April President’s Message

Dear Quota Members,

Around Quota’s world, a change in seasons is occurring. Members in the Northern Hemisphere are cheering the onset of spring and the storage of winter woolies and coats. In the Southern Hemisphere, summer is evolving into autumn, and a new chill in the air brings welcome relief from the hot summer sun. Even countries located close to the equator have seasons, like my home country of the Philippines, where summer has begun.

In Quota, we are experiencing seasons of change, and with each change comes loss and opportunity. The loss we are experiencing is a combination of membership losses and a financial setback this year. The opportunity? The chance to design Quota to operate in a new, more cost-effective and efficient way to ensure your club’s continuation for a second century of service in your community.

We are asking for your help with this important project at your 2019 Regional Meeting. During your International Representative’s presentation, you will be invited to participate in a small group discussion where your feedback will be recorded and shared with your Board of Directors. We want to know what you value most about your experience as a Quotarian and what ideas you have related to our mission of protecting the future of our clubs.

Regional Meetings are wonderful opportunities to participate in Quota beyond your local club. Meetings are filled with inspirational presentations, fellowship opportunities, and the ability to make new friends who share your commitment to Quota’s service mission. International Representatives care so deeply about connecting with you and your fellow Regional Members that they are traveling to meetings at their own expense. Please consider attending this very important year.

Changes in Rules of Procedure

Because of the changes coming to Quota that are not yet fully defined, your Board has voted to revise Quota International’s Rules of Procedure to extend the deadline for the submission of 2020 Board Nominee forms. The Board of Directors will be unveiling its new structure proposal in December 2019 after our in-person meeting. It is only fair that potential leaders have the opportunity to learn more about the plans shared at that time before choosing to run for international office. Here are the revised 2020 Board Nominee deadlines:

  • The deadline for submitting forms declaring candidacy for international office has been moved from December 31, 2019, to February 1, 2020. (Candidate forms will be available later in the year.)
  • The deadline for submitting a 3-minute campaign video and a one-page campaign flyer has been moved from January 31, 2020, to March 1, 2020.
  • The election ballot mail date has been moved from March 1, 2020, to April 1, 2020.
  • The voted election ballot postmark deadline remains June, 1, 2020.
  • As has been the procedure in recent years, there will be no voting on international nominees at Convention 2020.

Other changes have been made to the Rules of Procedure, primarily to ensure that the Rules reflect current Quota International Bylaws, the fiscal year change, and the current level of dues.

In closing, all of these changes are designed to prepare for the Quota of the future which you, the members, will help determine through the feedback we receive at 2019 Regional Meetings. This is your opportunity to help determine a new exciting season in Quota’s life cycle, and I encourage you to participate.

Sincerely,

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Emilie Simon

2018-2020 President

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Project Spotlight: Signing Santa

Santa Clause, Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle. In Quota countries around the world, we all understand the magic of Santa. The tradition of telling Santa what you would like for Christmas is known to children around the world. DEC SANTA 101

But not everyone can actually speak to Santa. Signing Santa is a long-standing tradition which allows deaf children to experience the excitement of Santa, just like other children do. Many Quota communities around the world host Signing Santa events. Two of them are Sioux City, Iowa, in the U.S., and Trinidad & Tobago in the Caribbean. Thanks to them, many more children can sit on Santa’s lap without having to worry about the language barrier.

Sioux City Quotarians host their Signing Santa event annually, and each year they are filled with a sense of joy and excitement when the event unfolds. DEC SANTA 125

Hard-of-hearing and deaf students spend a morning visiting Santa (who is also deaf) and signing their wish-list. Seeing their smiles as they meet Santa is what makes this annual event so meaningful to members and parents alike.  Students get to make Christmas crafts and the ever-popular ‘slime’ and enjoy a Santa cookie. They also get to visit Santa’s Gift Shop, where they search for that special gift for a loved one (or even for themselves!).

Spending time together is special for all the children. Often each is the only deaf student in her or his school, so being able to spend time with other kids who share their hearing challenges makes the event especially sweet for all.

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Three thousand miles away…..

Quota International of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) jointly hosted its inaugural Signing Santa event in collaboration with its strategic partner, the Trinidad and Tobago Association for the Hearing Impaired (TTAHI). ss4

From inception, Quota T&T envisioned its Signing Santa event to become a staple on its yearly calendar.  This heart-warming affair was designed to exude the Christmas spirit and to bring holiday cheer to the children in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.   Santa’s arrival on a truck with flashing red lights in the dark with only the lighted tree created a major WOW factor! The huge smiles on the children’s faces were priceless. More importantly the children were overjoyed that Santa was deaf and communicated with them using sign language. Happy children confided their Christmas wishes to Santa and sat on his lap to receive their presents. ss1

Of all the events Quota T&T hosted in 2018, the Signing Santa project holds a special place in the hearts of its members. The club was especially grateful for the outpouring of love they received from individuals, companies and club members who generously donated toys and stockings filled with goodies, food and beverages, entertainment, event management and décor services, sound system, and much more! ss2

Special thanks go to Tamme Saul, President, Quota International of Sioux City, and Michelle Low Chew Tung, President, Quota International of Trinidad and Tobago, for sharing information regarding their Signing Santa programs and for making the holidays a little brighter for deaf and hard-of-hearing children around the world.