2012-2013 International President Laura Lahman
July 14, 2012
My Fellow Quotarians,
I am honored to be your president, and I thank you for the opportunity to serve you in this capacity.
If you attended Convention 2012, then you already know that our voting delegates overwhelmingly passed three major bylaw changes to Quota International’s structure and governance system:
- The creation of regions and the elimination of districts and areas;
- Simplifying Quota’s club and membership structure; and
- Restructuring Quota International’s board of directors
This is the most significant change in Quota’s structure in 40 years, and I applaud the convention attendees for participating in and listening with an open mind to all the discussion during the town meeting.
Someone once said, “Change is inevitable. We will always exist in the midst of it. It is our choice whether we will be its victim or its architect.”
Life is filled with choices and this certainly was not an easy decision for any of us to make, but at the end of the day, we made the choice to move Quota FORWARD and be the architect of change.
I believe we made the right choice for our organization, and now is the time for all of us to evaluate our own club.
I encourage you to begin this dialogue in your clubs today by asking yourselves, “What needs to be done to take our club FORWARD, so that it remains relevant and viable?” Change is uncomfortable, and so we put it off. Please do not put it off or become overwhelmed by the process. Start by taking baby steps that allow FORWARD progress. Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company said, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”
And for us to be successful, we must continue to build on our momentum of chartering new clubs, retaining our existing members, and recruiting new members into our existing clubs. I am asking every club to consider mentoring a JQ (Junior Quota) club, so that we can introduce the next generation to Quota. At convention we made a commitment to launch an additional 25 JQ clubs by our next convention in 2014, and with your help, I know that we can do this.
So onward and FORWARD we go, knowing that Quota’s best days are ahead of us.
With kindest regards,
2012-2013 International President