Region 4


Yvonne Babe, Director of Quota International Region 4, was at our Quota meeting on March 19 to share the great news of the speaker coming to our Region 4 Conference to motivate us in the upcoming year!

Thanks to the generous support of Kim’s firm, Stifel Nicolaus, the featured speaker at our Conference will be Dr. Sherene Mchenry, author of Pick: Choose to Create A Life You Love.

Pick is designed to empower readers to create a life they love and to overcome what’s holding them back. Anchored on awareness, acceptance, action and accountability Pick helps readers develop the mindset and skills they need to build the life they desire. Highly conversational, each chapter starts with a true story, shares lessons learned, helps the reader identify where they currently are and offers suggestions if they want to pick up the pace on realizing their potential and dreams. Apathetic or Energetic? Reactive or Proactive? Naysayer or Yeasayer? Dreamer or Doer? Hassle or Humor? Chaotic or Calm? Tolerate or Terminate? Lollygag or Launch? Pick shows readers how to choose beliefs and behaviors that help them be happy and create a life they love.

The Conference will be held on May 16-17 in Mt. Pleasant. Details and the registration form were in the Leap Pad sent to all Region 4 Quotarians. But if can’t find your copy or you need more information, please contact Maureen Martin.

Let’s all go, have some fun and get fired up!!!!


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The Last District 20 Conference

*Note from the editor Have no fear fellow Quotarians! In case you have been living under a rock, or you’ve simply been out-of-touch with news; we are changing from Districts to Regions. District 20 will now be known as Region 4. Our Regional Director, Yvonne, is helping us leap “4-ward” into this change.

President Martha writes:

News & Views from the Port Huron Conference, 5/16/14 – 5/18/14

Here are the highlights of our great adventure to the last District 20 Conference!

Friday:  After checking in to our rooms and at the conference desk, we dropped the suitcases off, put on our kitchen aprons, if we didn’t forget them (that would be Maureen and I), and headed to the rooms where we enjoyed yummy snacks, wine, soups, salads, and more wine.  Kath S. and Cathy K. were donned in a flowered apron, and a Q stamped half apron, respectively.  Very cute.  HOWEVER, the stars of the event were Kim and Rachael, who plumped and primped outstanding versions of HOT babes in outrageously exquisite aprons complete with hats, plumes and strategically placed cupcakes on their full aprons.  No scrimping here…Kim won first place and Rachael won second place with loud cheers and hoots.  Congrats, ladies!!

Saturday: We enjoyed breakfast at the nearby Country Club and started with meetings, reports, and introductions of several of the members who have positions in their respective clubs.

Some stats that I saw were significant are:

Members attending: Flint, 10; GR, 6; Iosco County, 5; Kalamazoo, 5; Port Huron, 14; Traverse City, 5.

Members in each club are as follows:  Flint, 31; Port Huron, 31; GR, 27; Traverse City, 13; Iosco Cty, 48 and Kalamazoo, 12.  Collectively, the 6 clubs and 162 members raised $57,000 for the populations we serve along with special projects over the last year. Yahoo!  We do make a BIG difference!

An entertaining, yet powerful presentation was given by a Port Huron organization that changes the lives of young people named Save Our Neighborhoods and Streets.  As a non-profit outreach program, the director and his staff have successfully supported youth to obtain leadership skills, soft skills and manners, and encouraged them to stay in school.  He challenges them to become respectful citizens and educated individuals.  Quota has participated in their outreach and supports them when possible.

After lunch, we were divided into ‘food’ groups to discuss topics such as membership development, fundraising ideas, retention, and more.

The results of that session will be available for all of us, shortly, if Lisa Kent can read our notes!  There were interesting perspectives from all conference attendees.

Tess Tompos, International Representative, gave us an update on some of the changes that will occur as we begin our mission with Region 4.

I won’t go into all the structural changes, like reducing the QI Board from 8 to 5, reducing other staff positions, but I will applaud that QI will now host all of our websites for FREE; only one delegate needs to go to the conferences and conventions so we can save money at the Club level, grant writing for larger sums of money to work with, and others.  If you would like to review the Region 4 Bylaws and Rules of Procedure, I will be happy to share them with you.


Besides the significant awards given for the best dressed apron, the following awards were given to our Club

The Helen David Service Award for our partnership with Northview Public Schools for the support given by us in the production of the ‘Miracle Worker’.

Significant years of service awards were given to:

Sarah Glover – 15 years

Anna Moore Butzner – 20 years

Kathleen Slagal – 25 years

Gwen Powers – 25 years

Robin Keith – 25 years

Diane Friar – 30 years

Peggy Bishop – 30 years

Maureen Martin – 30 years

Cathleen Kaiser – 30 years

Eleanor Roberts – 50 years

Virginia Ebers – 50 years


Saturday evening’s entertainment was a young man, named Jason, who wowed the crowd with his hypnotic antics!

It was really funny and I’m so glad I wasn’t up there trying to remember my name, forgetting the number 6, or saddened by my cat.  Rachael can tell you more!

District 20 is no longer (water under the bridge so to speak) and we are now Region 4, stronger, smarter, and ready to MOVE (or leap) FORWARD!

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The FINAL Central Area Meeting

October 11-13, 2013

The weekend weather was gloriously beautiful.  The hotel was on a harbor with salmon leaping through the air every few minutes.  I walked to the lighthouse each morning to see the sunrise.  There was a wonderful farmers’/craft market within walking distance.  Oh, to have a GR Quota friend to share it with!  Oh well, I survived, sat with district friends at the meetings and dinner and learned so much.  Nice weekend!

Eighty attendants included big groups from North Dakota and Wisconsin.

Laura Lehman, International President, opened the Saturday proceedings by explaining several concerns the Board had about moving headquarters to Dallas; after one meeting there, they have changed their minds so QI headquarters will stay in Washington DC.

Regional candidacy is open so the web site has all the candidates with their information.  Votes must be to governors by October 15. This does not concern our club because we are unique in that we remain the same six clubs currently in our District will also be in our new Region. Yvonne Babe is running unopposed so she will continue on as Regional Director.

There are more than 50 JQ clubs invited to convention and being asked to submit a video for convention.

There will be a “Draw Down” at convention.  Tickets are $100 and must be purchased by March 1.  (They may be bought as a group.) 400 will be sold and the winning ticket will be worth $10,000!!!!!

Members are not reading the online version of the Quotarian online as was hoped, so there a hard copy of the publication will be mailed to all in February.

Barbara Schreiber was introduced.  She is a young 45 years old with a bundle of energy.  I was impressed with her new outlook, quick thinking and commitment to Quota.  By the way, she asked again that everyone email her with one reason why you love Quota (she only had a very few respond to her first request—maybe that shows how very few read online!)

Karen Murphy spoke next.  She said that Central Area has the highest average member per club in the world – 27 (helped by 52 members in Flint and 51 in Iosco County). Karen is challenging other clubs to match us.

She did say that an average of 87 members worldwide are leaving each month.

Quota’s fiscal year is being changed to the calendar year, which should make many things easier for all.

Karen also said that her club’s JQ has raised $5,000 and will be raising $15,000 next month.  Wow!

She announced that this year was NOT a deficit budget year!!!!!!!!!

$1.5 million was donated by Quota worldwide.

There were “reports” by all the district governors.

Yvonne wore her frog hat and she did a great job promoting our Duck Walk!

The 6th district raised $81,000 last year!!!! Yikes!

Julia Witherspoon was the guest speaker — she spoke about her Cops ‘n Kids program and said “I love Quota!” about 600 times (sincerely each time!).  She has two new extensions called “Book ‘em” (books for prisoners that they receive right after being booked) and “Books at Birth” which are given to new moms when they leave the hospital.  She was presented with an honorary membership in Quota —there were many tears by presenter and presentee.  It was quite touching and she is such a wonderful person—so inspiring and loving!  (We might want to plan ahead for our March project and think about doing a version of either of her two new projects so we can buy books at the Book Fair in November ????).  Just a thought…………

Concluding the afternoon was a panel discussion with the board members. Many attendees had questions about the new structure but I think we have most of the information that was covered and we were promised to receive much more.  Possibly the biggest concern was the fiscal calendar change re:  dues/taxes.  There is no definite answer at present, as the board will have to wait until the Regions make singular decisions in January.  We were reminded several times about the time involved in making this major structural change.

This is wordy, I know, so I will just say further that there was a nice banquet on Saturday night when I sat with the Flint contingent and had a very enjoyable time.  I bought a Q pendant from the Silent Auction, which raised $1466 for the Wanda Frey Joiner foundation.  Sunday involved lots of talk about Cincinnati:  cost of the registration is $360 per member. The good news about that is that you can pay in 4 installments.

We split up into Regions to discuss the future.  Our Region 4 discussion was about how we can use the new structure to change the way we do things as one entity going forward.  For example, our yearly conferences could still move from club to club but without a “host” so that each club contributes in a different way.  Also, communication within the Region will become more important, actually, necessary.

That’s it in a nutshell (maybe a big Brazil nut?).  Please contact me if you have any specific questions.



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October 2013 President’s Message

In August, we had a Special Guest at our Membership Meeting–District 20 Yvonne Babe. In 2014, District 20 will become Region 4, and Yvonne will be the first Region 4 Director.

Quota International is a dynamic group with years of history behind us, and also a great future in front of us. Barbara Schreiber is the new Executive Director of Quota International and is a forward thinking leader.

Quota International President Laura Layman and President Elect/Treasurer Karen Murphy will both be at the Central Area Meeting in Kenosha WI on October 11-13 to expand on the impactful service projects of Quota. Karen Murphy will visit Grand Rapids on Thursday, October 10. Call Kim at 616-443-6138 for information.

Mark Your Calendars for these fun times: International Convention from July 18-21, 2014 in Cincinnati, OH, and the District 20 Conference from May 16-18, 2014, in Port Huron at the Hilton Double Tree Inn.

Yvonne, and Lisa Kent, the President Elect of the Region, put together The Leap Pad, District 20’s newsletter , sent every two months, sharing what is happening in our District. Recent items include: Quota Cares Walk to End Silence: Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo on Sept. 15; Trivia Night in Flint Sept 21 and Iosco County Sept 28; Festival of Cakes in November in Traverse City visit; Younkers Community Days in Traverse City on Nov 15-16; and Port Huron sponsored a Fishing Tournament that netted $10,000.
These are Quota Stats: worldwide members: 5,514, District 20: 179 members, Flint: 35, Grand Rapids: 30, Kalamazoo: 15, Iosco County: 51, Port Huron: 37, & Traverse City: 11.

Yvonne encouraged us to “rev up” our club with these actions:

  • Spice up our service or fund raising projects. Here are some examples from other clubs:
  • Change projects every five years. (Netherlands)
  • Each year have a one-time project (Make comfort blankets for stroke patients)
  • Build a hearing exhibit at the Children’s Museum
  • Sponsor a Tennis Tournament
  • Create a more flexible and simplified club structure. Look at our mission statement and see if it can be simplified. Some examples of simplification include:
    • Simplify operations, such as one meeting a month, as Grand Rapids has done.
    • Reduce the size of the Board to make meetings easier.
  • Make better use of technology. There are some cyber clubs that communicate over the internet and only meet for service or fundraisers.


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