July… Quota Goes Global

July ……. Quota goes Global

Following the first Quota convention held off of mainland North America, in Hawaii in 1975, and the election of Joan May, the first Australian to serve as International President, Quota gained maturity outside North America. As a result, rapid expansion in the South Pacific and Asia followed. Fiji became the fifth country to join Quota in 1975 with the charter of clubs in Nadi and Lautoka.

Joan 1975
Joan May



During a hectic period of club organization between 1976 and 1978, Joyce Fren, later to become Quota’s 1982-1984 President, became known as the “Mother of Quota’s International Image”. She was the driving force behind Quota’s extension to parts of the Pacific and Asia, having a hand in the survey and charter of 15 clubs in those two short years! This period took place after her term as South Pacific Area Director and before she was elected back onto the Board in 1980 as Second Vice President.

Quota Expands to the Philippines

Early in 1976, Executive Director Dora Lee Haynes spent part of a vacation in the Philippines. She realized the great potential for Quota clubs in this country, compiled a list of 555 possible prospective members and notified International President Joan May. Joyce Fren was authorized to begin extension in the Philippines and arrived in Manila on May 31, 1976, after having written to 55 contacts with details about Quota membership and service.

The first Philippine meeting was held in the Manila Hilton Hotel on June 7, with 29 women present, 12 of whom accepted membership. Frances Parsons, a staff member from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., U.S.A., was visiting to promote a greater understanding of the deaf and was the guest speaker at the organizational meeting on June 23. Twenty-one financial members were in attendance at that meeting where club officers were elected and the bylaws adopted. Rose Sobrepena, who had been very active in recruiting new members, became Charter President with Emilia Garcia and Carminda Bonoan as Club Secretaries. The charter was presented by International President Joan May on July 14, in the Turf Room at the Manila Polo Club – a most glamorous and beautiful function. (This writer was fortunate enough to be entertained by the Manila Club at this same location for my 50th birthday when I was International President!)  The club had already made a firm commitment to support Quota’s Hearing and Speech program and also became involved with S.A.I.D. (Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf). Rose Sobrepena served two years as President and was followed by Elsie Familiaran, who had transferred to Manila from the Bacolod Club.

Joyce Fren was invited to a meeting of 18 interested ladies in Bacolod on June 11, 1976, and a charter date was set for June 23 – just two weeks later! Charter President Elsie Familiaran reported the event as fabulous with the local Governor as the VIP Guest and keynote speaker, despite being held in the midst of a typhoon! The ceremony was impressive despite having no charter, no pins, and using candlelight and roses as the charter trimmings.

Elsie Familiaran then took Joyce for a ferry ride to Iloilo, and after discussions with President Joan May, Iloilo Quota was chartered on August 8. Two ladies from the Bacolod Club spread the interest in Quota to Dumaguette and a Charter was presented to that club by South Pacific Area Director Vera Garland in January 1977. Meanwhile, Elsie Familiaran and Joyce Fren interviewed prospective members in Cebu, organized meetings, and then presented a charter to the Cebu Club on January 12, 1977, with Lygia Ibanez as the Charter President. Lygia remained a dedicated member until her death many years later.


Quota Roots Take Hold in India

Joyce Fren, officially known as “The South East Asia Organizer” also traveled to India and Sri Lanka in 1976. Quota’s Bombay club was chartered in September 1976 – the first in India, but others soon followed. Because annual dues were equivalent to one week’s salary in India, the Board of Directors was faced with a dilemma in regard to exchange rates and the remittance of foreign currency. The establishment of the Club-to Club Program (later renamed the Hand-in-Hand Program) five years later helped to resolve this financial situation.

Joycce Fren presenting

An inaugural meeting was also held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on September 8, 1976, with 15 prospective members present. Following the election of a Protem Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, the club started to organize its service work. Top priority was given to providing for the education of deaf children. However, it was not until January 27, 1978, that the charter party was held with 25 members initiated at the Sapphire Hotel – a glittering affair with the room decorated in traditional Celonese style and a government film crew sent to record the entire function. This club was extremely active but, unfortunately, had to disband when curfews were implemented during the civil unrest in 1989. Also in 1978, a meeting was also held by Joyce in Bangalore, India, on January 17 wherein was planned the charter of the Madras Club on February 5. However, this did not happen at that time.

Joyce returned to India for a meeting in Madras on June 17, 1977. Fourteen prospective members decided on their first project and set a charter date for September 2. In Bangalore, 14 ladies received the “Quota story” enthusiastically at a meeting on June 25 and were keen to establish a club. It was decided to attempt completion by the end of August. Potential service projects decided upon included support of a senior citizens’ day center and the provision of a workshop for developmentally disabled people.

During this trip, Joyce also went back to Bombay (now Mumbai) and visited Bandra, but it was a difficult time to be in India – hot and wet during the monsoonal season thus resulting in poor attendance by prospective members. It was decided that the ladies in Bandra should join the Bombay city club. Additionally, the payment of dues continued to be a challenge due to government restrictions.

Positive results were achieved in New Delhi from meetings held on June 21 and 22, 1977. The offer of an acting chairman came immediately as well as offers of assistance from the President of the National Council of Women, Mr. G. C. Mathur, a Government Official; Mr. Ghat and Dr. Kandy, from the All Institute of the Deaf; and from a Rotary Past President, Mr. K. Kripalani, whose wife Rekha is still an active charter member of the New Delhi club. More meetings were held after Joyce left, and the Quota Club of New Delhi received its charter on March 3, 1978, with Deep Dugal as the Charter President. Deep remained a strong leadership presence in the club until her death in 2004. A charter was presented to Quota International of Sainik Farm in February 2000 by this writer and to Quota International of DLF City in December 2000 by President Dolores Brosky. Unfortunately, by this time, the clubs in Bombay, Bangalore, and Madras had dissolved. Quota also had a presence for a short time in Calcutta (now Kolkata), with a club organized there by the New Delhi club.

Quota’s Asian Presence Expands Again

Past President Joan May presented a charter to Quota International of Singapore on March 2, 1980, at a glittering function attended by 186 overseas visitors. However, this number was far surpassed when Singapore hosted Quota’s 72nd Annual Convention in 1993 – the first to be held in Asia. Canadian Ilse Mitchell was elected International President and returned to Asia in January 1994 to present a charter to Quota International of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, a club organized by Dixie Tan, Singapore club’s charter president.

Quota Takes Hold in the Caribbean and Europe

Meanwhile, there was also plenty of organizational activity occurring on the Atlantic Ocean. Quota International of Curacao was the first club to be chartered in the Caribbean on August 15, 1987, followed closely by Quota International of Aruba on September 16, with the charter presented by International President Janet Popyach. Through their connections in the Netherlands, it didn’t take long for these clubs to introduce Quota International to Europe, with the first club being chartered in Rotterdam on April 23, 1994. Clubs in Zeist, Zutphen, and Amsterdam followed. March 14, 1997, brought the creation of Quota International of Suriname, which has been an active participant in the Hand-in-Hand World Service program since its inception. Finally, since 2000, Quota has also spread in the Caribbean to the islands of Sint Eustatius (in 2008) and Trinidad-Tobago (2018).

Janet Popavich
Janet Popyach

The Board’s decision in 1980 to establish Quota’s own Club-to-Club Program, now known as our World Service Hand-in-Hand Program, has provided the link necessary to make Quota International truly global through our clubs’ collaborative efforts in running local service programs in developing countries – some clubs giving funds and others giving time and hands-on service on location. Additionally, tour groups, which started in the 1950’s between the U.S.A. and Australia, have more recently offered members the opportunity to visit Quota countries across the globe to experience Quota fellowship and service on a global level.


August ……. Quota’s valued Mentors

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Quota’s Administration and Administrators

Meeting Minutes – the responsibility of the secretary, to provide the historical reference for all organizations. In 1919, the first secretary of Quota’s founding group was Jean Ware Redpath – one of the original five. After receiving its Certificate of Incorporation, the first meeting of Quota Clubs International was held and officers were elected. Florence M. Smith was elected secretary and the International Headquarters was subsequently located at 122 Chamber of Commerce, Buffalo New York.

Quota Creates the ‘General Secretary’ Position

Florence SnowdenAt the first annual convention held in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1920, Florence Snowden, a member of the Scranton Club was appointed the first General Secretary. The Headquarters was at the home of the President until 1928. However, at the 1926 Convention when the Quota Club of Winnipeg received its charter, Quota received congratulations on its international status from President Calvin Coolidge who invited the organization to make its Headquarters in Washington D.C. When, at the 1928 Convention a request was made for every club to donate U.S.$50 for a permanent Headquarters to be established in Washington DC,U.S. $1,700 was pledged and the first permanent Headquarters was established at 812 17th Street, N.W., Washington D.C.

Elizabeth WhiteOn January 1, 1929, President Elizabeth White Emens resigned as International President and took over the responsibilities of General Secretary from Florence Snowdon. The Worcester, Massachusetts Convention in 1929 marked the tenth anniversary with a General Secretary, a permanent office, and 2,500 members. Elizabeth made her last General Secretary’s Report to the Convention in 1936 and was given much credit for her fine work and the sincere appreciation of the Board for her devotion to Quota.

On September 15, 1936,  Gwladys Jones was appointed General Secretary.  Gwladys was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, a Women’s College in Pennsylvania, originally founded as a Quaker Institution in 1885. She taught for three years before entering administrative and editorial fields. During Gwladys’ tenure as General Secretary, in a filed letter dated 1944 from the Commissioner of Internal Revenues, she was advised that Quota International and affiliated clubs were entitled to exemption from Federal tax under the provisions of section 101(8) of the Internal Revenue Code. However, Quota was required annually, to provide the IRS with lists in quadruplicate showing the name sand addresses of any newly chartered clubs and of those which had ceased to exist. Gladys Jones

Gwladys was a long and faithful employee, travelling to Australia in 1959 to represent the Board of Directors at the Second Combined Conference of Australian Clubs held in Canberra. Gwladys retired as General Secretary in 1960 and was chosen for Honorary Membership in 1961 at the Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, in recognition of her many years of service. She died in 1968, shortly after the passing of Quota Founder, Wanda Frey Joiner.

Changing with the Times

In 1955, Quota’s Headquarters office was moved to 1145 19th Street, N.W., Washington D.C., at which time several studies were conducted by Board Members on headquarters equipment, personnel, policies, organization, obligations, expansion, workflow and finances. One procedure that resulted was that of requesting clubs to submit rosters to headquarters each year, to help headquarters do a better job of classification. Maintaining current data on club member classifications was a time-consuming problem.

Following Gwladys Jones, Quota was then fortunate in appointing Dora Lee (Allen) Haynes, as the new General Secretary who assumed office on January 1, 1961. Later, Dora Lee’s title was changed to Executive Secretary, and further on to Executive Director, more in keeping with the responsibilities of administering Quota International, Incorporated.  This was also the year for incorporation in the District of Colombia under the new name of Quota International, Incorporated.  The new incorporation papers were signed by Wanda Frey Joiner, Anne G. Stillings, Minnie H. Byers, Katherine Tancill, and Claire Oglesby. The previous incorporations of Quota Clubs International were dissolved in 1961. (The 1961 Articles of Incorporation, also known as Quota International’s Charter, can be viewed online.)

At the convention in 1963, the flag of Quota International, Inc., was presented to President Helen Agnew and has been carried at every Quota International Convention since then, although the original has been replaced in recent years. Quota also filed papers with the United States Patent Office to secure the trademark and copyright of its name, design, emblem, and the name of its magazine. Filing in Canada and Australia followed after the papers were granted in the USA. 1961 also saw a new design for the membership pin with the official emblem for Quota International, Inc. At the same time, a jeweled pin for Quota International Past International Presidents was designed.

A New Approach to New Clubs

In 1965, after many years, Quota once again employed a professional field representative, but after one year, the decision was made that club organization is best and most economically accomplished by individual Quotarians and clubs.

During the Sixties, the Membership Classification Guide was completely revised; a Quota Activities and Membership brochure was developed, the Organizer’s Manual was written to help establish new clubs; and the Governor’s Guidebook and the President’s Handbook were produced to help officers with their duties and procedures. Growth slowed with a membership of 400 clubs.

The Golden Jubilee Convention in 1969 was held in Washington, D.C., at which Quotarians resolved to create the Wanda Frey Joiner Memorial Fund in her honor and as a perpetual living memorial to carry out Wanda’s wish that her estate be used to organize new Quota Clubs and strengthen existing clubs. The Wanda Frey Joiner Award and Pin, established in 1998 by President Verna Stewart, continues to perpetuate her memory today – and the Probate document of Quota’s Founder filed in the Superior Court of Los Angeles on June 27, 1968 is still held at the Quota International Office.

Dora Lee HanesIn 1984, Dora Lee Haynes resigned her position as Executive Director after 24 years of devoted service and professionalism to Quota. Dora Lee earned respect and admiration for Quota through her involvement with other service clubs and Gallaudet University. She served Quota during a period of great growth and change and gave willingly of her skills, patience, knowledge and support. Dora Lee was awarded Honorary Recognition at the 1984 Convention for her dedication.

A New Home

Kathleen W. Thomas followed and brought to her Executive Director position experience as an association executive with a strong background in association management and education. Her job responsibilities at Quota were to include serving as Director of the headquarters office and staff, manager of Quota’s Conventions, and editor of The Quotarian magazine. She assumed the responsibilities of the Shatter Silence co-ordinator position as well.

Kathleen Treiber - July 2006 - Head shot
Past Executive Director Kathleen Treiber

The Quota Headquarters office had moved to seven different locations since it had arrived in Washington, D.C., in 1928, all leased spaces. In 1984, Convention delegates voted to begin a fund-raising campaign to purchase a Quota World Headquarters site in the city, and in June 1985 office space in a building located at 1420 21st Street, N.W., was purchased for U.S.$546,675.00. It seemed fitting that Quota’s new home would be located in a stately building that was built when Quota was founded in 1919. Shortly after moving into the new office, Quota purchased an IBM-36 computer, thus bringing Quota International into the computer age.

After 29 years as Quota’s dedicated Executive, Kathleen (Thomas) Treiber retired having brought Quota into a completely new digital and electronic age.

In April 2013, Barbara Schreiber, formerly a fund-raiser for a non-profit charity, was appointed to the position of Executive Director. Barbara served for five years, resigning in September 2018.

Nancy Fitzpatrick Photo - August 2018
Executive Director Nancy Fitzpatrick

Nancy Fitzpatrick, who previously served Quota as Director of Membership and Deputy Executive Director from 1994 to 2013, became Quota International’s seventh Executive Director in September 2018. Nancy’s extensive non-profit experience is supplemented with a Master’s degree in Business with a specialization in non-profit management. She returned to Quota with a strong commitment to the organization, its members, and its ideals at a time when the need for restructuring had emerged due to financial concerns, diminishing membership, and a world far different than a century ago when Quota was founded. As a result, Quota’s leadership is reaching out to its members to help define the Quota of the future in the century to come.


July ……. Quota goes Global