Congratulations Quota International!

Washington, DC, August 2018 – Videos of Congratulations were submitted by the Regional Directors from Region 17 (United States), Region 18 (Philippines), and Region 20 (India) in response to the invitation from the 2016-2018 Board of Directors. Below are the submitted videos. Transcripts and Closed Captioning are available for each of the videos. Closed Captioning can be turned on with the CC in the bottom right corner of the video.

If your Region would like to submit a video, contact staff@quota.org.

United States – Region 17 (1:00)

Congratulations from Region 17 – Transcript 

Hey Ladies! I’m Shary Goulart from Region 17 and I just want to take this opportunity to say congratulations on being here at Quota’s centennial celebration.

Quota has accomplished amazing and wonderful things over the past 100 years. There have been many changes and I’m sure there are more to come. I know that you are just as proud as I am to be a part of this organization. We truly have a lot to celebrate. As I see and hear some of the amazing things that you are doing out in your communities, I realize how unique all of our clubs are. How unique each and every one of you are. I feel blessed that I can call you sisters in Quota.

Here’s looking at another productive 100 years. Again Ladies, congratulations. Keep up the good work and raise your flag for Quota.

Region 17 Director Shary Goulart
Quota International of Morro Bay, California


Philippines – Region 18 (1:32)

Congratulations from Region 18: Transcript 

Through its enduring focus on service and sharing, Quota International stands as a shining example of inspiration around the world today and for the next generations. As we celebrate the 100 years of Quota and recognize in particular, the people who brought it into being, we honor the sacrifice, generosity, pioneering spirit, and contribution of our founders. Quota’s 100-year celebration is of great significance. And it is fitting to pay tribute to the tenacity, skills, and leadership of the men and women who have served the organization reaching the end of the first century. We commend all your efforts today.

A centenary in the history of any organization is a significant milestone, a historical landmark, a celebration of a very special event that affords an opportunity not only to review our past history but also to look forward to an amazing and exciting future. All praises and thanks to the organization who has molded me to who I am today.

Mabuhay! from the Philippines.

This is a Zelinda Barrios-Soto, Regional Director for R18. Greeting Quota International a very very special anniversary. Here’s wishing us all another hundred years of success.

Thumbs up and hats off to you Quota.

Region 18 Director, Zelinda Barrios-Soto
Quota International of Pampanga


SAN FERNANDO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (0:14)
(served by Quota International Region 18)

San Fernando Elementary School: Transcript 

Happy Anniversary Quota International! Thank you and our love to you all!
Bye!


India – Region 20 (3:43)

Congratulations from Region 20: Transcript 

Pratibha Chandra, Regional Director, Region 20 India. Hello everybody, Nice to see you all here.

On behalf of Quota Region 20, I congratulate and and give our best wishes to Quota International for completing hundred years of Quota. It’s a firm, we have done a fabulous, a marvelous job about it and now Quota is a worldwide organization.

I am honored to be the first Regional Director of Region 20 to be attending an international conference. I am sure it is going to be a very very great, a fabulous learning experience for me.

I am also the founding member of DLF City Club. It has been 18 years since its inception. What really motivated and inspired me to join Quota was the life of Wanda Frey, the founder of Quota and how the word quota was used to define this organization. And how it has spread it wings all over the world. Congratulations once again. India is a large and developing country and requires tremendous efforts and resources and initiative to help the underprivileged.

All the three clubs in our region are working to help the underprivileged in the field of child welfare, education, health, women employment, vocational and skill training, geriatric care and so on. For example, we had Quota DLF City started a preschool about 12 years ago with only ten children. We are proud to say that today we have 800 children from preschool to class 12. All the other clubs have had similar challenges and face them.

Really, however, we do try our best to do whatever we can for Quota, but sometimes I think even our best is not good enough. What we are doing today is just a drop in the ocean. But then, it’s as the old saying goes, ‘little drops of water make a mighty ocean’. And our aim is that at least if not we, generations to come will one day make it into a very very mighty ocean.

Let us all join hands and spread the message of service compassion, friendship, and peace and extend a helping hand to those who need us. It is so satisfying to see a child – a child still in the eyes turn into a smile on the lips when you have given the child some help, the help he really desperately needs.

Let us leave a legacy so firmly embedded in the sands of time that not even the fiercest of storms can erase or erode it. Members will come and members will go that is what destiny is all about and that is how this world goes but Quota will go on forever and should go on forever and God bless Quota.

Thank you all for listening to me.
Namaskar

Region 20 Director, Pratibha Chandra
Quota International of DLF City


Congratulations and thanks to members and friends of Quota International for your support during Quota International’s first century! We look forward to the work that will be done to fulfill the mission of empowering women, children, the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and people with speech difficulties in local communities around the world.

Hope Bakker,
Communications Manager
Quota International, Inc.

President’s Acceptance Speech: Faithful to the Vision Beyond 100 Years

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International President Emilie Simon, Quota’s first International President from the Philippines.

Acceptance Speech, Washington, DC – July 2018

Good evening… Past International Presidents, Executive Director Barbara Schreiber, Past and Current Board of Directors, Past District Officers, Past and Current Regional Directors and Team, Past and Current Club Officers, Members, Friends and my dear Family!

I am truly humbled as I stand before you.  My Quota journey was and continues to be a highlight of my life.  I made a lot of friends, visited many countries and amassed fun and lovely memories to last me a lifetime.  Your presence tonight warms my heart and I am deeply grateful for the support, guidance and sisterhood through the years.

Thank you for the trust you have bestowed upon me.  I assure you of my dedication to serve Quota International.

This is also a joyful occasion for my home club, Quota Manila South, Region 18 and the Philippines to have yours truly as the first Filipino International President of Quota.  Thank you for this honor!

My four years on the Board has given me the much-needed groundwork for the position of International President.  I actively participated in the headway of our organization and will use this knowledge to continue moving forward.

The twice a year Board Meetings and numerous times a month Board conference calls have been remarkably valuable in keeping the Board members and the Executive Director in the loop.  My attendance to several Regional Meetings as well as my volunteering to visit 2 regions and clubs at my own expense have brought me closer to the Quotarians.  It has also allowed me to appreciate all the outstanding projects they have achieved as well as to identify their concerns.

About a hundred years ago in 1919, Wanda Frey Joiner founded a service club for women in Buffalo, New York on the unique idea of women “sharing both talent and responsibility.”  Today that single club of 5 women has given birth to more than 500 clubs, in 14 countries.

It has struggled through thick and thin, from when women were disenfranchised in America, in the throes of two world wars and even before the League of Nations or the United Nations were born.  Quota was the first of women’s clubs in the world.

Despite the insurmountable odds, the Quota members managed to do the impossible.

Our phenomenal Quotarians in 14 countries steadfastly continued to make a difference by focusing efforts on improving the lives of the deaf, hard of hearing as well as the disadvantaged women and children in the following areas:  Health and Wellbeing, Educational Development and Workforce Development in various communities.

Seeing the world, the way it was and by little acts of courage and kindness, it has done its part to make the world a better place, to change it into what it could be. Quota International has become a quiet powerhouse for metamorphosis.

Soon to pass is our first hundred years.  In this retrospect, what can we bring into our second century?  What have we learned from so long, from that unique experience that has given worldwide significance to our advocacy?

We have, as is normal in human institutions, shared a lot of stumbles and missteps, of doubts and misgivings.  Rather than merely “sweeping things under the rug”, let us meet our challenges head-on and develop a workable, effective and efficient game plan.

There have been very serious, if constant complaints from every quarter regarding proposed changes that must be made if we are to forge ahead.  Others worry about dwindling memberships and a dearth in new numbers.  The organization is aging and members, as well as clubs, are unable to create multi-generational membership.  The bottom line of our financials is in the red.  Overhead expenses remain constant while income lessens.  Resource is limited to the collection of dues with lessening donations and these have brought us to a stand-still because other means to generate funds stare us in the face.  There is paralysis in analysis and stupor before problem solving resulting in dismay, discouragement and even anger in the ranks.

We must put our house in order.  We must learn to work together with faith and trust in our hearts.  To rediscover working together, we must work together.  When the output is less or equal to the sum of the inputs of the various individuals in the grouping, they are just a mere collection of individuals.  But when the output of the whole is greater than the sum of the individual inputs in the aggrupation, then they are working together.

The reality of the world when we started was near insurmountable for women.  The problems before us today are nothing compared to what Wanda Fray Joiner and her 4 friends faced.

Those words of hers in the ‘40s a few decades from start-up are a shining beacon as we enter a new age:

I quote: “I am grateful for all you have done to make our dream come true.  The basis of happiness is the love of something outside self and rises superior to all conditions.  I know now, as then, we will not fail in our devotion and service.”

We can do it!  We are the original “mission impossible” team.

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2018-2020 International Board of Directors Front row left to right: Vice President Luz Marina Gonzalez, (Aruba), Vice President Jan Rhodes (Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand); Back row left to right: Vice President Brenda Cherry (Wooster, Ohio, United States), President Emilie Simon (Manila South, Philippines), President-Elect/Treasurer Carol Patin, MD (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States).

One significant aspect that I would like to improve on is our communication practices.  Communications with the Regional Directors and Club Presidents.  The monthly conference calls have been rather successful and can be enhanced, if 100% will participate.  Other modes of communications are emails and Facebook posts.  Most importantly is the awareness of our club members on updates from the Board and the Head Office.  Once this communication stream becomes deficient, our advancement will backslide.  Bottom line is – all Quotarians must be in the know of current updates.

I earnestly believe that paramount to the success of Quota International is every single one of us.  We are the nobles for Quota to remain a powerful change agent.

We are on the right track as we adapt to quickly developing modern times.   Education, communications, technology among others are fast moving.

While adversities in our lives sometimes prevail… especially when we experience dissatisfaction, pessimism or anxiety, we must confront them with faith, hope and love… and we will surpass all these.  To quote Sir Winston Churchill…  “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Herewith, my friends is the platform during my watch by which I will guide myself:

  • Believe that we will surpass our trials
  • Trust the influx of positive influences and generous patronage from our members
  • Love all that our Quotarians do for our beloved organization
  • Support Quota’s We Share Foundation and Wanda Frey Joiner through an appeal to augment donations
  • Focus on Quota’s organizational service goals – Child Development, Health and Wellbeing and Workforce Development
  • Value members / acknowledge their contributions
  • Recruit members / organize new clubs
  • Develop leaders within clubs by delegating duties
  • Encourage more club fellowship activities to tighten friendship
  • Adapt to changes and modern ways for a purpose
  • Find ways of lowering overhead expenses like taxes and others
  • Improve on communications

Before I conclude, I would like to acknowledge our notable Quotarians from Regions 18 and 19 (Philippines and Malaysia), who have assisted me extremely in many ways and they are…  Past District 41 Governor and Charter President of Quota Manila South Marilou del Rosario, who incidentally is my good friend since Kindergarten and who introduced me to Quota 25 years ago, Charter District 41 Governor Nelly Ledesma, Past District 41 Governor and Charter President of Quota Parañaque Lynne Piad, who initiated the Convention committee for Regions 18 & 19, Region 19 Director Maricel Wong, who shipped the beautiful centerpieces on your tables, which incidentally are for sale, Past Region 18 Director Bernadette Galang, who organized the dance number for Region 18, Past District Secretary/Treasurer Dos Patag, Past President of Quota Manila Lou de Guzman, who helped me with my President’s theme and actively participated on the Convention committee Philippine side, Past President of Quota Mandaue Judy Castillo, who organized the dance number for Region 19, Past President of Quota Metro Cebu Jennifer Ngo-Sibi, who designed my President’s theme pin, Past and Current Regions 18 and 19 Directors and Team, Past President of Quota Manila South Colo Ventosa, President of Manila South Gina Boncan-Francisco, my fellow Manila South Quotarians and to all our Filipino and Malaysian Quotarians.

Incidentally, this is a significant occasion to see a huge delegation from Regions 18 and 19 (Philippines and Malaysia), which I believe is about equal to the number delegates from Australia and New Zealand.

I would also like to particularly thank my family here with me tonight…  my only child, Henry, his wife, DinDin and my only grandchild, Gaby, who of course is the apple of my eye.

Last but not the least, thank you most sincerely to one and all because you are my actualEmilie's President's theme 2018-2020.jpg strength and inspiration!

And so, with trepidation, but “sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust,” I accept this charge to take the position of International President for the Quota years 2018-2020.

Emilie Simon,
Quota International of Manila South
International President 2018-2020

“ A Perfect Vision…..Convention 2020”

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Grand Rapids, Michigan – On the last day of the 2018 International Convention in Washington, D.C., I was proud to make the following announcement.

“Region 4 and the beautiful Great Lakes State of Michigan are honored and excited to invite Quota International members to join us for a perfect vision of convention…. in Grand Rapids, Michigan, July 9th, 10th and 11th, 20/20.” 

Quota Region 4 has formed a convention team. We are thrilled to invite fellow Quotarians to visit our beautiful state. Michigan is surrounded by our 5 Great Lakes and we have 3,288 miles of fresh water shoreline. The geographic shape of the state looks like a mitten and we are “Smitten With The Mitten”. Our host city, Grand Rapids, is filled with great opportunities for activities like, hiking, biking, golfing and over 200 venues for theater, museums, shops and restaurants. The city’s Gerald R. Ford airport, has over 120 daily nonstop flights from 20 major destinations.

Our amazing hotel, the Amway Grand Plaza, won an Award of Excellence for Best Historic Hotel in 2017. The world class hotel dates back to 1913 and is grand and opulent, it’s a real pleasure to stay here. Hotel amenities include 7 restaurants plus a Starbucks, a spa, clothing stores, an on-site convenience store, fitness room, pool and best of all, it is ADA compliant. Visit amwaygrand.com for more information.

Our team has already arranged pre and post-convention tours which include historic Mackinaw Island, boating trips on Lake Michigan, the famous Sleeping Bear sand dunes and Frederick Meijer Gardens…. and that’s just a few of the attractions on the tours. Stay tuned to the blog because we will be posting monthly articles with information about Grand Rapids, additional tour itineraries, Michigan attractions/facts and hotel highlights.

Region 4 is “Smitten with the Mitten” and you will be too ….We hope you have 20/20 vision and join us for a Pure Michigan Convention in Grand Rapids, …July…9th, 10th and 11th, two-thousand and twenty.

Brenda Chadwick,
Region 4 Director
Quota International

New Board Members Elected for the next Two Years

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Front row left to right: Vice President Luz Marina Gonzalez, (Aruba), Vice President Jan Rhodes (Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand); Back row left to right: Vice President Brenda Cherry (Wooster, Ohio, United States), President Emilie Simon (Manila South, Philippines), President-Elect/Treasurer Carol Patin, MD (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States).

Washington, DC, July 2018 – Quota International delegates from more than 240 Quota Clubs, 21 Regions, the International Board of Directors, and the Past International Presidents have elected the next Board of Directors for 2018-2020.  Pictured above is the new Board of Directors:

President Emilie Simon
Manila, Philippines – Region 18

President-Elect/Treasurer Carol Patin, MD
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States – Region 9

Vice President Brenda Cherry 
Wooster, Ohio, United States – Region 2

Vice President Luz Marina Gonzalez
Oranjestad, Aruba – Region 10

Vice President Jan Rhodes
Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand – Region 21


 

New Mission Statement for all Quota Clubs Adopted July 2018

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Quota International of Aruba’s 2018 Seminar Service Project

Washington, DC, July 2018 – At Quota International’s Convention, the delegates voted on a new mission statement to include people with speech difficulties.  The exact wording below is to be adopted and used by all Quota Clubs around the world.  All Bylaw changes are being updated and will be added to the website.

NEW MISSION STATEMENT as of July 14th, 2018:

 “Quota International is a non-profit organization empowering women, children, the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and people with speech difficulties in local communities around the world.”


 

Pencils Plus – The Convention Service Project goes Global for it’s 100th year

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School girls show off projects created in an educational program funded by World Service HIH donations – photo submitted by Quota International of Manila

Washington, DC, June 19, 2018 – In preparation to kick off Quota International’s 100th year celebration, the Board of Directors has decided to make the Service on Site project go global.  All clubs, whether coming to convention or not, are encouraged to participate in the service project.

The girls in the photo above would be counted with the “Pencils Plus” global project.  These girls are just four of the many thousands of children who have benefited from projects organized by Quotarians around the world.

Click here for more details about the Pencils Plus Global Service Project*
*This list of ideas shared is in no way comprehensive! 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.)

Why Pencils Plus?

In the 14 Quota countries, 223 million children are living in poverty.  Quota clubs have been working to solve these challenges for nearly 100 years.  “Pencils Plus” will kick off Quota’s 99th year by counting the impact all clubs are making to ease the burdens for children living in poverty.  Click here to learn more from the April 2018 ALL Leadership call notes.

Why aren’t we doing an “on site” Service on Site Project?

The Service on Site project has been a highlight at district conferences, area meetings, regional meetings, and international conventions.  There were several goals considered when planning for the 100th anniversary: to continue to celebrate accomplishments of each club, raise awareness outside of Quota’s membership, and make it easier for members – all members – to participate.

With the traditional Service ON Site:

  • Only people who attended the meetings were able to contribute.
  • Members flying across the ocean needed to allow for extra space and weight in their luggage to make room for the donated items — and even needed to cross a few fingers to get through the airport check in.

With these considerations, the Board decided to go Global and include all clubs with the Service Project to measure and celebrate the impact that members are making for children around the world everyday.

What will be counted?

  • Number of Children helped
  • Amount of Funds donated to help children
  • Hours Volunteered – directly with children

How can clubs contribute?  

Quota Clubs can contribute by going online to report the results from your projects.  All club projects, including the World Service Hand in Hand projects, will be counted and featured on a thermometer at convention – even those reporting during convention – meaning you can fill out this quick and easy form now!  If you’d still like to bring school supplies to convention, we will make sure they go to children in need in the District of Columbia.

Click here to enter the numbers of children your club has helped
since January 1st, 2018

Contact your Regional Director, an International Board Member or staff@quota.org with any questions.

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

Many Thanks to Donors Supporting World Service ‘Hand in Hand’ Projects

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Little ones receive nutritious meals thanks to those who donate to Hand in Hand Projects – Photo submitted by Quota International of Manila.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. – Mother Teresa

Washington, DC, May 2017 – Many of our best friends are Quotarians.  They have hearts of gold and are always looking out for each other.  Whenever they hear of someone who needs help, they let them know that we are here for them.  This is true in our local communities and around the world.  In 2017-2018

Changing Lives Around the World

Quota International’s World Service projects began in 1983 with the Quota Home for Abandoned and Destitute Women in New Delhi, India.  Over the past 30 years, Quota Clubs have hosted International Women’s Day Celebrations, international festivals, and public awareness events raising over $1 million to fund World Service projects helping children living in poverty in two dozen towns and villages.  Special thanks go to the following clubs who donated during the past year to support projects improving Health and Wellbeing, Educational Development, and Workforce Development:

Super Star Donors $1,000+ USD:

  • Australia: Quota International of Narooma
  • Canada: Quota International of Weyburn
  • United States: Quota International of Baton Rouge, Central Oregon, Gridley, Kent Valley, Massillon, Minneapolis, and Morro Bay

Gold Star Donors $500 – $999 USD:

  • Australia: Quota International of Beenleigh, Jimboomba, Redcliffe, Sandgate, Temora, and Whitsunday
  • Canada: Quota International of Estevan
  • New Zealand: Quota International of Opotiki
  • United States: Quota International of Cupertino, Estes Park, Wilmington, and Wooster

Silver Star Donors $200 – $499 USD:

  • Aruba: Quota International of Aruba
  • Australia: Quota International of Alstonville/Wollongbar, Brisbane City, Bundaberg, Caloundra, Camden Haven, Canberra, Casino, Coffs Harbour, Forster Tuncurry, Gloucester, Gold Coast, Coulburn, Lower Clarence, Macarthur, North Lakes, Sydney, and Tweed Heads/Coolangata
  • Canada: Quota International of Mariposa, Owen Sound, and Penticton
  • New Zealand: Quota International of Papakura, and Whakatane
  • United States: Quota International of Beckley, Canton, Fort Lauderdale, Grand Rapids, Lake County, Lawrence, Mountain View/Los Altos, New Haven, Paradise, and Shenango Valley

Bronze Star Donors $100 – $199 USD:

  • Australia: Quota International of Batemans Bay, Brisbane South, Buderim, Campbelltown, Cobden, Coolum Beach, Coonamble, Geelong, Gladstone, Glen Innes, Lithgow, Maleny, Maryborough, Orange, Taree, Thuringowa, Walcha, and Wimmera
  • Canada: Quota International of Grey Bruce, Estevan, Huronia, Ottowa, and Wainwright
  • New Zealand:  Quota International of Rotorua
  • United States: Quota International of Andover, Coral Springs/Parkland, Freeport, Iosco County, Kirksville, Klamath Falls, Lorain, Northside Atlanta, Platteville, Preston County, Salisbury, Tacoma, and West Monroe

Additional Clubs supporting World Service projects include: Quota International of Bathurst, Carindale, Gympie, Kingaroy, Kyogle, Port Macquarie, Quirindi, Townsville, and Wynnum Manly in Australia.  Quota International of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Quota International of Ohope in New Zealand, and Quota International of Legazpi-Mayon in the Philippines.  Quota International of Bethlehem, Candlewood Valley, Harrisonburg, Holyoke JQs, Jackson, Johnstown, Kenosha-Racine, Salem, and West Memphis in the United States.

During the past year, 111 Quota Clubs and 2 Junior Quota Clubs gave to the World Service Hand in Hand World Service Projects.  Your generosity inspires us and changes lives for children around the world.

Click here to donate and change a life

Every donation makes a difference for children who live in poverty.


Health and Wellbeing projects create safer and healthier environments for children living in poverty often without electricity or running water. Quota members fill in the gaps providing diagnostic equipment, screenings for health, hearing, and vision, vaccinations and emergency care, and supplies for medical centers including fans and medication. When mothers are in prison, children receive clothing and uniforms, nutritious school lunches, meals at day care centers, and a place to put their head at night.

Educational Development projects ensure that basic schooling needs are met. Quota Members arrange transportation, donate school supplies, build adaptive classrooms, and provide salaries for teachers to ensure that all children have what they need to grow into the leaders of tomorrow.

Workforce Development projects provide sound beginnings for women, and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing. Quotarians promote long-term independence and self-reliance offering a range of opportunities from sign language and braille lessons, to educational classes, and vocational training with the trades, and also small business loans.

Click here to donate and change a life


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

Does Your Club Qualify for the NEW Club Matching Grant Award?

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Photo of Hand in Hand Livelihood Project – submitted by Quota International of Angeles

Washington, DC, June 4th, 2018 – International President, Marie Dobson-Dunlop, is excited about a brand new rewards program where International Board members will give away matching grants to qualifying Quota Clubs at the International Convention.  Clubs who have gone the extra mile (or kilometer) in their community and around the world will receive grants in the amount of $100, $200, $500, and $1,000 USD, as a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or SuperStar Club.

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The Angeles Club’s HIH Livelihood Project

Quota International of Angeles:  If the new rewards program would have launched in2017, Quota International of Angeles, would have qualified for a $100 USD matching grant.

What did they do? 

In addition to empowering women and children through coordinating an integrated Medical, Dental, Optometry, and Medical Technology Mission for indigent people of Barangay Sto. Cristo, Angeles City, Philippines AND Quota International of Angeles was also active in strengthening their club and other Quota International programs:

  • increased more than one member in their club,

    Angeles 2017 Quotacare
    2017 Quota Cares Month project – integrated Medical Mission for indigent people
  • sent more than one member to their Regional Meeting,
  • gave more than $1,000 in their community (10K),
  • donated a total of $300 to Quota International to support other programs:
    • Wanda Frey Joiner Founder Fund for Development and Growth,
    • We Share Foundation Benefactor Fund for Humanitarian Aid, and
    • Hand in Hand World Service program (even as a club with an active HIH project)
  • and also submitted for more than one club award, 5K/10K Community Giving, Quota Cares Month, International Photo Contest, and Volunteer of the Year. Click here for the link to international awards.

The members of Quota International of Angeles are inspirational.  If your club has gone the extra mile/kilometer, be sure to submit your application.  Applications are required to receive the grant.  To find out if your Quota Club qualifies, click here for details.

There’s still time to qualify and receive a matching grant. The deadline is June 30th.

Click here for the quick & easy award application


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

Announcing Convention Day Tours to Virginia Wine Country & Historic Annapolis

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Photo by Werner Sevenster on Unsplash

Northern Virginia Wine Country Day Tour
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
$120 USD
Space is limited. Must be 21 years or older.

Click here to register for the Wine Country Day Tour

Come spend the day exploring two award winning wineries in Historic Leesburg, Virginia with your fellow Quotarians.  Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Northern Virginia as you set off for two private tastings at wineries of different flavors. A tasting typically consists of 8-10 wines and a light lunch will consist of sandwich fare and snacks.

Zephaniah Farm Winery: Start the day being picked up from the Capital Hilton at 9:00 am.  We’ll head to our first stop in Northern Virginia, Zephaniah Farm Winery, where we will be treated to a special vineyard tour, seated tasting, and lunch in the garden or on the porch.  Zephaniah is a family-owned winery farming on the land since 1950 introducing the planting of grapes 16 years ago.  Zephaniah was recently named one of the top 25 wineries in the United States.

Stone Tower Winery: The second stop at Stone Tower Winery is set atop Hogback Mountain on 306 exquisite acres with 75 beautiful acres of vineyards to walk through. Here we’ll get to see the life of a grape, from the harvest all the way to the end product, the unique experience of tasting wines beside the vines and barrels from which they were created.  After a festive, relaxing day, we’ll return to the Capital Hilton by 4:00 pm.

PRICING: Trip includes transportation, tastings, and lunch $120 USD per person.  Guests must be 21+ and the tour is non-refundable.  Click here to register for the Wine Country Day Tour.

VisitAnnapolisHistoric Annapolis Day Tour
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
$60 USD
Space is limited.

Click here to register for the Historic Annapolis Day Tour

Annapolis is the state of Maryland’s capital city located on the Chesapeake Bay, its historic district populated by quaint 18th century housing filled with restaurants and shopping.

Come explore it’s charming waterfront, kicking off the day with a private 60-minute Historic Annapolis Trolley Tour! There are more 18th-century brick homes in Annapolis than any other city in the nation, making a trip to Annapolis a true walk down memory lane. After the trolley tour from 9:30 am – 10:30 am, enjoy the afternoon shopping and lunch on your own.

Visitor Center

Stop by the Visitors Center at 26 West Street in Annapolis. Located in the city’s Historic District, the center is within easy walking distance from every point of interest in downtown Annapolis. The center’s location is a great starting point, while our helpful volunteers are a great resource for things to do, events happening in the area, suggestions, and much more.

The satellite Visitor Information Booth at City Dock, located at Ego Alley at City Dock, is a great place to learn about boat and walking tours, picking up a map, and touching base for recommendations on accommodations, restaurants, shopping, and attractions.

With the AnnapolisNOW app you can discover Annapolis in the palm of your hand. Download the app today on iTunes or Google Play. Whether visiting Annapolis, AnnapolisNOW AppMaryland for the first time or returning to discover something new, this app created by Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County can help you plan and make the most of your visit to Annapolis & the Chesapeake Bay. Find information on local history, museums, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, lodging, land and water tours, the U.S. Naval Academy, art galleries and weekly events and festivals.

PRICING: Trip includes transportation, and private 60-minute trolley tour $60 USD per person. Click here to register for the Historic Annapolis Day Tour.

Bylaw Amendments Approved by Committee

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Quota members in Zeist, Netherlands, partnered with service clubs to provide safe drinking water for Rwanda students – International Photo Contest 2017 submitted by Mariette Elling

Washington, DC, May 22nd, 2018 – Over a dozen Bylaw Amendments addressing a wide range of changes were submitted by Quota Leaders in Australia and the United States and reviewed by the Bylaw Committee.  The approved memo and packet is available by clicking here – Read More >>

These amendments will be voted on in-person by the delegates at Convention, on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018.  Submissions came from Quota International of Beenleigh, Brisbane City, Redcliffe, and Jimboomba in Australia and Region 2 in the United States.

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Monuments by Moonlight Convention Tour Registration Now Open

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Lincoln Memorial Photo by Kelli Dougal on Unsplash

Washington, DC, April 30th, 2018 – When the sun goes down, Washington turns into a magical city.  Quotarians and guests will be with treated to amazing views of the most famous sights of Washington, DC, under the night sky.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 | 8 pm – 11 pm
Thursday, July 12th, 2018 | 8 pm – 11 pm

This private tour will be presented by experienced tour guides that will share historical tales and anecdotes* of Washington, DC.  There will be three different stops at monuments that lasting from 20-30 minute and include:

  • World War II Memorial
  • FDR
  • Lincoln
  • Vietnam Veterans
  • Korean War and
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorials

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The Monuments by Moonlight Tour will transport attendees back in time riding along the same streets US presidents have traveled.  Learn about the city’s fascinating history, such as The Curse of the Hope Diamond and its legacy of death and despair and the Medal of Honor winner who donated his amputated leg to a museum and often visited it!

The cost of the tour is $45 per person and includes:

  • pickup (at 8:00 pm) and drop off (at 11:00 pm) in front of the Capitol Hilton
  • seating on trolley with 2 1/2 hour guided tour
  • audible tour with microphone/speakers – printed transcripts available upon request
  • three stops at different monuments lasting 20-30 minutes
  • special accommodations for wheelchair seating
  • tips and gratuities for the tour guide

Contact staff@quota.org with any questions.


The Membership Team
Quota International, Inc.
staff@quota.org