Be Inspired by Betty!

More than a cool city, Grand Rapids is also home of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and resting place of Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States, and his wife Betty Ford.

Be inspiredbetty by Betty!

Born in 1918 (one year before Quota) she became First Lady in 1974 and demonstrated in numerous ways how one person can make a difference for so many.

Weeks after Betty became First Lady, she underwent a mastectomy for breast cancer. She chose to talk about her illness publicly, raising awareness of a disease that Americans had previously been reluctant to talk about. Her openness led more women to do self-examinations and an increase in reported cases of breast cancer, a phenomenon known as the “Betty Ford blip”.

Betty also confronted her alcoholism and addiction to opioids when she went into treatment for substance abuse. Once again she shared her journey publicly and established the world-renowned Betty Ford Center in California for the treatment of chemical dependency, including treating the children of alcoholics.

Betty Ford utilized her national role and personal experiences for the greater good. She is thoughtfully honored at the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum, just west of the Amway Grand Plaza, across the Grand River in Grand Rapids.

Betty’s legacy of turning her own pain into healing for so many is an inspiration for all Quotarians. Grand Rapids is proud to host Quota’s Convention 2020 and inspire thoughtful, significant and impactful actions worldwide.

Cathy Kaiser, Quota International of Grand Rapids.


President’s Message

Blog President Emilie Installation Speech

Dear Quota Members,

I am writing to give you an update on the 2018-2019 Board of Director’s important work in strengthening our organization for a new century of Quota.

As we celebrate 100 years of serving our communities in Quota’s name, your Board of Directors is working hard to reposition our beloved organization to better reflect the realities guiding how we must operate. Here is a report on ways we are moving Quota forward, as well as some ways you, too, can make a difference this month and this year.

First, I reached out to a select group of Quota members who possess special talents and skills in the accounting field. They assisted our board on a volunteer basis in assessing and interpreting financial data that had been made available at Convention 2018 in Washington, DC. The interpretations they shared have been invaluable.

Second, your Board of Directors requested that missing audits for the fiscal years of 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 be completed and submitted to the Board of Directors. We are expecting them shortly and we will share this financial information with you. Your Board is committed to transparency in our finances.

Third, your Board of Directors made the decision to make a change in the staff leadership at the Quota International office. As you now know, former staff member Nancy Fitzpatrick returned to assist us on an interim basis while we assess exactly where we are with our finances and how best to move forward. We have appreciated Nancy’s willingness to step in at this critical time.

Fourth, we are a volunteer organization! Just as I asked a small group of very talented Quotarians to assist with assessing our financial reports, so will I be reaching out from time to time in the coming year inviting members to help us on specific, limited-time projects. In the coming years I see the owners of our organization – you and I – taking a greater role in meeting more of our international needs.

We have big decisions to make as an organization, but I know we are up to the task. I am proud of this Board of Director’s actions in two short months.

I am asking you to join in our effort. What actions can you take while we work hard to reposition Quota in the coming year?

First, join with us in embracing change. The most important aspect of your Quota experience, your club, will always remain the way you and your fellow members define it. Our goal is to protect both your international and your local experience

Second, recruit one new member. If every Quotarian in every club recruited just one member by December 1, we would be well on our way to a second successful century. The world needs our special kind of Quota caring. Reach out for your club. Reach out for Quota. I look forward to personally thanking you for growing our family.

Third, consider investing in our organization’s rebirth by making an online donation towards Quota International’s future. Your generosity will help us make the leap not only to a new day, but a new century of service. Should you wish to target your donation to a specific Quota donations program (Wanda Frey Joiner for development and growth or We Share Foundation for service) e-mail Installment plans are available for any size donation.

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, thank you for caring about our organization and teaming up with us as we move forward.


Emilie Simon

2018-2020 International President