Folks in Paris, Tennessee, U.S.A., go hog wild every year at the Quota club’s fall celebration. Heaping helpings of fellowship and fun at the annual “hog killing” party create a perfect time for new members to mingle and a great opportunity for recruiting. We Share e-zine reporter Mary Margaret Yodzis gets the scoop on this delightful event from Paris Quota member Melanie Townsend.
MM: Do you have this hog killing every year?
Mel: Yes, it is held annually in October.
MM: Your newsletter says you have a contest for best dressed male and female. What do the Quota members wear to the party?
Mel: We dress as if we were going to a hog killing.
MM: Melanie, I’m not sure I would know what to wear. What’s the Paris fashion for hog killing? Do you, um, dress to kill?
Mel: Ha, ha. Well, we wear blue jeans, overalls, and dresses with aprons. That sort of thing. We go all out for this.
MM: Whole hog, you mean?
MM: That sounds like fun. Everybody loves costume parties! Do you actually kill a hog there?
Mel: Well, during the year, we each have a piggy bank—our hog. And we feed our hogs all year by putting a quarter in them each week. Then at the hog killing we hold a ceremony to dump all of that money into a large barrel. That’s how we kill our hogs. And the money goes for our scholarships.
MM: That’s hilarious!
Mel: We just have a good time! It’s a party we look forward to each year. And it’s a great time for recruiting. Quota looks like a lot of fun, so people join.
MM: And it is fun, isn’t it?
Mel: Sure is. This is a great party because it’s casual, fun, and we have a lot of great food. It’s always our best attended party of the year.
MM: What do you serve?
Mel: Everybody brings a dish to share for a potluck. Of course, they are usually our best dishes, so everything is delicious. We also have music and, sometimes, a skit. We’ve had bluegrass and country music, cloggers. This year we had a band. It’s always a fun type of entertainment. And we offer a country store to raise money for club service projects. Members make homemade goods—jelly, preserves, pickles, quilts, jewelry—and it gives them a chance to show off their talents while we’re raising money.
MM: What a great idea!
Mel: It really is.
MM: Thanks for sharing it with us!
Mel: Well, you know our motto—in Quota, we share!