Junior Quotarians set to Inspire Members at Convention

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The Quota Club of Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia is energize by their active Junior Quotarian mentorship program – Photo submitted by Past International President Karen Murphy

Washington, DC, April 17th, 2018 – Junior Quotarians are an inspiration to more than 30 Quota Clubs and communities in five countries.  The spotlight will be on these young leaders during the International Convention.

Junior Quotarian Presentations
General Meeting
Wednesday, July 11th
9:30 am – 10:00 am

We want to include your Junior Quota Club.

Please email staff@quota.org if you have a Junior Quotarian (JQ) program in your club and approximately how many students are in your program.

If your Junior Quotarians are planning to come to convention and haven’t signed up yet, please let us know so we can include you in the JQ portion of the program.

Grace Caldwell
Programs Lead,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

 

 

Message from the President – New Decisions from the Board

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2016-2018 International Board from left to right:  VP Carol Patin, VP Shelly Brown, VP LuAnne Bonanno, President Elect/Treasurer Emilie Simon, and President Marie Dobson-Dunlop

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” – Mother Teresa

President’s Message, April 2018 – As a Board we have faced many tough challenges and decisions. The last Board Meeting was no different, but the enthusiasm we had following the meeting was wonderful and has kept us focused.

I am very proud of our Board Members. We started the meeting as a team reviewing concerns from Regional Directors and worked on solutions connected to Quota’s Strategic Plan Goalsbuilding resources to support our mission, establishing Quota as a leading advocate, and engaging dynamic resources for signature programs.  

In my message, you’ll learn more about how we are working to grow Quota. I am excited about the energy and direction. I hope you will see how committed we are to supporting the wonderful work you are doing to change lives around the world. You’ll find answers to the following questions:

  • What major concerns were addressed at the Board Meeting?
  • What is the state of our membership?
  • What is being done for Development and Growth?
  • What will be new at Regional Meetings this year?
  • What is new with the Awards Program in 2018?
  • What are this year’s World Service Hand in Hand Projects?
  • Who are the candidates for the 2018-2020 International Board? 
  • What if a leader can’t travel, could he or she still run for an International Board position?
  • Why is Quota International’s fiscal year changing and when was this decided?
  • Where can I find Quota’s Bylaws, Rules of Procedure, and Regional Guidelines?

What major concerns were addressed at the Board Meeting? The top concerns from the membership were the financials, the change to Regions, and communication challenges. Each concern was approached from “if we can fix it, we will,” our mantra from last year’s Regional Meetings.

The financials continue to be restructured, reconciled, and reviewed for both Quota International and the We Share Foundation to correct concerns expressed by international board members over the years. The financial reports are now 100% transparent, 100% accrual based, and 100% program focused.  For transparency, the Chart of Accounts has been set up identically for both corporations with categories that are easy to understand.

All income and expenses have been switched to 100% accrual basis. When income applies to future months, such as annual members dues and new members, it is being calculated and entered monthly. Convention registrations received in the year before convention are entered as deferred income until the Convention year. Expenses that cover more than one month are allocated to each month (this includes insurances, IT, and taxes).

Journal entries are made to record all We Share Foundation donations that are sent to Quota International (for example Hand in Hand, Teddy Bear, and Benefactor donations).  Profit and Loss statements are being created for the three main programs of Quota International and the We Share Foundation. Administrative expenses are calculated off of payroll allocations and charged to each program:

Programs by Corporation
Quota International:
Leadership and Training, Development and Growth, and Convention.

We Share Foundation:
Volunteers in Action, Think Global Act Local, and World Service Hand in Hand.

The Board received and reviewed copies of financial reports for Quota International and We Share Foundation. Fiscal Year 2018 budgets were approved for both corporations. Annual income is decreasing from loss of members and donations. Costs were reviewed and have been cut wherever possible. Staffing expenses are dropping with only six staff members where there used to be eight and more efficient procedures have been adopted.

The ongoing challenge is with the We Share Foundation – 100% all donations are designated for programs. The Board has identified this as an urgent concern. Much of the Board Meeting was focused on alternate ways to bring in new income to cover the Foundation’s expenses and also expand Quota’s programming.

Financials for both Quota International and We Share Foundation were filed by the IRS deadline in March.

Profit and Loss Statements: 

Quota International P&L 2017 Summary | Quota International P&L 2017 Detail
We Share Foundation P&L 2017 Summary | We Share Foundation P&L 2017 Detail


What is the state of our membership? With the updates from the Asia Pacific clubs dues cycle through October 31st, 2017, there are 244 clubs in 14 countries with 4,963 members. This is a constantly changing number with two different dues cycles and new members joining.  These reports are on the website (Membership Reports) and will be updated again once we have heard from all Asia Pacific clubs. NOTE: After the Atlantic clubs dues cycle is finalized they will be updated again – another reason for streamlining the fiscal years – to provide more reliable reports. 

Year-End Membership Reports thru December 2017

In the past year, Quota welcomed 7 new clubs with 58 new members. New memberships have averaged 406 each year over the past three years, a total of 1,218. During the first quarter of 2017, new membership showed stronger growth. However, it slowed during the 2nd and 3rd quarters (April – September), but regained momentum in November and December 2017.

  • NOTE: New Membership forms are due at the Brisbane or Washington, DC office the last day of the month.  They can also be completed online (Membership Forms).

Leadership conference calls (Club President’s calls and Ready to Grow calls) were expected to boost development and growth – connecting leaders and sharing ideas to attract and retain members. Even though these calls do not appear to be boosting membership, they are valuable and will continue.  The Board and Staff are looking into other development and growth initiatives. Guidebooks are being developed to help answer questions and share ideas. A new rewards program is also being launched. Details about the Quota Club Rewards Program are explained later in this message.


What is being done for Development and Growth? We talked about our financial position and proposals to grow donations, membership, and service. Better communications and training programs were noted as the most important areas of focus for 2018. Last year, over 60 free conference calls hosted by staff and board members did help with improving communications and connections among Quotarians. Members, Board Members, and Staff Members all reported benefits from these calls:

  • Free monthly Club President’s/Regional Director’s Leadership Calls
  • Free Ready to Grow Coaching Calls
  • Free new leadership resources on the website

I encourage you to sign up for these leadership calls. The topics change every month and give you a chance to share ideas and ask questions of other leaders and the office. Notes from the call last month were distributed to all who participated.  Click here for a summary of March’s All Leadership call.  To register for the next call, click here.

  • NOTE:  Double check the times.  Some call times have changed.  Daylight Savings time started in the Northern Hemisphere the first weekend of March (Spring forward) and Ended in the Southern Hemisphere the first weekend of April.

Discussions during the calls have helped the Staff and Board to learn what training would be helpful for incoming leaders. This prompted the Board to explore Quota’s practices with succession planning discussion during the Board Meeting. All agreed that succession planning is one of our weaker areas.  A stronger mentoring program and succession plan needs to be developed for all leadership positions this year – Club Presidents, Regional Directors, Board and staff.

With this new leadership structure, 24 new leaders will be elected between April and July: 21 Regional Directors and 3 International Board Members. Only two Board Members will be returning, the President Elect will become the President, and one of the Vice Presidents will be elected to the President Elect position.  Succession planning will help shorten the learning curve and keep the focus on strategic goals during this transition period.

Succession planning has been a focus for the office staff during the past year.  Procedural binders have been created for each of their positions. Staffing has been restructured to form a Membership Team to support all members. This has allowed for Alison to take on new responsibilities and focus on Strategic Development for Quota Leaders. Her first projects are to create a New Member Guidebook and Regional Directors Guidebook. Regional Directors are already providing helpful information that is being included in these Guidebooks. It is encouraging to see the real-time tips and examples that will help other leaders feel supported and connected. These Guidebooks will be printable from the website or available for purchase.

New Members Guide 8.5×11 | New Members Guide A4
For professional print quality, contact staff@quota.org 


What will be new at Regional Meetings this year? Regional Directors have asked International Reps to bring excitement to their meetings. The Board has worked together to create two 20 minute presentations that allow for 10 minutes of Q & A.  The presentations are Finances, Facts, and Figures, and Fun and Future.

You’ll also learn about an exciting new program – the Quota Club Rewards Program. This program was created from a request by a Past International President, “Is there anything you can do to get the matching grants back? It would make a big difference.” Club Presidents and Regional Directors also agreed during leadership calls. After considering the pros and cons of the Quota Club Rewards proposal, the Board has approved bringing back matching grants in a sustainable program.

The Quota Club Rewards Program is for clubs of any size.  Qualifying criteria includes:

  • Membership Increase
  • Regional Meeting Attendance
  • Community Giving
  • Founder, Benefactor, and Hand in Hand Giving
  • Awards Submissions (see Award Forms)

Clubs who qualify will receive a certificate and a matching grant ($100-$1,000) for Bronze Star, Silver Star, Gold Star, and Super Star Club levels.  The deadline to qualify for the Quota Club Rewards Program is June 30th, 2018.  See the website under Leader Resources for official rules and guidelines (Quota Club Reward Program).


What is new with the Awards program in 2018? The Awards Submission forms have been simplified – only 6 questions, that can be completed in as little as 5 minutes. We heard you when you said how complicated last year’s reports were and we fixed it.  This simple form is the same for all the awards: 5K / 10K Giving, International Photo Contest, and Quota Cares Month.  The Volunteer of the Year is also an easy application.

International Awards and Signature Project Forms
(5K/10K Award, International Photography Contest, and Quota Cares Award) 
Online Awards Application | Sample Awards Nomination Form PDF

Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form
Online Volunteer Application | Sample Volunteer Nomination Form PDF

  • NOTE: June 30th, 2018 is the deadline for all Award Submissions. 

The Board also voted on adding Signature Service Projects to the International Awards program. Top service projects will be selected from club submissions in these areas:

• Buckets of Love • Cops N Kids/QuoCKa Literacy • JQ Leadership
• Scholarships and Grants • Sound Beginnings • International World Service
• Other – significant to your club (Quota Cares Teddy Bears, Bears and Badges,
Listen Up Turn It Down, Signing Santa, etc.)


What are the World Service Hand in Hand Projects for 2018? Leaders of the World Service Hand in Hand Projects have been contacted for updates to their project information and distribution of grant donations. FY2017 grants have been wired to 14 of the projects we have heard from. Click here for more information about their Hand in Hand projects which can also be found on www.teamquota.org.

The Hand in Hand Annual Report is being created that will include photos and detailed descriptions of the projects, what each grant funded, who was helped, and the names and amounts given by each donor; 120 clubs and regions from Aruba, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, Suriname, New Zealand, and the United States and three non-members.

Thank you for your HIH donations.  Your Quota Clubs made these grants possible.

Information about the World Service Hand in Hand projects are on the website under Leader Resources (World Service Program).  These projects fall under three categories:  Educational Development, Health and Well Being, and Workforce Development. At fundraising and community events, clubs may show Hand in Hand videos promoting Quota’s World Service (‘You Needed Me’ and Quota Home of New Delhi).

  • NOTE: Three projects are no longer active – Kolkata and Southwest Cebu are no longer HIH projects and Ba is regrouping and not in HIH again this year.
  • NOTE: The Board is also working through details with India projects and will have an update for you on the India projects. 

Who are our candidates for the 2018-2020 International Board? The candidates for the International Board are on the website at the top of the Leader Resources page. They have answered questions about their skills, experience, goals, and excitement. To get to know them better, each has recorded a 3-minute video. For those who are hard of hearing, closed captioning has been added to their videos.

President Elect/Treasurer Candidates and Videos:

  • Vice President LuAnne Bonanno from the United States, Region 7
  • Vice President Shelly Brown from Australia, Region 13
  • Vice President Carol Patin from the United States, Region 9

Vice President Candidates and Videos:

  • Regional Director Elinor Adler – Plantation, Florida, United States, Region 8
  • Regional Director Brenda Cherry – Wooster, Ohio, United States, Region 2
  • Past Regional Director Luz Marina Gonzalez – Aruba, Region 10
  • Regional Director Jan Rhodes – Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand, Region 21

International Board Nominee Information Packet
Printable PDF – 8.5×11Printable PDF – A4

  • NOTE FOR ELECTIONS: Paper ballots for the candidates will be mailed to all voting delegates on Friday, April 13th. ALL BALLOTS MUST be returned BY MAIL postmarked no later than June 1st (to Washington, DC or Brisbane office) to be counted at convention. NO voting in-person for board nominees will happen at convention. This Bylaw change was to comply with incorporation laws in Washington, DC – approved by delegates at the 2016 Convention in Brisbane.

What if a leader can’t travel, could he or she still run for International Office?  With the advancement of technology, the Board seriously considered this request.  Although, Washington, DC, Laws allow for Board meetings and other meetings to be conducted using videoconferencing, teleconferencing, or any other similar telecommunications device, all persons participating in the meeting must be able to hear each other or communicate effectively simultaneously.

Because Board Meetings span several days and candidates come from different time zones, simultaneous interaction for 10 hours each day would be difficult using technology in different time zones. Below is a copy of the Bylaw that was approved by delegates at the 2016 International Convention.

Excerpt from Quota International Bylaws – 2016 Convention Version
Article VIII: BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 3. Meetings
A. The board of directors shall meet at least two times a year.
B. The board of directors may conduct the board and other meetings using videoconferencing, teleconferencing, or any other similar telecommunications device which allows all persons participating in the meeting to hear each other or communicate effectively simultaneously.
C. Other meetings may be held at the call of the president.

Why is Quota International’s fiscal year changing and when was this decided? There were several reasons behind changing the fiscal year (FY).  The main reasons are to be in compliance with regulations for incorporations while also streamlining Quota’s operations for more effort to be on development and growth.

In 2013, a fiscal year audit showed that Quota International and We Share Foundation had 27 different annual financial deadlines and events. This makes it difficult for administration and accounting.  US clubs are operating with 10 different fiscal years.  It is difficult to remind them to complete their yearly filing requirements to maintain their non-profit status. Streamlining the fiscal years will make a difference for all Quota Clubs.

Following legal advice, an amendment to move the fiscal year dates from the Bylaws to the Rules of Procedure (governed by the Board) was presented to voting delegates in 2014. This amendment was voted on and passed by delegates at the 2014 Cincinnati Convention. The change to this Bylaw permitted the Board to make the decision for when the best time was to realign the fiscal year. The calendar year had been seriously considered, but was later determined that it would not be a good option. Since Australians and New Zealanders go on Summer Holiday in December/January, they would not be able to meet their requirements of holding an Annual General Meeting/AGM within six weeks of the close of their club year, since it would fall during their Holiday Recess.

Our accountant recommended changing the FY to align with the government calendar since it also matches the Asia Pacific Dues cycle – one of the 27 current fiscal year deadlines.  It was not until September 2017 that our accountant determined we would be ready to make the change. Following this guidance, the Board voted on the new dates of October 1st thru September 30th.

This change to the fiscal year will begin September 2018. The change has prompted more than a dozen questions from club leaders. With the filing of the financials behind us, answers to these questions and steps for how to work through the changes for your club are being outlined. These steps will also be available for you at your Regional Meeting.  Clubs on the Atlantic side (Canada, Netherlands, Caribbean, South America, and United States) paid a prorated portion of dues (Jan – Sep) this year in preparation for the change. This change was a bit more complicated than we understood it would be. We will work with you to help your club make this transition.


Where can I find Quota’s Bylaws, Rules of Procedure, and Regional Guidelines? All governance documents including Bylaws with amendments approved by members at the 2016 Convention are on the website under Leader Resources. Updated (International Governance Documents) copies of Rules of Procedure and Regional Guidelines from the December 2017 Board Meeting are on the website.


We have heard from you with the concerns about so many changes.  The reason these changes are happening is to build Quota International. Your input helps let us know the areas that still need improvement.

With growth comes growing pains.  Thank you for you patience as we’ve been working through these pains.  These are challenging times for us all including the Board and our small staff.  They are doing a great service for us all.  We cannot thank them enough.

As my term as president is coming to a close, I have a stronger appreciation for Quota and everything that we do to help women and children and the deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired and how much Quota is needed.  You inspire me every day.

Your fellow Quotarian,
Marie Dobson-Dunlop

International President 2016-2018

Highlights from March’s All Leadership Calls

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Quotarians at their Quarter Auction fundraiser in Lake County, Ohio – Photo submitted by Club President Karen Gridley

Washington, DC, April 3rd, 2018 – Special thanks to all who joined us at our March All Leadership Calls.  We had a great turn out, and those who came not only received the latest news, but also a wide variety of ideas for service projects, fundraisers, and community involvement.  A brief summary of items shared is below.  If you’d like to participate in April’s calls, click here to register!

Ideas shared by Club Presidents on the Call*

Service Projects

  • Lake County, USA: Easter Egg hunt with activity stations (including a large pool filled to the brim with Easter Grass – kids love it!).
  • Massillon, USA: Low-cost speech clinic this summer through partnership with local university.
  • Brisbane City, Australia: Donation to local school in need of a bus – Quota logo to go on back door of bus.
  • Ottawa, Canada: Signing Santa at local playroom (think Chuck E Cheese in the U.S.), made possible by sponsorships from local companies and featured on local TV station.
  • Canton, USA: Quota Bears to children who testify in court, and other agencies who wouldn’t normally get donations like these.
  • Leisure Coast, Australia: “Pre-loved” over-the-ear hearing aid drive.  Hearing aids are fixed for free at local repair shop and donated worldwide.
  • Salisbury, USA: Book drives and FREE book stations at community events.
  • Barrie, Canada: Community picnic for senior citizens who have no family nearby.
  • Huronia, Canada: Hygiene product drive for local women’s shelter.

“We can easily give away 1,000 books at a single parade. We find that giving away 1 book typically yields us about 10 books!  Families become aware of our club and the service we do, and begin sending their books to us as their children age.”

– Mary Burroughs, Club President, Quota International of Salisbury

Fundraising Events

  • Morro Bay & Bismark-Mandan, USA: Bunco Night!
  • Wilmington, USA: “Beef & Beer” Fundraiser
  • Minneapolis, USA: Quota Royale! (Casino night – usually raises $10,000 – $15,000)
  • Bristol, USA: Cocktail Party & Fashion Show
  • Flint, USA: Traditional Tea & Live Auction (usually raises $6,000 – $11,000)
  • Central Oregon, USA: Golf Tournament for women with disabilities (raised $10,000 last year)

Other

  • Southeast Texas, USA: Club leadership retreat to re-engage members and just have fun!
  • Plantation, USA: Guest speakers invited to present at Quota Club meetings.  This increases awareness and encourages partnership with people and businesses in the community.  It also brings new ideas to our club, and hopefully new members!
  • Massillon, USA: Car decals for all members to increase visibility of club around town.
  • Barrie, Canada: Hired a young lady to manage our Facebook page as well as other social media and web platforms.  This will help get the word out about our club.
  • Leisure Coast, Australia & Massillon, USA: Focusing our club goals on deaf, hearing- and speech-impaired individuals sets us apart from other service organizations who all seem to be serving women and children.

“It all comes back to speech and hearing and women and children.  People are really impressed with that.”

-Karen Binstead, Region 14 Director, Quota International of Leisure Coast

*This list of ideas shared is in no way comprehensive!  Many more ideas were shared and discussed at the calls. If you’d like to share your ideas, join us next time.  If you’d like your idea featured, send photos and information to staff@quota.org and we’ll feature you in an upcoming article!  (Or, if you’d prefer, write your own and submit that.)

In the words of President Marie, who joined us on a few calls despite her busy schedule,

“Thank you so much for taking the time to be on this call. We are listening and will take what we have heard back to the board to discuss implementation.”

-International President Marie Dobson-Dunlop

If you would like to be a part of the idea-sharing that these inspiring and informational calls make possible, join us at our next one by registering here.

Thank you for all that you do! 

Lisa Schlosser
Membership Coordinator,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

Pre-Convention Tour, Registration of Interest: Williamsburg/Charlottesville, VA

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Reenactment Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

QUOTA PRE-CONVENTION TOUR

2018 WILLIAMSBURG & CHARLOTTESVILLE*
Featuring Jamestown

Join us on the 3 days/2 nights Historic Triangle tour
Saturday, July 7th – Monday, July 9th, 2018

Click here for Post-Convention Tour information: Buffalo/Niagara Falls/New York City

Click here to register interest for this Virginia Pre-Convention Tour
and enter “PRE CONVENTION TOUR” in all capital letters

Williamsburg/Jamestown/Charlottesville


Saturday, July 7th:

WASHINGTON, DC to JAMESTOWN, VA:  170 miles – 3 hrs

Depart Washington Capital Hilton Hotel at 9 am.  Our journey today takes us south east to the historic town of Jamestown.  We anticipate a short morning break before continuing on to Jamestown in time for lunch.  Jamestown has been described as a “Place Of Many Beginnings”.

Walk in the steps of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas where(sic) a successful English colonization of North America began. Despite early struggles to survive, the 1607 settlement evolved into a prosperous colony. As the colony expanded, the Virginia Indians were pushed out of their homeland. In 1619, the arrival of Africans was recorded, marking the origin of slavery in English North America.  https://www.nps.gov/jame/index.htm

On arrival into Jamestown you will have at least three hours to experience this colonial village.  You will step back in time, wandering through the streets, stores, and workshops. It won’t be long before you will be immersed into the daily re-enactments of colonial events that occurred more than 400 years ago.

Lunch today is independent and there is an eatery in the village.

JAMESTOWN, VA TO WILLIAMSBURG, VA:  10 miles – 30 minutes

Mid-afternoon return to the coach for a transfer to Williamsburg our home for the night.  Williamsburg is known for is great food, awarding winning wines and boutique (small batch) beers.  You won’t need to wander far to experience the local hospitality.  This evening is at leisure for you to spend time walking through this quaint town.

Williamsburg played a significant role during the American Revolution which was also referred to as the American war of Independence (1775-1783). America’s independence from Great Britain was a significant turning point in world history.

Sunday, July 8th:                    

WILLAMSBURG, VA to CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA:  120 miles – 2 hrs

Today breakfast has been included before a departure at 1 pm.  Anticipate an arrival into historic Charlottesville at around 3 pm.  On arrival check into your hotel.  The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast this morning is included. 

Monday, July 9th:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

This morning after a leisurely breakfast, meet our local tour guide for an inspired tour taking in historic homes and gardens including the famous Monticello home, The Virginia State Capitol, and the University of Virginia founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819.  A highlight today is the Rotunda located on the original grounds of the University. The Rotunda was designed by Jefferson and inspired on the Pantheon in Rome.

After the tour we recommend you take in an optional lunch at the local Tavern that dates back to 1784.  The Tavern has a buffet lunch that arguably has the “single best fried chicken anywhere”.

Breakfast this morning is included.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA to WASHINGTON, DC:  120 miles – 2 hrs 30 minutes

OUR TOUR FINISHES TODAY

After lunch our tour comes to an end as we board our coach to begin the drive back to the Capital Hilton – Washington, DC to join Quotarians from around the world for fellowship and friendship.

TOUR PRICING: 

Numbers participating.

Please note this tour will require a minimum of 18 to operate

TWIN SHARE USD

Per person in a double or twin room

TRIPLE SHARE USD

Per person using existing bedding based on rollaway in room

SINGLE USD

Per person

Based on minimum 24 USD $457 USD $406 USD $609
Based on minimum 18 USD $522 USD $471 USD $674

SPECIAL NOTES:  While all due care is taken there may be variances to the itinerary made to accommodate traffic conditions, coach driver hours, inclement weather, and other unforeseen circumstances which are beyond the control of the tour company.  It is a requirement of all participants on this tour to have adequate travel insurance to cover for such events, and to have read and the payment and refund conditions.  We have asked you to provide your Credit Card details which will be provided to the travel organizer for your tour payment once your booking is confirmed to you and you have accepted the offer of a space on the pre-tour.

What’s included:

  • Mini Coach transport with onboard washroom
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at 3-5 star hotels
  • 2 full American Breakfasts
  • Driver/guide tips/gratuities on Charter coach
  • Admissions to Jamestown
  • Admissions to Monticello Home
  • ½ day tour guide in Charlottesville
  • One Medium size suitcase per person weight 44lb or 20kg
  • Transfers and Transportation as specified
  • Accommodation Twin Share based on two sharing
  • Or Triple share room based on 3 sharing using a rollaway bed in the room

What’s not included:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Courier fees if required
  • Meals other than specified in the itinerary
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Transfers outside those stated in the itinerary
  • Gratuities to hotel porters and restaurant staff
  • Transportation other than specified
  • Tours where “optional” is stated in the itinerary
  • Credit Card Merchant fees

To Register Interest in this Virginia tour
CLICK HERE
and enter “PRE CONVENTION TOUR” in all capital letters

PRE CONVENTION TOUR

Please contact Caroline Cox with any questions
caroline.cox@travelmanagers.com.au


This program has been prepared by TRAVELHOUSE OF AMERICA based in Florida USA. This agency is a wholesale tour operator who put together special interest group tours across America. They work with Travel agencies worldwide, Service clubs, charities, Event Coordinators to name a few. Their scope includes -but is not limited to – National Park tours of Utah and Northern Arizona, Deep South Music tours, Youth Soccer Cup Events and Square-dancing groups.  The company President states their most challenging project was the coordination of transportation requirements for an entire orchestra, VIP’s and Performers on one of Andre Rui’s visits to the USA.


* The location for the Pre-Convention Tour was changed due to it being too many miles for a three day tour.

Click here for Post-Convention Tour: Buffalo/Niagara Falls/New York City

Barbara Schreiber,
Executive Director
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

2018 International Convention Schedule is Finalized

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Region 14 Party Night at 2016 International Convention in Brisbane (Carol, Susan, and Bronwyn) – submitted by Past Club President Susan Pryke, Quota International of Narooma

Washington, DC, March 2018 – If you’re one of the hundreds of members who have been wondering what will be happening at the International Convention in July, we’re pleased to announce that the schedule has been finalized.  Plans are coming together and excitement is building.

We’re looking forward to seeing all of you again and celebrating a few of the things members enjoyed at the last convention in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: Fellowship, friendship, and networking, the Opening Ceremony and keynote speakers, laughter, workshops, Junior Quotarians, Hand-in-Hand projects, dynamic involvement of participants, the whole buzz of being there and connecting, the Regional Party night and meeting other new Regional Directors and sharing ideas, pride in being an Australian Quotarian and joining in the fellowship, and the number of first timers. 

There is a special energy created when Quotarians come together.  Below is a summary of the Convention Schedule along with links to valuable information.  Click here for Convention information and registration.  This is going to be another great convention.

Pre and Post Convention Tours

Pre-Convention Tour, July 7th – July 9th: The Pre-Tour location has been changed to a shorter trip to allow for more sightseeing and shopping.  The Historical Triangle tour travels to 2018 Williamsburg & Charlottesville featuring Jamestown, Virginia leaving Washington, DC, on Saturday morning July 7th and returning on Monday evening, July 9th.  Click here for details and to register interest for the Virginia Pre-Convention Tour.

aussieactive-350850-unsplashPost-Convention Tour, July 15th – July 19th: The Post-Convention Tour will head north to New York State, stopping at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Corning, New York, before traveling to Buffalo where Quota began.  The trip will include stops at Niagara Falls and New York City leaving Washington, DC on Sunday morning, July 15th and return on Thursday evening, July 19th.  Click here for details and to register interest for the New York Post-Convention Tour.

 2018 International Convention Schedule
Click here for the Convention Schedule – 8 1/2 x 11 pdf
Click here for the Convention Schedule – A4 pdf

Monday, July 9th: Day Tours will leave between 8:00 and 10:00 am for Washington, DC and the Potomac, the Monuments, Virginia Wine Country, and Annapolis.  (Information on these Day Tours will be available early in April.)  The International Board Meeting will convene on Monday evening.

Tuesday, July 10th: The Registration and Information desk will open at 8:00 am to welcome early arrivals and collect Silent Auction items and Service on Site donations from Clubs and Regions.  The Day Tours will be offered again (DC and the Potomac, the Monuments, Virginia Wine Country, and Annapolis) along with a tour of Capitol Hill, Congress and the House, and meetings with elected officials.

Workshops on marketing, leadership, and service are planned for Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning.  The Registration and Information Desk will be open from 3:00 – 6:00 pm.  Clubs who have registered to sell items will be able to set up their tables from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and again on Wednesday morning from 7:30 – 9:00 am.  We heard you when you said you wanted more time for Club Sales.  A total of 11 hours, Wednesday – Saturday, have been reserved for Club Sales.  You don’t have to be there for all sales times, only the times which work for you.  Click here for the Club Sales Table – Convention Sales Form.

General Meeting

Wednesday, July 11th: The General Meeting will run from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.  Registration, Credentials, and the Information Desk will open before the General Meeting to assist members and accept Silent Auction items and Service on Site donations.  Committee Meetings for Credentials, Bylaws, and Elections are scheduled from 7:30 – 9:00 am.  First-timers will be invited to an orientation at 8:00 am.

The General Meeting will cover what has happened since Brisbane 2016 with a video and presentation and include presentations from Junior Quotarians and the Hand in Hand program.  All normal business will be covered from reports from the International Board and Executive Director to the introduction of International Nominees.  The Bylaw Amendment session will start after lunch and end by 4:30.

New this year, will be a Panel of Experts talking about the need for more of the work you are doing and the difference it makes.  After the Expert Panel, the Past Leaders Reunion will be from 6:00 – 7:00 pm on Wednesday night before the Monuments by Moonlight Tour from 8:00 – 11:00 pm (there is an additional fee for this).

Opening Ceremonies

Thursday, July 12th:  Registration and Information will be open again in the morning to help with getting attendees to their workshops and on the Day Tours (DC and the Potomac, the Monuments, Virginia Wine Country, and Annapolis).  Region 6 and Region 17 meetings will run from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  To celebrate 100 years, a new feature is The Museum Room that will be open at different times on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Opening Ceremonies begin at 3:00 pm on Thursday and will be in full Roaring 20’s Flapper theme.  The Silent Auction will again be part of the reception following the Opening Ceremonies.  Three photo opportunities have been added to the convention this year; Opening Ceremonies group photos, Regional Meeting group photos on Friday night, and Installation Ceremony group photos on Saturday night.  Dinner Thursday night will be on your own, but without the Past International Presidents (PIPs) since they will be off to dinner together.

Celebrating thru the Decades: 1919-2019

Friday, July 13th:  Celebrating thru the Decades will kick off a little later Friday morning at 10:00 am so both the Club Presidents and Regional Directors can grab something from the continental breakfast and get to their training 7:30 – 10:00 am.

Embassy Hall, another new feature, where Embassies from our Quota Countries will be represented will be open all morning.  Celebrations from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon will focus on Quota’s Signature Projects from 1919-2019 featuring activism, service, and impact that Quotarians have made over 100 years.  The First Ladies & International Friendship Luncheon with keynote speaker is another new event from 12:00 – 2:00 pm (included in your registration).

The afternoon will measure Quota’s Impact from 1919 – 2019: Educational Development, Health & Well Being, and Workforce Development.  Special donors who have reached Founder & Benefactor levels will receive a personal invitation for a private reception with International President, Marie Dobson-Dunlop of Canada.  Friday night is Regional Group photo night from 6:00 – 7:00 pm before Regional Dinners on your own.

Recognition & Installation Ceremonies

Saturday, July 14th:  The Elections Committee convenes at 8:00 am to count ballots to determine the 2018-2020 Board Members.  The Recognition Ceremonies kick off on Saturday from 9:00 – 11:30 am spotlighting Quota Countries, International Award winners, Signature Projects, and Quota Star Clubs and wrapping up with the Global Service on Site project and the impact made around the world.  To kick off a free afternoon for lunch, sightseeing, and shopping, the 2018-2020 International Board and the location for the 2020 International Convention will be announced.

Be sure to be back in time for group photos in your Installation Banquet attire; cocktail dresses or gowns in solid, bright colored jewel tones.  Regions 18 & 19 will be dazzling during the Installation Banquet with a Cultural Celebration welcoming the first Filipino International President of Quota International, Emilie Simon, from Quota International of Manila South.

It is going to be a wonderful time of fun, friendship, and celebrations of the legacy all of you have helped to build.  Quota International is an amazing organization that changes all of our lives.

“This was my 5th convention and each one encourages my enthusiasm to attend the next one” – International Convention, Brisbane 2016

Barbara Schreiber,
Executive Director
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

“Welcome Bags” and Bead Craft Lessons Bring Hope

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Washington, DC, March 27th, 2018 – Quotarians in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, ensure better health and well-being for victims of domestic abuse and human trafficking being served by the Women’s Aid Organisation shelter.  In partnership with each other, Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), RC Deaf Missions Malaysia (RCDM), and Quota International of Kuala Lumpur are making real progress in their efforts to provide life coaching and job skills to women.

Last year this included 63 women and 70 children who either came to the WAO shelter of their own accord or, in the case of victims of human trafficking, were sent by police.

Welcome bags for WAO

With this $2,000 Hand-in-Hand grant money, Quotarians in Kuala Lumpur will continue to prepare “welcome bags” containing a bath towel, toothbrush, toiletry pouch, as well as hotel hygiene amenities like shampoo, conditioner, and soap, all donated by friends and Quota club members who have saved these items from recent hotel stays.  Along with each batch of 30 welcome bags supplied to the WAO shelter, members in Kuala Lumpur will also donate sanitary napkins, panties, and extra towels to help provide for the needs associated with feminine hygiene.

In addition, the Hand-in-Hand grant money will also be used to support workforce development thru lessons in bead craft for the women which will enable them to provide for themselves and their families after leaving the shelter.  Quota International of Kuala Lumpur will supply materials such as beads, pliers, crimps, beading cord, and needles that each woman can take with her upon leaving the shelter.

Lastly, Quotarians in Kuala Lumpur have also reached out to a local yoga instructor who will be conducting weekly yoga lessons for these women to further improve their health and well-being.

Sisters who received hearing aidsThank you to all who have contributed to Quota International’s Hand-in-Hand Fund.  Your monies combine to make projects like these possible.  It’s through your generosity and the help of members in Kuala Lumpur that women escaping domestic violence and human trafficking are receiving hope for the future and hope in humanity again.

For more information on World Service Hand-in-Hand projects, click here.

Thank you for all that you do! 

Lisa Schlosser
Membership Coordinator,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

Quota Club Marketing Materials Now Available

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March 23rd, 2018 –  As a result of the wonderful feedback received and ideas shared at February’s “All Leadership Call”, new marketing materials have been created to help our clubs raise their profiles within the community.  Many clubs have found that “take-away” materials, such as business cards or brochures, at community events and service projects have been very helpful in increasing publicity as well as recruitment.

In addition, other club leaders mentioned their desire for Quota International to provide an updated supply of professional marketing materials.  They felt that this would ensure a positive first (or continuing) impression within each club’s community.

Thank you SO MUCH to those leaders who took the time to participate in our call and provide this valuable information!  Club leaders who joined the call with questions about increasing or improving their club’s publicity were likewise inspired by the ideas you shared.

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Through the work of our Membership Team since that call, the following resources have been created and are now available for all to use:

  • Membership Recruitment Brochure (A4, 8.5×11)
  • Signature Club Projects Brochure (A4, 8.5×11)
  • Posters  – 2 Different Styles (A1, 18×24)*
  • Stationary for Fliers, Mailings, etc. – 4 Different Styles (A4, 8.5×11)
  • Business Cards – 5 Different Styles*
    • *Step-by-step instructions for customizing with your information & then ordering business cards & posters on VistaPrint.com also included!

Due to the number of documents in this collection of marketing materials, files have not been linked to this post, but can be found HERE.

In conclusion, we hope that these customizable marketing materials help bring consistent, professional branding to your Quota club’s activities, thereby increasing recognition and recruitment in the future.  We also look forward to hearing from Club Presidents at our next Club Presidents Call on March 29th!

Special students receive nutri-meals and education from Hand in Hand grant

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Washington, DC, March 22nd – Children at the Leganes Resource Center for the Deaf in Iloilo, Philippines receive extra special care thanks to Quota Members of Iloilo and donations from the Hand in Hand program.

Established in 1998 by members of Quota International of Iloilo, the Leganes Resource Center for the Deaf provides grade school curriculum for hearing impaired students and daily nutritional meals for severely malnourished children from the community.

Quota members in Iloilo and from around the world ensure that families of students attending the Resource Center do not have to pay for school fees, books, materials, uniforms, or enrichment experiences.  Transportation is also provided for those who have no other way to get to the Resource Center.  The Resource Center also offers nutritious meals to combat the effects of malnutrition that many students face.  Daily meals are provided to students who would otherwise go home hungry.

“children with special needs will be able to maximize their potentials and be ready to face the future”

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Quotarians in Pampanga believe that children with special needs will be able to maximize their potentials and be ready to face the future step to high school level with self-confidence and determination with donations from the Hand in Hand program. Pampanga HIH FY17 library

Nearly 300 children from 7-13 years of age receive specialized education at the San Fernando Elementary School in Pampanga.  The school has special teachers trained to work with children who are intellectually disabled (53 boys/74 girls), deaf or hearing impaired (40 boys/45 girls), autistic (51 boys/11 girls), and visually impaired (5 boys/10 girls).

The school eases the concern of families who face the dilemma of finding special schools that can educate their children providing support for special conditions and are not congested.  While the San Fernanado Elementary School has deaf-mute students, it is not currently equipped with the basic tools for a conducive learning center and environment.  With the help and support from big-hearted donors and donations to the Hand in Hand program, Quota members in Pampanga will ensure these students will receive the basic support that’s responsive to their special needs for better learning

Members of Quota International of Pampanga provide students with school supplies, library resources, celebration parties, treats, and multi-vitamins.  For their new Recreational Center, a new kitchen counter, kitchen sink, tiled flooring, and window screening have already been installed and the restroom renovated.  The Hand in Hand grant ($2,000 USD) will fund additional items needed: a 2-burner gas stove/range/small oven, pots and pans, kitchen tools and mixing bowls, prep utensils and kitchen gadgets, cutting boards, utensils for cooking, baking, and serving, and baking ingredients.

For more information on World Service Hand in Hand projects click here.

Quotarians never stop helping children. Thank you for all you do.

Grace Caldwell
Programs Lead,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

Post-Convention Tour, Registration of Interest: Buffalo/Niagara Falls/New York

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Niagara Falls, NY – Photo by Kalen Emsley on Unsplash

QUOTA POST CONVENTION TOUR

2018 BUFFALO, NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK CITY
with Gettysburg and Corning
5 days/4 nights: Sunday – Thursday, 15 – 19 July, 2018

Click here for Pre-Convention Tour information: Williamsburg/Jamestown/Charlottesville

Click here to register interest for this New York tour
and enter “POST CONVENTION TOUR” in all capital letters


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Statue of Liberty, NY – Photo by AussieActive on Unsplash

BUFFALO
Where it began

NIAGARA FALLS
By day and by night – Canada & USA
Horse Shoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, America Falls

NEW YORK CITY
Times Square, Liberty Island, Empire State Building, Broadway, Central Park, Ground Zero Memorial


Sunday, 15 July:

WASHINGTON, DC to GETTYSBURG, PA:  80 miles – 1 hr 30 mins

Depart Washington 8am arrive Gettysburg 9.30am Orientation of Gettysburg drive by Presidents Eisenhower’s historic home before taking a break for a morning stretch and Coffee break.

GETTYSBURG, PA to CORNING, NY:  203 miles – 4 hrs

10.30 am we continue our journey following US-N15 to Corning taking a 1 hr stop for lunch enroute. Arrive into Corning around 4 pm where overnight accommodation has been arranged. Dinner this evening is optional and a list of restaurants will be provided to you on arrival our recommendation – Carey’s Brewhouse.  

Monday, 16 July:

CORNING, NY to BUFFALO, NY: 128 miles – 2 hrs 30 mins

This morning we anticipate departing Corning at 9 am. Enroute we will take a short stop before heading into Buffalo aiming to arrive in time for lunch and an orientation drive around Buffalo.

This evening accommodation has been arranged in Buffalo. You have the choice of spending the rest of the day at leisure in Buffalo with complimentary Hors-d’oeuvres and drinks served at the hotel between 5.30-7.30 pm OR join the coach tour for an Excursion to Niagara Falls.

BUFFALO – NIAGARA FALLS – BUFFALO

Our Niagara Falls excursion will depart the hotel at 4 pm and will not return to the hotel until late evening. We anticipate an arrival back at 9.30 pm after a spectacular illuminations experience. https://www.niagaraparks.com/events/event/falls-illumination/. This excursion is included and you will have plenty of time to view the falls from the US side and the Canadian side. You may like to do an optional boat tour the “Maid of the Mist” http://www.maidofthemist.com/. This tour operates every 15 minutes from 8 am to 8 pm in July. We recommend dinner this evening while you are at Falls. The Seneca Hotel & Casino offer a buffet dinner, or perhaps you might enjoy something closer to the Falls.

Breakfast this morning is included

Tuesday, 17 July:

BUFFALO, NY to NEW YORK CITY: 380 miles – 6 hrs 30 mins

Today is a big day of travelling with an expected departure from Buffalo at 9 am. Enroute we will make a number of stops. The first around 10.30 am and a lunch stop at 1 pm. We aim to arrive into New York at around 5 pm (traffic conditions will dictate this). On arrival we will be able to check straight into our hotel our home for the next two (2) nights. The evening is at leisure. Maps of the city will be distributed and we recommend an evening walk to Times Square and Broadway to soak up the atmosphere of New York.

Breakfast this morning is included

Wednesday, 18 July:

NEW YORK CITY

This morning a 4-hr city tour has been included with a local tour guide. This tour is an orientation of Manhattan and includes a visit to the Empire State building (skipping the line and admission included). Admission to the Ground Zero Memorial finishing back at the hotel. The Rest of the day is at leisure. We recommend a ferry ride across to Liberty Island to visit the Statue of Liberty and later a visit to Central Park. Evening is at leisure.

Breakfast this morning is included.

Thursday, 19 July:

OUR TOUR FINISHES TODAY

This morning is at leisure until check out. Transfers to the airport will be as follows: – to JFK and NEWARK departing the hotel at 2 pm. THIS TRANSFER WILL SUIT FLIGHT DEPARTURES FROM 6 PM ONWARDS.

Those planning on returning to Washington DC by road will be provided with a subsidised transfer cost subject the number wanting to return.

Breakfast this morning is included.

TOUR PRICING:

Group numbers TWIN SHARE USD
Per person in a double or twin room
TRIPLE SHARE USD
Per person using existing bedding limited availability
TWIN SHARE
Australian dollars
PER PERSON IN A DOUBLE OR TWIN ROOM
TRIPLE SHARE
Australian dollars
Per person using existing bedding limited availability
Based on minimum 50 USD $962 USD $844 AUD $1265 AUD $1110
Based on minimum 40 USD $998 USD $880 AUD $1313 AUD $1157
Based on minimum 30 USD $1068 USD $950 AUD $1405 AUD $1250

SPECIAL NOTES: U.S. Citizens returning to the U.S. after visiting Niagara Falls Canada are required to provide a passport, passport card or enhanced driver’s license at the immigration checkpoint. It is the traveler’s responsibility to have the correct documentation. By way of explanation, an enhanced driver license is described as …..compliant document denoting identity and citizenship that can be used as a passport alternative at Canada- U.S. land and water border crossings. Australian and New Zealand passport holders must ensure they have obtained an Esta Visa waiver for the USA prior to departure from their home ports.  Citizens of other countries participating on this tour should check the requirements for entry to the US.

Travel insurance is compulsory to participate on this tour. At the time of this email we have 27 Expression of Interests and the tour will operate with a minimum of 30.

All rates calculated are based on $1 USD is $0.76 AUD any currency fluctuations will be factored in at the time of making final payment. This itinerary has been prepared based on known rates as at 17 March, 2018. Please note Triple share rooms are limited.

While all due care is taken there may be variances to the itinerary made to accommodate traffic conditions, coach driver hours, inclement weather, and other unforeseen circumstances which are beyond the control of the tour company. It is a requirement of all participants on this tour to have adequate travel insurance to cover for such events, and to have read and understood the booking conditions. We have asked you to provide your Credit Card details which will be provided to the travel organiser for your deposit once your booking is confirmed and you have accepted the offer of a space on the post tour.

What’s included:
• Deluxe Touring Coach transport with onboard washroom
• 4 nights’ accommodation at 3-4.5 star hotels
• 4 full American Breakfasts
• Driver/guide tips/gratuities on Charter coach
• Admissions to Empire State Building
• Admission Ground Zero Memorial
• 4hour sightseeing tour of New York
• One Medium size suitcase per person the sum of length/width and depth must not exceed 140cm or 56 inches weight 44lb or 20kg
• Transfers and Transportation as specified
• Accommodation Twin Share based on two sharing a room
• Triple room on request sharing existing bedding
• Excursion to Niagara Falls

What’s not included:
• Currency variances at time of final payment
• Travel Insurance
• Visa and passport fees if required
• Courier fees if required
• Meals other than specified in the itinerary
• Expenses of a personal nature
• Transfers outside those stated in the itinerary
• Gratuities to hotel porters and restaurant staff
• Transportation other than specified
• Tours where “optional” is stated in the itinerary
• Credit Card Merchant fees


To Register Interest in this New York tour
CLICK HERE
and enter “POST CONVENTION TOUR” in all capital letters

POST CONVENTION TOUR

Please contact Caroline Cox with any questions
caroline.cox@travelmanagers.com.au


This program has been prepared by TRAVELHOUSE OF AMERICA based in Florida USA. This agency is a wholesale tour operator who put together special interest group tours across America. They work with Travel agencies worldwide, Service clubs, charities, Event Coordinators to name a few. Their scope includes -but is not limited to – National Park tours of Utah and Northern Arizona, Deep South Music tours, Youth Soccer Cup Events and Square-dancing groups. The company President states their most challenging project was the coordination of transportation requirements for an entire orchestra, VIP’s and Performers on one of Andre Rui’s visits to the USA.


    • NOTE:  The location for the Pre-Convention Tour was too many miles for a three day tour.  It has been changed to a 3 day Historic Triangle tour of Williamsburg, Charlottesville, and Jamestown, Virginia.

      Click here for Pre-Convention Tour information

Barbara Schreiber,
Executive Director
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

International Board Position Candidates Announced

President Elect Nominees
International President Elect/Treasurer Nominees (from left to right):  LuAnne Bonanno – Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States Region 7; Shelly Brown – Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia Region 13; Carol Patin – Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States Region 9

Washington, DC, March 2018 – Quota International has received nominations from four Quotarians interested in running for the 2018-2020 International Board of Directors.

International President Elect/Treasurer Candidates: 

The three Candidates, pictured above, have nominated for the International President Elect/Treasurer position:

  • Vice President LuAnne Bonanno from the United States, Region 7
  • Vice President Shelly Brown from Australia, Region 13
  • Vice President Carol Patin from the United States, Region 9

To learn more about Quota International President Elect/Treasurer candidates and view their videos: CLICK HERE .

International Vice President Candidates: 

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The three Vice President positions have received four nominations (from left to right):

  • Regional Director Elinor Adler – Plantation, Florida, United States, Region 8
  • Regional Director Brenda Cherry – Wooster, Ohio, United States, Region 2
  • Past Regional Director Luz Marina Gonzalez – Aruba, Region 10
  • Regional Director Jan Rhodes – Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand, Region 21

To learn more about Quota’s International Vice President candidates and view their videos: CLICK HERE.

All candidates have answered the following questions:

  • What range of skills and experience have they brought to their Quota Club to assist in succeeding in an area of focus outlined in Quota Internationals Strategic Plan?
  • What have they learned about the Regional Meetings or Convention that has helped them and their club?
  • What goals have they accomplished through their Quota membership – personal or professional?
  • In terms of the future of Quota, what are they most excited about?

2018-2020 International Board Election Process

Paper election ballots will be mailed to all voting delegates on April 13th.  A preferential voting system will be used.  All paper ballots must be returned by MAIL postmarked no later than June 1st (to either the Washington, DC or Brisbane office) and counted at convention. NO in-person voting for International Board positions will happen at convention. This Bylaw change was to comply with incorporation laws in Washington, DC – approved by delegates at the 2016 Convention in Brisbane, Australia.

Can a Leader still run for the Board if she/he can’t travel?

Although, Washington, DC, laws allow for Board meetings and other meetings to be conducted using videoconferencing, teleconferencing, or any other similar telecommunications device, all persons participating in the meeting must be able to hear each other or communicate effectively simultaneously.

Because of the advancement with technology, the Board seriously considered this request.  However, since Board Meetings span several days and candidates come from different countries/time zones this would make simultaneous interaction for 10 hours each day difficult at best.  More information about this including the referenced Bylaw is included in President Marie’s Board Meeting Message.

Contact staff@quota.org with any additional questions.


Barbara Schreiber,
Executive Director
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

Deaf students receive workforce training from Hand in Hand grants

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Washington, DC, March 9th, 2018 – Not all deaf students have the opportunity to continue their high school or college education. While schools in the Philippines provide basic reading, writing, and other academic subjects, the Mandaue City Central Integrated SPED School (MCCISS) offers its 147 deaf students special Vocational Training programs.  This is thanks to members of Quota International of Mandaue. Vocational skills lead to jobs that provide a good livelihood.

Vocational training classes include:
Sewing, Hair Dressing, Carpentry, Basic Electric Skills
Baking and Cooking, Weaving, and Candle Making

This $2,000 USD Hand in Hand grant funded by Quota International members from around the world will focus on the upgrade and repair of the machines and tools purchased with previous Hand in Hand grant monies.  The school will also receive new edition reference books and materials and a stipend for any short-term trainers that may be needed i.e. hairdressing – straightening, coloring, curling, etc.


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Quotarians from the Manila South Club have formed a partnership to provide special programs and services to deaf children ages 5-20 through the Sergia Esguerra Memorial Foundation Inc (SEMFI).  Established in 1990 through the Philippine Institute for the Deaf, SEMFI is a non-profit institution that provides speech and language development, academic skills and other psycho-social needs for hearing impaired children.

To comply with the Department of Education, SEMFI is seeking to enhance the school’s technical and vocational program for students 15-20 years old, to provide them with competencies needed to function and succeed after graduating. These skills are in three categories: self-care and domestic living; communication and social skills; and academic, vocational and livelihood training – all vital toward independent functioning and active community participation. This is because of Quotarians.

Previous Hand in Hand grants from Quotarians helped set up of the school’s Computer and Science Laboratory in 2015-2016. This new grant of $2,000 USD to the Quota International of Manila South’s Hand in Hand project will provide proper tools and equipment for sewing, cooking/baking, and gardening in the Home Economics and Livelihood Education house model: one freezer unit, dining table and chairs, buffet servers, plates, glasses and cutleries, one large oven, a preparation table, an electric mixers, pots and pans and pressure cooker, three sewing machines with sewing kits and accessories, plant boxes, rakes, and tools, and a label printer and paper.  These laboratories are used year round every day by 40 students from grades 4-12.

For more information on World Service Hand in Hand projects click here.

Thank you Quotarians in the Philippines and across the globe. 

Grace Caldwell
Programs Lead,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

Hand in Hand is changing lives for Filipino mothers and babies

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Grant monies support the BF Homes Health Center offering free medical services to the poorest of the poor mothers and babies in Parañaque.

HIH Paranaque FY 2017Washington, DC, March 1st, 2018 – Quotarians in Parañaque, Philippines, ensure better health and well being creating sound beginnings for the people living in Barangay BF Homes in Parañaque.  Through ongoing support of the BF Homes Health Center, members of Quota International of Parañaque are able to provide things that are needed. This includes everything from pediatric medicine and supplements for babies and school children of the nearby De la Rama Primary School ages to dental supplies including anesthesia and post-dental analgesics and antibiotics, and vitamin supplements for young pregnant girls. With the limited budget from the local government, the City Health Office is unable to provide for all the needs of 109,000 poor residents of this community. Quota International is there to pick up the slack!

A few years ago, when a typhoon severely damaged the Health Center, Quotarians provided funding for urgent renovations of the building. The doctor’s clinic, dental, and pre-natal care section and nurses’ office were painted and 4 brand new air conditioning units and new toilets were installed. An outside toilet was also constructed for use by TB patients only to prevent contamination to non-TB patients especially babies and children.

HIH Paranaque IIThese new grant monies ($2,000 USD) will be used to purchase a wide range of medical supplies. It will cover the costs of medicines for regular medical/dental missions, electric fans for the waiting room, construct additional benches for patients to be able to sit outside, and construct additional cabinets for the records room.

The Parañaque club is able to do all of this from Quotarians like you who donate to the Hand in Hand programs. Even the smallest things make the biggest difference, thank you for helping to fill in these gaps.

Quotarians are changing lives.

For more information on World Service Hand in Hand projects click here.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of Quota. 

Grace Caldwell
Foundation Programs Lead,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation