Congratulations Quota International!

Washington, DC, August 2018 – Videos of Congratulations were submitted by the Regional Directors from Region 17 (United States), Region 18 (Philippines), and Region 20 (India) in response to the invitation from the 2016-2018 Board of Directors. Below are the submitted videos. Transcripts and Closed Captioning are available for each of the videos. Closed Captioning can be turned on with the CC in the bottom right corner of the video.

If your Region would like to submit a video, contact staff@quota.org.

United States – Region 17 (1:00)

Congratulations from Region 17 – Transcript 

Hey Ladies! I’m Shary Goulart from Region 17 and I just want to take this opportunity to say congratulations on being here at Quota’s centennial celebration.

Quota has accomplished amazing and wonderful things over the past 100 years. There have been many changes and I’m sure there are more to come. I know that you are just as proud as I am to be a part of this organization. We truly have a lot to celebrate. As I see and hear some of the amazing things that you are doing out in your communities, I realize how unique all of our clubs are. How unique each and every one of you are. I feel blessed that I can call you sisters in Quota.

Here’s looking at another productive 100 years. Again Ladies, congratulations. Keep up the good work and raise your flag for Quota.

Region 17 Director Shary Goulart
Quota International of Morro Bay, California


Philippines – Region 18 (1:32)

Congratulations from Region 18: Transcript 

Through its enduring focus on service and sharing, Quota International stands as a shining example of inspiration around the world today and for the next generations. As we celebrate the 100 years of Quota and recognize in particular, the people who brought it into being, we honor the sacrifice, generosity, pioneering spirit, and contribution of our founders. Quota’s 100-year celebration is of great significance. And it is fitting to pay tribute to the tenacity, skills, and leadership of the men and women who have served the organization reaching the end of the first century. We commend all your efforts today.

A centenary in the history of any organization is a significant milestone, a historical landmark, a celebration of a very special event that affords an opportunity not only to review our past history but also to look forward to an amazing and exciting future. All praises and thanks to the organization who has molded me to who I am today.

Mabuhay! from the Philippines.

This is a Zelinda Barrios-Soto, Regional Director for R18. Greeting Quota International a very very special anniversary. Here’s wishing us all another hundred years of success.

Thumbs up and hats off to you Quota.

Region 18 Director, Zelinda Barrios-Soto
Quota International of Pampanga


SAN FERNANDO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (0:14)
(served by Quota International Region 18)

San Fernando Elementary School: Transcript 

Happy Anniversary Quota International! Thank you and our love to you all!
Bye!


India – Region 20 (3:43)

Congratulations from Region 20: Transcript 

Pratibha Chandra, Regional Director, Region 20 India. Hello everybody, Nice to see you all here.

On behalf of Quota Region 20, I congratulate and and give our best wishes to Quota International for completing hundred years of Quota. It’s a firm, we have done a fabulous, a marvelous job about it and now Quota is a worldwide organization.

I am honored to be the first Regional Director of Region 20 to be attending an international conference. I am sure it is going to be a very very great, a fabulous learning experience for me.

I am also the founding member of DLF City Club. It has been 18 years since its inception. What really motivated and inspired me to join Quota was the life of Wanda Frey, the founder of Quota and how the word quota was used to define this organization. And how it has spread it wings all over the world. Congratulations once again. India is a large and developing country and requires tremendous efforts and resources and initiative to help the underprivileged.

All the three clubs in our region are working to help the underprivileged in the field of child welfare, education, health, women employment, vocational and skill training, geriatric care and so on. For example, we had Quota DLF City started a preschool about 12 years ago with only ten children. We are proud to say that today we have 800 children from preschool to class 12. All the other clubs have had similar challenges and face them.

Really, however, we do try our best to do whatever we can for Quota, but sometimes I think even our best is not good enough. What we are doing today is just a drop in the ocean. But then, it’s as the old saying goes, ‘little drops of water make a mighty ocean’. And our aim is that at least if not we, generations to come will one day make it into a very very mighty ocean.

Let us all join hands and spread the message of service compassion, friendship, and peace and extend a helping hand to those who need us. It is so satisfying to see a child – a child still in the eyes turn into a smile on the lips when you have given the child some help, the help he really desperately needs.

Let us leave a legacy so firmly embedded in the sands of time that not even the fiercest of storms can erase or erode it. Members will come and members will go that is what destiny is all about and that is how this world goes but Quota will go on forever and should go on forever and God bless Quota.

Thank you all for listening to me.
Namaskar

Region 20 Director, Pratibha Chandra
Quota International of DLF City


Congratulations and thanks to members and friends of Quota International for your support during Quota International’s first century! We look forward to the work that will be done to fulfill the mission of empowering women, children, the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and people with speech difficulties in local communities around the world.

Hope Bakker,
Communications Manager
Quota International, Inc.

Aspire to Inspire: Founder’s Day 2018

Quota International Women

February 6th marks Quota International’s 99th anniversary as an organization that has worked to provide sound beginnings empowering women, children, the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired. On this occasion, we reflect on our beginnings and who we are now as an organization.

Our History
Founding Women“The idea for Quota International was sparked when Wanda Frey Joiner attended a Christmas “ladies’ night” party hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Buffalo, New York.  Wanting to form a similar organization for women to join, a few weeks later, Joiner and four businesswomen, Florence M. Smith, Alice C. Sauers, Ora G. Cole, and Jean Ware Redpath, signed incorporation documents forming Quota Club International on February 6, 1919, one year before the United States passed the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote and less than one month after the end of World War I. Because many women had joined the workforce and organized campaigns to support the troops, when the war was over, women wanted more employment and empowerment opportunities.  Their enthusiasm propelled the organization to become the first international women-only service organization in 1925.

The five founders chose to keep their dream simple by using the “golden rule” as their code and the “sharing” of both talent and responsibility as its ideal. During the early years of Quota, the organization’s focus targeted and promoted: good citizenship, crime prevention, extending friendly relations, gaining recognition for the achievements of women, and international relations.”

Where We Are Now

Quota International Convention 2016Since 1919, Quota International members have been developing programs and nurturing communities around the globe. Quota International is now in 14 countries with more than 260 clubs worldwide and growing.

The work that members support is just as vibrant and diverse as the membership. Projects range from Cops ‘N Kids/QuoCKa reading programs; medical clinics; support of kindergartens; run for life relays; providing food to less fortunate to assisting with outreach programs for homeless persons; to providing information about protecting hearing, hearing aids, hearing system loops and other technologies for assistive listening. Quota members are creative in fundraising efforts as can be demonstrated by the vast variety of fundraising dinners; bingo, bunco and trivia nights; craft, art and nut sales; cookouts; fishing tournaments; Holiday home tours; sausage sizzle event; and their willingness to reach in to their communities to work with other like-minded local agencies to achieve common goals.

All of the efforts have a common thread, the desire to make the lives of those around us a better by thinking and acting locally which then impacts globally. Quota International is in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) with a specific focus on SDG 1: No Poverty; SDG 3: Health and Wellbeing; and SDG 4: Quality Education. In these areas, Quota International is delivering world service.

So, on February 6th, Founder’s Day, we celebrate the vision of the women who stepped forward to create the first women-only international service organization. We celebrate the members and community friends who participate by giving of their time, talents and financial support to make Quota International an organization that will continue to benefit others for generations to come.

Happy Anniversary, Quota International!

Minute for Mission: Volunteer of the Year Awards 2017

Connected to Community

We come from many different countries, cultures, religions, traditions and economic backgrounds yet we have one thing in common. It is the willingness to connect, support and empower those around us in our communities. In serving our neighbors who are facing challenges, we create life-long friendships, and build partnerships with like-minded organizations while enriching our towns and cities for generations to come.

Our Volunteers of the Year for 2017 have been recognized by their fellow Quotarians and Quota International, Inc. for making a difference for women, children and those in need in the areas in which they reside. It is with heartfelt gratitude that we celebrate the individuals amongst us that have inspired us to continue our common journey of shared service.

It is our invitation to you to take a moment to meet these remarkable people. The Volunteer of the Year 2017 section of the quotainternational.org website will direct you to the various Quota International regions where you can read quotes about our 2017 Volunteer of the Year recipients from their teammates.

Congratulations to the Volunteer of Year Award recipients! We thank you for being the common thread that weaves us together in the tapestry of service.

Minute for Mission: Back to School

Indiana PA back to school supplies
Quotarians Katie Rescenete, Betsy Lauber and Taylor Jones went shopping for a cause to donate notebooks, underwear and socks!

Providing assistance in preparing children for learning is an activity for many Quota Members worldwide. Why is this effort such an important endeavor for Quota Members? It is the understanding that when students are supported with clothing and materials, they are more prepared to learn and that an educated citizenry leads to a ‘reduction in poverty, increased income and economic growth, improved health, lives saved, peace fostered, gender equality promoted,’ and much more. This important work is done by Quota International clubs individually and in partnership with other community organizations.

For families in the United States, the cost of preparing for school has risen on average from $483.28 in 2004 to $687.72 in 2017. Helping to defray initial school expenses for students is where Quota members from Candlewood Valley (Connecticut, United States) to Indiana (Pennsylvania, United States) to Cupertino (California, United States) to Kent Valley (Washington, United Sates) step in to assist those who are facing a financial challenge. Members can be found shopping, gathering donations, and stuffing backpacks with pencils, pens, notebooks and other items to help give students the tools they will need in the classroom.

Kent Valley school supplies
Kent Valley donation of school supplies ready for distribution.

In an acknowledgement that as the need for assistance grows so does the need to work in conjunction with communities as a whole, it does, in the words of the African proverb, ‘take a village to raise a child’. Quota Members in Cupertino working together with the ‘San Jose Mercury News Wish Book, Rotary Club of Cupertino, Inner Wheel, Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, Cupertino Auto Care, Saratoga Chamber of Commerce and individual donors’ allows for funds to reach further and in doing so makes the greatest difference in providing clothes and shoes for the largest number of children. While in Grey-Bruce (Ontario, Canada), members of Quota International of Owen Sound work with the United Way Backpack program to provide children from low income homes in that community with backpacks filled with age appropriate school supplies.

Ipswich School supply donation
Teachers accepting stationery to students in a Port Vila school from Quota International of Ipswich members.

Once the school year has begun, the need for materials and other items continues in regions with limited resources for wellness and education. Members of Quota International of Ipswich (Queensland, Australia) delivered stationery and school supplies to support a preschool in Port Vila (Republic of Vanuatu) built by the partnership between Live and Learn Vanuatu and ChildFund Australia. During their visit, they were able to spend time with the daycare children, kindergarten students and staff. Educational supplies were much appreciated as the country is still recovering from Cyclone Pam that devastated the island in 2015.

Quota International Cebu at the Sawang Celaro Daycare Center
Members of Quota International of Cebu and Sawang Celaro Daycare Center children.

In the Philippines, Quota Members of Cebu, in partnership with Gota de Leche Foundation, are lending ongoing support for wellness and education at the Sawang Salero Daycare Center by providing children with milk, nutritious rice meal packs and vitamins. An additional component of this program gives rice meal packs to breast feeding mothers to help improve nutrition. Together the partnerships that are formed between Quota International clubs and other organizations fulfills the needs of the community.

Providing back to school supplies and clothing is only one a few of the projects that Quota Members support annually throughout 14 countries worldwide. If you are interested in participating with a club with a back to school program or other project, please visit Quota International’s Where We Work page to find a location near you.

Aspire to Inspire: The Power of Community

Three hundred or so people squeezed into the local town hall a month or so ago. Laughter, music and the aroma of New Mexican food filled the air. Friends, family, co-workers, friends of friends and civic leaders mingled and chatted through the afternoon.

Four generations gathered to celebrate the successes of a young person boldly living with cancer, to share with each other the joy and vibrancy of life, of knowing each other while helping this young person and his family through a tough time. They are a community.

Medical Mission
Quota members from Manila South providing special medical mission clinics in remote villages to support healthier communities.

What is community? Community as defined by Webster’s Dictionary is: “the people with common interests living in a particular area”. That definition doesn’t quite hold the same spark as the group that was just mentioned so let’s look beyond this definition to the heart of it. Where does community begin? Does it begin when you are asked to do something or are placed in a situation that calls you to be part of a group?

Community starts with the inspiration of being touched by an experience you have had, by an event that someone you love has experienced, or by something you have witnessed. Community, my friends, starts with you and starts with me being open to saying, “Yes”. If you have some hesitancy in jumping in to a group, event or activity, take minute to let the following quote speak to that fear.

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”
Michelle Obama

Rugs by Quotarians in Taree
In Taree, New South Wales, Quota members provide comfort and help rebuild lives by sending hand crocheted blankets, towels, and rugs to survivors of devastating floods.

Your participation in community is valuable.Whether it is spending time working at a medical mission as a volunteer, raising funds to ease a financial burden of a family facing a medical challenge, knitting blankets and rugs for flood survivors, or using organizational skills to plan an event, being courageous and willing to share your skills and talents makes a difference. When you say “Yes” to being in action with those around you, the world changes.

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Feeding Program in Manila
Through the Philippines Feeding Program run by members of Quota in Manila, thousands of children living in poverty are nurtured and fed.

It is the association of willing individuals to step forward together to fill a need that is the essence and power of community. The power of community is what has children be fed, schools to be built and has families facing seemingly insurmountable challenges be supported.

Your community is waiting for you.

Be bold, be you, say “Yes”.

International Women’s Day 2017: #BeBoldForChange

International Women's Day logo

Today, March 8th, 2017, is International Women’s Day. Quotarians join in celebrating this day as an acknowledgement of the work that is being done in local communities around the world to improve the lives of women and those they support. We recognize that when women have access to education, health care, child care and employment opportunities in traditional and non-traditional careers, the entire community benefits.

Since the beginning of Quota International, Inc. in 1919, Quotarians have been working to improve the lives of women and children through community service projects. Our signature projects such as Buckets of Love which are made and distributed by Quotarians directly impact women who have experienced domestic violence or economic hardship.

We stand with the United Nations and the theme of their work: “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” The status of women in the world and the steps towards equality is articulated by the United Nations Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in her message of February 28, 2017:

This International Women’s Day, and each day, we invite you to join us in stepping forward to #BeBoldForChange!

 

Minute for Mission: Dress A Girl Around The World

“New Zealanders are amazing and someone is always going somewhere and they willingly take the dresses and give them away to girls in need.” – Jo Dixey

Pillowcase Dresses from Whakatane 2016
From left: Nancy Neilson of Eastbay Quilters; and Jo Dixey and Yulene Watts of Quota International of Whakatane (New Zealand) with 150 dresses for girls in Uganda.

Eastbay Quilters Group and Quota International of Whakatane (New Zealand) recently donated 150 pillowcase dresses to Dress A Girl Around The World. Dress A Girl Around The World is a program of  Hope 4 Women International which is a charitable organization with the mission of empowering “women in Uganda who are suffering from poverty, disease, and low self-worth to become self-sufficient with businesses of their own”*.

Jo Dixey has been a champion collecting pillowcase dresses and shipping them from New Zealand to areas of the world in need. She has sent the dresses with missionaries and volunteers traveling to the South Pacific Islands and under developed countries for the Dress A Girl Around The World and Orphan Aid programs. The dresses are then distributed the to girls of all ages who have never owned a dress.

To learn more about this vibrant 54 member club that was founded in 1980, the good works they do and how you can participate with their projects, visit, Quota International of Whakatane.

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*About Hope 4 Women International

Minute for Mission: Signing Santa

Santa Claus

Our children look forward to this event every year, and appreciate what the Quota Club does for families like ours. – Kristin Noonan

This December marks the third year that Quota International of Ottawa has held a Signing Santa Christmas party for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. More than 75 children came to see Santa, share their Christmas wishes with the Jolly Ol’ Elf, enjoy holiday treats, receive a teddy bear and play various games.

“The Noonan family has attended the Quota Club of Ottawa’s Signing Santa party for three years now. What makes the event extra special — besides the hot chocolate, cookies, games and laser tag — is that Santa can communicate with both of the Noonan children.

Makiya, 10, was born deaf, and was implanted with bilateral cochlear implants at 13 months. She speaks and uses American sign language, while her eight-year-old brother Damon, who can hear, is still learning ASL.

Luckily for both kids, Santa speaks, uses sign language and has a cochlear implant, making every child feel comfortable while sharing their wish list. Makiya and Damon, along with their parents Craig and Kristin, anticipate the annual event.

‘Our children look forward to this event every year, and appreciate what the Quota Club does for families like ours,’ said Kristin Noonan.”

To read the complete article and see a photo of the event, visit ottawacitizen.com.  This article was submitted by Liz Revell, former Quota International Canada Area Director and Treasurer of the Quota Club of Ottawa.

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Signing Santa events are hosted by Quotarians in nearly 100 communities in four countries.  To find out if there’s a Signing Santa event near you, contact staff@quota.org.