You Have a Friend in Quota
Cultivating a relationship with your Friendship Club is a great way to share internationally and strengthen fellowship within your own club. Here are a few great ways to build that friendship:
- Meet each other’s members.
A plane ticket is pretty pricey, but e-mail is free and postal mail is cheap! Exchange profiles of one another’s members to share at meetings or include in newsletters. You can also pair members with one another to be birthday or holiday buddies.
- Share culture.
Ask for recipes, music, poems, language, and other samples of life in your Friendship Club’s region. Share them at meetings and in newsletters.
- Swap ideas.
Ask your Friendship Club to provide you with a calendar of their events and a list of some of their favorite traditions. If there are ideas that you think might work for your club, ask for more information and recommendations. Then, adapt it to suit your club’s needs and skills.
- Celebrate each other!
Ask your Friendship Club what holidays and events they celebrate. Replicate the celebration at one of your club meetings or as an event for your entire community.
- Support one another.
Quota International of Parkes learned about their Friendship Club’s (Quota International of Mississippi Gulf Coast) Socks ‘n’ Pockets program and have supported it with donations for socks and books. You can support your Friendship Club’s projects in a number of ways—donations, supplies, or even a simple Good Luck or Congratulations card.
- Be patient and considerate.
Like any long-distance relationship, connecting with your Friendship Club takes work and understanding. Be aware of time, cultural, and schedule differences as you establish your relationship.