Aspire to Inspire: Founder’s Day 2018

Quota International Women

February 6th marks Quota International’s 99th anniversary as an organization that has worked to provide sound beginnings empowering women, children, the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired. On this occasion, we reflect on our beginnings and who we are now as an organization.

Our History
Founding Women“The idea for Quota International was sparked when Wanda Frey Joiner attended a Christmas “ladies’ night” party hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Buffalo, New York.  Wanting to form a similar organization for women to join, a few weeks later, Joiner and four businesswomen, Florence M. Smith, Alice C. Sauers, Ora G. Cole, and Jean Ware Redpath, signed incorporation documents forming Quota Club International on February 6, 1919, one year before the United States passed the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote and less than one month after the end of World War I. Because many women had joined the workforce and organized campaigns to support the troops, when the war was over, women wanted more employment and empowerment opportunities.  Their enthusiasm propelled the organization to become the first international women-only service organization in 1925.

The five founders chose to keep their dream simple by using the “golden rule” as their code and the “sharing” of both talent and responsibility as its ideal. During the early years of Quota, the organization’s focus targeted and promoted: good citizenship, crime prevention, extending friendly relations, gaining recognition for the achievements of women, and international relations.”

Where We Are Now

Quota International Convention 2016Since 1919, Quota International members have been developing programs and nurturing communities around the globe. Quota International is now in 14 countries with more than 260 clubs worldwide and growing.

The work that members support is just as vibrant and diverse as the membership. Projects range from Cops ‘N Kids/QuoCKa reading programs; medical clinics; support of kindergartens; run for life relays; providing food to less fortunate to assisting with outreach programs for homeless persons; to providing information about protecting hearing, hearing aids, hearing system loops and other technologies for assistive listening. Quota members are creative in fundraising efforts as can be demonstrated by the vast variety of fundraising dinners; bingo, bunco and trivia nights; craft, art and nut sales; cookouts; fishing tournaments; Holiday home tours; sausage sizzle event; and their willingness to reach in to their communities to work with other like-minded local agencies to achieve common goals.

All of the efforts have a common thread, the desire to make the lives of those around us a better by thinking and acting locally which then impacts globally. Quota International is in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) with a specific focus on SDG 1: No Poverty; SDG 3: Health and Wellbeing; and SDG 4: Quality Education. In these areas, Quota International is delivering world service.

So, on February 6th, Founder’s Day, we celebrate the vision of the women who stepped forward to create the first women-only international service organization. We celebrate the members and community friends who participate by giving of their time, talents and financial support to make Quota International an organization that will continue to benefit others for generations to come.

Happy Anniversary, Quota International!

Minute for Mission: Volunteer of the Year Awards 2017

Connected to Community

We come from many different countries, cultures, religions, traditions and economic backgrounds yet we have one thing in common. It is the willingness to connect, support and empower those around us in our communities. In serving our neighbors who are facing challenges, we create life-long friendships, and build partnerships with like-minded organizations while enriching our towns and cities for generations to come.

Our Volunteers of the Year for 2017 have been recognized by their fellow Quotarians and Quota International, Inc. for making a difference for women, children and those in need in the areas in which they reside. It is with heartfelt gratitude that we celebrate the individuals amongst us that have inspired us to continue our common journey of shared service.

It is our invitation to you to take a moment to meet these remarkable people. The Volunteer of the Year 2017 section of the quotainternational.org website will direct you to the various Quota International regions where you can read quotes about our 2017 Volunteer of the Year recipients from their teammates.

Congratulations to the Volunteer of Year Award recipients! We thank you for being the common thread that weaves us together in the tapestry of service.