(Pictured above left-to-right: Past District 41 Governor Emilie Simon, Past West Area Director Pattie Mhoon, International President-elect/Treasurer Karen Murphy, West Area Director Tess Tompos, District 41 Lt. Governor Bernadette Galang, District 41 Governor Connie Garcia, Executive Director Barbara Schreiber)
by Barbara Schreiber
Nearly 36,000 miles, 38 airports, 12 TSA lines, and 4 customs checkpoints; it was a busy two months traveling to six Area Meetings in three countries. From mid-September through the first of November, International President, Laura Lahman, President-Elect/Treasurer, Karen Murphy, and I, as part of my orientation, had the privilege of meeting 576 Quotarians in Townsville, Calgary, Pittsburgh, Kenosha, Portland, and Biloxi. We learned first-hand the impact that Quotarians are making around the world. No matter where we were, there were three things we learned:
1. Quotarians are special people. From Audiologists, to moms of deaf kids, to doctors and attorneys, retired military, elected officials, entrepreneurs, realtors, retirees, students, teachers, administrators, and even motivational speakers, Quotarians come from all walks of life. From 4 to 104 years old, Quotarians are granddaughters, grandmothers, grandfathers, daughters and sons, nieces and nephews, aunts and cousins, who care about others in their community.
2. Quotarians are very giving. Whether it’s time, talent, or treasurers, Quotarians are proud to share. Area Meeting donations totaled $29,727 to fund communication advancements as well as development and growth initiatives for the Quota of Tomorrow. In communities, Quotarians also volunteer for other organizations – as many as 681 hours in just one month, and 211 by one Quotarian alone.
3. Quotarians are changing lives. In their own communities, Quotarians are making an impact assisting the youngest to the most senior who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or disadvantaged. For those who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, programs include donating amplification/audio distribution systems for classrooms, distributing earplugs to band students and at community events, providing hearing screenings and equipment for schools and hospitals, donating hearing aids for the elderly, promoting the “Listen Up, Turn It Down” hearing health campaign for young students, providing signing Santas for deaf children, and sign language classes for the community as well as scholarships for camps and college. In addition, the variety of programs Quotarians are growing, range from Cops N Kids/QuoCKa literacy outreach, to Quota Care Bears for children going through difficult times, to food, clothing, underwear, and school supply drives for those in need, and cancer research funding.
The enthusiasm Quotarians have is contagious. Dedicated to their communities Quotarians, are changing lives. Well done!