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.

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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: www.quotainternational.org/.

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: www.hearinghouse.co.nz/.

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

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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: http://62milliongirls.com/ 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: www.quotainternational.org/.

“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: www.girlrising.com/.

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

From the Field: Quota International Canada, Did You Know?

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Quota International Premier Cyber Club members don’t just operate in cyber space – they have their feet right on the ground in the centre of a community that needs help.

As Quota International’s first virtual club, the Premier Cyber partnered with Quota International of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada to sponsor a Pit Stop in the ‘Amazing Habitat Race Warsaw,’ a Habitat for Humanity event that raises funds for a building project in the village of Warsaw, near Peterborough.

President Leah said that each club member has chosen a community project to focus their efforts on– the Habitat for Humanity project is President Leah’s choice.   As a committee member for the Project, she has sought sponsorship from businesses for Pit Stops on a route through the village of Warsaw where the home will be built.  Participating teams had to pledge $250 to enter, challenge sponsors gave $500 and each Pit Stop challenge cost $250.00.   There were prizes for teams across the line, a seniors group provided pies for the Bar-b-que and the Lions Club did the Bar-b-que.  The Cyber Club sponsored one Pit Stop and a created basket of treats at all Pit Stops with the Quota logo well displayed Each basket held information pamphlets, magazines and details about Quota’s international service.

The result?  $71,000.00 raised, 2 prospective members in another town for Premier Cyber, a Junior Quota Club in a local high school, and an invitation to President Leah to speak to Year Five students about giving back to the community.

Well done, to our very new Canadian Cyber Club on their first service initiative!

From the Field: Quota International Australia, Did You Know?

Quota International of Redcliffe in Australia.

When the members of Quota International of Redcliffe (pictured above) heard that a Hospice for children was to be built in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia they decided to get involved.  They soon learned that the Hummingbird House would be the only hospice for children in Queensland and the first joint initiative between Queensland Kids and Wesley Mission Brisbane.

Redcliffe Quotarians made the decision to start fund-raising for this very worthy and much needed project.   Two Craft Fairs and a couple of Art Unions later, and the club donated $15,000.00. As a thank you, a portion of Hummingbird House’s roof will be named after the Quota club.  Townsville, Gold Coast, Nundah Clayfield, Brisbane South, Beaudesert, Beenleigh, Sandgate and North Lakes clubs in Queensland have accepted Redcliffe’s invitation to join the Project, raising over $21,000.00 for Hummingbird House.  Redcliffe Club members recently visited the site to view the progress of the building that will open its doors in February, 2016. They learned more about the impressive plans for the wonderful facilities  that will care for children and their families during their respite.

Hummingbird House will offer a comprehensive continuum of care for babies, children and teens with life-threatening illnesses and their families throughout Queensland.  It will be unique in Queensland because it offers world-class health care within a home-like environment; it will offer quality medical care for children, family accommodation, flexible quality of life solutions, personal programs, caring professional staff and dedicated volunteers. It’s going to be a place for children and their families to come in their time of need.

Quota Clubs in Queensland are proud to put their Quota Logo of support on this outstanding project.

From the Field: Australian Quotarians Listening & Learning in the Big Smoke

Quotarians in Parkes, New South Wales, Australia do a great deal of work to help people with hearing and/or speech difficulties, in their community, country, and even overseas.  Recently, ten of their members visited the Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University to catch up with the latest developments in the field.

The Australian Hearing Hub’s new state of the art facility has attracted industry leaders to drive innovation and collaboration. During their visit to the Hub, Quotarians interacted with:

  1. Australian Hearing, one of Australia’s leading hearing specialists and largest provider of Government funded hearing service.  The Hub is also home to the National Acoustic Laboratories which are the research division of National Hearing.
  1. The Shepherd Centre which opens up a world of sound for children with hearing loss and their families with their internationally recognised early intervention and first sounds implant programs.  The staff work closely with children and their families so that the parents can develop their children’s listening and speaking skills.
  1. The Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children which, among its many different areas, has a Cochlear Implant program.
  1. Cochlear Limited. The cochlear ear was invented by Australian Professor Clark and provides a hearing option for people with significant hearing loss who gain little or no benefit from hearing aids, and the device is way ahead of anything else in the world.

The Quotarians were told of the history of the cochlear ear and then, through a glass panel, watched them being assembled.  The extremely clean room had a fixed environment.  Temperature and humidity were fixed and workers wore full body garments, from boots, overalls, hoods, masks and gloves, to ensure that the final products were ready and safe for implantation.

Quota clubs around the world do a great deal of work to help people with hearing and speech difficulties, including  financing scholarships to people in the field for further research and training, and it is much appreciated.

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Quota International of Parkes visit the Australian Hearing Hub

Post was submitted by Quota International of Parkes member, Pam Nankivell.

From the Field: A Smart911 Webinar for Quotarians in the United States

smart911_blogAttention Quota International members in the United States! A new opportunity is available to your club through Quota International’s newest partner, SMART911. SMART911 creates safety profiles for residents free of charge. For many of the communities in which Quota International operates, this service can be especially crucial.  For example, if a person is deaf or speech impaired, 9-1-1 will see that in their safety profile and can initiate SMS text messaging with the caller.  Likewise, if a child goes missing, 9-1-1 will automatically be able to see the missing child’s photo and physical description in a Smart911 profile.

Since communities across the United States have started adopting SMART911’s tool, including several Quota communities in Region 6 (Kris Mellinger of Region 6 will co-host the webinar), we wanted to share this opportunity stateside. During the webinar, a SMART911 representative and Kris will provide information about using SMART911’s safety service  and bringing it to your community.  Please find below the information regarding the date, time, and registration for this free webinar.

Webinar Information

Date: Tuesday, September 15th

Time: 7:00pm EDT

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3364281648335675138

Reflecting on Women’s Equality in the United States

Today is National Women’s Equality Day in the United States; this 95th anniversary comes at an integral time in America where, for the first time, a woman could be elected and become the President of the United States. From Clinton to the suffragists of the early 20th century, the fight for women’s rights has been long and arduous, but the triumphs have changed the course of America. Check out some of the History Channel’s Famous Firsts in Women’s History since 1920.

EDITH WHARTON IS THE FIRST WOMAN TO WIN A PULITZER PRIZE

Wharton won the prize for her 1920 novel The Age of Innocence. Like many of Wharton’s books, The Age of Innocence was a critique of the insularity and hypocrisy of the upper class in turn-of-the-century New York. The book has inspired several stage and screen adaptations, and the writer Cecily Von Ziegesar has said that it was the model for her popular Gossip Girl series of books.

AMELIA EARHART IS THE FIRST WOMAN TO CROSS THE ATLANTIC IN AN AIRPLANE

After that first trip across the ocean, which took more than 20 hours, Earhart became a celebrity: She won countless awards, got a ticker-tape parade down Broadway, wrote a best-selling book about her famous flight and became an editor at Cosmopolitan magazine. In 1937, Earhart attempted to be the first female pilot to fly around the world, and the first pilot of any gender to circumnavigate the globe at its widest point, the Equator. Along with her navigator Fred Noonan, Earhart successfully hopscotched from Miami to Brazil, Africa, India and Australia. Six weeks after they began their journey, Earhart and Noonan left New Guinea for the U.S. territory of Howland Island, but they never arrived. No trace of Earhart, Noonan or their plane was ever found.

THE ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE BECOMES THE FIRST PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE FOR FEMALE PLAYERS

Women had been playing professional baseball for decades: Starting in the 1890s, gender-integrated “Bloomer Girls” teams (named after the feminist Amelia Bloomer) traveled around the country, challenging men’s teams to games–and frequently winning. As the men’s minor leagues expanded, however, playing opportunities for Bloomer Girls decreased, and the last of the teams called it quits in 1934. But by 1943, so many major-league stars had joined the armed services and gone off to war that stadium owners and baseball executives worried that the game would never recover. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was the solution to this problem: It would keep ballparks filled and fans entertained until the war was over. For 12 seasons, more than 600 women played for the league’s teams, including the Racine (Wisconsin) Belles, the Rockford (Illinois) Peaches, the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Chicks and the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Daisies.

JANET GUTHRIE IS THE FIRST WOMAN TO DRIVE IN INDY 500

Guthrie was an aerospace engineer, training to be an astronaut, when she was cut from the space program because she didn’t have her PhD. She turned to car racing instead and became the first woman to qualify for the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. Mechanical difficulties forced her out of the 1977 Indy race, but the next year she finished in ninth place (with a broken wrist!). The helmet and suit that Guthrie wore in her first Indy race are on display in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

MADELEINE ALBRIGHT BECOMES THE FIRST FEMALE SECRETARY OF STATE

In January 1997, the international-relations expert Madeleine K. Albright was sworn in as the United States’ 64th Secretary of State. She was the first woman to hold that job, which made her the highest-ranking woman in the federal government’s history. Before President Bill Clinton asked her to be part of his Cabinet, Albright had served as the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In 2004, Condoleezza Rice became the second woman–and first African-American woman to hold the job. Five years later, in January 2009, the former Senator (and First Lady) Hillary Rodham Clinton became the third female Secretary of State.

KATHRYN BIGELOW BECOMES THE FIRST WOMAN TO WIN AN OSCAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR

The American film director Kathryn Bigelow’s 2008 film “The Hurt Locker” garnered six Oscars on March 7, 2010, including the Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture. Written by Mark Boal, a former journalist who covered the war in Iraq, the movie follows an Army bomb squad unit as they conduct dangerous missions and battle personal demons in war-torn Baghdad. Bigelow, whose previous films include “Strange Days” and “Point Break,” was the first woman to take home the Best Director distinction. She triumphed over her former husband, James Cameron, whose science fiction epic “Avatar” was another presumed front-runner.

With Quota International’s own illustrious history as the United States’s first women-only service organization (incorporated in 1919), American Quotarians, and our sisters in 11 countries around the world, are proud of the monumental successes women have achieved in the last 96 years. With American legislation on the evolution of women’s rights at center stage, it’s nice to celebrate and remember where women have been and what has been accomplished. Happy Women’s Equality Day, Quotarians!

Photo caption: Quota International founder and Lifetime President, Wanda Frey Joiner (left) receives an official Quota flag at 1963 Los Angeles convention from Helen Agnew, Quota’s, “Betsy Ross.”

Content original found on: http://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/famous-firsts-in-womens-history

From the Field: A Message from International President Karen

After Quota International’s first year of successful Regional Meetings, I invited our board members to write about a service project that inspired them.  From the work being done in Malaysia and India, to the stories in the Netherlands, Caribbean, Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand, Quotarians have made a tremendous impact on their communities. However one simple project from Huronia, Ontario, Canada really caught my eye.

Quotarians of the Huronia club give prom dresses to those girls who cannot afford them, and like any good project, it continues grow every year.

The Quota club is given free space at a dress shop at the local mall, and last year the mall paid for 40 radio spots to encourage donations from the community. In 2014, 155 dresses were donated!

They receive donations of dresses, shoes, bags, stockings and jewellery; Quotarians arranged for girls from 3 local high schools to choose a dress, and even arrange free tailoring if it is needed.

The girls have their hair and make-up done, and in the end, get to share the whole exciting prom experience with their peers. They feel empowered to have this experience, and grateful to Quota International for helping make their teenage dreams come true.

This is a real hands-on project for the Quota members, reaching deep into their community connections, building networks with local business partners, and eliciting great publicity – all for a good local cause!

Every successful Quota club needs a major project (service or fundraiser) for which it is known and celebrated for locally. This builds your club profile, your standing in the community, and in turn enables you to attract new members.

Congratulations Quota International of Huronia for one such innovative project!

Quota International Inc. and Smart911 Team Up to Promote Enhanced 9-1-1 Service for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and Speech-Impaired

International-ColourFRAMINGHAM, MA AND WASHINGTON, D.C. –April 20, 2015 – Quota International Inc. and Smart911 today announced a partnership that will focus on keeping families in the United States safe by promoting new tools that can be used for more effective emergency service to the deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired.

Quota International – an international non-profit organization empowering women, children, the deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired, and Smart911 – a national public safety service enabling citizens to create a free, online Safety Profile for their household, believe this innovative tool can affect millions of Americans. A Safety Profile includes any information a user wants 9-1-1 and response teams to have during an emergency, including hearing and speech impairments.

“Quota International has a tremendous reputation for supporting so many people, including the deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired,” said Tom Axbey, chief executive officer of Rave Mobile Safety, creators of Smart911. “Through joint marketing efforts – nationally and in local communities – we’re going to raise awareness of how Smart911 can enable this community to receive not just a level of emergency response that many of us take for granted, but enhanced services.”

Currently, those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing use a relay service, TTY, or cell phones which can delay emergency response. With Smart911, these citizens dial 9-1-1 directly and dispatchers immediately know they are being contacted by someone who may have difficulty communicating. Emergency responders can get Safety Profile information before arriving and be prepared to serve the caller. At many public safety answering points with Smart911, callers can even communicate via text messaging.

“For individuals who can’t communicate because they are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech-impaired, precious time is saved when 9-1-1 call-takers have immediate access to vital information, said Executive Director, Barbara Schreiber. “Smart911 also gives parents the option to include photos of their children in the event they go missing, resulting in faster and more efficient emergency response. We urge members to visit http://www.smart911.com/ and create a Safety Profile for their household today.”

Smart911 serves more than 1,000 U.S. communities across 40 states. It has been credited with positively impacting emergency situations including a missing child case in Arkansas, and saving lives, such as a heart attack victim in Nashville and a house fire victim in Michigan. To find if the service is available in your area, please visit https://www.smart911.com/smart911/isSmart911InMyAreaForm.action.


About Quota International Inc.
Founded in 1919, Quota International was created by five Buffalo, New York businesswomen who saw the potential for a women’s-only service organization to meet the needs of communities around the globe. Today, Quota International, a nonpartisan, 501c3 nonprofit organization is dedicated to empowering women, children, the deaf, hard-of-hearing, and 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. For additional information visit: quota.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Rave Mobile Safety
Rave Mobile Safety is the most trusted safety software partner, providing innovative communication software for better emergency preparedness and faster response. Used by leading education institutes, enterprises and state and local public safety agencies, the award-winning portfolio of Rave Alert, Rave Guardian, Eyewitness, Rave Panic Button, Smart911 and SmartPrepare protects millions of individuals. Rave Mobile Safety is headquartered in Framingham, MA. For more information, please visit http://www.ravemobilesafety.com.

Media Contact:
Marty Querzoli
Davies Murphy Group
pr@ravemobilesafety.com
(781) 418-2433

Media Contact:
Clarke Williams
Quota International Inc.
Clarke@quota.org
(202)331-9694