International Board Position Candidates Announced

President Elect Nominees
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 Board Candidates: 

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 your International President Elect/Treasurer candidates and to view their videos: CLICK HERE .

Deadline Extended to April 6th, 2018

The Vice President position has received one nomination from a Candidate in Region 10.  Two more nominees for Vice President are needed.  An ad hoc nominating committee is being formed to help fill the slate for the Vice President position only.  Once the slate is filled, the Vice President Nominee information will be posted on the website on Saturday, April 7th.  If only three candidates come forward, there will be no election for the Vice President position.

  • NOTE: To be eligible to run for Vice President, a candidate must have served as a Regional Director or District Governor and be a member of a Quota Club in good standing. 
  • FOR REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICATION: Click Here.  Inquiries may also be sent to – please include VP Nomination in the subject line.

All candidates must answer 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 Board Election Process

Paper ballots for the elections will be mailed to all voting delegates on April 13th.

All ballots must be returned by MAIL postmarked no later than June 1st (to Washington, DC or Brisbane office) to be counted at convention. NO in-person voting for Board elections 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 the President’s March Message.

Contact with any additional questions.

Barbara Schreiber,
Executive Director
Quota International, Inc.

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

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Photo by Kalen Emsley on Unsplash


Registration of Interest

with Gettysburg and Corning
5 days/4 nights: 15-19 July, 2018

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

by AussieActive on Unsplash

Where it began

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

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

Monday 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.  

Breakfast this morning is included

Tuesday 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.


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. 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” 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

Wednesday 17 July:

BUFFALO 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

Thursday 18 July:


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:


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.


Group numbers TWIN SHARE USD

Per person in a double or twin room


Per person using existing bedding limited availability


Australian dollars



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 tour
and enter “POST CONVENTION TOUR” in all capital letters


Please contact Caroline Cox with any questions

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 Pre-Convention Tour was too many miles for a three day tour.  It is being reconfigured.  A Registration of Interest will be added to this page VERY soon.

Barbara Schreiber,
Executive Director
Quota International, Inc.

Message from the President – A Special Gift of Friendship, Fellowship, and Love

President's Message Dec 17 Fargo - Honorable Mention
Santa tells a little girl “I love you” at a Signing Santa event for deaf children hosted by Quotarians in Fargo, North Dakota – 2016/2017 International Photo finalist, submitted by Linda Ehlers, PCP 

President’s Christmas Message, December 2017 – I would like to wish each of you and your families a Very Blessed Christmas.  You will also be receiving my President’s Message soon; but for now I want to make this a personal message.

Since my last Christmas Message Tim and I have adjusted very well to downsizing and living in a small three bedroom apartment.  We do not have to worry about snow removal and maintaining a house.  We had the wonderful opportunity to be part of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land last February.  A life time experience that we hope to revisit again in 2019.

As I reflect back on this past year,  I need to thank my Board of Directors and our Executive Director, Barbara Schreiber for all their hard work, their patience in working through the many challenges that we faced.  Having run my own businesses, I realize that as much as we want to accomplish specific tasks procedures have to take precedence.  I am fully aware of the many comments made about our finances and I do not feel that the board nor the office need to make any apologies for the delay.  It took longer that we expected but I am sure that the end product will be more than satisfying to all our members.  I commend our staff and the professionals in doing their due diligences in developing a detailed transparent set of Financial Statements that will be made public in January.

Moving forward you will be hearing about projects and endeavours many of our clubs are pursuing in service in their communities.  Our biggest challenge is that of all service organizations around the world, that of recruiting new members.  It is interesting to see how the next generation, the Millennials look at service. These individuals are the age range of many of our children or grandchildren.  Time management is very important.  They struggle with, managing their working life as professional women, their family involvement,  and personal time which doesn’t leave much time for service.

In Opening the Doors to Quota we need to be part of the new Millennials, we have to rethink how service can be done thru their eyes.  Social Media, and technology need to be a critical part of Quota International moving into the future.

I want to give all of you a special Christmas gift of Friendship, Fellowship and Love.  May I extend this gift to all of our Quota Countries as we say goodbye to 2017 and embrace the best of 2018.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Your fellow Quotarian,

Marie Dobson-Dunlop
International President 2016-2018

Message from the President – It Began as a Dream

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A school boy in India supported by Quota International of DLF City – Submitted by Rita Ayyar, PCP

“We are made to persist, that’s how we find out who we are.” Tobais Wolff

President’s Message, September 2017 – Finishing my first year as the President of Quota International, has really opened my eyes. I never thought I’d be here. What started as a simple request to join the Quota Club in Midland, Ontario, grew into a dream to open more doors for Quota. Over the years, many lives have been changed of women and children and people who are deaf and hard of hearing, and they’ve changed my life too. All this because of the continued persistence from the women of Quota.

Times have changed. Our help is needed more than ever. Everyone is affected no matter how young or old we are or where we live. Requests for humanitarian aid continues to grow. According to The Hunger Project, one in nine people around the world, nearly 800 million do not have enough to eat. In difficult times, it’s comforting to know that Quotarians are looking out for each other.

How can Quotarians help with Hurricane relief? We’ve heard from members in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean and although some have lost their homes, everyone has made it through okay. It will be a long recovery and any help you can give would be welcomed. Below are some of the ways you can open the doors to help. Please check Quota’s website for any updates.

  • The Quota Club of Southeast Texas has asked for Walmart gift cards so those who have lost their homes can begin to rebuild.
  • The Quota Club of Aruba in partnership with other service clubs, Lions, Rotary, and Kiwanis, is accepting cash relief donations. Contact for banking information to make a donation.

Which Quota clubs gave award-winning service in their communities this year? The amount of time and donations given by Quota Club members last year was remarkable. More than $450,000 was donated by 52 clubs in six countries. To see the impact made in local communities, visit If your name has been missed, please let us know. We want to be sure you get the recognition you deserve.

What updates are there for the 2018 convention? The 2018 Convention will be one spectacular event celebrating the award-winning service by you, the most amazing women I know. Responding to your concerns, the Board worked nearly an entire day to consolidate the convention, keep the costs down, and create many new features for this convention. Many surprises are being planned from museum exhibits, to Ambassador invites, to interactive opportunities.

To share the excitement and keep you up to date, a Facebook Group was started to post updates and old photos. As of today there are 599 members. If you can’t find your invite to the QuotaCon2018 Group, click here to request to join. Any member may join, invite others, post comments, and upload their own photos. The next news will be about day trips and pre and post convention tours – with good prices. In addition to the website, the QuotaCon2018 Facebook Group is a fun place to keep you connected with your Quota friends around the world. 

Where will the installation of the Regional Directors be held? Many have asked if the installations for Regional Directors can happen at the Regional Meetings in April and May in front of their friends. Yes, they can. A special recognition ceremony will be held at Convention for all incoming Regional Directors. The new Regional Directors will also be included on a special Advisory Committee to the board. More details about this will be revealed at Regional Meetings.

When is the deadline for International Board Member nominations? If you aspire to serve on the international board, if someone has said you would be good for the board, or you’re simply curious, join us for a special informative conference call.

  • International Board Q & A conference call, Tuesday, October 17th. Applications for nomination and registration information will be on the website.
  • Nomination Deadline for International Board Positions, Thursday, November 30th.

The conference call is open to anyone interested in learning more about International Leadership. Any questions you have should be submitted with the registration or emailed to

When are the next leadership conference calls? The last week of the month will be busy with Ready to Grow and Club President Conference calls.

  • Ready to Grow Conference Calls – will be held on September 26th. The focus of the call will be Crafting a Personalize Message for Your Club.
  • Club Presidents will be connecting on September 27th, 28th, or 29th, to share and learn about How to Build Interest in your Members (and you). How can you get your members excited about Quota when you’re feeling burned out? You want to make a difference, but it seems too hard. Explore proven ways to build interest in your club.

Where can I find Quota International’s Governance documents; Bylaws, Rules of Procedure, and Regional Guidelines? The most recent version of the Bylaws approved at the last convention are available under Leader Resources on the website. Changes to the Rules of Procedure and the Regional Guidelines made by the Board are being reviewed and will be replacing the copies on the website.

The deadline for submitting any amendments to the Bylaws to be reviewed and voted on at Convention is December 30th, 2017. Questions should be addressed to

Has a decision been made regarding the change of the fiscal year? Working with the new accountants, the fiscal year will be changed to coincide with the Australian dues cycle, October 1st thru September 30th. This also aligns with the Government fiscal year in the United States which is an important step in our strategic plan. This change to the fiscal year will begin in September 2018. The steps for how this will affect clubs on the Atlantic side (Canada, Netherlands, Caribbean, South America, and United States) are in italics below.  More information will also be available at your Regional Meetings.

Dues notices were sent at the end of August 2017 for the Australian, New Zealand, Philippine and Malaysian clubs.  For the Atlantic clubs, dues notices will be sent in December 2017 for nine months and again in August 2018 for the new fiscal year.   

When will the financial reports be available? Financials reports have been prepared and are being reviewed very closely by the new accountants following generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). With the change to the software, creating a new, transparent chart of accounts for both organizations, Quota International and We Share Foundation, and the setting up of a separate set of Australian books for both organizations, it was found that there were several systems that needed to be updated at the same time.

The filing of this year’s 990 reports along with an amended 990 for 2016 are on schedule to be completed by the end of December. These numbers will be included in our Annual Report. Previous year’s 990s are public information and can be found on the Guidestar website.  

As a final note, some of you may have noticed that there has been a staffing change in Washington, DC. Our Office and Financial Manager is no longer with us. If you were working with Yamilee on something, please contact This change has caused extra work for our small staff. We’re proud of the work they are doing, stepping up and taking on added responsibilities, especially with IRS Tax deadlines, accounting work, and convention planning.

Your fellow Quotarian,
Marie Dobson-Dunlop

International President 2016-2018