Gloucester, New South Wales, Australia
QUOTA INTERNATIONAL OF GLOUCESTER INC.
Volunteer of the Year nominee
Margaret Andrews is Gloucester Quota’s Club nomination for Volunteer of the Year. Margaret has been a member of our club for 25 years and has 100% attendance for all those Years. She has held the position of Club President and Secretary a number of times and has been District Governor.
Margaret has been the organiser of our town’s Daffodil Day for the past 15 years raising thousands of dollars for the Cancer Council of Australia. She was an inaugural committee member for the Gloucester Relay for Life, which was a Cancer Council initiative.
Through her skills at quilt making she organised a quilt exhibition for “Quota Cares” month and supervised the making of 43 quilts for the aged care section of our hospital. She also made a number of large quilts which have been successfully raffled to raise money for the Hunter Medical Research Institute. The main research areas that have benefited from the fund raising are the Mothers and Babies Unit and the Stroke Unit. Margaret organised a community information day with the head of the Stroke Unit so that the community would be better advised on the latest findings in the treatment and prevention of stroke.
Margaret organises our major fund raising for the year which in making our famous Christmas Puddings. She not only takes orders for the puddings but also orders the ingredients, organises the Quotarian helpers who make the puddings with Margaret’s supervision and then she cooks the puddings. All this takes place in her home which is disrupted for many weeks each year. We admire her husband Dal’s patience having Quotarians invading his home from daybreak to dusk on the cooking days.
Margaret has served as District Governor of Quota and has attended a number of International and South Pacific conferences. She is organising a group of members from our club to attend this year’s International Conference in Hawaii. She is a valued member of our club who is constantly planning activities that will assist others in our community and we therefore nominate Margaret for the Volunteer of the Year.