Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
A member since 1990, Betty Hargraves exemplifies Quota’s mission of service. She has served as board member, officer, and chaired various committees, including for District 7.
Betty was the Executive Director of the American Red Cross in Cedar Rapids from 1989 to 2004. She served a total of 25 years in emergency relief services both overseas and in the U.S. In 2003 she was selected as the Woman of the Year in the non-profit service category by the Cedar Rapids community-wide Waypoint organization. Her service and accomplishments were recognized by The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation as winner of the 2004 “Bridge Builder” award.
The Cedar Rapids club was an “honorable mention” recipient of the Quota International Quota Cares Month Awards. Betty chaired our “Parrots of the Care-A-Being” in which we distributed festively-dressed green stuffed parrots, donned with bandanas and eye patches, to children in area hospitals. Thanks to her leadership, it was a huge success!
Betty is well known in the community for her selfless efforts, whether that be for Quota, her church, or Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). Her culinary skills are legendary. Board members for Red Cross, her church, MOPS, and others have all been treated to her tasty meals, and she single-handedly bakes over 200 muffins for our annual charity golf tournament.
For her church, Betty serves as an Elder, Financial Secretary, member of the Finance Advisory Committee, Parish Nurse Team and Mission Group. As a member of the Mission Group, she coordinated the Angel Tree Christmas gift program for families in need and she served on numerous out-of-state mission trips to support Hurricane Katrina victims and to assist tribal members at Indian reservations in Minnesota and South Dakota.
For MOPS, an international organization that enables young mothers to be the best mothers they can be, Betty was instrumental in starting the organization in her church and has served as the Mentor Coordinator for the last eight years. She enlisted over 20 volunteers to provide support for the group of approximately 40 women and 80 children.
Our club is pleased to honor Betty’s service to Quota and other organizations in our community by recognizing her as our Volunteer of the Year for 2013!