New Board Members Elected for the next Two Years

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Front row left to right: Vice President Luz Marina Gonzalez, (Aruba), Vice President Jan Rhodes (Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand); Back row left to right: Vice President Brenda Cherry (Wooster, Ohio, United States), President Emilie Simon (Manila South, Philippines), President-Elect/Treasurer Carol Patin, MD (Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States).

Washington, DC, July 2018 – Quota International delegates from more than 240 Quota Clubs, 21 Regions, the International Board of Directors, and the Past International Presidents have elected the next Board of Directors for 2018-2020.  Pictured above is the new Board of Directors:

President Emilie Simon
Manila, Philippines – Region 18

President-Elect/Treasurer Carol Patin, MD
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States – Region 9

Vice President Brenda Cherry 
Wooster, Ohio, United States – Region 2

Vice President Luz Marina Gonzalez
Oranjestad, Aruba – Region 10

Vice President Jan Rhodes
Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand – Region 21


 

New Mission Statement for all Quota Clubs Adopted July 2018

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Quota International of Aruba’s 2018 Seminar Service Project

Washington, DC, July 2018 – At Quota International’s Convention, the delegates voted on a new mission statement to include people with speech difficulties.  The exact wording below is to be adopted and used by all Quota Clubs around the world.  All Bylaw changes are being updated and will be added to the website.

NEW MISSION STATEMENT as of July 14th, 2018:

 “Quota International is a non-profit organization empowering women, children, the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and people with speech difficulties in local communities around the world.”


 

Pencils Plus – The Convention Service Project goes Global for it’s 100th year

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School girls show off projects created in an educational program funded by World Service HIH donations – photo submitted by Quota International of Manila

Washington, DC, June 19, 2018 – In preparation to kick off Quota International’s 100th year celebration, the Board of Directors has decided to make the Service on Site project go global.  All clubs, whether coming to convention or not, are encouraged to participate in the service project.

The girls in the photo above would be counted with the “Pencils Plus” global project.  These girls are just four of the many thousands of children who have benefited from projects organized by Quotarians around the world.

Click here for more details about the Pencils Plus Global Service Project*
*This list of ideas shared is in no way comprehensive! If you’d like your idea featured, send photos and information to staff@quota.org and we’ll feature you in an upcoming article!  (or, if you’d prefer, write your own and submit that.)

Why Pencils Plus?

In the 14 Quota countries, 223 million children are living in poverty.  Quota clubs have been working to solve these challenges for nearly 100 years.  “Pencils Plus” will kick off Quota’s 99th year by counting the impact all clubs are making to ease the burdens for children living in poverty.  Click here to learn more from the April 2018 ALL Leadership call notes.

Why aren’t we doing an “on site” Service on Site Project?

The Service on Site project has been a highlight at district conferences, area meetings, regional meetings, and international conventions.  There were several goals considered when planning for the 100th anniversary: to continue to celebrate accomplishments of each club, raise awareness outside of Quota’s membership, and make it easier for members – all members – to participate.

With the traditional Service ON Site:

  • Only people who attended the meetings were able to contribute.
  • Members flying across the ocean needed to allow for extra space and weight in their luggage to make room for the donated items — and even needed to cross a few fingers to get through the airport check in.

With these considerations, the Board decided to go Global and include all clubs with the Service Project to measure and celebrate the impact that members are making for children around the world everyday.

What will be counted?

  • Number of Children helped
  • Amount of Funds donated to help children
  • Hours Volunteered – directly with children

How can clubs contribute?  

Quota Clubs can contribute by going online to report the results from your projects.  All club projects, including the World Service Hand in Hand projects, will be counted and featured on a thermometer at convention – even those reporting during convention – meaning you can fill out this quick and easy form now!  If you’d still like to bring school supplies to convention, we will make sure they go to children in need in the District of Columbia.

Click here to enter the numbers of children your club has helped
since January 1st, 2018

Contact your Regional Director, an International Board Member or staff@quota.org with any questions.

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

Does Your Club Qualify for the NEW Club Matching Grant Award?

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Photo of Hand in Hand Livelihood Project – submitted by Quota International of Angeles

Washington, DC, June 4th, 2018 – International President, Marie Dobson-Dunlop, is excited about a brand new rewards program where International Board members will give away matching grants to qualifying Quota Clubs at the International Convention.  Clubs who have gone the extra mile (or kilometer) in their community and around the world will receive grants in the amount of $100, $200, $500, and $1,000 USD, as a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or SuperStar Club.

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The Angeles Club’s HIH Livelihood Project

Quota International of Angeles:  If the new rewards program would have launched in2017, Quota International of Angeles, would have qualified for a $100 USD matching grant.

What did they do? 

In addition to empowering women and children through coordinating an integrated Medical, Dental, Optometry, and Medical Technology Mission for indigent people of Barangay Sto. Cristo, Angeles City, Philippines AND Quota International of Angeles was also active in strengthening their club and other Quota International programs:

  • increased more than one member in their club,

    Angeles 2017 Quotacare
    2017 Quota Cares Month project – integrated Medical Mission for indigent people
  • sent more than one member to their Regional Meeting,
  • gave more than $1,000 in their community (10K),
  • donated a total of $300 to Quota International to support other programs:
    • Wanda Frey Joiner Founder Fund for Development and Growth,
    • We Share Foundation Benefactor Fund for Humanitarian Aid, and
    • Hand in Hand World Service program (even as a club with an active HIH project)
  • and also submitted for more than one club award, 5K/10K Community Giving, Quota Cares Month, International Photo Contest, and Volunteer of the Year. Click here for the link to international awards.

The members of Quota International of Angeles are inspirational.  If your club has gone the extra mile/kilometer, be sure to submit your application.  Applications are required to receive the grant.  To find out if your Quota Club qualifies, click here for details.

There’s still time to qualify and receive a matching grant. The deadline is June 30th.

Click here for the quick & easy award application


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

Bylaw Amendments Approved by Committee

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Quota members in Zeist, Netherlands, partnered with service clubs to provide safe drinking water for Rwanda students – International Photo Contest 2017 submitted by Mariette Elling

Washington, DC, May 22nd, 2018 – Over a dozen Bylaw Amendments addressing a wide range of changes were submitted by Quota Leaders in Australia and the United States and reviewed by the Bylaw Committee.  The approved memo and packet is available by clicking here – Read More >>

These amendments will be voted on in-person by the delegates at Convention, on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018.  Submissions came from Quota International of Beenleigh, Brisbane City, Redcliffe, and Jimboomba in Australia and Region 2 in the United States.

 Read More >>


Monuments by Moonlight Convention Tour Registration Now Open

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Lincoln Memorial Photo by Kelli Dougal on Unsplash

Washington, DC, April 30th, 2018 – When the sun goes down, Washington turns into a magical city.  Quotarians and guests will be with treated to amazing views of the most famous sights of Washington, DC, under the night sky.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 | 8 pm – 11 pm
Thursday, July 12th, 2018 | 8 pm – 11 pm

This private tour will be presented by experienced tour guides that will share historical tales and anecdotes* of Washington, DC.  There will be three different stops at monuments that lasting from 20-30 minute and include:

  • World War II Memorial
  • FDR
  • Lincoln
  • Vietnam Veterans
  • Korean War and
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorials

Scroll down to register

The Monuments by Moonlight Tour will transport attendees back in time riding along the same streets US presidents have traveled.  Learn about the city’s fascinating history, such as The Curse of the Hope Diamond and its legacy of death and despair and the Medal of Honor winner who donated his amputated leg to a museum and often visited it!

The cost of the tour is $45 per person and includes:

  • pickup (at 8:00 pm) and drop off (at 11:00 pm) in front of the Capitol Hilton
  • seating on trolley with 2 1/2 hour guided tour
  • audible tour with microphone/speakers – printed transcripts available upon request
  • three stops at different monuments lasting 20-30 minutes
  • special accommodations for wheelchair seating
  • tips and gratuities for the tour guide

Contact staff@quota.org with any questions.


The Membership Team
Quota International, Inc.
staff@quota.org

Bylaws Make it Possible to Change Lives

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Quota members in Zeist, Netherlands, partnered with service clubs to provide safe drinking water for Rwanda students – International Photo Contest 2017 submitted by Mariette Elling

Washington, DC, April 27th, 2018 – Quota International’s Bylaws make it possible for Quotarians to change lives around the world.  For nearly 100 years, Quota’s Bylaws have provided the structure, the safety, and the security, to guide 5,000 members empowering women and children and the deaf and hard of hearing in local communities around the world.

Guidance from A to Z

From Alstonville to Zeist, members come together to serve others and make the world a better place for women and children in desperate need.  Without Quota’s Bylaws, the students in Rawanda pictured above might not have clean drinking water.  With 233 million children living in poverty in Quota’s 14 countries, Quota needs Bylaws that provide the structure making it possible to change more lives.

Bylaw Amendments Submitted

Over a dozen Bylaw Amendments addressing a wide range of changes were submitted by Quota Leaders in Australia and the United States and reviewed by the Bylaw Committee.  The approved memo and packet is available below.  These amendments will be voted on in-person by the delegates on Wednesday afternoon, July 11th, 2018, at Convention.  Submissions came from Quota International of Beenleigh, Brisbane City, Redcliffe, and Jimboomba in Australia and Region 2 in the United States.

Approved Amendments

2018 Bylaw Committee Memo
Click Here for 8.5×11 Memo or A4 Memo

2018 Bylaw Amendment Packet
Click Here for Approved 8.5×11 Packet or Approved A4 Packet

Leaders are invited to learn more about the Bylaw Amendments by participating in the All Leadership Conference Call the last week of  May.  The Call will share the importance of the Bylaws Amendments and how they can help Quota International and Quota Clubs make a greater impact around the world.

Click Here to Register for the
May 2018 All Leadership Conference Call

The May All Leadership Call will focus on the Bylaw Amendments.  All voting delegates going to Convention are invited to register: Club Presidents, Regional Directors, International Board members, and Past International Presidents.  The call will review and answer questions about the proposed Bylaw Amendments that delegates will be voting for or against at Convention on July 11th.  Your voice and votes do count.

These leadership calls are a valuable resource, in addition to sharing great ideas, they also provide opportunities to learn more about the international operations. Those who participate receive detailed notes of what was shared on the call.

Click Here to Register for the
May 2018 All Leadership Conference Call


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

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