2018 International Convention Schedule is Finalized

Susan Pryke - Region 14 Carol, Susan and Bron
Region 14 Party Night at 2016 International Convention in Brisbane (Carol, Susan, and Bronwyn) – submitted by Past Club President Susan Pryke, Quota International of Narooma

Washington, DC, March 2018 – If you’re one of the hundreds of members who have been wondering what will be happening at the International Convention in July, we’re pleased to announce that the schedule has been finalized.  Plans are coming together and excitement is building.

We’re looking forward to seeing all of you again and celebrating a few of the things members enjoyed at the last convention in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: Fellowship, friendship, and networking, the Opening Ceremony and keynote speakers, laughter, workshops, Junior Quotarians, Hand-in-Hand projects, dynamic involvement of participants, the whole buzz of being there and connecting, the Regional Party night and meeting other new Regional Directors and sharing ideas, pride in being an Australian Quotarian and joining in the fellowship, and the number of first timers. 

There is a special energy created when Quotarians come together.  Below is a summary of the Convention Schedule along with links to valuable information.  Click here for Convention information and registration.  This is going to be another great convention.

Pre and Post Convention Tours

Pre-Convention Tour, July 7th – July 9th: The Pre-Tour location has been changed to a shorter trip to allow for more sightseeing and shopping.  The Historical Triangle tour travels to 2018 Williamsburg & Charlottesville featuring Jamestown, Virginia leaving Washington, DC, on Saturday morning July 7th and returning on Monday evening, July 9th.  Click here for details and to register interest for the Virginia Pre-Convention Tour.

aussieactive-350850-unsplashPost-Convention Tour, July 15th – July 19th: The Post-Convention Tour will head north to New York State, stopping at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Corning, New York, before traveling to Buffalo where Quota began.  The trip will include stops at Niagara Falls and New York City leaving Washington, DC on Sunday morning, July 15th and return on Thursday evening, July 19th.  Click here for details and to register interest for the New York Post-Convention Tour.

 2018 International Convention Schedule
Click here for the Convention Schedule – 8 1/2 x 11 pdf
Click here for the Convention Schedule – A4 pdf

Monday, July 9th: Day Tours will leave between 8:00 and 10:00 am for Washington, DC and the Potomac, the Monuments, Virginia Wine Country, and Annapolis.  (Information on these Day Tours will be available early in April.)  The International Board Meeting will convene on Monday evening.

Tuesday, July 10th: The Registration and Information desk will open at 8:00 am to welcome early arrivals and collect Silent Auction items and Service on Site donations from Clubs and Regions.  The Day Tours will be offered again (DC and the Potomac, the Monuments, Virginia Wine Country, and Annapolis) along with a tour of Capitol Hill, Congress and the House, and meetings with elected officials.

Workshops on marketing, leadership, and service are planned for Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning.  The Registration and Information Desk will be open from 3:00 – 6:00 pm.  Clubs who have registered to sell items will be able to set up their tables from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and again on Wednesday morning from 7:30 – 9:00 am.  We heard you when you said you wanted more time for Club Sales.  A total of 11 hours, Wednesday – Saturday, have been reserved for Club Sales.  You don’t have to be there for all sales times, only the times which work for you.  Click here for the Club Sales Table – Convention Sales Form.

General Meeting

Wednesday, July 11th: The General Meeting will run from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.  Registration, Credentials, and the Information Desk will open before the General Meeting to assist members and accept Silent Auction items and Service on Site donations.  Committee Meetings for Credentials, Bylaws, and Elections are scheduled from 7:30 – 9:00 am.  First-timers will be invited to an orientation at 8:00 am.

The General Meeting will cover what has happened since Brisbane 2016 with a video and presentation and include presentations from Junior Quotarians and the Hand in Hand program.  All normal business will be covered from reports from the International Board and Executive Director to the introduction of International Nominees.  The Bylaw Amendment session will start after lunch and end by 4:30.

New this year, will be a Panel of Experts talking about the need for more of the work you are doing and the difference it makes.  After the Expert Panel, the Past Leaders Reunion will be from 6:00 – 7:00 pm on Wednesday night before the Monuments by Moonlight Tour from 8:00 – 11:00 pm (there is an additional fee for this).

Opening Ceremonies

Thursday, July 12th:  Registration and Information will be open again in the morning to help with getting attendees to their workshops and on the Day Tours (DC and the Potomac, the Monuments, Virginia Wine Country, and Annapolis).  Region 6 and Region 17 meetings will run from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  To celebrate 100 years, a new feature is The Museum Room that will be open at different times on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Opening Ceremonies begin at 3:00 pm on Thursday and will be in full Roaring 20’s Flapper theme.  The Silent Auction will again be part of the reception following the Opening Ceremonies.  Three photo opportunities have been added to the convention this year; Opening Ceremonies group photos, Regional Meeting group photos on Friday night, and Installation Ceremony group photos on Saturday night.  Dinner Thursday night will be on your own, but without the Past International Presidents (PIPs) since they will be off to dinner together.

Celebrating thru the Decades: 1919-2019

Friday, July 13th:  Celebrating thru the Decades will kick off a little later Friday morning at 10:00 am so both the Club Presidents and Regional Directors can grab something from the continental breakfast and get to their training 7:30 – 10:00 am.

Embassy Hall, another new feature, where Embassies from our Quota Countries will be represented will be open all morning.  Celebrations from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon will focus on Quota’s Signature Projects from 1919-2019 featuring activism, service, and impact that Quotarians have made over 100 years.  The First Ladies & International Friendship Luncheon with keynote speaker is another new event from 12:00 – 2:00 pm (included in your registration).

The afternoon will measure Quota’s Impact from 1919 – 2019: Educational Development, Health & Well Being, and Workforce Development.  Special donors who have reached Founder & Benefactor levels will receive a personal invitation for a private reception with International President, Marie Dobson-Dunlop of Canada.  Friday night is Regional Group photo night from 6:00 – 7:00 pm before Regional Dinners on your own.

Recognition & Installation Ceremonies

Saturday, July 14th:  The Elections Committee convenes at 8:00 am to count ballots to determine the 2018-2020 Board Members.  The Recognition Ceremonies kick off on Saturday from 9:00 – 11:30 am spotlighting Quota Countries, International Award winners, Signature Projects, and Quota Star Clubs and wrapping up with the Global Service on Site project and the impact made around the world.  To kick off a free afternoon for lunch, sightseeing, and shopping, the 2018-2020 International Board and the location for the 2020 International Convention will be announced.

Be sure to be back in time for group photos in your Installation Banquet attire; cocktail dresses or gowns in solid, bright colored jewel tones.  Regions 18 & 19 will be dazzling during the Installation Banquet with a Cultural Celebration welcoming the first Filipino International President of Quota International, Emilie Simon, from Quota International of Manila South.

It is going to be a wonderful time of fun, friendship, and celebrations of the legacy all of you have helped to build.  Quota International is an amazing organization that changes all of our lives.

“This was my 5th convention and each one encourages my enthusiasm to attend the next one” – International Convention, Brisbane 2016

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

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