Team Music Is Love

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Region 16 members displaying their Stockings for Cancer

Country music singer Martina McBride started Team Music Is Love, a charitable initiative making the world a better place through music. For one day Quotarians joined Martina’s initiative at the Region 16 meeting, teaming up to fill stockings with gifts to relieve cancer patients going through treatment. The stockings will be donated to patients at Team Music Is Love’s Christmas in July celebration.

OrovilleQuota’s relationship with Team Music is Love was pioneered by the Oroville, California club. Members were invited to meet Martina at the California State Fair last August after their work in the community captured her attention. For more information about Team Music Is Love (formerly Team Martina), visit

Buckets of Love

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Members of Quota International Region 9 fill Buckets of Love with goods.

One in three women has experienced physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime according to UN Women. In most cases the abuser is an intimate partner-someone who has earned the victim’s trust. The Combined Women’s Refuge Group (CWRG) in Queensland, Australia has spent the last 30 years advocating for women and children victims of domestic violence, and for Convention 2016 Quota International will partner with CWRG to create Buckets of Love. Following in the footsteps of Quotarians in Region 9, Buckets of Love will be filled with lightweight pajamas, books, games, diaries, and gift cards to help empower the abused women and children of Queensland.

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Quota Cares Teddy Bears

For many years International Convention has been a platform for Quotarians to spread generosity throughout communities around the world through Service-on-Site projects. Past projects include Quota Cares Teddy Bears donations to police officers to give to children in need in Cincinnati; funds to support the Hawaii State Women’s Correctional Center’s life rehabilitation program; bags of clothing and toiletries for foster children and their foster families in Vancouver; and helping women gain and retain employment with Career Closet.

To learn more about how you can fill a Bucket of Love, please click here.

#PledgeForParity on International Women’s Day


March 8th is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world. This year International Women’s Day honors the progress women have made over the years, and encourages us to take action to advance gender parity.

As the first international women-only service organization, Quota members have dedicated countless volunteer hours to support women around the world over the last 97 years. Many Quota clubs across Quota’s 12 countries are celebrating the achievements of women this year by hosting International Women’s Day breakfasts with guest speakers teaching empowerment, and using the proceeds to invest into the well-being of women in their local communities.

Join Quota International in making a ‪#‎PledgeForParity‬ to accelerate opportunities for women around the world on ‪#‎InternationalWomensDay‬, and every day.


Minute for Mission: Hear for Good



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Sharan Studavant is fitted for hearing aids donated by Quota International Grand Rapids


(Grand Rapids, MI, January 5, 2016) Quota International of Grands Rapids announces its first recipient of hearing aids from the Hear For Good program.

Sharan Sturdavant of Cedar Springs was fitted on December 29 at Kaczmarski Hearing Center with new hearing aids, at no cost to her. Ms. Sturdavant has suffered most of her life with hearing loss and there was never enough money for her to purchase new hearing aids. “I am so excited to tell my family and friends of this wonderful gift for Christmas!”

Ms. Sturdavant worked with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) to become eligible for the Hear for Good program developed by Martha Herman, President of Quota International of Grand Rapids. Quota collects used hearing aids and recycles them through Starkey, Inc. Starkey refurbishes the hearing aids and makes them available at lower cost for eligible individuals.

Hear For Good, a Quota program initiated in 2014, continues to receive donations of hearing aids for those who have limited resources to purchase them. The cost of new hearing aids can range from $1,000 to over $5,000. Quota’s donation sites for used hearing aids are set up throughout the Grand Rapids area. Reconditioned hearing devices are made available at no cost to the recipient through a partnership with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Kaczmarski Hearing Centers and Quota International of Grand Rapids.


For Information Contact:
Martha Herman

Honoring Alice Paul

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January 11 marks the 131’st birthday of the late Alice Paul – an American feminist who made it her life’s work to fight for women’s rights. Paul served as a key campaign strategist in passing the Nineteenth Amendment of the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote in the United States in 1920, one year after Quota International was founded.

Quotarians in Indiana, Pennsylvania honor Paul’s legacy each year by holding a silent auction fundraiser with all proceeds donated to the Alice Paul House, which promotes awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault, and victimization. Over the last 12 years Quota members have donated $67 thousand to the Alice Paul House, providing a safe support system for victims in their community.

“There will never be a new world order until women are a part of it.” – Alice Paul

Program Highlights: Quotarians Celebrate Remembrance Day in Australia

The Quota Club of Tweed Heads/Coolangatta decided to do something in our community that was not a fundraising event, but a service project. The idea came to have a display of Poppies at our local Returned Soldiers League (RSL) for World War One Veterans. To honour the RSL, we asked the President if we could create the display at their Remembrance Day Service  on 11/11 at 11 am. We were greeted with open arms.

It was then time for us to knit and crochet the poppies. Quotarians started the project, and soon after we were joined by friends from our exercise and quilting classes who wanted to lend helping hands with knitting. Most of the helpers even turned up to view the display on the day. In the end, we made 1,327 poppies.

On Remembrance Day we joined nearly 200 returned soldiers for a two-course lunch funded by the Twin Towns Service Club. The RSL Sub Branch President, was so impressed that we were asked to do a similar display on Anzac Day in 2016 this is to be discussed.

Our club was very happy with our result, and this project opened up the opportunity for us to speak with locals and visitors about Quota International. This project started when one member had an idea and shared it, so let us all display the meaning of the word Quota and “SHARE.”

Submitted by Janet Ahrens, Region 11 Director


#GivingTuesday and How Quota International Improves the Lives of Children Worldwide

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Giving Tuesday is a worldwide movement to harness the collective power of philanthropy during the holiday season. On Tuesday, December 1 2015, organizations, businesses, and communities come together to celebrate and encourage giving. Quotarians across the globe have embodied the spirit of Giving Tuesday for nearly a century. In the last year Quota members:

  • Granted 500 scholarships to deaf and non-deaf students in 5 countries including three young deaf students in Georgia, USA who started university this fall through a scholarship program by Quotarians from Northside Atlanta.
  • Donated supplies to hundreds of schools internationally. In Massillon, Ohio, USA Quota International hosted a giveaway that provided over 450 students with backpacks, clothing, supplies, haircuts, and hearing screenings.
  • Benefitted over 500,000 abused, neglected, and needy children from newborn to 20 years of age in projects ranging from supporting medical treatments and supplies, job training, and hearing and speech clinics.

This Giving Tuesday honors the amazing work Quotarians have done in 2015 to improve the lives of children around the world. Click here to show your support and get involved in Giving Tuesday by joining Quota’s Thunderclap, which allows one single message to be mass-shared by an entire network of Quotarians and friends at the same time. Like a virtual flash mob, Thunderclap uses the power of the crowd. Please share this link with friends and family to amplify Quota’s mission beyond 5,000 members this Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday donations can also be made by visiting, or click the “donate” button on the right side of your screen. Help to create sound beginnings for children in over 260 communities worldwide.

Quota at Work Photo Series: Quota International of Angeles and the Children of Katutubo

One of the projects of Quota International of Angeles that made an impact to each member was the Feeding and Gift Giving Program for the Aetas or Katutubo children at Katutubo village, in Planas, Porac, Pampanga. When QI of Angeles had a feeding program in this community, the Katutubo school children requested for undies and these were given to them. We also gave the children school supplies, clothes, goodies and groceries. During the feeding program, we noticed that some of the children did not eat their food. They brought home their food packs instead. They said that they will bring it to their younger siblings and to their mothers at home. These touched our hearts. So we gave them extras. They seldom taste what we have served because they cannot afford to. The Aetas are indigenous people wearing g-strings in the mountain. They were relocated after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. Their normal lives were affected. They tried to learn and cope up with the way of life on the place where they are now. But the head of the families cannot find regular jobs to support their needs.

They are lucky if government and non-government organization’s come for help or support. And Quota International of Angeles is one of these organizations that continuously giving support to the Katutubo Village through feeding and gift giving programs. Feeding program is a short term help. It is in this condition that the heads of the family are requesting for a long term solution for their livelihood. They resort on going back to what they are used to, planting banana, root crops and papaya. They need seedlings for this. The Quota International of Angeles club will use its prize money to support the livelihood program, the “Katutubo Village: Planting for a Living” to paint smiles to the Aetas children and ensure food for each meal for the whole family.angeles_women_children_quota-at-work

Program Highlight: A Medical Mission in the Philippines

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Despite the onset of Typhoon Lando, the members of Quota International of Manila South traveled two hours southeast of the city left on October 18 to Calauan, Laguna.

In partnership with the Brotherhood of Christian Professionals and Businessmen (BCBP), Manila South Quotarians served 712 patients, all informal settlers from Metro Manila, of the Don Bosco Compound.  206 three-strain flu vaccines were administered to the elderly, volunteers and orphans. Medicine donated by different pharmaceuticals was distributed along with wellness products like lotions, shampoos, soap, toothbrushes and toothpastes.  Consultations for the adults and children, in addition to dental services. After all consultations were completed, the patients, volunteers and doctors were treated to a delicious warm chicken porridge.  The children were entertained by BCBP members with various coloring and drawing activities.

To learn more about Quota International of Manila South, and how you can help their medial missions throughout the region, visit their Facebook Page.

post submitted by Vice President Emilie Simon. 


Program Highlights: Quota International in the Philippines Supports the Elderly

Quota International of Manila South visited Luwalhati ng Maynila (Home for the Elderly) in Marikina City to celebrate Filipino Elderly Week.  From October 1-7, 2015  Luwalhati ng Maynila’s  278 indigent grandpas and grandmas prepare a program of songs and dances that delight all in attendance.  To take part in the fun, the Manila South Quotarians joined them in their dance numbers.  After, the Manila South Quotarians served a lunch consisting of chicken adobo with vegetables and rice, followed by ice cream, a rare treat.

Each resident of Luwalhati ng Maynila was given a gift bag of filled with clothes, towels, snacks, oranges and toiletry items like toothbrushes, toothpastes and baby talcum powders.

QI of Manila South donated 100 kilos of rice,  laundry and cleaning detergents, renovated the home’s clinic, and the constructed an enclosed laundry area and hanging bay.

To learn more about the work Quota International of Manila South is doing in their local community visit their Facebook Page.

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Minute for Mission: The Scholarship Program with Quota International in the South Pacific

babe_hearingThe Quota International South Pacific Area Scholarship recipients show that the benefits of the scholarship reward local communities, and reach far and wide.

The Quota South Pacific Area Scholarship was established by Quota International clubs in Australia and New Zealand many years ago. Chosen by the trustees and a dedicated committee and supported by donations from clubs, a scholarship is awarded annually to persons working/associated with speech and hearing development. Two previous recipients attended the AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s Symposium and  presented on behalf of the Hear & Say Centre. The Centre enables families in Australia to give their children with hearing loss the resources they need to be successful.  The recipients of the Scholarship use their expertise to produce innovative research that supports the deaf and makes a difference in the lives they touch.

To understand and appreciate what a difference the Scholarship makes in the lives of the recipients report on their achievements, observations and aspirations.  The 2015 recipient, Alexandra Crosbie, is a Habilitation Manager at The Hearing House, a charity that provides cochlear implants, hearing aids, and auditory-verbal therapy free of charge to children with hearing loss.

Learn more about Alexandra and her work on the Quota South Pacific Area Scholarship website.

Submitted by Denise Rowell,Committee Member, Quota South Pacific Area Scholarship

Quota International is a nonpartisan, 501c3 nonprofit organization is dedicated to empowering women, children, the deaf, hard-of-hearing, the hearing and speech-impaired. Utilizing the leaders and members in individual communities, Quota International boasts over 5000 members in 264 cities who raise millions of dollars to start, contribute to, and maintain service projects in 12 countries. Visit Quota International at:

The Hearing House is a charity for deaf children with cochlear implants and hearing aids. Our mission is to enable deaf or hearing-impaired children to listen and speak like their hearing peers. We aim to give deaf children with cochlear implants or hearing aids the ability to fulfil their potential and live an independent life in a hearing and speaking world. The Hearing House serves the needs of hundreds of hearing impaired children and their families from Kaitaia to Turangi. Learn more about how cochlear implants are changing the lives of deaf children all over the world by visiting:

#62MillionGirls and What Quota International is Doing to Educate Girls Around the World


Earlier this month, the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, unveiled a new initiative to mobilize the public around an issue that affects the entire world. To date, there are 62 million girls, ages 6-15 who are not enrolled in school. The international non-profit, Girl Rising partnered with First Lady Obama to spread the word on social media and in popular culture that effecting change is a global effort, and starts with access to education.

Educating the youngest among us has been at the forefront of Quota International’s mission for the last 96 years. Worldwide, primary schools are built, after school programs are managed, backpacks and school necessities are supplied, and book drives are hosted by the women of Quota International. Understanding the importance of early education, Quotarians in the Philippines donated the funds necessary to build a library in a local primary school. In Winchester, Virginia, United States Quota International donates hundreds of backpacks, binders, notebooks, etc. to local schools in their neighborhood. Canadian Quotarians fund deaf scholarships for students to attend leadership summer camps every year. In Suriname, a 40-year program has allowed hundreds of adolescents to succeed and achieve higher education.

With every effort from the men, women, and children who support the need to educate young girls, gender gaps can begin to close. Learn about what you can do to change the statistics that effects millions around the world. Let #62MillionGirls learn to become the leaders, educators, innovators, and philanthropists we need in an ever-increasing global economy.

Learn more about the #62MillionGirls campaign at: and follow @QuotaIntl on Twitter to see what Quotarians are doing to promote and create opportunities for young girls in their communities.

Quota International is a nonpartisan, 501c3 nonprofit organization is dedicated to empowering women, children, the deaf, hard-of-hearing, the hearing and speech-impaired. Utilizing the leaders and members in individual communities, Quota International boasts over 5000 members in 264 cities who raise millions of dollars to start, contribute to, and maintain service projects in 12 countries. Visit Quota International at:

“Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls education that uses storytelling to share the simple truth that education girls can transform societies.” Visit Girl Rising at:

Photo caption: A young girl with her mother in India.