There’s Always a Christmas in Michigan!

There’s Always a Christmas in Michigan!

The small town of Christmas, in the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan, welcomes christmas 1you to celebrate the joys of Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the Elves and Reindeer.

The roadside Santa’s, stores and signs all welcome the entire family to Christmas, a one-of-a-kind stop for your Michigan visit anytime of the year.

Christmas, MI, with population of about 400, sits on the shores of Lake Superior and was given its name by a man from the town of Munising just to the east, who started a roadside factory to make holiday gift items in 1938. The town maintains its fame today!

A scenic two-hour drive from the Mackinac Bridge, this little town is just one example of the quaint and sometimes quirky finds you will discover throughout Michigan. Each town shows off its own attractions and unique treasures, and serves as a jumping off point for more adventure. Christmas MI can lead to Hiawatha National Forest, Grand Island National Recreation Area, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the End of the Road Lighthouse, Lake Superior beaches, numerous waterfalls, fishing, hunting, rustic camping, hiking, biking, snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, snowmobiling and Kewadin Casino (on Candy Cane Lane). Enjoy the local breweries and wineries and relax at local spots like the Duck Pond Eatery and Beer Garden, the White Pine Lodge, or the Yule Log Resort.

christmas 2When you come to Michigan, be sure to explore the rocks and crannies of the Upper Peninsula. Even if you don’t celebrate Santa, the town of Christmas showcases the unique, warm and welcoming nature of Michigan. With over 3,288 miles of fresh water shoreline (more than any state in the US), and over 120 lighthouses, Michigan shares all kinds of wonderful adventures on and off the beaten path. Head north from Grand Rapids, cross the Mackinac Bridge and immerse yourself into a very special part of Michigan. See for yourself in this Pure Michigan video: Click here! 

This is part of our Convention Series, written by Cathy Kaiser. We thank her and all of Region 4 for their continued support and excitement of Convention 2020. 

President’s Message- January 2019

Blog President Emilie Installation Speech

January 16, 2019

Dear Quota Members,

“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.”

-Sarah Ban Breathnach

Wanda Frey Joiner took her own leap of faith early in 1919 by believing in Quota Club International, Inc., the first global service organization for professional women. Wanda and her team of four fellow pioneer-founders pledged to share their talents with the world’s less fortunate, so they created our motto, “We Share.”

Fast forward 100 years, and Quotarians, as we call ourselves, continue to change lives beyond the boundaries of our communities and our countries. Our shared mission of helping others is the deep bond that connects us, no matter which of our 14 Quota countries we call home. We have much to give thanks for as February 6 approaches, marking the 100th anniversary of our organization’s birth.

Service is the heart of Quota – it’s the foundation upon which we are built. For that reason, our second century of service, beginning in 2019, opens with a new emphasis on the difference we make in the world. To magnify this new emphasis, we are launching a new, volunteer-led United in Service global service initiative for clubs. Its purpose is to resurrect our organization-wide conversation on the many ways we change and save lives, while offering new service ideas that just might help your club reach new levels of success in your local service and membership efforts. Minimal staff involvement will be required.

Volunteers who are appointed will represent as many of our Quota countries as possible. These volunteers will then work together in a committee whose chair has also been appointed. As soon as details are finalized in the coming weeks, our new committee’s chair will be announced.

Also in the world of service, our Hand-in-Hand program is continuing forward this year. In the very near future we will be publishing a report on successes Hand-in-Hand projects enjoyed as a result of donations they received in 2018. Donations waiting for 2019 distribution are now numbering almost US$20,000, and they all came from you – the generous members and clubs who care about Quota service in international communities experiencing dire circumstances.

Here is Quota news in other areas:

  • Our Quota International Centennial Facebook page is waiting for your club’s posting of 100-year celebration news. Please share your plans, your activities and your photos so that we can all celebrate Quota’s landmark event with you! We will be publishing the best photos you post on our Quota Home Page.
  • I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has reached an agreement with Interim Executive Director Nancy Fitzpatrick to make her position permanent. Nancy looks forward to serving Quota as Executive Director through Convention 2020 and beyond.
  • We have had several showings of our four Quota office suites. We do not yet have a contract, but a potential buyer has expressed serious interest in part of the space.
  • We are still waiting to hear from a small handful of clubs in order to report our official October 1, 2018, membership number, which we are expecting to be in the range of 4,000.
  • Our Century Program donations have reached US$42,001.97 (28%) of our US$151,345 goal for this fiscal year. We have added a new “donation progress meter” on our Quota International Home Page – a Quota “Q” that is filling up as donations are received and processed. My thanks go to all Century Clubs and Century Donors who have chosen to support Quota International at this difficult time. The entire Board and I are grateful to you. Our secure online donation portal, powered by Paypal, is available 24 hours a day should you wish to make a financial gift to the Century program. All donations support Quota’s Wanda Frey Joiner Development Fund, which is funding Quota operations this fiscal year while we prepare to move and further downsize our space and administrative costs.

In closing, please accept my best wishes for a year filled with success, prosperity, and happiness. And, thank you for joining in our effort to move Quota into its second century of service. Please, never underestimate the power of your position as a member – one person can make a world of difference!


Emilie Simon
2018-2020 President
Quota International

Want to print President Emilie’s messages and distribute to your club?  Click HERE to access the printable PDF archive of this series.