Team Music Is Love

Christmas in July-Team Music Is Love
Region 16 members displaying their Stockings for Cancer

Country music singer Martina McBride started Team Music Is Love, a charitable initiative making the world a better place through music. For one day Quotarians joined Martina’s initiative at the Region 16 meeting, teaming up to fill stockings with gifts to relieve cancer patients going through treatment. The stockings will be donated to patients at Team Music Is Love’s Christmas in July celebration.

OrovilleQuota’s relationship with Team Music is Love was pioneered by the Oroville, California club. Members were invited to meet Martina at the California State Fair last August after their work in the community captured her attention. For more information about Team Music Is Love (formerly Team Martina), visit www.teammusicislove.com.

Buckets of Love

Buckets of Love
Members of Quota International Region 9 fill Buckets of Love with goods.

One in three women has experienced physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime according to UN Women. In most cases the abuser is an intimate partner-someone who has earned the victim’s trust. The Combined Women’s Refuge Group (CWRG) in Queensland, Australia has spent the last 30 years advocating for women and children victims of domestic violence, and for Convention 2016 Quota International will partner with CWRG to create Buckets of Love. Following in the footsteps of Quotarians in Region 9, Buckets of Love will be filled with lightweight pajamas, books, games, diaries, and gift cards to help empower the abused women and children of Queensland.

Quota Cares Bears Cincinnati
Quota Cares Teddy Bears

For many years International Convention has been a platform for Quotarians to spread generosity throughout communities around the world through Service-on-Site projects. Past projects include Quota Cares Teddy Bears donations to police officers to give to children in need in Cincinnati; funds to support the Hawaii State Women’s Correctional Center’s life rehabilitation program; bags of clothing and toiletries for foster children and their foster families in Vancouver; and helping women gain and retain employment with Career Closet.

To learn more about how you can fill a Bucket of Love, please click here.

Minute for Mission: Hear for Good

FIRST HEARING AID RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED

 

Monrovia Hearing Aid Fitting
Sharan Studavant is fitted for hearing aids donated by Quota International Grand Rapids

 

(Grand Rapids, MI, January 5, 2016) Quota International of Grands Rapids announces its first recipient of hearing aids from the Hear For Good program.

Sharan Sturdavant of Cedar Springs was fitted on December 29 at Kaczmarski Hearing Center with new hearing aids, at no cost to her. Ms. Sturdavant has suffered most of her life with hearing loss and there was never enough money for her to purchase new hearing aids. “I am so excited to tell my family and friends of this wonderful gift for Christmas!”

Ms. Sturdavant worked with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) to become eligible for the Hear for Good program developed by Martha Herman, President of Quota International of Grand Rapids. Quota collects used hearing aids and recycles them through Starkey, Inc. Starkey refurbishes the hearing aids and makes them available at lower cost for eligible individuals.

Hear For Good, a Quota program initiated in 2014, continues to receive donations of hearing aids for those who have limited resources to purchase them. The cost of new hearing aids can range from $1,000 to over $5,000. Quota’s donation sites for used hearing aids are set up throughout the Grand Rapids area. Reconditioned hearing devices are made available at no cost to the recipient through a partnership with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Kaczmarski Hearing Centers and Quota International of Grand Rapids.

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For Information Contact:
Martha Herman
Quotagr@gmail.com

Honoring Alice Paul

Alice Paul protesting

January 11 marks the 131’st birthday of the late Alice Paul – an American feminist who made it her life’s work to fight for women’s rights. Paul served as a key campaign strategist in passing the Nineteenth Amendment of the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote in the United States in 1920, one year after Quota International was founded.

Quotarians in Indiana, Pennsylvania honor Paul’s legacy each year by holding a silent auction fundraiser with all proceeds donated to the Alice Paul House, which promotes awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault, and victimization. Over the last 12 years Quota members have donated $67 thousand to the Alice Paul House, providing a safe support system for victims in their community.

“There will never be a new world order until women are a part of it.” – Alice Paul

Program Highlights: Quotarians Celebrate Remembrance Day in Australia

The Quota Club of Tweed Heads/Coolangatta decided to do something in our community that was not a fundraising event, but a service project. The idea came to have a display of Poppies at our local Returned Soldiers League (RSL) for World War One Veterans. To honour the RSL, we asked the President if we could create the display at their Remembrance Day Service  on 11/11 at 11 am. We were greeted with open arms.

It was then time for us to knit and crochet the poppies. Quotarians started the project, and soon after we were joined by friends from our exercise and quilting classes who wanted to lend helping hands with knitting. Most of the helpers even turned up to view the display on the day. In the end, we made 1,327 poppies.

On Remembrance Day we joined nearly 200 returned soldiers for a two-course lunch funded by the Twin Towns Service Club. The RSL Sub Branch President, was so impressed that we were asked to do a similar display on Anzac Day in 2016 this is to be discussed.

Our club was very happy with our result, and this project opened up the opportunity for us to speak with locals and visitors about Quota International. This project started when one member had an idea and shared it, so let us all display the meaning of the word Quota and “SHARE.”

Submitted by Janet Ahrens, Region 11 Director

 

Minute for Mission: Delivering Warmth

In Santa Fe, New Mexico, Quotarians have been preparing care packages for homeless youth every winter for more than a decade.

The essence of winter and the holidays is warmth – warm hugs from the family, a warm fireplace, warm feelings of comfort. For youth who are homeless, this warmth is difficult to come by. Quotarians in Santa Fe, New Mexico have hand-wrapped special packages filled with jackets, socks, blankets, toiletries, soaps, and more to be given to youth at Street Outreach, a youth shelter. Thank you Quotarians for bringing warm smiles to children.

??????????Packages wrapped and ready for delivery. Photo by Holly Bostwick

Hats Off for Club Anniversaries

Quota International salutes the following Quota clubs in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand celebrating charter anniversaries in September.  Collectively, they have been changing lives in their communities for nearly 200 years.

Quota International of Flint, Michigan, USA – 70 Years
chartered on 21 September 1944
Quota International of Flint is especially known for their work with Quota’s Cops ‘n’ Kids literacy program.  Flint Quotarians work with local police departments for fundraising, and distribution of children’s books to local shelters and community centers. In addition, QI of Flint members host trivia nights, silent auctions, and golf outing fundraisers to support local programs empowering women and children.

Quota International of Paradise, California, USA – 40 Years 
chartered on 27 September 1974
QI of Paradise

Through their Backpacks for School project, Quota International of Paradise donates backpacks filled filled with supplies for local children, and brings the community together for a fun outdoor BBQ event for families to pick up the supplies. QI of Paradise holds yard sales, auctions, and, the most fun of them all, a Boys of Paradise fundraiser where local businessmen adorn themselves in women’s fashions from the 1940s era and are then photographed for the Boys of Paradise flyer. Members raised over $12,000 for the local Boys and Girls Club.

Quota International of Bateman’s Bay, New South Wales, Australia – 40 Years
chartered on 27 September 1974
In Australia, Quota International of Bateman’s Bay has been keeping busy packing and delivering Vial of Life kits for emergency responders, participating in Clean Up Australia Day, and donating over $3000 to assist with the purchase of a medical chair for patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Quota International of Penticton, British Columbia, Canada – 30 Years 
chartered on 21 September 1984
Quota International of Penticton has been assisting women and children in their community from a Cups for the Cure awareness event to promote breast cancer research and recovery, a Hats Off to You evening donating almost $20,000 to service programs, and a free dental clinic to give the community access to affordable dental treatments.Penticton Cups for the Cure

Quota International of Auckland, New Zealand – 15 Years
chartered on 1 September 1999
Quota International of Auckland organizes an annual picnic to support Hearing House – a center that supports children with hearing loss and provides their families with resources and training. QI of Auckland has also raised funds to assist with the purchase of a medical device that treats brain and spinal tumors, prostate cancer, and Parkinson’s disease.

Thank you Quota clubs for changing lives empowering women, children, the deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired in your communities.  Congratulations on this major accomplishment!