Quota Interntional of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
Gloria McMahan has been a member of Quota since 1990. Through the years she has served in many capacities, as board member, officer, and committee member of the local club. She also has held several positions in District 7.
Gloria was employed in the Human Resources Department of the City of Cedar Rapids for 37 years. She retired from that position in 2008 and has generously volunteered even more of her time to Quota.
Our Cedar Rapids club has been involved in the Cops ‘n’ Kids program since 2005 and has donated over 32,000 books to the police. The emphasis of the program is mainly on neighborhoods in the center of the city. Gloria has been instrumental in the expansion of the program to include supporting the police department’s community policing efforts by establishing a team for each neighborhood. The team consists of a Quota member, the police sergeant in charge of the area and a representative of the neighborhood association. As part of this program Quota members set up and furnish a Reading Corner and participate in special events.
Quota also partners with the Cedar Rapids Gazette on a program called “Neighborhood Beat” in which reporters and editors work with eighth grade students to help them learn the basics of identifying and writing stories with emphasis on their neighborhoods. Gloria was involved in getting the program started and participates in the sessions. Her other volunteer activities include assisting at her twin grandsons’ school and serving on the Business Advisory Council for Goodwill Industries.
When asked what she likes best about Quota, she identified the friendships she has formed and the opportunities to give meaningful hands-on service. We are pleased that she once again will be serving as our president.