Quota Club Signature Projects are Showered with Love

Valdosta - Submitted by Patsy Permenter IPC2017 WIDE
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.

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. 

Reflections on the 2014 Convention from International President Karen Murphy

Quota International Convention Open Session 1

Convention was a celebration on so many levels, with the highlights of the new Board of Directors installation and Regional Director installation shining brightly.  Congratulations to this new team!  Our new Board is truly international, with President-elect/Treasurer Marie Dobson-Dunlop (Canada), and Vice-Presidents Emilie Simon (Philippines), Jeanette Gray (Australia), and Cindy Hurd (USA).  “Click here” to read details of the new board members.

Our Regional Directors were installed by President Laura Lahman at a fun ceremony on Saturday, July 19th. They were awarded “a new car!” with GPS tracking devices to keep them on the path going forward, and to provide instructions when needed.   (Note: they were actually toy cars of various colours and sizes, however the helpful advice and direction will certainly be provided by the new Board and our QI Staff.)  The Regional Directors were presented with their new pins – square in shape and white in colour, mirroring the colour of my pin – we all form part of the same team, working together, for the next 2 years. We all share the same purity of purpose and hope for the future.  Afterwards, we enjoyed a celebratory buffet lunch in the Ballroom – in the famous Hall of Mirrors.

Convention highlights for me included our Key-Note Speaker Deputy Susie speaking about her journey as a deaf Police Officer and the opportunities this has brought her – through suffering adversity, there grows an inner strength of purpose. Deputy Susie has started groundbreaking projects in many areas over the years, since being awarded Quota International’s Deaf Woman of the Year in 1988, and now asks that we support and promote the new texting emergency calls for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, by texting Smart911 in the United States. Deputy Susie says, “If deaf people can text Smart911 and receive a text response, that will be invaluable.”  Members should check locally to see if texting Smart911 is available yet in their communities, or work towards getting it implemented.  Other countries might check to see if something similar is in force, or on the drawing board.

Quota International Convention Open Session 2

Another highlight was the Valedictory Speech by an extraordinary young deaf man – Evan Mercer of Georgia, USA – who moved most members to tears. Truly inspirational.  Evan began with the words: “I was born into a world of silence. I did not hear my mother’s first whispered words welcoming me into her life. I did not hear my father’s off-key lullabies as he coaxed me to sleep…3 months after my 3rd birthday, my deafness was discovered… Countless specialists told my parents that I would never learn to read past the 4th grade level. They informed my mom and dad that I would never learn to speak. My best, and probably only, chance at communication would be sign language…conquering one word at a time, I have grown from a boy never expected to master reading to a young man ranked number one in my class (of 494 students). Deafness will always be a part of my life, but I refuse to let it define me. Rather, I intend to be known as an intelligent happy, hard-working person – who just happens to be hearing-impaired.” 

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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…

“Convention highlights the opportunities”

“Convention highlights the opportunities and benefits of belonging to an international organization.”

Many years ago, I first went to a Convention as a participant – a governor then a board member with the opportunity to make decisions for the future strength of our organization and that was a serious role not to be taken lightly.  I have always enjoyed the opportunity convention offers to travel and experience new cities and new countries – both at convention and following it.

Now, I go to Convention to meet again all of the friends I have made over the past 30 years’ of conventions and to appreciate the changes in Quota that each Convention brings.  I’m still enjoying new cities like Cincinnati.

Convention to me highlights the opportunities and benefits of belonging to an international organization – it makes me feel not only a global connector, but a global citizen.

–  Beris Pritchard, International President 1988-1989

Convention is a Celebration!

Convention is a Celebration of the “total Quota package!”  

This year, I would love to share this celebration with all my Quota friends from across the world – YOU are invited!  Our Convention starts with anticipation, excitement, and hope…members come together in friendship…we focus on our mission…we learn about service programs we can perform in our own communities…we celebrate Quota successes…we vote for our future leaders, and celebrate their installation…and we leave at the end with Quota hugs for all, a smile on our faces, and renewed hope in our hearts!

Quota Convention – a must on every Quota calendar!  Please join us this year!

— Karen Murphy, International President-elect/Treasurer 

Why do I like Convention?

I love to go to convention to recharge my batteries.  It is there that I recognize the sheer magnitude of how Quotarians around the globe actually CHANGE LIVES and have been doing so for 95 years!

Members have asked me to describe convention and I tell them that would be like trying to describe the Grand Canyon.  Convention cannot be described as the experience is different for everyone, but one thing for sure — you will NEVER regret having gone.  It is awe-inspiring!

There is something very-very special about being among 350 volunteers that are as passionate and care as deeply about our mission as I do!  It is exhilarating and humbling at the same time.

Laura Lahman, 2012-2014 International President 

Relief Operations for the Philippines: Phase 2

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).

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.

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.

January Club Anniversaries

Inspired to start a service club for women, Wanda Frey Joiner along with four female business executives led the charge forming Quota International.  Nearly 95 years later, 5,600 volunteers, women, men, and teens continue to share the mission of Quota, improving lives for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and disadvantaged women and children in 269 communities in 12 countries around the world.  Congratulations to the 16 clubs in 4 countries celebrating charter anniversaries in January. We salute you!

88 Years – QI of Winnipeg, Manitoba
MalaysiaQI Buffalo Charter B
20 Years – QI of Kuala Lumpur
1 Year – QI of Southwest Cebu
15 Years – QI of Mandaue
18 Years – QI of Las Piñas
37 Years – QI of Cebu
6 Years – QI of West Salem, Ohio
19 Years – QI of Venice, Florida
68 Years – QI of Southeast Texas, Texas
81 Years – QI of Woonsocket, Rhode Island
88 Years – QI of Morgantown, West Virginia
88 Years – QI of Waterloo, Iowa
89 Years – QI of Alliance, Ohio
90 Years – QI of Charleston, West Virginia
91 Years – QI of Lancaster, Ohio
92 Years – QI of Fairmont, West Virginia

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.