Quotarian Quota International, Inc. A Worldwide Network of Service and Friendship 2007
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CONVENTION 2008 CALIFORNIA’S ‘SUNSHINE CITY’ WELCOMES YOU! JULY 11-14, 2008 SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A. Warmth, energy, and innovation— Quotarians and our 2008 convention city have all three in common! San Jose’s numbers say it all: Average temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, in July. And with 300 sunny days a year, chances are that those days will bring with them blue skies and warm rays!
Elegant and sophisticated deluxe guest rooms and 74 exquisite suites at The Fairmont San Jose, our Convention 2008 hotel. Each guest room is luxuriously appointed with every amenity, including the finest bedding and toiletries and high-speed Internet access. Pamper yourself at the fabulous hotel pool, health club, and spa.
Square miles of restaurants, shopping, and other attractions. Enjoy a buffet of multi-ethnic restaurants before visiting San Pedro Square, premium shopping centers, and over 300 store outlets. And at night, hear the applause. From local haunts to trendy scenes, a diverse after-hours scene awaits you.
Local wineries offering tours and tastings, and the world-famous vineyards of Napa Valley, are just a short drive away. Or, get on the green with over 15 local and championship golf courses. Historic San Jose is a city filled with architecture, art, history, culture, and fun. Sporting events, trails, and theme parks, including Paramount’s Great America, are just a few of San Jose’s outstanding outdoor attractions.
Minutes away from San Francisco and its grand, sweeping views, neighborhood color and character, and world-class dining and shopping. Home of those oh-so-charming cable cars, the U.S.A.’s most romantic European-style city is an eternal World’s Fair!
Join Quotarians from around the globe to soak up the sun at Convention 2008! More details will be available on www.quota.org later this year and in the 2008 Quotarian Magazine.
COVER: Quota International President Enid Croes-Marugg takes a minute to reflect on her experience at the United Nation’s conference for Non-Governmental Organizations. Story begins on Page 3.
World Net Service
2006 International Photo Contest Winner
Clubs in Action
Projects that Shine
2006-2007 Board of Directors
2006 Founders, Benefactors, Friends
Celebrate Quota’s Winning Ways
BACK COVER: In Manila, Quotarians are making big changes in the lives of small children: here, they smile with a Loving Home child after the club’s Quota Cares Month benefit concert for the shelter, which serves physically handicapped children.
About Quota International Organized in 1919, Quota International, Inc., is an 88-year-old service organization that links its members of all ages, occupations, and nationalities in a worldwide network of service and friendship. Quota’s members around the globe are committed to serving their communities and their world. With a motto of “we share,” Quotarians are known especially for their service to deaf, hard-of-hearing, and speech-impaired individuals and disadvantaged women and children. Serving and encouraging others, developing friendships, and promoting international understanding are values shared by all Quota members.
Quotarian 2007 The Quotarian is published by Quota International, Inc., 1420 21st Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036, U.S.A. Executive Director and Editor: Kathleen W. Treiber, CAE • Deputy Executive Director and Managing Editor: Nancy Ivester Fitzpatrick Design: Robin Foster, Optima Design, Inc. • Writers: Lauren Davis, Mary Margaret Yodzis Telephone: (202) 331-9694 • Facsimile: (202) 331-4395 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Web Sites: www.quota.org, www.wesharefoundation.org Photo credits: Front Cover, Page 3 – Joel Simpson Photography; Inside Front Cover – Robert Holmes/Cal Tour (outdoor café, wine country, cable car); San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau (jazz player); Page 2 – John Fitzhugh/Sun Herald; Page 4 – Tony Ortiz, Bethlehem, PA (children); Page 5 – UN Photo/Andrea Brizzi; Page 10 – NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, Modis Land Rapid Response Team (hurricane); Page 16 – Arcadia Publishing, Dover, New Hampshire (book cover)
ear Fellow Quota Members,
Ours is a noisy, unpredictable world with troubles on every continent. In places where people cling to differences rather than seek common ground, strife is greatest. For this reason, Quota International’s example of cooperation is as vital as the service we do. In bringing together members with varying cultural, political, and religious convictions, we focus not on our divergence but on our shared passion for helping people in need. From our own communities to places around the globe, we share our sunshine through volunteer action. This picture, taken along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, U.S.A., represents for me Quota’s compassionate touch and the theme for my year as international president. Just as a beautiful sunflower springs forth amidst devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in late August 2005, Quota plants seeds of hope and renewal in even the ugliest of situations through inspiring club, district, area, and worldwide service.
Of course, we are not alone in working to improve conditions for the least fortunate. Last September, I had the privilege and honor of representing Quota at a United Nations conference for NonGovernmental Organizations. Now former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan told us that NGOs make a tremendous impact on our changing world, especially where governments are unwilling or unable to act. He called it the “power of the global citizen.” In Quota, we understand this power to make a difference, having harnessed it for 88 years to make the world a little brighter. Please enjoy the examples in this Quotarian issue of the many ways we Share Our Sunshine. Warm greetings,
Enid R. Croes-Marugg International President 2 Quotarian
Quota Service Addresses
GLOBAL GOALS Q
uota International President Enid Croes-
Marugg, left, represented Quota and the We Share Foundation at a United Nations conference on September 6 through 9, 2006. President Enid was among more than 2,500 representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) from more than 90 countries who attended the 59th annual event, sponsored by the U.N.’s Department of Public Information at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S.A. The event aims to strengthen partnerships between local groups and global institutions. The 2006 gathering, entitled “Unfinished Business,” focused on collaboration to meet the U.N.’s eight Millennium Development Goals by 2015. These goals, listed below, target societal problems ranging from extreme poverty to the spread of AIDS. The Millennium Goals translate easily to Quota International’s service to disadvantaged women and children as well as our hearing and speech initiatives in their focus on primary education and maternal health.
U.N. Millennium Goals • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger • Achieve universal primary education • Promote gender equality and empower women • Reduce child mortality • Improve maternal health • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases • Ensure environmental sustainability • Develop a global partnership for development
Focus on Young People President Enid said one particularly salient point of the conference was the emphasis on developing a wide variety of youth programs and services at the local level. “In Quota, we have designed many effective youth programs. At the United Nations meeting, it was really striking to see that young people form the majority of the world’s population. It became even more apparent to me that we need to keep our youth engaged and active in order to keep them away from drugs and violence. Children are getting into trouble worldwide at a much younger age today—I am sorry to say the average is around eight years old now—so our youth focus needs to begin at an even younger age than the teen years.”
Taking Action at the Club Level President Enid said her participation in the conference underscored for her just how many groups are working together toward similar goals throughout the world. “For Quota,”
Cops ‘n’ Kids volunteers from Pennsylvania, U.S.A., were invited to U.N. headquarters to celebrate the U.N. International Day of Peace. Youthful participants in the reading program sponsored by the Quota clubs of Bethlehem, Allentown, and Northampton also collected books for children in Tanzania—an effort that attracted U.N. attention.
she added, “it is important that we know that the United Nations has goals and these goals can be addressed in club service. Quota has been addressing many of these needs for many years, especially through our Club-to-Club World Service program. We can simply make our clubs aware of the U.N.’s international goals and bring them to the club level where we can take action.” One example of a Quota project
that addresses a U.N. Millennium Goal (to achieve universal primary education) is the Cops ‘n’ Kids children’s reading program. The initiative establishes collaboration among local volunteers and law enforcement officers to collect and distribute books for children, ensuring at-risk kids access to books and fostering positive relationships between youngsters and police.
Community Collaboration The Cops ‘n’ Kids project in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, U.S.A., thrives on the collaboration of three local Quota clubs. Launched by QI of Bethlehem, the project expanded to include support from the Quota clubs of Allentown and Northampton
“Women often do not have peaceful pregnancies,” noted President Enid, pictured here at the United Nations. “The world is very noisy today, and that affects mother and child. It affects hearing and speech, of course, but it also affects the sense of well-being we all need. We simply must work together in this world to create an ambiance of peace and harmony from the womb in order to reduce increasing agitation and violence.”
as well. Together, enthusiastic Quota volunteers garnered support from local businesses, churches, schools, organizations, and municipal leaders in an ongoing effort that has provided more than 107,500 books for local kids, to read and own. In 2006, the Bethlehem Quota club opened the doors of a cheery reading room filled with comfortable furnishings and hundreds of books. Families use the room for sharing stories, doing homework, and taking literacy and parenting classes.
U.N. Honors Quota Volunteers The Lehigh Valley Cops ‘n’ Kids project attracted an army of youthful volunteers. Students from several local schools cooperated to collect, clean, sort, and distribute books.
Their enthusiasm for service boosted their goals to the international level when they organized a book drive for family centers in Tanzania, on the east coast of Africa. The gesture attracted the attention of the United Nations, and students were invited to the International Day of Peace at U.N. headquarters. Students, teachers, parents, and Quota members traveled to New York on September 21, 2006, to share project details and participate in the event linking children around the world. As President Enid noted upon returning from the NGO conference at the U.N. in New York City, “Assisting in U.N. initiatives is, for Quota, a matter of continuing our work in progress, because, as we said at the conference, service is ‘unfinished business.’”
Quota’s History at the United Nations When the United Nations was formed in 1945, in the wake of World War II, Quota International was invited to take its place in the larger community of world affairs. In the years that followed, Quota leaders participated in U.N. conferences addressing foreign policy, worldwide economic and social concerns, and the formation of UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. In 1975, Quota was formally affiliated with the U.N. as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). In 1983, Quota launched the Club-to-Club World Service Program. In 1984, a U.N. representative addressed the Quota convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A., where delegates passed a resolution supporting the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). In 1985, Quota urged clubs to support the U.N. International Youth Year and supported a UNICEF immunization effort in Uganda. In 1988, Quota partnered with UNICEF to provide oral rehydration therapy to children in Bhutan, in the Himalayas. The U.N. honored Quota’s Club-to-Club program in 2000 and 2001 with Blue Ribbon of Excellence awards. In 2005, Quota, the We Share Foundation, and 2005-2006 President Carolyn Rice received a U.N. award for contributions to human rights for Club-to-Club world service and hurricane relief. Most recently, in September 2006, Quota International President Enid Croes-Marugg attended the annual NGO conference at U.N. headquarters in New York to address worldwide societal problems.
“We simply must
TOGETHER in this world
TO CREATE an ambiance of
HARMONY.” —Enid Croes-Marugg, Quota International President
World Net Service touching lives in need
The We Share Foundation’s Club-to-Club World Service Projects: In Their Own Words In 2007, 13 clubs in developing countries will improve life in their communities through approved Club-toClub projects. In their own words, they offer a glimpse of the difference they can make with the support of Quotarians worldwide. For more information, visit “Club-to-Club World Service” on wesharefoundation.org. THE PHILIPPINES
Davao City: Mindanao Neonatal Hearing Screening Center “Screening tests for hearing are not a standard of care in many hospitals here in Davao. The Mindanao Hearing Screening Program is just a beginning for us. We aim big: to be part of the team for habilitation and to have a center to help develop speech and language.”
Manila: Educating Disadvantaged Children
Iloilo: Educational Fund for the Leganes Resource Center for the Deaf “In Iloilo, to send all the children in a family simultaneously to school is only a dream. Rare are the times when a hardof-hearing child is sent to school because he or she cannot contribute to the family income. Educating such children will equip them with skills that will empower them to become self-reliant members of the community.”
Cebu: Sawang Calero, Guba, and Talamban Day Care Centers and Feeding Programs “The children we serve come from very poor families who could only afford to eat rice and salt. Others resort to scavenging. The feeding at the day care will make a difference in their lives.”
“We support children belonging to the cultural minorities because they are the most marginalized and neglected sector of our society. Investing in their education will release the children from the cycle of poverty and give them the hope of better lives.”
Manila South: Philippine School for the Deaf “The Philippine School for the Deaf cannot find donors for the long unmet need of a copier, and it normally takes days, and even weeks, before a reproduction request can be completed. By acquiring a copier for the school, hard-of-hearing students will be given the chance to improve their aptitude through the availability of more teaching, reading, and student materials.”
Las Piñas: Building Bridges for the Deaf “The deaf children who attend our classes are sons and daughters of parents living below the poverty line. Many of them came to school for the first time when we sponsored these classes, as ours is the only free school in the city. Here, children are taught to read, write, and handle basic chores.”
INDIA New Delhi: Diagnostic Center at the Quota Home for Abandoned and Destitute Women
Legazpi-Mayon: Stitch for a Living “Our project addresses one of the main concerns of our country today, which is poverty alleviation. By teaching these women to sew and eventually have their own sewing machine, the project will not only help women become economically sufficient, but will also give them a greater sense of dignity and self-worth.”
Talisay: Serving the Atis of Antique “The Atis are a group of indigenous Filipinos who are mostly illiterate and have no means of livelihood. They will only have a chance at an improved life if Quotarians give their support as we educate them on hygiene, provide medical and dental services, offer education and skills training, and improve their living conditions.”
“The slums in New Delhi lack sanitation, clean drinking water, and adequate medical facilities. Having made education and vocational training accessible, we would now like to create awareness amongst them to maintain cleanliness and a healthy environment at home.”
DLF City: Sunday Health Camps MALAYSIA Kuala Lumpur: Empowerment Development Program for Disadvantaged Women “We wish to thank the Quotarians who have generously contributed financially. It has given us great encouragement, and in 2007, we will expand our services to include teaching English, craft classes, and exercise, so the women will become empowered to escape the violence and abuse in their lives.”
“By looking after the health and basic needs of 150 to 200 slum children, we are helping the underprivileged and handicapped. These children belong to a segment of our population that fights for survival. We are providing medical check-ups, food supplements, and clothes.”
Sainik Farm: Home for the Aged, Preschool, Dispensary, and Muskan (“Smile”) “Our new work is with 80 students suffering from Down Syndrome. If they are trained professionally, they will be able to care for themselves. Our work to fulfill the “We Share” motto is just a drop in the ocean. More drops from all over will help create a small stream of hope.”
FIJI Ba: HART Education, Hearing Aid, and Medical Clinic Project “Our hearty thanks go to our sister clubs from abroad. With education, many children join tertiary institutions or find employment—a better future. Still, we need to share so many things to improve the standard of living, such as much-needed medical services.” 2007 7
Convention 2006 Service: Sound and Successful
Young faces light up as members from QI of Jimboomba, Queensland, Australia, distribute Convention 2006 Service-onSite musical donations.
The nearly 700 musical instruments and recordings Quotarians donated to Service-on-Sound during Convention 2006 have had a resounding impact on the children of Queensland, Australia. In addition to the Kumbari Avenue School, whose students accepted donations on site in the Gold Coast (pictured below), over 15 additional classrooms have received the gift of music.
Donations were divided between each of District 30’s 14 clubs and two branches, to distribute to schools for intellectually and physically handicapped children, including the Special Education Unit at Flagstone Community College; youngsters from that school are pictured here, at left, with members of QI of Jimboomba. Maracas; tambourines; handmade flutes from Cebu; and CDs featuring the Papamiento language, Filipino children, and Australian wildlife icon the late Steve Irwin were among donations bringing a world of Quota music into Australian classrooms.
The project was ideal for any club: it involved every member, served the community, and drew the attention of parents, hospital staff, and the media to Quota’s work. The Cares Bears Initiative is one of hundreds of projects Quota clubs do each year that any club could implement or adapt. Now, thanks to a new online service directory generated through the Convention 2006 Leaders as Listen-
Service Directory Offers New Opportunities to Share Quota Cares Bears are a muchloved tradition, bringing comfort to children in need and sharing Quota’s name and work with the community. While usually given to children in crisis situations, the bears have a new purpose in Silver City, Australia. Quotarians there welcomed newborns by distributing the bears to all children born at the local hospital last March as part of their Quota Cares Month project.
ers Town Meeting, clubs worldwide can learn about all of these projects. The directory sorts over 150 tried-and-true service projects by target populations, types of service, and seasonal programs. Clubs can access this resource through the We Share Foundation Web site (wesharefoundation.org) to replicate successful programs or add a new spin to traditional projects like Quota’s Cares Bears.
Adorable children from the Kumbari Avenue School in Queensland, Australia, give a spirited musical performance at Convention 2006. The school was one of 16 in District 30 to receive Service-onSite donations of musical instruments, CDs, and DVDs.
A Legacy of Caring With flowers and fond words, the Quota community remembered long-time Quotarian Judith Burrill after her death on June 26, 2006. At her life celebration service, a table filled with bouquets, Quota pins, pictures, and messages from her Quota friends worldwide stood as a testament to the many lives Judith touched while a member of QI of Los Altos, and then Cupertino, California, U.S.A. Judith remembered Quota as well: her U.S.$50,000 bequest to the We Share Foundation is a reflection of the caring and leadership that characterized her life. As a Quotarian, she served as club president, District 12 governor, and 2004-2005 President Nicol Lea’s travel companion. With her donation, Judith has again established herself as a leader in Quota’s world; her bequest is the largest in Quota history. In the many lives improved as a result of her generosity, her legacy of caring will endure for generations to come.
Quota’s Garden Blooms in the Netherlands Quota continues to blossom in the Netherlands with one new club and one new branch forming in 2006. QI of Zutphen joined Quota’s worldwide family when President Enid Croes-Marugg officially installed members on November 11. The charter ceremony was conducted entirely in Dutch during a black tie gala in the city’s acclaimed historic downtown area. Charter weekend festivities in
Zutphen featured the presentation of the new club’s service project, “het makkelijk lezenplein” (“Easy Read Square”), to provide the local library with specialized equipment and books for dyslexic children. A benefit concert to support the project capped events on Sunday, November 12, as hundreds gathered for classical music in Zutphen’s beautiful theater, the Hazenhof. Meanwhile, the Amsterdam Branch of QI of Rotterdam became official in April 2006. Interest in affiliating began when a branch member attended a presentation on Quota International at Amsterdam’s Krasnapolksy Hotel in 2004. The clubs in the Netherlands are part of District 42, Quota’s only international district, which also includes Aruba, Curaçao, and Suriname.
Quota Grows On In 2006, Quota International welcomed two new clubs and three new branches:
Amsterdam members celebrate the April 2006 launching of their new Quota branch with wine and roses.
Quota International of Zutphen, The Netherlands Chartered November 11, 2006 Quota International of Alabang, The Philippines Chartered July 7, 2006 Logan Branch of Quota International of Jimboomba, Queensland, Australia Launched July 2006 North Lakes Branch of Quota International of Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia Launched May 2006 The Amsterdam Branch of Quota International of Rotterdam, The Netherlands Launched April 2006
ne year after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the southeastern United States, the U.S.$48,358 donated to the We Share Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund and distributed to 15 Quota club-sponsored projects is having a ripple effect on the region. From Mississippi to Texas to Louisiana, Quota members have changed lives, helping to rebuild communities, schools, and families. These three stories, small snapshots of hurricane heartbreak and hope, demonstrate the reach and commitment of Quota caring long after the storms subsided.
MISSISSIPPI A Powerful Impact After Quota’s hurricane funds were distributed to clubs sponsoring relief projects, U.S.$232 remained. QI of Mississippi Gulf Coast, Mississippi, U.S.A., the only club located directly in Hurricane Katrina’s path, turned this small remaining amount
Hurricane relief workers created this “monument” of arrows in Pass Christian, Mississippi, pointing to locations from which volunteers traveled.
One Year Later
the difference, providing students and local organizations with funds to meet those needs and ensure that the storm that has disrupted so much else will no longer interrupt schooling and youth programming.
LOUISIANA New Orlean’s Smallest Evacuee into almost U.S.$3,000! The club used the funds as its first donation to its Hope Haven Day Radiothon, challenging all other donors to match or beat it. They far exceeded their U.S.$1,000 goal, raising U.S.$2,976 for Hope Haven, a children’s shelter that lost everything— staff, buildings, playground equipment, and funding—in the storm. The club also donated supplies.
QI of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A., reached out to someone very special: Jasym Anderson, New
TEXAS School Days, Once Again Hurricane Rita is often overshadowed by the damage Katrina wrought several days before, but the implications of this destructive storm are part of everyday reality in southeast Texas, where businesses struggle and families that have not relocated live in tents and hotels. A lack of the simplest of resources can have a profound effect: local children and college students have been unable to enroll in school for want of books and supplies. QI of Southeast Texas members have made
Orleans’s smallest evacuee. Born prematurely days before the storm, and weighing only one pound, Jasym was evacuated from the flooded University Hospital to Baton Rouge’s local Women’s Hospital, along with her mother, Lyntrella. They were joined three days later by Lyntrella’s husband and two other daughters. Local Quotarians welcomed them with open arms, preparing the family’s new home in Baton Rouge with a new baby bed, car seat, and high chair.
Countless needs continue to emerge from the ruins of last year’s hurricanes. However, stories of hope and caring also arise, thanks to the work of Quotarians locally and internationally. To read the Hurricane Relief Fund final report, visit www.wesharefoundation.org and click the “Hurricane Relief Efforts” link.
Quota Mourns Deaths of PIPs Marilyn Blake and Verna Stewart With great sadness, Quota International announced the deaths of past international presidents Verna Stewart and Marilyn Blake. During both presidents’ tenures, Quota took significant steps to extend its reach to those in need. Verna Stewart was a member of Quota International of Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, for 24 years until her death on January 29, 2006. Her presidential year, themed “Eighty Years of Fellowship through Service,” began in 1998 and saw enormous growth in Quota’s Club-to-Club World Service program, thanks to Verna’s leadership. She helped open the Quota Home in New Delhi and led group visits to several other Quota projects. Dynamic, diligent, and vibrant, Verna brought smiles to others while slicing watermelon at fund-raisers and playing a honky-tonk singer and member of the Star Wars team at various Quota events. She also inspired others with her passionate advocacy for international service and her commitment to Quota, View Club, Probus, and other humanitarian work.
Regarded by a local newspaper as “one of Armidale’s most well-known and benevolent faces,” PIP Verna Stewart was a passionate supporter of Quota’s World Service program. Here, Verna poses with members of QI of New Delhi in India during her 1999 visit to that country.
Marilyn Blake passed away just weeks after Verna’s death, on March 8, 2006. A long-time member of Quota International of Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., Marilyn was elected president in 1981 and was committed to strengthening Quota at every level. Under the presidential theme, “Every Day in Every Way Quota Will Be Better and Better,” the Shatter Silence program began a decade of growth, and Quota played a prominent role in developing and promoting private sector leadership through Marilyn’s service on the U.S. Task Force on Private Sector Initiative. Marilyn served her local and professional communities in a number of other leadership positions, including membership on the boards of directors of the American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, and Easter Seal Society. Renowned as an In addition to overseeing the actress, she also launching of Quota’s Shatter wrote over 30 docuSilence program, then Presimentary films for dent Marilyn Blake honored boards of education, Quota’s Deaf Woman of the one of which earned Year at Convention 1982. a Cindy Award. Quotarians recognized the tremendous loss of these two caring leaders in an outpouring of e-mails, sympathy cards, and program donations. However, while Verna and Marilyn are missed, their impact continues to resonate in the programs they supported and the lives they touched throughout Quota’s world.
The Gift of a Smile In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated areas along the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A. One of the communities hardest hit was Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, where all but a few buildings were destroyed. Four months later, little had changed.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Quota club issued an urgent request to help this community through their “Shoeboxes of Love” project. Clubs around the world responded with hundreds of gifts. On Christmas Eve 2005, Quota volunteers arrived in Bay St. Louis with 600 shoeboxes filled with toys, treats, and necessities for the children.
This photo, taken that day, captures the essence of Quota service—the joy in sharing, shown on Quota District 21 governor Vicki Miller’s face (as Jingles the Clown), and the gratitude of recipients of Quota caring. The image took the Grand Prize in the We Share Foundation’s 6th annual photo contest, judged by the official White House Presidential photographers in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. Governor Vicki, who submitted this photo taken by her father, designated QI of Sainik Farm, India, to receive the U.S.$500 prize for their Club-to-Club World Service project.
Clubs in Action serving our communities
Army Heroes Benefit from Caring Club Supplies were dwindling rapidly last November at the U.S. Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, where wounded soldiers arrived daily from Iraq and Afghanistan. Troops evacuated from the front lines for advanced care typically leave behind personal items, such as socks, underwear, and comfortable clothes. So the hospital provides these articles to boost morale and encourage healing. But the cupboards were nearly bare—until the Quota club of Morro Bay, California, U.S.A., heard the news. Quota bounded into action with “Ride for a Hero,” a unique service project that attracted support from San Francisco to San Diego to Las Vegas and allowed the club to ship 210 boxes of supplies to Landstuhl. The club invited local cycling and car groups to gather donations and drop them off at nearby Camp Roberts, where Quota volunteers enthusiastically sorted and packed the goods. On event day, December 2, 2006, members were overwhelmed to see some 500 riders arrive with donations. “It was really heartwarming to see these cyclists with backpacks of supplies, followed by trucks loaded with more items,” said club member DeLynn Guttry, Past District 33 Governor. Adding to their success, the club also collected U.S.$2,500 to purchase and ship more supplies in 2007.
Ride for a Hero, sponsored by QI of Morro Bay, California, U.S.A., provided needed supplies for a U.S. Army Base in Germany. This project generated enthusiasm among local merchants, who donated goods, funds, and prizes for the event.
Aruba Quotarians Splash and Surf with Students Children from Skol Scucha Nos, a school for deaf and hard-of-hearing kids in Aruba, enjoyed a day on Palm Island, compliments of Quota. The Aruba club took students and teachers by bus and boat for recreation on the private island off the coast. Club members have developed strong ties to the school and are thrilled by progress among students they know from these Quota-sponsored outings.
Success is Sweet in Papakura Jackson, an energetic four-year-old shown here on his mother’s knee, received a cochlear implant in May 2004 to correct his profound hearing loss. He is now able to speak, thanks to the help of therapists at Hearing House in Auckland, New Zealand, and the support of the Papakura Quotarians. The club has donated nearly N.Z.$45,000 to Hearing House over the past five years for specialty equipment used in speech therapy. Quota volunteers also maintain the grounds around the facility and its adjacent preschool.
Old Clubs Undaunted by New Technology Two of Quota’s oldest clubs employ new technology to help kids hear. QI of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., and QI of Salem, Ohio, U.S.A., which chartered in 1921 and 1925 respectively, provide sound-field amplification systems to local elementary schools. Each system amplifies a speaker’s voice so that students can understand what is being said despite poor classroom acoustics or noise. The Johnstown club purchased four systems in 2006 and arranged a manufacturer’s discount for schools to buy additional systems. Their service 14 Quotarian
Grand Rapids Celebrates ‘Sixties Style’
received media coverage and boosted club enthusiasm, resulting in three new Quota members. The Salem club installed amplification systems in local first grade classrooms last year, using a U.S.$15,000 grant from the Salem Community Fund. Club president Pat Saltsman said the improved learning, which resulted from the installations, led one school to add systems to every classroom. Meanwhile, the club also received a U.S.$6,000 grant for their monthly hearing and speech clinic, in service since 1975.
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A., Quota member Kimberly Savoie plays Lily Munster during her club’s 60th Anniversary party, a “Taste of the Sixties, a spirited event that gave Quota service beneficiaries a chance to participate in the celebration. “Taste of the Sixties” teamed Quota members with representatives of the club’s service partners in a competition that generated fellowship, fun, and raised money for service. Each team developed a theme for food and decorations from music and TV shows of the 1960s. Other humorous entries included Aretha Frankfurters, Blue Suede Chews, and I Wanna Hold Your Ham.
Australian Classrooms Welcome QuoCKa International sharing and service are Quota hallmarks, and District 30’s newest project embodies both. To serve their local community, they’ve reached across the ocean to embrace the Cops ‘n’ Kids reading program made popular in the United States. District 30 Governor Karen Murphy had heard Cops ‘n’ Kids discussed in Quota circles, but what she heard during Convention 2006 moved her to action. “I was blown away by hearing Beverly [Bradley, President of QI of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.] speak so passionately about the program,” she said. “Clubs in District 30 wanted to jump QI of Bethlehem’s Cops ‘n’ Kids program, right in and start it launched in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., and here immediately.” pictured above, inspired members in Knowing that District 30 to expand this reading program in Australia. careful planning (continued on Page 16)
Clubs in Action was key, District 30 Quotarians developed a pilot program with local education and police officials, which they launched this year at Eagleby State School. If successful, District 30 will seek permission to spread the program further. Karen gave the program a catchy name with an Australian twist: QuoCKa Reading (Quota Cops ‘n’ Kids Reading Together) after “quokkas,” furry marsupials native to Australia! Quotarians donate five books to the school each week. Police officers come in to read, sign, and give each book to a child. The following week, those children share their book with their classmates and are given a second copy to donate to the school library, and readers sign and give books to another five youngsters. By repeating this cycle through the school year, between 150 and 180 students will receive books. The program is being embraced by the local community, and the future is bright. “The possibilities are endless, and it will be exciting to see where this new journey leads!” Karen said.
The spark for the project came at the 2005 Canada Area meeting when Weyburn, Saskatchewan, club members shared the success of their local Comfort Hearts program. Easy to replicate and nationally relevant, it was the perfect area-wide project. Canadian members responded with enthusiasm, holding stitching parties and garnering media attention. Finished heart pillows were donated to cancer survivors’ groups, the Canadian Cancer Society, and local hospitals. “It most certainly sparked our club to be part of a Canada Area project,” said Collingwood club president Barbara Trafford. “We love competition and challenge.”
Bristol Book Preserves Past, Funds Future
Stories from the past pave the way for the future in Bristol, Connecticut, U.S.A., thanks to Quotarian Lynda Russell. For nine years, Lynda wrote about historic homes for QI of Bristol’s annual house tour fund-raiser. During the tour’s Canada’s Quotarians Care—Together tenth anniversary year, Lynda The recipe for Quota’s Canada Area success last March is compiled her research, as well as a simple one: a few scraps of fabric, a handful of cotton, hundreds of photographs, into Bristol Historic Homes, a full-length book. and a lot of Quota spirit! With the fabric and the cotton, The book’s images have struck a chord in the comQuotarians made Comfort Hearts—soft pillows that breast munity’s collective memory, encouraging people to learn cancer patients can tuck beneath the shoulder straps of about the town’s history. “The most rewarding part for their seat belts, an area where they are often sore followme is having someone share a story about one of the ing treatment or surgery. With Quota spirit, the clubs homes in the book that no longer stands,” says Lynda. sewed hundreds of hearts and donated them to local Not only does Lynda’s book ensure that each of these hospitals and other organizations. homes is preserved on paper but also that the community continues to grow. Proceeds from sales, which now exceed U.S.$4,000, finance club scholarships, the first of which was awarded to a widowed mother pursuing a special education degree. More scholarships will be awarded in the years to come, thanks not only to Bristol Historic Homes but also Lynda’s recently released book on the history of Plainville, Connecticut. “Writing these books,” says Lynda, “has opened up a whole new world for me.” In the history they have captured and the futures they fund, they have opened up worlds for hunMembers from Quota’s Orillia club in Ontario, Canada, proudly show Comfort Hearts they dreds of others as well. made for recovering breast cancer patients.
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Projects that Shine
Winners Showcase Quota Cares Month and Excellence Awards Competitions Celebrate Outstanding Projects Winning entries are posted on Quota’s Web site at www.wesharefoundation.org. Click “Quota Cares Month” or “Excellence Awards” under Foundation Programs.
2006 QUOTA CARES MONTH COMPETITION TOP WINNERS Quota Cares Month winners balanced service, fun, fellowship, and membership success during newsworthy service projects carried out in March—Quota Cares Month. We congratulate our five winning clubs.
Quota International of Beenleigh Queensland, Australia The Beenleigh club’s “A Penny for Your Thoughts” event raised more than money—it also lifted club spirits! Event funds helped a blind and deaf woman maintain her cochlear implant, and publicity led to new club recruits.
Quota International of Coolum Beach Queensland, Australia
Quota International of Kenosha-Racine Wisconsin, U.S.A. Promoting literacy and healthy hearing, raising money, and building community relationships: it’s all in a day’s work for Kenosha-Racine Quotarians. At the 20,000-attendee Kenosha Expo, members distributed books and ear plugs, sold tickets to their Sock Hop (above), and recruited three new members.
Quota International of Manila The Philippines Manila Quotarians focused their talents on improving the lives of handicapped children in a local home. They funded refurbished rooms, supplies, and musical instruments through their fund-raising initiatives, including a garage sale, coin bank drive, and a musical performance.
Quota International of West Memphis Arkansas, U.S.A.
In aiming to inspire women to embrace their talents, this club realized its own potential with its annual International Women’s Day event. The sold-out crowd enjoyed motivational speakers and a delicious breakfast, while the club raised funds for a television for a local respite center.
Thanks to West Memphis Quotarians, learning is child’s play for students at the Memphis Oral School. The club purchased educational toys for the students and funded tuition. Publicity brought three new Quotarians aboard!
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Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia • Cambridge, Maryland, U.S.A. • Candlewood Valley, Connecticut, U.S.A. Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles • Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia • Parkes, New South Wales, Australia 2007 17
2006 EXCELLENCE AWARD CONTEST WINNERS
Quota International of Manila South The Philippines
Each year, Quota International celebrates club excellence in specific areas of club operations: service, membership, fund-raising, and fellowship and fun. This year’s winners have cared, shared, and persevered to strengthen their clubs and their communities.
Excellence in Membership Recruitment Quota International of Cambridge Maryland, U.S.A. With their fund-raiser, “A Quota Evening,” these Quotarians proved that a single evening can change hundreds of lives. Thanks to six months of organization and promotion, the club sold 1,200 tickets to its event, raising U.S.$28,850 for five local causes.
Excellence in Fellowship and Fun Cambridge Quotarians budgeted time and money for “The Partnership,” a recruitment program that includes a luncheon and orientation meetings to ensure that prospective members are informed. Here, members dress up for the club’s annual Derby Day fund-raising event.
Quota International of Coolum Beach Queensland, Australia Recruitment is this club’s cup of tea! Coolum Beach Quotarians have welcomed 17 new members in the past two years through their informal coffee house meetings, which are open to the public and make camaraderie a priority.
Excellence in Fund-raising Quota International of Baton Rouge Louisiana, U.S.A. The Baton Rouge club added spring to the step of its annual Open Door Tour fund-raiser this year, shifting the event from fall to spring and adjusting their donation strategy. As a result, the project felt as dynamic as when it began in 1951—and as successful, earning U.S.$25,000. 18 Quotarian
Quota International of Tweed Heads-Coolangatta Queensland, Australia Featuring guest speakers, entertainment, supper, and gifts, the Tweed Heads-Coolangatta club’s citizenship ceremonies provided new Australians with a warm welcome brimming with local flavor.
Quota International of Mississippi Gulf Coast Mississippi, U.S.A. Gulf Coast Quotarians didn’t let Mother Nature rain on their parade! In spite of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina, they held their annual Shenanigans parade to recognize local businesses and bring together their club and community in a day of celebration. Club members carried the official banner, leading the parade.
Excellence in Membership Retention Quota International of Andover Massachusetts, U.S.A. Caring is key to the Andover club’s retention success: their mentoring program provides new members with support, and all members with birthday and anniversary cards, opportunities to utilize their skills, and check-ins from the membership chairman when they miss meetings.
Quota International of Sainik Farm India In just five days, 800 children and adults received medical treatment they couldn’t otherwise afford, thanks to the Sainik Farm club’s medical camp and eye treatment center. From check-ups to eye surgeries and free meals to transportation, each patient’s needs were met and their quality of life improved.
Excellence in Hearing and Speech Service Quota International of Mississippi Gulf Coast Mississippi, U.S.A. Quota International of Coolum Beach Queensland, Australia This club caters to its members’ many interests, providing craft days, a book club, a movie club, and other projects where all Quotarians’ talents are nurtured and their relationships with each other strengthened.
This club’s Socks ‘N Pockets literacy program endured Hurricane Katrina—and emerged even stronger. Books donated by the Memphis School for the Deaf inspired the club to add a sign language component and reach out to deaf and hard-of hearing children in addition to promoting reading to low-income families.
Quota International of Wooster Ohio, U.S.A. Excellence in Disadvantaged Women and Children Service Quota International of Forster-Tuncurry New South Wales, Australia
When a four-year drought drained local farms and funds, the Forster-Tuncurry club offered support with its “Helping Hands Drought Project,” providing families in need with 280 boxes of much-needed supplies, hospitals with toiletry kits, and area charities with relief donations.
Wooster Quotarians, like Rita Shisler, above, made Shannon Wharton’s birthday a special one, helping his family buy an Optimist 3 Soundboard. Unable to communicate verbally because of a stroke, he can now use this computer to speak with his family, friends, and classmates. 2007 19
2006-2007 Board of Directors
Enid R. Croes-Marugg International President Oranjestad, Aruba
Daryl L. Perrine President-elect Wooster, Ohio U.S.A.
Toddy Silkman Treasurer Kent Valley, Washington U.S.A.
Holly P. Bostwick West Area Director Santa Fe, New Mexico U.S.A.
Gwenn V. Jackson South Area Director Monroe, Louisiana U.S.A.
Diane M. Labrecque East Area Director Andover, Massachusetts U.S.A.
Mary E. Pribich Central Area Director Massillon, Ohio U.S.A.
Suzanne A. Prosser Canada Area Director Orillia, Ontario Canada
Janice E. Woolrych South Pacific Area Director Nambour, Queensland Australia
Kathleen W. Treiber, CAE Conference Member Executive Director Washington, D.C. U.S.A.
Enid Croes-Marugg Thanksâ€¦
Quota International of Aruba District 42 Members All Quotarians Worldwide
Fairmont San Jose Hotel For your support and for the privilege of serving as 2006-2007 Quota International President
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2006 Founders, Benefactors, Friends
2006 Wanda Frey Joiner Founders
Wanda Frey Joiner Founder pin/pendant. Special thanks go to Wanda Frey Joiner Founders whose generous contributions in 2006 strengthened clubs and expanded Quota’s outreach, thereby enriching our communities and our world. View the complete list of all Founders who have joined the program since 1996 on www.quota.org (click “Donors”). Eleven-Star Founders ($11,000) Isabelle Butters Weyburn, Saskatchewan
Founders ($1,000) Georgia Almond Bossier City, Louisiana Nancy Fitzpatrick Washington, D.C. Rosemary Hannie Baton Rouge, Louisiana Diane Labrecque Andover, Massachusetts Rozlyn Lees Gold Coast, Queensland Saundra Maisey Portsmouth, New Hampshire Susan A. McAllister Whitsunday, Queensland Kathleen Sherman Charleston, West Virginia Melissa Worrel Seattle, Washington East Area Quota International of Bossier City, Louisiana Quota International of Gold Coast, Queensland
2006 We Share Foundation Benefactors
Seven-Star Founders ($7,000) Jean Trammell Venice, Florida Three-Star Founders ($3,000) Kathy Johnson Atascadero, California Anne Ollikainen Barrie, Ontario Barbara Rumbel Flint, Michigan Two-Star Founders ($2,000) Mary Cotter Fairbanks, Alaska Enid R. Croes-Marugg Aruba Connie Biaggini Spradling San Luis Obispo, California Helen Turk Jacksonville, Florida
Legacy ($25,000 plus) Judith Burrill Cupertino, California Nancy McManus Alameda-Oakland, California Silver ($5,000 - $9,999) Ursula Mundstock Glen Innes, New South Wales Mabel R. Paige, Ph.D. New Castle, Pennsylvania Verna Stewart Armidale, New South Wales Bronze ($1,000 - $4,999) Doris A. Glaessmann Allentown, Pennsylvania Rosemary Hannie Baton Rouge, Louisiana Joyce J. Hearn Kirksville, Missouri Anne Ollikainen Barrie, Ontario Kathleen Sherman Charleston, West Virginia Toddy Silkman Kent Valley, Washington Lynn Stephenson Raleigh, North Carolina Carolyn Stubbs Flint, Michigan
2006 Friends of Quota
We Share Foundation Benefactor pin/pendant. We are grateful to 2006 We Share Foundation Benefactor members whose generous 2006 donations funded Quota’s international service work carried out by the We Share Foundation. Programs include World Service and Volunteers in Action. View the complete list of all Benefactors who have joined the program since 1999 on www.quota.org (click “Donors”).
Friend of Quota pin. A world of thanks goes to major donors in the 2006 Friends of Quota program who supported Quota communications and publications. These include Quota e-Bulletins, Leadership e-Alerts, and Web site features.
Platinum-Plus Donors ($1,000 or more) Georgia S. Almond Bossier City, Louisiana Jo Ann Simmons Cardwell Ruston, Louisiana Rosemary Hannie Baton Rouge, Louisiana Platinum Donors ($500 - $999) Isabelle Butters Weyburn, Saskatchewan Dawn Coleman Taree, New South Wales Doris A. Glaessmann Allentown, Pennsylvania Monica M. Haag Waterloo, Iowa Mary B. Kilpatrick Ruston, Louisiana RoseMarie Krantz Morro Bay, California Linda M. Oplinger Northampton, Pennsylvania Barbara Rumbel Flint, Michigan Maureen Taylor Penticton, British Columbia Helen A. Turk Jacksonville, Florida Bertha Tyler Morro Bay, California Gold Donors ($250-$499) Enid R. Croes-Marugg Aruba Wilhelmena L. Crosslin Mountain View-Los Altos, California Gwenn V. Jackson Monroe, Louisiana Susan A. McAllister Whitsunday, Queensland Sally L. Pahigian Lawrence, Massachusetts Daryl L. Perrine Wooster, Ohio Tina M. Toohey Springfield, Massachusetts Bess Whitaker Cupertino, California
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Diane M. Labrecque International Treasurer 2007-2008
Daryl Perrine Celebrates Your Commitment Your Passion For Quota International
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“Join me in bringing more members to our Quota family table. The life you change just might be your own!”
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South Pacific Area Director Proudly Nominated by QI of Beaudesert & District 30
Chris has the Knowledge and Experience to Move Quota Forward 3 Devoted 20-Year Member 3 Proven Quota Leader 3 Successful New Club Organizer 3 Experienced Volunteer and Professional Board Representative 3 Dedicated Physician with Business Savvy— Expanded Solo Medical Practice into Two Medical Centres “Committed to Equal International Representation Opportunities for All Clubs”
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QUOTA INTERNATIONAL OF MASSILLON
2007 International President-Elect
FOR INTERNATIONAL TREASURER
A proven leader, Toddy cares about the future of Quota.
Quota International of Bristol and District 5 proudly nominate
QUALIFIED EXPERIENCED COMMITTED
East Area Director
Cares about the Future of Quota
Quota International of Iosco County and District 20 Support
Brenda Chadwick As Candidate for Central Area Director
“Strength through commitment!”
The 10th District of Quota International supports
Margaret Miller for East Area Director
Dedicated, Dependable, Energetic, Committed to Quota “Margaret is a mover – move forward with Margaret”
Celebrate Quota’s Winning Ways! Queen Recognizes International President Enid Croes-Marugg For her significant service contributions, International President Enid Croes-Marugg, far left, was named a member of the Knightly Order of the Royal House of Orange-Nassau by Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard. Pinned by the Governor of Aruba (pictured here with his wife), Enid was honored for her professional and community service work.
Quotarian Magazine Honored Quota’s annual membership magazine, the Quotarian, received multiple awards in 2006 for overall excellence in print communications. Honored with an Award of Excellence by APEX and a Gold Award by the MarCom Creative Awards program, the Quotarian was also recognized with an Award of Distinction by the Communicator Awards program.
We Share Foundation Web Site Earns Award The We Share Foundation’s Web site, which provides the Quota community with latest foundation news and innovative service ideas, received Honorable Mention recognition in the international 2006 Communicator Awards competition. The program acknowledges only the most outstanding work in the communications field.
Two Foundation Programs Receive Accolades The We Share Foundation earned two places on the 2006 Associations Advance America Honor Roll. The award was given to the Foundation’s Operation Empowerment program, which allowed members to support clubs assisting victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Also honored was Volunteers in Action, an international program which celebrates the initiative and generosity of Quotarians worldwide.
District 42 is very proud to have their own
Enid Croes-Marugg as President of Quota International “President Enid, we are very proud of you. Keep up the good work for the entire Quota world and the development and growth within the districts.”
District 42 Clubs: Aruba, Curaçao, Suriname, Rotterdam, Zeist, Zutphen Branches: Amsterdam, Sint Eustatius
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