President’s Message

Blog President Emilie Installation Speech

Dear Quota Members,

I am writing to give you an update on the 2018-2019 Board of Director’s important work in strengthening our organization for a new century of Quota.

As we celebrate 100 years of serving our communities in Quota’s name, your Board of Directors is working hard to reposition our beloved organization to better reflect the realities guiding how we must operate. Here is a report on ways we are moving Quota forward, as well as some ways you, too, can make a difference this month and this year.

First, I reached out to a select group of Quota members who possess special talents and skills in the accounting field. They assisted our board on a volunteer basis in assessing and interpreting financial data that had been made available at Convention 2018 in Washington, DC. The interpretations they shared have been invaluable.

Second, your Board of Directors requested that missing audits for the fiscal years of 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 be completed and submitted to the Board of Directors. We are expecting them shortly and we will share this financial information with you. Your Board is committed to transparency in our finances.

Third, your Board of Directors made the decision to make a change in the staff leadership at the Quota International office. As you now know, former staff member Nancy Fitzpatrick returned to assist us on an interim basis while we assess exactly where we are with our finances and how best to move forward. We have appreciated Nancy’s willingness to step in at this critical time.

Fourth, we are a volunteer organization! Just as I asked a small group of very talented Quotarians to assist with assessing our financial reports, so will I be reaching out from time to time in the coming year inviting members to help us on specific, limited-time projects. In the coming years I see the owners of our organization – you and I – taking a greater role in meeting more of our international needs.

We have big decisions to make as an organization, but I know we are up to the task. I am proud of this Board of Director’s actions in two short months.

I am asking you to join in our effort. What actions can you take while we work hard to reposition Quota in the coming year?

First, join with us in embracing change. The most important aspect of your Quota experience, your club, will always remain the way you and your fellow members define it. Our goal is to protect both your international and your local experience

Second, recruit one new member. If every Quotarian in every club recruited just one member by December 1, we would be well on our way to a second successful century. The world needs our special kind of Quota caring. Reach out for your club. Reach out for Quota. I look forward to personally thanking you for growing our family.

Third, consider investing in our organization’s rebirth by making an online donation towards Quota International’s future. Your generosity will help us make the leap not only to a new day, but a new century of service. Should you wish to target your donation to a specific Quota donations program (Wanda Frey Joiner for development and growth or We Share Foundation for service) e-mail Installment plans are available for any size donation.

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, thank you for caring about our organization and teaming up with us as we move forward.


Emilie Simon

2018-2020 International President


11 thoughts on “President’s Message

  1. I am so happy to see the changes you have already made in such a short time. Keep up the good work and thank you for working with so many different members and to listening to our membership.

  2. Thank you for your excellent report. If I lived close by I would only be happy to volunteer to assist with the accounting side. You are doing a good job as Quota International President.

  3. Thank you President Emilie and QI Board for making some hard decisions. So many of us love this organization and loath to see it in decline. It is a time to move forward and continue the culture of serving our communities while preserving the history of giving and caring that defines Quota and it’s members. Most sincerely, Brenda Chadwick, R4 Director.

  4. It is heartening to see that President Emilie and the Board of Directors are taking the concerns of Quota clubs seriously, especially in respect of it’d finances. To survive and remain such a great organization we need to be able to assure our members that transparency is in place and that their hard work in raising funds for Quota specific projects and that their membership fees, most of which goes to QI Washington to pay for overheads etc, is being pit to the most economical use. Many Quota Clubs here in Queensland have had concerns and questions about what is happening over the ocean in The USA, so this response goes some way in responding to our concerns. I, of course only speak for myself, as president of a small to medium size club which exists in a small community of hard working women. Please remember to reach out beyond the walls of the USA for help. There are many of us over here and elsewhere with skills that could help Quota continue to move onwards and upwards.

  5. Emily,
    I am excited about your leadership and the leaders that you have surrounded yourself with to move Quota forward. I was at the convention in Australia and had concerned that we did not have transparency with Quota’s financial situation. Thank you for your continued communication and dedication to our organization.
    Pam Howland
    Grand Rapids

  6. Thank you President Emilie for all of the hard work and difficult choices you have made in the short period since Convention to help move our organization forward! I know I speak for many when I say we appreciate your transparency, especially with our financial situation. Under your leadership we will succeed! Godspeed!
    Sarah Perez, Mountain View/Los Altos

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