Program Highlights: Quota International in the Philippines Supports the Elderly

Quota International of Manila South visited Luwalhati ng Maynila (Home for the Elderly) in Marikina City to celebrate Filipino Elderly Week.  From October 1-7, 2015  Luwalhati ng Maynila’s  278 indigent grandpas and grandmas prepare a program of songs and dances that delight all in attendance.  To take part in the fun, the Manila South Quotarians joined them in their dance numbers.  After, the Manila South Quotarians served a lunch consisting of chicken adobo with vegetables and rice, followed by ice cream, a rare treat.

Each resident of Luwalhati ng Maynila was given a gift bag of filled with clothes, towels, snacks, oranges and toiletry items like toothbrushes, toothpastes and baby talcum powders.

QI of Manila South donated 100 kilos of rice,  laundry and cleaning detergents, renovated the home’s clinic, and the constructed an enclosed laundry area and hanging bay.

To learn more about the work Quota International of Manila South is doing in their local community visit their Facebook Page.

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Minute for Mission: The Scholarship Program with Quota International in the South Pacific

babe_hearingThe Quota International South Pacific Area Scholarship recipients show that the benefits of the scholarship reward local communities, and reach far and wide.

The Quota South Pacific Area Scholarship was established by Quota International clubs in Australia and New Zealand many years ago. Chosen by the trustees and a dedicated committee and supported by donations from clubs, a scholarship is awarded annually to persons working/associated with speech and hearing development. Two previous recipients attended the AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s Symposium and  presented on behalf of the Hear & Say Centre. The Centre enables families in Australia to give their children with hearing loss the resources they need to be successful.  The recipients of the Scholarship use their expertise to produce innovative research that supports the deaf and makes a difference in the lives they touch.

To understand and appreciate what a difference the Scholarship makes in the lives of the recipients report on their achievements, observations and aspirations.  The 2015 recipient, Alexandra Crosbie, is a Habilitation Manager at The Hearing House, a charity that provides cochlear implants, hearing aids, and auditory-verbal therapy free of charge to children with hearing loss.

Learn more about Alexandra and her work on the Quota South Pacific Area Scholarship website.

Submitted by Denise Rowell,Committee Member, Quota South Pacific Area Scholarship


Quota International is a nonpartisan, 501c3 nonprofit organization is dedicated to empowering women, children, the deaf, hard-of-hearing, the hearing and speech-impaired. Utilizing the leaders and members in individual communities, Quota International boasts over 5000 members in 264 cities who raise millions of dollars to start, contribute to, and maintain service projects in 12 countries. Visit Quota International at: www.quotainternational.org/.

The Hearing House is a charity for deaf children with cochlear implants and hearing aids. Our mission is to enable deaf or hearing-impaired children to listen and speak like their hearing peers. We aim to give deaf children with cochlear implants or hearing aids the ability to fulfil their potential and live an independent life in a hearing and speaking world. The Hearing House serves the needs of hundreds of hearing impaired children and their families from Kaitaia to Turangi. Learn more about how cochlear implants are changing the lives of deaf children all over the world by visiting: www.hearinghouse.co.nz/.

#62MillionGirls and What Quota International is Doing to Educate Girls Around the World

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Earlier this month, the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, unveiled a new initiative to mobilize the public around an issue that affects the entire world. To date, there are 62 million girls, ages 6-15 who are not enrolled in school. The international non-profit, Girl Rising partnered with First Lady Obama to spread the word on social media and in popular culture that effecting change is a global effort, and starts with access to education.

Educating the youngest among us has been at the forefront of Quota International’s mission for the last 96 years. Worldwide, primary schools are built, after school programs are managed, backpacks and school necessities are supplied, and book drives are hosted by the women of Quota International. Understanding the importance of early education, Quotarians in the Philippines donated the funds necessary to build a library in a local primary school. In Winchester, Virginia, United States Quota International donates hundreds of backpacks, binders, notebooks, etc. to local schools in their neighborhood. Canadian Quotarians fund deaf scholarships for students to attend leadership summer camps every year. In Suriname, a 40-year program has allowed hundreds of adolescents to succeed and achieve higher education.

With every effort from the men, women, and children who support the need to educate young girls, gender gaps can begin to close. Learn about what you can do to change the statistics that effects millions around the world. Let #62MillionGirls learn to become the leaders, educators, innovators, and philanthropists we need in an ever-increasing global economy.

Learn more about the #62MillionGirls campaign at: http://62milliongirls.com/ and follow @QuotaIntl on Twitter to see what Quotarians are doing to promote and create opportunities for young girls in their communities.


Quota International is a nonpartisan, 501c3 nonprofit organization is dedicated to empowering women, children, the deaf, hard-of-hearing, the hearing and speech-impaired. Utilizing the leaders and members in individual communities, Quota International boasts over 5000 members in 264 cities who raise millions of dollars to start, contribute to, and maintain service projects in 12 countries. Visit Quota International at: www.quotainternational.org/.

“Girl Rising is a global campaign for girls education that uses storytelling to share the simple truth that education girls can transform societies.” Visit Girl Rising at: www.girlrising.com/.

Photo caption: A young girl with her mother in India.

From the Field: Quota International Canada, Did You Know?

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Quota International Premier Cyber Club members don’t just operate in cyber space – they have their feet right on the ground in the centre of a community that needs help.

As Quota International’s first virtual club, the Premier Cyber partnered with Quota International of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada to sponsor a Pit Stop in the ‘Amazing Habitat Race Warsaw,’ a Habitat for Humanity event that raises funds for a building project in the village of Warsaw, near Peterborough.

President Leah said that each club member has chosen a community project to focus their efforts on– the Habitat for Humanity project is President Leah’s choice.   As a committee member for the Project, she has sought sponsorship from businesses for Pit Stops on a route through the village of Warsaw where the home will be built.  Participating teams had to pledge $250 to enter, challenge sponsors gave $500 and each Pit Stop challenge cost $250.00.   There were prizes for teams across the line, a seniors group provided pies for the Bar-b-que and the Lions Club did the Bar-b-que.  The Cyber Club sponsored one Pit Stop and a created basket of treats at all Pit Stops with the Quota logo well displayed Each basket held information pamphlets, magazines and details about Quota’s international service.

The result?  $71,000.00 raised, 2 prospective members in another town for Premier Cyber, a Junior Quota Club in a local high school, and an invitation to President Leah to speak to Year Five students about giving back to the community.

Well done, to our very new Canadian Cyber Club on their first service initiative!

From the Field: Quota International Australia, Did You Know?

Quota International of Redcliffe in Australia.

When the members of Quota International of Redcliffe (pictured above) heard that a Hospice for children was to be built in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia they decided to get involved.  They soon learned that the Hummingbird House would be the only hospice for children in Queensland and the first joint initiative between Queensland Kids and Wesley Mission Brisbane.

Redcliffe Quotarians made the decision to start fund-raising for this very worthy and much needed project.   Two Craft Fairs and a couple of Art Unions later, and the club donated $15,000.00. As a thank you, a portion of Hummingbird House’s roof will be named after the Quota club.  Townsville, Gold Coast, Nundah Clayfield, Brisbane South, Beaudesert, Beenleigh, Sandgate and North Lakes clubs in Queensland have accepted Redcliffe’s invitation to join the Project, raising over $21,000.00 for Hummingbird House.  Redcliffe Club members recently visited the site to view the progress of the building that will open its doors in February, 2016. They learned more about the impressive plans for the wonderful facilities  that will care for children and their families during their respite.

Hummingbird House will offer a comprehensive continuum of care for babies, children and teens with life-threatening illnesses and their families throughout Queensland.  It will be unique in Queensland because it offers world-class health care within a home-like environment; it will offer quality medical care for children, family accommodation, flexible quality of life solutions, personal programs, caring professional staff and dedicated volunteers. It’s going to be a place for children and their families to come in their time of need.

Quota Clubs in Queensland are proud to put their Quota Logo of support on this outstanding project.

From the Field: Australian Quotarians Listening & Learning in the Big Smoke

Quotarians in Parkes, New South Wales, Australia do a great deal of work to help people with hearing and/or speech difficulties, in their community, country, and even overseas.  Recently, ten of their members visited the Australian Hearing Hub at Macquarie University to catch up with the latest developments in the field.

The Australian Hearing Hub’s new state of the art facility has attracted industry leaders to drive innovation and collaboration. During their visit to the Hub, Quotarians interacted with:

  1. Australian Hearing, one of Australia’s leading hearing specialists and largest provider of Government funded hearing service.  The Hub is also home to the National Acoustic Laboratories which are the research division of National Hearing.
  1. The Shepherd Centre which opens up a world of sound for children with hearing loss and their families with their internationally recognised early intervention and first sounds implant programs.  The staff work closely with children and their families so that the parents can develop their children’s listening and speaking skills.
  1. The Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children which, among its many different areas, has a Cochlear Implant program.
  1. Cochlear Limited. The cochlear ear was invented by Australian Professor Clark and provides a hearing option for people with significant hearing loss who gain little or no benefit from hearing aids, and the device is way ahead of anything else in the world.

The Quotarians were told of the history of the cochlear ear and then, through a glass panel, watched them being assembled.  The extremely clean room had a fixed environment.  Temperature and humidity were fixed and workers wore full body garments, from boots, overalls, hoods, masks and gloves, to ensure that the final products were ready and safe for implantation.

Quota clubs around the world do a great deal of work to help people with hearing and speech difficulties, including  financing scholarships to people in the field for further research and training, and it is much appreciated.

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Quota International of Parkes visit the Australian Hearing Hub

Post was submitted by Quota International of Parkes member, Pam Nankivell.

From the Field: Quota International USA, Did You Know?

SSI_postOur disabled community members face many more obstacles in life than the rest of us. From obtaining and keeping a job, to daily commutes, to communicating with ease, many parts of everyday life that we take for granted are often out of reach for those who live with a disability. In order to assist these citizens, state and federal governments have enacted benefits to help with these obstacles. Unfortunately, in order to qualify for these government benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security, or Medicaid, one can’t have more than $2,000 in savings. Essentially, in order to qualify for government disability benefits, one must live in poverty.

This all changed on December 19, 2014 when President Obama signed into law bipartisan legislation entitled the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. The law created a new special savings account, modeled after 529 college savings plans, through which people with disabilities can now save up to $100,000 without losing state and federal disability benefits. The ABLE Act was passed to help those with disabilities cover the costs associated with a variety of essential expenses including medical and dental care, education, community based supports, employment training, assistive technology, housing, and transportation.

People with disabilities can open these special ABLE accounts only after their specific state-level lawmakers pass that state’s version of the ABLE Act. Fortunately, 31 states have enacted their respective versions of the ABLE legislation. Two more states’ legislatures, California and New York, have passed a bill which is awaiting the Governor’s signature before it becomes law. While it’s encouraging that 31 states have passed legislation, it does highlight that 17 states and the District of Columbia have not yet introduced, or if introduced have not yet passed ABLE legislation. These 17 states include: Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

As Quotarians, we follow a mission to empower women, children, the deaf, hard-of-hearing, and the speech-impaired. While we support and fund deaf resources, we also aim to empower all disadvantaged members of our communities. Please consider taking time to help expand the ABLE Act to all 50 states. What can you do?

  • If you live in California or New York, you can call the governor’s office and voice your support for the ABLE Act and encourage him to sign it into law.
  • If you live in one of the previously-mentioned 17 states or District of Columbia, you can contact your local state legislator and encourage them to introduce and pass this beneficial legislation.
  • If you live in one of the 31 states where this is already law, feel free to thank your state-level lawmakers. And if you wish to advocate more, consider working with Quotarians in neighboring states where the ABLE Act has not yet been enacted.
  • If you live outside the United States, we encourage you to engage with your local and federal lawmakers to see what is being done to help disabled members of your communities overcome similar obstacles.

Doing so will help countless community members living with disabilities. If you need help getting started, reach out to Quota Staff. We’re here for you.

For more information on ABLE implementation in your state, the National Down Syndrome Society made this helpful guide: http://www.ndss.org/Advocacy/Legislative-Agenda/Creating-an-Economic-Future-for-Individuals-with-Down-Syndrome/ABLE-State-Bills/.

From the Field: A Smart911 Webinar for Quotarians in the United States

smart911_blogAttention Quota International members in the United States! A new opportunity is available to your club through Quota International’s newest partner, SMART911. SMART911 creates safety profiles for residents free of charge. For many of the communities in which Quota International operates, this service can be especially crucial.  For example, if a person is deaf or speech impaired, 9-1-1 will see that in their safety profile and can initiate SMS text messaging with the caller.  Likewise, if a child goes missing, 9-1-1 will automatically be able to see the missing child’s photo and physical description in a Smart911 profile.

Since communities across the United States have started adopting SMART911’s tool, including several Quota communities in Region 6 (Kris Mellinger of Region 6 will co-host the webinar), we wanted to share this opportunity stateside. During the webinar, a SMART911 representative and Kris will provide information about using SMART911’s safety service  and bringing it to your community.  Please find below the information regarding the date, time, and registration for this free webinar.

Webinar Information

Date: Tuesday, September 15th

Time: 7:00pm EDT

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3364281648335675138

Reflecting on Women’s Equality in the United States

Today is National Women’s Equality Day in the United States; this 95th anniversary comes at an integral time in America where, for the first time, a woman could be elected and become the President of the United States. From Clinton to the suffragists of the early 20th century, the fight for women’s rights has been long and arduous, but the triumphs have changed the course of America. Check out some of the History Channel’s Famous Firsts in Women’s History since 1920.

EDITH WHARTON IS THE FIRST WOMAN TO WIN A PULITZER PRIZE

Wharton won the prize for her 1920 novel The Age of Innocence. Like many of Wharton’s books, The Age of Innocence was a critique of the insularity and hypocrisy of the upper class in turn-of-the-century New York. The book has inspired several stage and screen adaptations, and the writer Cecily Von Ziegesar has said that it was the model for her popular Gossip Girl series of books.

AMELIA EARHART IS THE FIRST WOMAN TO CROSS THE ATLANTIC IN AN AIRPLANE

After that first trip across the ocean, which took more than 20 hours, Earhart became a celebrity: She won countless awards, got a ticker-tape parade down Broadway, wrote a best-selling book about her famous flight and became an editor at Cosmopolitan magazine. In 1937, Earhart attempted to be the first female pilot to fly around the world, and the first pilot of any gender to circumnavigate the globe at its widest point, the Equator. Along with her navigator Fred Noonan, Earhart successfully hopscotched from Miami to Brazil, Africa, India and Australia. Six weeks after they began their journey, Earhart and Noonan left New Guinea for the U.S. territory of Howland Island, but they never arrived. No trace of Earhart, Noonan or their plane was ever found.

THE ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE BECOMES THE FIRST PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE FOR FEMALE PLAYERS

Women had been playing professional baseball for decades: Starting in the 1890s, gender-integrated “Bloomer Girls” teams (named after the feminist Amelia Bloomer) traveled around the country, challenging men’s teams to games–and frequently winning. As the men’s minor leagues expanded, however, playing opportunities for Bloomer Girls decreased, and the last of the teams called it quits in 1934. But by 1943, so many major-league stars had joined the armed services and gone off to war that stadium owners and baseball executives worried that the game would never recover. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was the solution to this problem: It would keep ballparks filled and fans entertained until the war was over. For 12 seasons, more than 600 women played for the league’s teams, including the Racine (Wisconsin) Belles, the Rockford (Illinois) Peaches, the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Chicks and the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Daisies.

JANET GUTHRIE IS THE FIRST WOMAN TO DRIVE IN INDY 500

Guthrie was an aerospace engineer, training to be an astronaut, when she was cut from the space program because she didn’t have her PhD. She turned to car racing instead and became the first woman to qualify for the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. Mechanical difficulties forced her out of the 1977 Indy race, but the next year she finished in ninth place (with a broken wrist!). The helmet and suit that Guthrie wore in her first Indy race are on display in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

MADELEINE ALBRIGHT BECOMES THE FIRST FEMALE SECRETARY OF STATE

In January 1997, the international-relations expert Madeleine K. Albright was sworn in as the United States’ 64th Secretary of State. She was the first woman to hold that job, which made her the highest-ranking woman in the federal government’s history. Before President Bill Clinton asked her to be part of his Cabinet, Albright had served as the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In 2004, Condoleezza Rice became the second woman–and first African-American woman to hold the job. Five years later, in January 2009, the former Senator (and First Lady) Hillary Rodham Clinton became the third female Secretary of State.

KATHRYN BIGELOW BECOMES THE FIRST WOMAN TO WIN AN OSCAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR

The American film director Kathryn Bigelow’s 2008 film “The Hurt Locker” garnered six Oscars on March 7, 2010, including the Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture. Written by Mark Boal, a former journalist who covered the war in Iraq, the movie follows an Army bomb squad unit as they conduct dangerous missions and battle personal demons in war-torn Baghdad. Bigelow, whose previous films include “Strange Days” and “Point Break,” was the first woman to take home the Best Director distinction. She triumphed over her former husband, James Cameron, whose science fiction epic “Avatar” was another presumed front-runner.

With Quota International’s own illustrious history as the United States’s first women-only service organization (incorporated in 1919), American Quotarians, and our sisters in 11 countries around the world, are proud of the monumental successes women have achieved in the last 96 years. With American legislation on the evolution of women’s rights at center stage, it’s nice to celebrate and remember where women have been and what has been accomplished. Happy Women’s Equality Day, Quotarians!

Photo caption: Quota International founder and Lifetime President, Wanda Frey Joiner (left) receives an official Quota flag at 1963 Los Angeles convention from Helen Agnew, Quota’s, “Betsy Ross.”

Content original found on: http://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/famous-firsts-in-womens-history

From the Field: A Message from International President Karen

After Quota International’s first year of successful Regional Meetings, I invited our board members to write about a service project that inspired them.  From the work being done in Malaysia and India, to the stories in the Netherlands, Caribbean, Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand, Quotarians have made a tremendous impact on their communities. However one simple project from Huronia, Ontario, Canada really caught my eye.

Quotarians of the Huronia club give prom dresses to those girls who cannot afford them, and like any good project, it continues grow every year.

The Quota club is given free space at a dress shop at the local mall, and last year the mall paid for 40 radio spots to encourage donations from the community. In 2014, 155 dresses were donated!

They receive donations of dresses, shoes, bags, stockings and jewellery; Quotarians arranged for girls from 3 local high schools to choose a dress, and even arrange free tailoring if it is needed.

The girls have their hair and make-up done, and in the end, get to share the whole exciting prom experience with their peers. They feel empowered to have this experience, and grateful to Quota International for helping make their teenage dreams come true.

This is a real hands-on project for the Quota members, reaching deep into their community connections, building networks with local business partners, and eliciting great publicity – all for a good local cause!

Every successful Quota club needs a major project (service or fundraiser) for which it is known and celebrated for locally. This builds your club profile, your standing in the community, and in turn enables you to attract new members.

Congratulations Quota International of Huronia for one such innovative project!

From the Field: A Message from Vice President Cindy

Over the last few months, while attending regional meetings, I have been so impressed and proud of the wonderful service work that is being done in your local communities in the name of Quota! One very worthwhile service project, “Quota’s Hear for Good,” by Quota International of Grand Rapids, MI, United States, stood out to me because it can easily be duplicated in many of our communities around the world.

Hear for Good,” a project presented at the Region 4 Meeting, is a service project where Quota Club members collect used hearing aids for recycling. The used hearing aids are then sent to a leading manufacturer of hearing aids, Starkey, Inc., to be refurbished and reprogrammed. Through their Starkey Hearing Foundation, the international manufacturing company conducts hearing missions, fitting more than 100,000 refurbished aids a year. Starkey, with the help of Quotarians in Grand Rapids are able to bring the gift of hearing to those who would otherwise live in the isolation of a silent world.

By donating the used hearing aids to Starkey, Quota International of Grand Rapids receives points toward the purchase of new, lower cost hearing aids, which Quota donates to deaf and hard-of-hearing persons in need. QI of Grand Rapids partners with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services in their community to help identify those who would benefit the most from this particular service.

QI of Grand Rapids made beautiful donation boxes for recycled hearing aids and placed them at various places in their community. Some of the suggested locations were: churches, funeral homes, schools, agencies that support the aging, hospice, and local businesses. Each donation gift box held information about Quota International’s rich history, and thank you and/or gift acknowledgement cards for hearing aid donors to receive at a later date. The gift boxes placed around Grand Rapids gave Quota International a little more exposure in the community; the club was also featured on a local news program to showcase their project! Job well done, Quotarians of Grand Rapids.

If anyone is interested in pursuing this “Hear for Good” project in their local community, please, don’t hesitate to contact me for more information.

Thank you ALL for making a difference in your communities and around the world!

Quota International's partnership with Starkey has provided life-changing services for hundreds of people.
Quota International’s partnership with Starkey has provided life-changing services for hundreds of people.

From the Field: A Message from Vice President Emilie

QuoCka Reading Project is thriving in local primary schools in Beenleigh, QLD, Australia.
QuoCka Reading Project is thriving in local primary schools in Beenleigh, QLD, Australia.

“A child who reads, becomes an adult who thinks.”

It was an overwhelming pleasure to witness the QuoCKa Reading Project, managed by Quota International of Beenleigh, QLD, Australia during the Region 13 meeting.

This outreach project, where club members, Junior Quotarians, and local police read to 3rd graders at a local primary school, generates an interest and love of reading in children at an early and critical age.  They also learn to understand the value of sharing because, at the end of the program, QI of Beenleigh gives each child a book of their choice as well as an identical book to be donated to the school’s library. The donated books have library cards that show the names of the student donors, and that of Quota International.

A literacy project, like QuoCka, is an exceptional gift that these young students will cherish, especially when their parents cannot afford to buy books for them.

Educating the youth, teaching them to love books, and  providing the experience of sharing brings forth a lasting effect for the children in Beenleigh.  They will grow up to be adults who can think well – a priceless gift in anyone’s life.