Deaf students receive workforce training from Hand in Hand grants

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.


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

HIH 2017 Paranaque WIDE
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

A new year offers new resources for Club Presidents and Regional Directors

New Members Guide NEW WIDE
Quota Members at their Region 9 Meeting in New Orleans

Washington, DC, February 28th, 2018 – Quota International has welcomed more than 1,200 new members in 14 countries over the past three years.  There is a lot of information for new members to catch up on with nearly 100 years of service offered by 5,000 Quotarians empowering women, children, the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired in 250 communities.

Led by Alison Watterson, the Membership Team has created a 20 page, full-color New Members Guide for members, clubs, and regional directors.

New Members Guide 8.5×11 | New Members Guide A4
For professional print quality, contact 

The New Members Guide includes:

  • Welcome letter
  • Quota Milestones
  • Leadership Hierarchy
  • Meet the International Board
  • Resources to get started
  • Invitation to Regional Meeting & Convention
  • Club Officers and Committees
  • Quota Club Signature Projects
  • Where We Work
  • World Service Hand in Hand Projects
  • 2018 Important Dates
  • Contact Information

In January, after three years working with membership, Alison Watterson assumed a new role as the Organizational/Organisational Development and Strategy Manager overseeing membership management and growth.  In her new position, she continues to gather data on membership to aid in strategic planning, and has also expanded into the development of club and regional leadership.  Alison also serves as a key leader of the Membership Team, overseeing the administration of membership, training staff on best practices, and the transition into a new fiscal year.

Alison has a Master’s degree in International Development, where she learned how to  implement community projects on the international and local scale.  She has over six years of experience working with international non-profits and community groups in various countries around the world.  With these skills and experiences, Alison is looking forward to developing more resources for Quota leaders that will help Quota grow.

Barbara Schreiber,
Executive Director

Hand in Hand grants build better classrooms in the Philippines

Davao Kindergarten 2017 HIH project WIDE
Quota members in Davao, Philippines are excited to receive funding for a new classroom.

Washington, DC, February 27th, 2018 – Quota International’s We Share Foundation has awarded two of its Hand in Hand grants to fund Educational Development in the Philippines.

The Davao City Quota club (photo above) will use the $2,000 USD grant to build a Davao City HIH Project Memberskindergarten classroom at the Mariano Ciriaco Elementary School in Shrine Hills of the Matina District. Currently the kindergartners share a classroom with students in Grade 4 with a sheet of plywood separating the two classes, Quota is about to change that.  Other grants to this project have funded the classroom renovations and a toilet and also funded schoolbags and school supplies for 28-32 kindergarten students every year.  Quotarians also pay a portion of school lunches, donate school supplies and hygiene kits, and sponsor the Jollibee Christmas party in December. Special thanks goes to Jewelry Express, Integrated Clinics of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. and Escalante Construction and Engineering Services, Inc. for their support. Quota International of Davao City is really changing lives.

Metro Cebu 2017 HIH WIDE

Over the past five years, Quota Members from the Metro Cebu club have been renovating classrooms for special education students.  This $2,000 USD grant will support renovations at the Pardo SPED School in Pardo, Bulacao, Cebu City.  The students range in age from 5 years old to 28 years old with ADHD, learning disabilities, and mental handicaps.  Because of this funding, the school will be able to replace rotted walls and leaky roofs, give the walls a fresh coat of paint, and also add a new playroom. The school may also be able to add a brand new classroom kitchen, if the budget permits. Children learn in environments they thrive in, thank you for creating this environment, Metro Cebu.

Quotarians around the world donate their time and money everyday. While this would be impossible without donations to the We Share Foundation and the hundreds of Quota clubs who donate to the World Service Hand in Hand program every year; it would be impossible to leave out the on-the-ground teams of Quota International of Metro Cebu and Quota International of Davao City. They are amazing groups changing lives in the Philippines everyday.

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


Thank you. 

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


Quota Cares Month Inspires Teamwork – 2018 applications are on the web

Paradise, Gridley, Oroville QCM 2017 WIDE
Quotarians in Paradise, Gridley, and Oroville, California work together to fill Buckets of Love full of Household Cleaning Products- Quota Cares Month 2017, submitted by PCP Katie Stecher 

Sharing a service project with neighboring Quota clubs was so rewarding and made us all feel part of a great whole.  It was a great way to get to know one another better, too! – Katie Stecher, 2017 Paradise Quota Club President

February 23rd, 2018 –  For their Quota Cares Month project in March 2017, the 89 members of the Quota Clubs in Paradise, Gridley and Oroville, California (Region 16) pooled their resources. Together, they assembled 50 buckets of cleaning products to be distributed by local agencies procuring housing for the homeless. The buckets are given as gifts from Quota as their clients move from homelessness to housed. Quotarians had a great time building friendships while shopping, assembling and distributing the buckets. They hope to do it again.

2018 International Awards and Club President’s Reports due by June 30th
Click here for:

2018 Nomination & Reporting Instructions

International Awards & Signature Projects Online Form
SAMPLE International Awards & Signature Projects PDF

Volunteer of the Year Online Form  |  SAMPLE Volunteer of the Year Award PDF
Club President’s Report Online Form  |  SAMPLE Club President Report PDF

Last year, over 100 club sent in entries for the International Photo Contest, Quota Cares Month, Volunteer of the Year, and the 5K / 10K Community Giving Award.  These awards spotlight the projects Quota Clubs are doing and how much Quotarians care. In 2018:

  • International Awards and Club President’s Reports have been simplified.
  • Each application has a few questions that can be completed in 5-15 minutes.
  • All International Awards use the same form with the same questions.
  • Project photos can be emailed to from a smart phone or email address.  In the subject line, include “Photo,” your club and the award name.
  • Copies of awards submissions will automatically be sent to you and to your Regional Director so you will have a copy for your club’s records.
  • Submissions can be edited.  When you read over your copy, if you want to make any changes to your submission, you have an edit option.  Once you make the changes, hit submit again, and your information will be updated.
  • Awards submissions will stay on the website to be completed at any time.
  • can help with any questions.

Barbara Schreiber,
Executive Director

The Board of Directors has moved the deadline for the
awards submissions to June 30th, 2018.

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

Coral Springs - Teddy Bears in Box IPC 2015 Wide

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 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 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!

Elinor Adler
Region 8 Director
Quota International of Plantation
Florida, United States

Quota Club Signature Projects are Showered with Love

Valdosta - Submitted by Patsy Permenter IPC2017 WIDE
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.

Click here for a printable copy:
Quota Club Signature Projects – 8×11  |  Quota Club Signature Projects – A4

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

Gloucester Club 99th celebration
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

Legazpi-Mayon - Heart of Giving Wide
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.

Mayon Volcano 2018 - Cropped
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.


Aspire to Inspire: Founder’s Day 2018

Quota International Women

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 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

President's Message Dec 17 Fargo - Honorable Mention
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