Carol “Cooter” Smith
Quota International of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Carol Smith, known as “Cooter” among her Quota family, has been a member of the Baton Rouge club for nearly three years. She pitches in whenever asked to help solve a problem or meet a need.
During last year’s fund raiser, the Frocks and Frolics event with a theme of “Hats off to Hollywood,” Cooter used her skills and talent to make sure that the large university facility rented for the event was logistically laid out to maximize the impact of activities that were scheduled to raise funds. Cooter met a number of times with the facility staff and, working with a committee of high achievers with a lot of creativity, Cooter had to be flexible and willing to negotiate with the facility such that they agreed to a number of changes in how we wanted to have things done. Cooter made sure that she was there for set up to eliminate the “speed bumps” that come with any large event. This year, Cooter is once again at each committee meeting with her drafting paper to ensure the same success characterizes this year’s event.
In addition to Quota work, Cooter is a principal owner of her family construction business, equally as comfortable on a bull dozer as in working one-on-one with families to design every square inch of their dream home. She is a regular volunteer for Women Build, a program of Habitat for Humanity in which homes are built by women volunteers only. She volunteered to work with the New Orleans Boys and Girls Club to help clean up New Orleans after a weekend in which the city hosted a major bowl game, an NFL playoff game, and the BCS championship game. The International Heritage Festival in Baton Rouge is another nonprofit venture that benefits from her volunteerism.