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

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The Original FIVE…

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The Original FIVE….

At the Kiwanis Christmas party, Wanda Frey Joiner, the General Manager of the Buffalo Paint and Glass Company, was joined by business women of the city of Buffalo.  Among these were: Florence M. Smith, from A.R.Williams Machinery & Supply Corp.; Alice C. Sauers from H.I. Sackett Electric Company; Ora G. Cole, a member of the Chamber of Commerce; and Jean Ware Redpath, a Corsetierre entrepreneur.  Wanda had an uncanny ability to not only influence others, but to involve them in fulfilling her dreams.  Tonight this meant bringing about her vision to unite the women in her community who had made decisions out of necessity when their men were at war, but who were now part of the work-force and anxious to direct their talents to a worthwhile purpose.One month later, that vision came to fruition as these five women gathered together at Wanda’s dining room table to bring Quota Club International to life.

As they met that January day, selecting a name for the organization was at the top of the agenda. Wanda pulled out a dictionary and the women pored through it until they came to the letter ‘Q’ and the word ‘quota’ – a Latin word meaning “a share”. Upon this discovery, the discussion turned to the “purpose” of the organization.   Ora Cole said “Is this not what we have discussed?   Are we not prepared to share out talents and treasures with those whom we wish to help?”   With all in agreement, Wanda then said “May I have the privilege of choosing the Quota colours?”. The other four agreed to this and then upheld Wanda’s choice of blue and silver.

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Next on the agenda were the organization’s bylaws. The women used as a guide, a copy of the bylaws of the two men’s classified service clubs – Kiwanis and Rotary, as well as Robert’s Rules of Order.  They soon established bylaws for their Quota Club with the “Golden Rule” as its overarching code, and also completed the application for an International  Women’s Club – asking “Is this not what we want – to be in other states and other lands?”

The Application for a Certificate of Incorporation was made from the State of New York. In the beginning, their corporation was organized under the type of charter granted the Board of Trade, Chamber of Commerce, and similar organizations. However, Quota’s membership was not to be limited to one city, state, or country. Thus on February 6, 1919 the Certificate of Incorporation was signed by these five women as “Quota Club International Incorporated” and Quota became the first international classified women’s club on.

Quota International’s first meeting was held at the Toulaine Hotel in Buffalo on February 11.   At this meeting, the founding five became the first Quota International Club Officers with Wanda Frey Joiner elected as President; Jean Ware Redpath as First Vice President; Florence M Smith as Secretary; Alice C. Sauers as Treasurer; and Ora G. Cole as Club Organizer.   Additionally, Katherine M. Dreher, a member of the Chamber of Commerce  was also present and became the first Managing Editor of the “Quotarian”.  Interestingly, Wanda Frey Joiner was the only member of this group to hold the position of International President.  Lastly, Quota’s official headquarters address was also established at this meeting – Quota Club International Inc. 1224 Chamber of Commerce, Buffalo, NY  USA.quotarian

It is interesting to note that since these women created a classified organization, similar to Kiwanis and Rotary, their member classification in Quota Club International became:  Machinery Jobbers – Florence Smith; Electric Appliances – Retail – Alice Sauers;  Glass – Wanda Frey Joiner; Corsetierre – Jean Ware Redpath; and Ora Cole was simply referred to as “from the Chamber of Commerce”.

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The original 1919 copy of the “Constitution of the Quota Club International Incorporated”  adopted at this February 11 meeting lists the following headings under Articles I to XXIII –

Name; Objects; Membership; Revenue, Conventions; Representation at Convention; District Organization; Officers; Duties of Officers; Election of Officers; Official Publication; Quorum; Funds; Audit of Accounts; Committees; Duties of Committees; Quota Property; Seal; Commercializing Quota;  Supplies for Clubs; Parliamentary Authority; Amendments; Ratification.   (Of special interest to current membership might be Article IV, Revenue, which shows the annual membership fee set at $2.00 per member! Additionally, it was at the 1923 Convention that a Joining Fee of $10.00 for each new member was adopted – at Quota’s Centenary, it is still $10.00!)

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These 16 pages of International Bylaws were then followed in that tiny book by a 12-pages which included “Standardised Local Constitution, Regulations and Bylaws of Local Quota Clubs” as well as by 12 more pages of Member Classifications.

February ….. Quota Club International Inc. is on its way – with hiccups!

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