Pre-Convention Tour, Registration of Interest: Williamsburg/Charlottesville, VA

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Reenactment Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

QUOTA PRE-CONVENTION TOUR

2018 WILLIAMSBURG & CHARLOTTESVILLE*
Featuring Jamestown

Join us on the 3 days/2 nights Historic Triangle tour
Saturday, July 7th – Monday, July 9th, 2018

Click here for Post-Convention Tour information: Buffalo/Niagara Falls/New York City

Click here to register interest for this Virginia Pre-Convention Tour
and enter “PRE CONVENTION TOUR” in all capital letters

Williamsburg/Jamestown/Charlottesville


Saturday, July 7th:

WASHINGTON, DC to JAMESTOWN, VA:  170 miles – 3 hrs

Depart Washington Capital Hilton Hotel at 9 am.  Our journey today takes us south east to the historic town of Jamestown.  We anticipate a short morning break before continuing on to Jamestown in time for lunch.  Jamestown has been described as a “Place Of Many Beginnings”.

Walk in the steps of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas where(sic) a successful English colonization of North America began. Despite early struggles to survive, the 1607 settlement evolved into a prosperous colony. As the colony expanded, the Virginia Indians were pushed out of their homeland. In 1619, the arrival of Africans was recorded, marking the origin of slavery in English North America.  https://www.nps.gov/jame/index.htm

On arrival into Jamestown you will have at least three hours to experience this colonial village.  You will step back in time, wandering through the streets, stores, and workshops. It won’t be long before you will be immersed into the daily re-enactments of colonial events that occurred more than 400 years ago.

Lunch today is independent and there is an eatery in the village.

JAMESTOWN, VA TO WILLIAMSBURG, VA:  10 miles – 30 minutes

Mid-afternoon return to the coach for a transfer to Williamsburg our home for the night.  Williamsburg is known for is great food, awarding winning wines and boutique (small batch) beers.  You won’t need to wander far to experience the local hospitality.  This evening is at leisure for you to spend time walking through this quaint town.

Williamsburg played a significant role during the American Revolution which was also referred to as the American war of Independence (1775-1783). America’s independence from Great Britain was a significant turning point in world history.

Sunday, July 8th:                    

WILLAMSBURG, VA to CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA:  120 miles – 2 hrs

Today breakfast has been included before a departure at 1 pm.  Anticipate an arrival into historic Charlottesville at around 3 pm.  On arrival check into your hotel.  The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast this morning is included. 

Monday, July 9th:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

This morning after a leisurely breakfast, meet our local tour guide for an inspired tour taking in historic homes and gardens including the famous Monticello home, The Virginia State Capitol, and the University of Virginia founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819.  A highlight today is the Rotunda located on the original grounds of the University. The Rotunda was designed by Jefferson and inspired on the Pantheon in Rome.

After the tour we recommend you take in an optional lunch at the local Tavern that dates back to 1784.  The Tavern has a buffet lunch that arguably has the “single best fried chicken anywhere”.

Breakfast this morning is included.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA to WASHINGTON, DC:  120 miles – 2 hrs 30 minutes

OUR TOUR FINISHES TODAY

After lunch our tour comes to an end as we board our coach to begin the drive back to the Capital Hilton – Washington, DC to join Quotarians from around the world for fellowship and friendship.

TOUR PRICING: 

Numbers participating.

Please note this tour will require a minimum of 18 to operate

TWIN SHARE USD

Per person in a double or twin room

TRIPLE SHARE USD

Per person using existing bedding based on rollaway in room

SINGLE USD

Per person

Based on minimum 24 USD $457 USD $406 USD $609
Based on minimum 18 USD $522 USD $471 USD $674

SPECIAL NOTES:  While all due care is taken there may be variances to the itinerary made to accommodate traffic conditions, coach driver hours, inclement weather, and other unforeseen circumstances which are beyond the control of the tour company.  It is a requirement of all participants on this tour to have adequate travel insurance to cover for such events, and to have read and the payment and refund conditions.  We have asked you to provide your Credit Card details which will be provided to the travel organizer for your tour payment once your booking is confirmed to you and you have accepted the offer of a space on the pre-tour.

What’s included:

  • Mini Coach transport with onboard washroom
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at 3-5 star hotels
  • 2 full American Breakfasts
  • Driver/guide tips/gratuities on Charter coach
  • Admissions to Jamestown
  • Admissions to Monticello Home
  • ½ day tour guide in Charlottesville
  • One Medium size suitcase per person weight 44lb or 20kg
  • Transfers and Transportation as specified
  • Accommodation Twin Share based on two sharing
  • Or Triple share room based on 3 sharing using a rollaway bed in the room

What’s not included:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Courier fees if required
  • Meals other than specified in the itinerary
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Transfers outside those stated in the itinerary
  • Gratuities to hotel porters and restaurant staff
  • Transportation other than specified
  • Tours where “optional” is stated in the itinerary
  • Credit Card Merchant fees

To Register Interest in this Virginia tour
CLICK HERE
and enter “PRE CONVENTION TOUR” in all capital letters

PRE CONVENTION TOUR

Please contact Caroline Cox with any questions
caroline.cox@travelmanagers.com.au


This program has been prepared by TRAVELHOUSE OF AMERICA based in Florida USA. This agency is a wholesale tour operator who put together special interest group tours across America. They work with Travel agencies worldwide, Service clubs, charities, Event Coordinators to name a few. Their scope includes -but is not limited to – National Park tours of Utah and Northern Arizona, Deep South Music tours, Youth Soccer Cup Events and Square-dancing groups.  The company President states their most challenging project was the coordination of transportation requirements for an entire orchestra, VIP’s and Performers on one of Andre Rui’s visits to the USA.


* The location for the Pre-Convention Tour was changed due to it being too many miles for a three day tour.

Click here for Post-Convention Tour: Buffalo/Niagara Falls/New York City

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

2018 International Convention Schedule is Finalized

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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

Post-Convention Tour, Registration of Interest: Buffalo/Niagara Falls/New York

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Niagara Falls, NY – Photo by Kalen Emsley on Unsplash

QUOTA POST CONVENTION TOUR

2018 BUFFALO, NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK CITY
with Gettysburg and Corning
5 days/4 nights: Sunday – Thursday, 15 – 19 July, 2018

Click here for Pre-Convention Tour information: Williamsburg/Jamestown/Charlottesville

Click here to register interest for this New York tour
and enter “POST CONVENTION TOUR” in all capital letters


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Statue of Liberty, NY – Photo by AussieActive on Unsplash

BUFFALO
Where it began

NIAGARA FALLS
By day and by night – Canada & USA
Horse Shoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, America Falls

NEW YORK CITY
Times Square, Liberty Island, Empire State Building, Broadway, Central Park, Ground Zero Memorial


Sunday, 15 July:

WASHINGTON, DC to GETTYSBURG, PA:  80 miles – 1 hr 30 mins

Depart Washington 8am arrive Gettysburg 9.30am Orientation of Gettysburg drive by Presidents Eisenhower’s historic home before taking a break for a morning stretch and Coffee break.

GETTYSBURG, PA to CORNING, NY:  203 miles – 4 hrs

10.30 am we continue our journey following US-N15 to Corning taking a 1 hr stop for lunch enroute. Arrive into Corning around 4 pm where overnight accommodation has been arranged. Dinner this evening is optional and a list of restaurants will be provided to you on arrival our recommendation – Carey’s Brewhouse.  

Monday, 16 July:

CORNING, NY to BUFFALO, NY: 128 miles – 2 hrs 30 mins

This morning we anticipate departing Corning at 9 am. Enroute we will take a short stop before heading into Buffalo aiming to arrive in time for lunch and an orientation drive around Buffalo.

This evening accommodation has been arranged in Buffalo. You have the choice of spending the rest of the day at leisure in Buffalo with complimentary Hors-d’oeuvres and drinks served at the hotel between 5.30-7.30 pm OR join the coach tour for an Excursion to Niagara Falls.

BUFFALO – NIAGARA FALLS – BUFFALO

Our Niagara Falls excursion will depart the hotel at 4 pm and will not return to the hotel until late evening. We anticipate an arrival back at 9.30 pm after a spectacular illuminations experience. https://www.niagaraparks.com/events/event/falls-illumination/. This excursion is included and you will have plenty of time to view the falls from the US side and the Canadian side. You may like to do an optional boat tour the “Maid of the Mist” http://www.maidofthemist.com/. This tour operates every 15 minutes from 8 am to 8 pm in July. We recommend dinner this evening while you are at Falls. The Seneca Hotel & Casino offer a buffet dinner, or perhaps you might enjoy something closer to the Falls.

Breakfast this morning is included

Tuesday, 17 July:

BUFFALO, NY to NEW YORK CITY: 380 miles – 6 hrs 30 mins

Today is a big day of travelling with an expected departure from Buffalo at 9 am. Enroute we will make a number of stops. The first around 10.30 am and a lunch stop at 1 pm. We aim to arrive into New York at around 5 pm (traffic conditions will dictate this). On arrival we will be able to check straight into our hotel our home for the next two (2) nights. The evening is at leisure. Maps of the city will be distributed and we recommend an evening walk to Times Square and Broadway to soak up the atmosphere of New York.

Breakfast this morning is included

Wednesday, 18 July:

NEW YORK CITY

This morning a 4-hr city tour has been included with a local tour guide. This tour is an orientation of Manhattan and includes a visit to the Empire State building (skipping the line and admission included). Admission to the Ground Zero Memorial finishing back at the hotel. The Rest of the day is at leisure. We recommend a ferry ride across to Liberty Island to visit the Statue of Liberty and later a visit to Central Park. Evening is at leisure.

Breakfast this morning is included.

Thursday, 19 July:

OUR TOUR FINISHES TODAY

This morning is at leisure until check out. Transfers to the airport will be as follows: – to JFK and NEWARK departing the hotel at 2 pm. THIS TRANSFER WILL SUIT FLIGHT DEPARTURES FROM 6 PM ONWARDS.

Those planning on returning to Washington DC by road will be provided with a subsidised transfer cost subject the number wanting to return.

Breakfast this morning is included.

TOUR PRICING:

Group numbers TWIN SHARE USD
Per person in a double or twin room
TRIPLE SHARE USD
Per person using existing bedding limited availability
TWIN SHARE
Australian dollars
PER PERSON IN A DOUBLE OR TWIN ROOM
TRIPLE SHARE
Australian dollars
Per person using existing bedding limited availability
Based on minimum 50 USD $962 USD $844 AUD $1265 AUD $1110
Based on minimum 40 USD $998 USD $880 AUD $1313 AUD $1157
Based on minimum 30 USD $1068 USD $950 AUD $1405 AUD $1250

SPECIAL NOTES: U.S. Citizens returning to the U.S. after visiting Niagara Falls Canada are required to provide a passport, passport card or enhanced driver’s license at the immigration checkpoint. It is the traveler’s responsibility to have the correct documentation. By way of explanation, an enhanced driver license is described as …..compliant document denoting identity and citizenship that can be used as a passport alternative at Canada- U.S. land and water border crossings. Australian and New Zealand passport holders must ensure they have obtained an Esta Visa waiver for the USA prior to departure from their home ports.  Citizens of other countries participating on this tour should check the requirements for entry to the US.

Travel insurance is compulsory to participate on this tour. At the time of this email we have 27 Expression of Interests and the tour will operate with a minimum of 30.

All rates calculated are based on $1 USD is $0.76 AUD any currency fluctuations will be factored in at the time of making final payment. This itinerary has been prepared based on known rates as at 17 March, 2018. Please note Triple share rooms are limited.

While all due care is taken there may be variances to the itinerary made to accommodate traffic conditions, coach driver hours, inclement weather, and other unforeseen circumstances which are beyond the control of the tour company. It is a requirement of all participants on this tour to have adequate travel insurance to cover for such events, and to have read and understood the booking conditions. We have asked you to provide your Credit Card details which will be provided to the travel organiser for your deposit once your booking is confirmed and you have accepted the offer of a space on the post tour.

What’s included:
• Deluxe Touring Coach transport with onboard washroom
• 4 nights’ accommodation at 3-4.5 star hotels
• 4 full American Breakfasts
• Driver/guide tips/gratuities on Charter coach
• Admissions to Empire State Building
• Admission Ground Zero Memorial
• 4hour sightseeing tour of New York
• One Medium size suitcase per person the sum of length/width and depth must not exceed 140cm or 56 inches weight 44lb or 20kg
• Transfers and Transportation as specified
• Accommodation Twin Share based on two sharing a room
• Triple room on request sharing existing bedding
• Excursion to Niagara Falls

What’s not included:
• Currency variances at time of final payment
• Travel Insurance
• Visa and passport fees if required
• Courier fees if required
• Meals other than specified in the itinerary
• Expenses of a personal nature
• Transfers outside those stated in the itinerary
• Gratuities to hotel porters and restaurant staff
• Transportation other than specified
• Tours where “optional” is stated in the itinerary
• Credit Card Merchant fees


To Register Interest in this New York tour
CLICK HERE
and enter “POST CONVENTION TOUR” in all capital letters

POST CONVENTION TOUR

Please contact Caroline Cox with any questions
caroline.cox@travelmanagers.com.au


This program has been prepared by TRAVELHOUSE OF AMERICA based in Florida USA. This agency is a wholesale tour operator who put together special interest group tours across America. They work with Travel agencies worldwide, Service clubs, charities, Event Coordinators to name a few. Their scope includes -but is not limited to – National Park tours of Utah and Northern Arizona, Deep South Music tours, Youth Soccer Cup Events and Square-dancing groups. The company President states their most challenging project was the coordination of transportation requirements for an entire orchestra, VIP’s and Performers on one of Andre Rui’s visits to the USA.


    • NOTE:  The location for the Pre-Convention Tour was too many miles for a three day tour.  It has been changed to a 3 day Historic Triangle tour of Williamsburg, Charlottesville, and Jamestown, Virginia.

      Click here for Pre-Convention Tour information

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

International Board Position Candidates Announced

President Elect Nominees
International President Elect/Treasurer Nominees (from left to right):  LuAnne Bonanno – Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States Region 7; Shelly Brown – Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia Region 13; Carol Patin – Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States Region 9

Washington, DC, March 2018 – Quota International has received nominations from four Quotarians interested in running for the 2018-2020 International Board of Directors.

International President Elect/Treasurer Candidates: 

The three Candidates, pictured above, have nominated for the International President Elect/Treasurer position:

  • Vice President LuAnne Bonanno from the United States, Region 7
  • Vice President Shelly Brown from Australia, Region 13
  • Vice President Carol Patin from the United States, Region 9

To learn more about Quota International President Elect/Treasurer candidates and view their videos: CLICK HERE .

International Vice President Candidates: 

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The three Vice President positions have received four nominations (from left to right):

  • Regional Director Elinor Adler – Plantation, Florida, United States, Region 8
  • Regional Director Brenda Cherry – Wooster, Ohio, United States, Region 2
  • Past Regional Director Luz Marina Gonzalez – Aruba, Region 10
  • Regional Director Jan Rhodes – Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand, Region 21

To learn more about Quota’s International Vice President candidates and view their videos: CLICK HERE.

All candidates have answered the following questions:

  • What range of skills and experience have they brought to their Quota Club to assist in succeeding in an area of focus outlined in Quota Internationals Strategic Plan?
  • What have they learned about the Regional Meetings or Convention that has helped them and their club?
  • What goals have they accomplished through their Quota membership – personal or professional?
  • In terms of the future of Quota, what are they most excited about?

2018-2020 International Board Election Process

Paper election ballots will be mailed to all voting delegates on April 13th.  A preferential voting system will be used.  All paper ballots must be returned by MAIL postmarked no later than June 1st (to either the Washington, DC or Brisbane office) and counted at convention. NO in-person voting for International Board positions will happen at convention. This Bylaw change was to comply with incorporation laws in Washington, DC – approved by delegates at the 2016 Convention in Brisbane, Australia.

Can a Leader still run for the Board if she/he can’t travel?

Although, Washington, DC, laws allow for Board meetings and other meetings to be conducted using videoconferencing, teleconferencing, or any other similar telecommunications device, all persons participating in the meeting must be able to hear each other or communicate effectively simultaneously.

Because of the advancement with technology, the Board seriously considered this request.  However, since Board Meetings span several days and candidates come from different countries/time zones this would make simultaneous interaction for 10 hours each day difficult at best.  More information about this including the referenced Bylaw is included in President Marie’s Board Meeting Message.

Contact staff@quota.org with any additional questions.


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

A new year offers new resources for Club Presidents and Regional Directors

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Quota Members at their Region 9 Meeting in New Orleans

Washington, DC, February 28th, 2018 – Quota International has welcomed more than 1,200 new members in 14 countries over the past three years.  There is a lot of information for new members to catch up on with nearly 100 years of service offered by 5,000 Quotarians empowering women, children, the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired in 250 communities.

Led by Alison Watterson, the Membership Team has created a 20 page, full-color New Members Guide for members, clubs, and regional directors.

New Members Guide 8.5×11 | New Members Guide A4
For professional print quality, contact staff@quota.org 

The New Members Guide includes:

  • Welcome letter
  • Quota Milestones
  • Leadership Hierarchy
  • Meet the International Board
  • Resources to get started
  • Invitation to Regional Meeting & Convention
  • Club Officers and Committees
  • Quota Club Signature Projects
  • Where We Work
  • World Service Hand in Hand Projects
  • 2018 Important Dates
  • Contact Information

In January, after three years working with membership, Alison Watterson assumed a new role as the Organizational/Organisational Development and Strategy Manager overseeing membership management and growth.  In her new position, she continues to gather data on membership to aid in strategic planning, and has also expanded into the development of club and regional leadership.  Alison also serves as a key leader of the Membership Team, overseeing the administration of membership, training staff on best practices, and the transition into a new fiscal year.

Alison has a Master’s degree in International Development, where she learned how to  implement community projects on the international and local scale.  She has over six years of experience working with international non-profits and community groups in various countries around the world.  With these skills and experiences, Alison is looking forward to developing more resources for Quota leaders that will help Quota grow.


Barbara Schreiber,
Executive Director
Quota International, Inc.

Quota Cares Month Inspires Teamwork – 2018 applications are on the web

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Quotarians in Paradise, Gridley, and Oroville, California work together to fill Buckets of Love full of Household Cleaning Products- Quota Cares Month 2017, submitted by PCP Katie Stecher 

Sharing a service project with neighboring Quota clubs was so rewarding and made us all feel part of a great whole.  It was a great way to get to know one another better, too! – Katie Stecher, 2017 Paradise Quota Club President

February 23rd, 2018 –  For their Quota Cares Month project in March 2017, the 89 members of the Quota Clubs in Paradise, Gridley and Oroville, California (Region 16) pooled their resources. Together, they assembled 50 buckets of cleaning products to be distributed by local agencies procuring housing for the homeless. The buckets are given as gifts from Quota as their clients move from homelessness to housed. Quotarians had a great time building friendships while shopping, assembling and distributing the buckets. They hope to do it again.


2018 International Awards and Club President’s Reports due by June 30th
Click here for:

2018 Nomination & Reporting Instructions

International Awards & Signature Projects Online Form
SAMPLE International Awards & Signature Projects PDF

Volunteer of the Year Online Form  |  SAMPLE Volunteer of the Year Award PDF
Club President’s Report Online Form  |  SAMPLE Club President Report PDF

Last year, over 100 club sent in entries for the International Photo Contest, Quota Cares Month, Volunteer of the Year, and the 5K / 10K Community Giving Award.  These awards spotlight the projects Quota Clubs are doing and how much Quotarians care. In 2018:

  • International Awards and Club President’s Reports have been simplified.
  • Each application has a few questions that can be completed in 5-15 minutes.
  • All International Awards use the same form with the same questions.
  • Project photos can be uploaded within the form OR emailed to staff@quota.org from a smart phone or email address.  In the subject line, include “Photo,” your club and the award name.
  • Copies of awards submissions will automatically be sent to you and to your Regional Director so you will have a copy for your club’s records.
  • Submissions can be edited.  When you read over your copy, if you want to make any changes to your submission, you have an edit option.  Once you make the changes, hit submit again, and your information will be updated.
  • Awards submissions will stay on the website to be completed at any time.
  • Staff@quota.org can help with any questions.

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

The Board of Directors has moved the deadline for the
awards submissions to June 30th, 2018.

Quota Club Signature Projects are Showered with Love

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Quotarians in Valdosta, GA, United States, put a little extra in their Buckets of Love – 2017 International Photo Contest submission by PCP Patsy Permenter 

“It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love is put in the giving.” – Mother Teresa

Washington, DC, February 14th, 2018 – To accomplish goals outlined in Quota International’s Strategic Plan, the 2016-2018 International Board of Directors have selected six (6) Quota Club Signature Projects from dozens of projects reported by club presidents over the past several years.  These 6 signature projects are coordinated by volunteer members changing lives throughout all 14 Quota countries.

The Quota Club Signature Projects are:

  • 1919 – Scholarships and Community Grants date back to Quota’s origins with a mission focused on encouraging girls to go to and stay in school. Because Quota was founded by Wanda Frey Joiner and four female executives months after the end of WWI and a year before women won the right to vote in the United States, girls getting an education was important.
  • 1942 – Early versions of Quota’s Buckets of Love project can be traced back to Quota’s efforts supporting the Red Cross and troops during World War II.  Quota International’s War Work report counts 100 Quota clubs in the United States, Canada, and Australia who donated over 5,500 knitted articles and hand-made garments to the Red Cross and sent more than 2,700 packages to camps and servicemen between May 1st, 1042 and December 31st, 1942. Today, Buckets of Love include many types of donations in many different containers – from food to clothes and healthcare supplies, to books, school supplies and toys – in baskets, backpacks, or boxes.
  • 1979 – Sound Beginnings grew out of the Shatter Silence program in the late 1970s where Quota members granted scholarships to deaf students, supported legislation and donated medical equipment for mandated in-hospital newborn hearing screenings, and funded research grants. Today, Sound Beginning projects continue to support educational initiatives for those who are deaf or hard of hearing – from ‘Baby’s First Hearing Aids’, and free hearing and speech clinics to Sound Amplification Systems in the Classroom – and more.  Workforce training projects also offer Sound Beginnings for all women and children.
  • 1983 – Quota’s International World Service projects began in the early 1980s in New Delhi, India, with the opening of the Quota Home for Abandoned and Destitute Women.  Clubs have been hosting International Women’s Day celebrations, festivals and awareness events for over 30 years, and have raised more than $1 million for World Service Educational Development, Health and Wellbeing, and Workforce Development projects providing aid to mothers and babies living in poverty in five developing countries.
  • 1998 – Cops ‘n Kids/QuoCKa Literacy projects launched in 1998 when Julia Burney Witherspoon, a police officer in Racine, Wisconsin, saw the opportunity to get abandoned books to kids through the generosity of police officers. Quota members were excited to help and over two decades have donated millions of books to Cops ‘n Kids projects in four countries. Members of the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania club (United States) have donated over a million books to Cops ‘n Kids in their local community.  In Australia, when you hear QuoCKa, they’re talking about the Cops ‘n Kids Literacy project.
  • 2004 – The first Junior Quota (JQ) Leadership project launched in 2004 and quickly grew to be in Australia, Canada, Philippines, and the United States. Every year, Quota members mentor hundreds of Junior Quota members – high school and college students. JQ members learn leadership skills while changing lives in their schools and in their communities while coordinating projects that support women and children in shelters, collect food for the hungry, clean up parks, and raise funds for research.
  • Because there are many Other Special Projects that are meaningful to Quotarians, a few notable additions are included but are not limited to:
    • Quota Cares Teddy Bears and Bears & Badges are supported by members donating bears to social workers, emergency services, and hospital staff to give to traumatized children.
    • Listen Up Turn It Down healthy hearing curriculum is shared by members in the classroom and in the streets offering free ear plugs at loud events including Carnival in Aruba.
    • Signing Santa events are hosted by members giving deaf children the opportunity to speak/sign with Santa.

On this Valentine’s Day, we salute Quotarians for the love you shower over these Signature Projects giving to women and children when they need it most.  You are everyday heroes.

Click here for a printable copy:
Quota Club Signature Projects – 8×11  |  Quota Club Signature Projects – A4

Executive Director,
Barbara Schreiber


Quota International, Inc. is a non-profit organization empowering women, children, the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired in local communities around the world. Founded in 1919 by five business women who were inspired to serve, Quota International was established as the first international women’s service organization one year before women in the United States won the right to vote. Today, 5,000 members – women, men, and youth – come together to help women and children overcome poverty, educational, and workforce challenges in 14 countries. For more information on Quota Club Signature Projects click here.

Celebrating the Strength of Quotarians

Gloucester Club 99th celebration
Members from Quota International of Gloucester celebrated Quota’s 99th Birthday on February 6th. (Back: L to R; Val Pritchard, Margaret Andrews, Club President Helen Parsons, and Helen Whan – Front: L to R; Claire Reynolds, Pamela Stewart and Charter Member Daphne Croker.)

What Makes Quota Strong?

by Past District Governor, Claire Reynolds, Gloucester, NSW, Australia

Have you noticed that the members keep in touch,
Remember birthdays, achievements and such?
That’s caring and it keeps a club strong.

Have the fundraising and functions seem to ‘gel’
Because you all turn up and do your bit as well?
That’s commitment and it keeps a club strong.

Does each member sing the song
About how good it is to belong?
That’s promotion and it keeps the club strong.

And if folk have need of care…..
Are your members always there?
That’s compassion and it keeps a club strong.

When you all work together for your goal
To achieve the ideals of Quota as a whole,
That’s unity of purpose and it’s what keeps Quota Strong.


Quota International of Gloucester was chartered in 1965 in New South Wales, Australia.  The club’s 21 members donate more than $4,000 in their Township each year from funds raised at their Christmas Puddings and Baby Show.  The Gloucester members are known for their support of deaf and hard of hearing services and women and children including The Quota SPA Scholarship Programme, Sound Amplification Systems, Kids Deaf Camp, Cochlear Implant Support and Quota Cares Teddy Bears. 

President’s Message: Moving Forward Together

Quota International President Karen Murphy“Quota International is a non-profit organization empowering women, children, the deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired, in local communities around the world”

That’s our new Mission Statement as voted by our members at Convention 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was with exceptional pride that I stood before our members and received my President’s pin at installation banquet – I am humbled by the support received from each of you as members, in awe of the past leaders who have left the Quota legacy in our hands, and am determined to do my utmost to lead Quota forward to become a strong, mission-focused organization changing lives around the world. To each of you, that is my pledge.

Click here to read more of International President Karen Murphy’s first message since her installment at Convention 2014:

• New Mission Statement
• President’s Theme
• Vision for the Future
• Board Structure
• Mission Resources and more…

Relief Operations for the Philippines: Phase 2

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Clubs in the Philippines have been actively working on Phase 2 of rehabilitating, repairing, and rebuilding of damaged classrooms and school facilities following Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

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QI of Cebu South – Relocating a classroom for 19 deaf students in Bantayan Central School, Bantayan Island, Northern Cebu has been finished and is being used by the students. On Jan. 25, a generator, construction materials, and food and water will be donated to displaced families in Concepcion, Iloilo City.
QI of Southwest Cebu – Two classrooms have been repaired, the Mental Retardation Room and Visually Impaired Room for 35 students of the SPED Dept. of Bantayan Central School, Bantayan Island, Northern Cebu. A blessing and inauguration is planned, but a definite date has not been set yet.

3QI of Metro Cebu – Wish Upon a Roof program is providing roofs on family homes for those located in Barangay Tabunan, Borbon, Northern Cebu.

QI of Manila South – The repairs to a day care center in the Municipality of Cortes, Bohol is nearly finished with inspection scheduled for 23 January along with an additional rehabilitation project in the town of Albuquerque.

QI of Negros Oriental – Donation of urgently needed roofs to poor families in the Municipality of Bayawan, Negros Oriental continues.

QI of Cebu – Donation of roofs to families with hard-of-hearing and deaf children in Bantayan Island, Northern Cebu has been delayed due to bad weather conditions. The repair of a day-care center in the town of Medellin will begin once cost estimates are received.

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Livelihood and medical assistance is also being considered as part of the Phase 2 of District 41’s help. QI of Mandaue has a trip planned to Bantayan Island on 22 January to deliver fishing boats and QI of Manila South will be donating fishing boats to families living in the islands off Palawan.

Following up on a recent visit to Tacloban and Ormoc cities, District Governor Connie realized that there are still so many that need these kind of support.  Quota Clubs who are interested in giving to the District 41 Disaster Relief Fund should contact the Quota International office at staff@quota.org for address and banking information.  District 41 Governor, Connie Garcia, along with the help of her leadership team, is heading the distribution of these donations.

Minute for Mission: Special Performance of “The Miracle Worker”

The character of Helen Keller, portrayed by Morgan Maggini (left), spells the word “water” for her teacher, Annie Sullivan, portrayed by Hannah Moore, students at Northview Public Schools, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

Students at Northview Public Schools put on a special interpreted performance of “The Miracle Worker,” William Gibson’s classic play about Helen Keller and the determined tutor Annie Sullivan, who teaches her to communicate.

Thanks to the support of Quota International of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA and the Northview Education Foundation, more than 150 deaf and hard of hearing students and staff, including college students studying to be interpreters attended this special performance of “The Miracle Worker.”  Read more about this event and its impact at the School News Network.