrate the members and community friends who participate by giving of their time, talents and financial support to make Quota International an organization that will continue to benefit others for generations to come.

Happy Anniversary, Quota International!

Minute for Mission: Volunteer of the Year Awards 2017

Connected to Community

We come from many different countries, cultures, religions, traditions and economic backgrounds yet we have one thing in common. It is the willingness to connect, support and empower those around us in our communities. In serving our neighbors who are facing challenges, we create life-long friendships, and build partnerships with like-minded organizations while enriching our towns and cities for generations to come.

Our Volunteers of the Year for 2017 have been recognized by their fellow Quotarians and Quota International, Inc. for making a difference for women, children and those in need in the areas in which they reside. It is with heartfelt gratitude that we celebrate the individuals amongst us that have inspired us to continue our common journey of shared service.

It is our invitation to you to take a moment to meet these remarkable people. The Volunteer of the Year 2017 section of the quotainternational.org website will direct you to the various Quota International regions where you can read quotes about our 2017 Volunteer of the Year recipients from their teammates.

Congratulations to the Volunteer of Year Award recipients! We thank you for being the common thread that weaves us together in the tapestry of service.

Message from the President – A Special Gift of Friendship, Fellowship, and Love

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Santa tells a little girl “I love you” at a Signing Santa event for deaf children hosted by Quotarians in Fargo, North Dakota – 2016/2017 International Photo finalist, submitted by Linda Ehlers, PCP 

President’s Christmas Message, December 2017 – I would like to wish each of you and your families a Very Blessed Christmas.  You will also be receiving my President’s Message soon; but for now I want to make this a personal message.

Since my last Christmas Message Tim and I have adjusted very well to downsizing and living in a small three bedroom apartment.  We do not have to worry about snow removal and maintaining a house.  We had the wonderful opportunity to be part of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land last February.  A life time experience that we hope to revisit again in 2019.

As I reflect back on this past year,  I need to thank my Board of Directors and our Executive Director, Barbara Schreiber for all their hard work, their patience in working through the many challenges that we faced.  Having run my own businesses, I realize that as much as we want to accomplish specific tasks procedures have to take precedence.  I am fully aware of the many comments made about our finances and I do not feel that the board nor the office need to make any apologies for the delay.  It took longer that we expected but I am sure that the end product will be more than satisfying to all our members.  I commend our staff and the professionals in doing their due diligences in developing a detailed transparent set of Financial Statements that will be made public in January.

Moving forward you will be hearing about projects and endeavours many of our clubs are pursuing in service in their communities.  Our biggest challenge is that of all service organizations around the world, that of recruiting new members.  It is interesting to see how the next generation, the Millennials look at service. These individuals are the age range of many of our children or grandchildren.  Time management is very important.  They struggle with, managing their working life as professional women, their family involvement,  and personal time which doesn’t leave much time for service.

In Opening the Doors to Quota we need to be part of the new Millennials, we have to rethink how service can be done thru their eyes.  Social Media, and technology need to be a critical part of Quota International moving into the future.

I want to give all of you a special Christmas gift of Friendship, Fellowship and Love.  May I extend this gift to all of our Quota Countries as we say goodbye to 2017 and embrace the best of 2018.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Your fellow Quotarian,

Marie Dobson-Dunlop
International President 2016-2018

Giving Thanks During Difficult Times

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Southeast Texas Quotarians giving Buckets of Love – submitted by Carol Patin, IVP

Thanksgiving Message from USA Region 9, November 2017 – Life brings us so many surprises.  Some are delightful and others are disastrous!

In late August, Southeast Texas dealt with the disastrous.  Hurricane Harvey dumped as much as 50 inches of rain in some areas.  The City of Beaumont lost its water supplies because of flooding and went days without clean drinking water.  More than 100,000 customers lost electric power and lived in the dark and the heat.

Quota International and its amazing clubs were the rainbow after the storms.

Dozens of Quotarians were affected by Hurricane Harvey, and almost immediately, I started getting calls and emails from Quotarians around the world asking how they can help.

Since the Hurricane first made landfall on August 25, about $1,500 in cash and gift cards has been sent to Quota International of Southeast Texas.  For that, we are overwhelmed and thankful.

As the United States of America celebrates Thanksgiving on November 23rd, it is a time to give thanks for all that we have been given.  It is only appropriate for Region 9 to give thanks to Quotarians around the world for their thoughts, prayers and donations during our time of need.  Like other Quotarians, we will be there when others need our support.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Kacee Kirschvink – Director, Quota Region 9

Message from the President – It Began as a Dream

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A school boy in India supported by Quota International of DLF City – Submitted by Rita Ayyar, PCP

“We are made to persist, that’s how we find out who we are.” Tobais Wolff

President’s Message, September 2017 – Finishing my first year as the President of Quota International, has really opened my eyes. I never thought I’d be here. What started as a simple request to join the Quota Club in Midland, Ontario, grew into a dream to open more doors for Quota. Over the years, many lives have been changed of women and children and people who are deaf and hard of hearing, and they’ve changed my life too. All this because of the continued persistence from the women of Quota.

Times have changed. Our help is needed more than ever. Everyone is affected no matter how young or old we are or where we live. Requests for humanitarian aid continues to grow. According to The Hunger Project, one in nine people around the world, nearly 800 million do not have enough to eat. In difficult times, it’s comforting to know that Quotarians are looking out for each other.

How can Quotarians help with Hurricane relief? We’ve heard from members in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean and although some have lost their homes, everyone has made it through okay. It will be a long recovery and any help you can give would be welcomed. Below are some of the ways you can open the doors to help. Please check Quota’s website for any updates.

  • The Quota Club of Southeast Texas has asked for Walmart gift cards so those who have lost their homes can begin to rebuild.
  • The Quota Club of Aruba in partnership with other service clubs, Lions, Rotary, and Kiwanis, is accepting cash relief donations. Contact staff@quota.org for banking information to make a donation.

Which Quota clubs gave award-winning service in their communities this year? The amount of time and donations given by Quota Club members last year was remarkable. More than $450,000 was donated by 52 clubs in six countries. To see the impact made in local communities, visit www.quotainternational.org. If your name has been missed, please let us know. We want to be sure you get the recognition you deserve.

What updates are there for the 2018 convention? The 2018 Convention will be one spectacular event celebrating the award-winning service by you, the most amazing women I know. Responding to your concerns, the Board worked nearly an entire day to consolidate the convention, keep the costs down, and create many new features for this convention. Many surprises are being planned from museum exhibits, to Ambassador invites, to interactive opportunities.

To share the excitement and keep you up to date, a Facebook Group was started to post updates and old photos. As of today there are 599 members. If you can’t find your invite to the QuotaCon2018 Group, click here to request to join. Any member may join, invite others, post comments, and upload their own photos. The next news will be about day trips and pre and post convention tours – with good prices. In addition to the website, the QuotaCon2018 Facebook Group is a fun place to keep you connected with your Quota friends around the world. 


Where will the installation of the Regional Directors be held? Many have asked if the installations for Regional Directors can happen at the Regional Meetings in April and May in front of their friends. Yes, they can. A special recognition ceremony will be held at Convention for all incoming Regional Directors. The new Regional Directors will also be included on a special Advisory Committee to the board. More details about this will be revealed at Regional Meetings.

When is the deadline for International Board Member nominations? If you aspire to serve on the international board, if someone has said you would be good for the board, or you’re simply curious, join us for a special informative conference call.

  • International Board Q & A conference call, Tuesday, October 17th. Applications for nomination and registration information will be on the website.
  • Nomination Deadline for International Board Positions, Thursday, November 30th.

The conference call is open to anyone interested in learning more about International Leadership. Any questions you have should be submitted with the registration or emailed to staff@quota.org.

When are the next leadership conference calls? The last week of the month will be busy with Ready to Grow and Club President Conference calls.

  • Ready to Grow Conference Calls – will be held on September 26th. The focus of the call will be Crafting a Personalize Message for Your Club.
  • Club Presidents will be connecting on September 27th, 28th, or 29th, to share and learn about How to Build Interest in your Members (and you). How can you get your members excited about Quota when you’re feeling burned out? You want to make a difference, but it seems too hard. Explore proven ways to build interest in your club.

Where can I find Quota International’s Governance documents; Bylaws, Rules of Procedure, and Regional Guidelines? The most recent version of the Bylaws approved at the last convention are available under Leader Resources on the website. Changes to the Rules of Procedure and the Regional Guidelines made by the Board are being reviewed and will be replacing the copies on the website.

The deadline for submitting any amendments to the Bylaws to be reviewed and voted on at Convention is December 30th, 2017. Questions should be addressed to staff@quota.org.

Has a decision been made regarding the change of the fiscal year? Working with the new accountants, the fiscal year will be changed to coincide with the Australian dues cycle, October 1st thru September 30th. This also aligns with the Government fiscal year in the United States which is an important step in our strategic plan. This change to the fiscal year will begin in September 2018. The steps for how this will affect clubs on the Atlantic side (Canada, Netherlands, Caribbean, South America, and United States) are in italics below.  More information will also be available at your Regional Meetings.

Dues notices were sent at the end of August 2017 for the Australian, New Zealand, Philippine and Malaysian clubs.  For the Atlantic clubs, dues notices will be sent in December 2017 for nine months and again in August 2018 for the new fiscal year.   

When will the financial reports be available? Financials reports have been prepared and are being reviewed very closely by the new accountants following generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). With the change to the software, creating a new, transparent chart of accounts for both organizations, Quota International and We Share Foundation, and the setting up of a separate set of Australian books for both organizations, it was found that there were several systems that needed to be updated at the same time.

The filing of this year’s 990 reports along with an amended 990 for 2016 are on schedule to be completed by the end of December. These numbers will be included in our Annual Report. Previous year’s 990s are public information and can be found on the Guidestar website.  

As a final note, some of you may have noticed that there has been a staffing change in Washington, DC. Our Office and Financial Manager is no longer with us. If you were working with Yamilee on something, please contact staff@quota.org. This change has caused extra work for our small staff. We’re proud of the work they are doing, stepping up and taking on added responsibilities, especially with IRS Tax deadlines, accounting work, and convention planning.

Your fellow Quotarian,
Marie Dobson-Dunlop

International President 2016-2018

Minute for Mission: Back to School

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Quotarians Katie Rescenete, Betsy Lauber and Taylor Jones went shopping for a cause to donate notebooks, underwear and socks!

Providing assistance in preparing children for learning is an activity for many Quota Members worldwide. Why is this effort such an important endeavor for Quota Members? It is the understanding that when students are supported with clothing and materials, they are more prepared to learn and that an educated citizenry leads to a ‘reduction in poverty, increased income and economic growth, improved health, lives saved, peace fostered, gender equality promoted,’ and much more. This important work is done by Quota International clubs individually and in partnership with other community organizations.

For families in the United States, the cost of preparing for school has risen on average from $483.28 in 2004 to $687.72 in 2017. Helping to defray initial school expenses for students is where Quota members from Candlewood Valley (Connecticut, United States) to Indiana (Pennsylvania, United States) to Cupertino (California, United States) to Kent Valley (Washington, United Sates) step in to assist those who are facing a financial challenge. Members can be found shopping, gathering donations, and stuffing backpacks with pencils, pens, notebooks and other items to help give students the tools they will need in the classroom.

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Kent Valley donation of school supplies ready for distribution.

In an acknowledgement that as the need for assistance grows so does the need to work in conjunction with communities as a whole, it does, in the words of the African proverb, ‘take a village to raise a child’. Quota Members in Cupertino working together with the ‘San Jose Mercury News Wish Book, Rotary Club of Cupertino, Inner Wheel, Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, Cupertino Auto Care, Saratoga Chamber of Commerce and individual donors’ allows for funds to reach further and in doing so makes the greatest difference in providing clothes and shoes for the largest number of children. While in Grey-Bruce (Ontario, Canada), members of Quota International of Owen Sound work with the United Way Backpack program to provide children from low income homes in that community with backpacks filled with age appropriate school supplies.

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Teachers accepting stationery to students in a Port Vila school from Quota International of Ipswich members.

Once the school year has begun, the need for materials and other items continues in regions with limited resources for wellness and education. Members of Quota International of Ipswich (Queensland, Australia) delivered stationery and school supplies to support a preschool in Port Vila (Republic of Vanuatu) built by the partnership between Live and Learn Vanuatu and ChildFund Australia. During their visit, they were able to spend time with the daycare children, kindergarten students and staff. Educational supplies were much appreciated as the country is still recovering from Cyclone Pam that devastated the island in 2015.

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Members of Quota International of Cebu and Sawang Celaro Daycare Center children.

In the Philippines, Quota Members of Cebu, in partnership with Gota de Leche Foundation, are lending ongoing support for wellness and education at the Sawang Salero Daycare Center by providing children with milk, nutritious rice meal packs and vitamins. An additional component of this program gives rice meal packs to breast feeding mothers to help improve nutrition. Together the partnerships that are formed between Quota International clubs and other organizations fulfills the needs of the community.

Providing back to school supplies and clothing is only one a few of the projects that Quota Members support annually throughout 14 countries worldwide. If you are interested in participating with a club with a back to school program or other project, please visit Quota International’s Where We Work page to find a location near you.

Aspire to Inspire: The Power of Community

Three hundred or so people squeezed into the local town hall a month or so ago. Laughter, music and the aroma of New Mexican food filled the air. Friends, family, co-workers, friends of friends and civic leaders mingled and chatted through the afternoon.

Four generations gathered to celebrate the successes of a young person boldly living with cancer, to share with each other the joy and vibrancy of life, of knowing each other while helping this young person and his family through a tough time. They are a community.

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Quota members from Manila South providing special medical mission clinics in remote villages to support healthier communities.

What is community? Community as defined by Webster’s Dictionary is: “the people with common interests living in a particular area”. That definition doesn’t quite hold the same spark as the group that was just mentioned so let’s look beyond this definition to the heart of it. Where does community begin? Does it begin when you are asked to do something or are placed in a situation that calls you to be part of a group?

Community starts with the inspiration of being touched by an experience you have had, by an event that someone you love has experienced, or by something you have witnessed. Community, my friends, starts with you and starts with me being open to saying, “Yes”. If you have some hesitancy in jumping in to a group, event or activity, take minute to let the following quote speak to that fear.

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”
Michelle Obama

Rugs by Quotarians in Taree
In Taree, New South Wales, Quota members provide comfort and help rebuild lives by sending hand crocheted blankets, towels, and rugs to survivors of devastating floods.

Your participation in community is valuable.Whether it is spending time working at a medical mission as a volunteer, raising funds to ease a financial burden of a family facing a medical challenge, knitting blankets and rugs for flood survivors, or using organizational skills to plan an event, being courageous and willing to share your skills and talents makes a difference. When you say “Yes” to being in action with those around you, the world changes.

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Feeding Program in Manila
Through the Philippines Feeding Program run by members of Quota in Manila, thousands of children living in poverty are nurtured and fed.

It is the association of willing individuals to step forward together to fill a need that is the essence and power of community. The power of community is what has children be fed, schools to be built and has families facing seemingly insurmountable challenges be supported.

Your community is waiting for you.

Be bold, be you, say “Yes”.

International Women’s Day 2017: #BeBoldForChange

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Today, March 8th, 2017, is International Women’s Day. Quotarians join in celebrating this day as an acknowledgement of the work that is being done in local communities around the world to improve the lives of women and those they support. We recognize that when women have access to education, health care, child care and employment opportunities in traditional and non-traditional careers, the entire community benefits.

Since the beginning of Quota International, Inc. in 1919, Quotarians have been working to improve the lives of women and children through community service projects. Our signature projects such as Buckets of Love which are made and distributed by Quotarians directly impact women who have experienced domestic violence or economic hardship.

We stand with the United Nations and the theme of their work: “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” The status of women in the world and the steps towards equality is articulated by the United Nations Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in her message of February 28, 2017:

This International Women’s Day, and each day, we invite you to join us in stepping forward to #BeBoldForChange!