QI of Forster-Tuncurry, Inc., NSW, Australia
Quota International of Forster-Tuncurry Inc. are proud to nominate PAM BOWEN as our 2013 Volunteer of the Year.
Pam has been a member of our Club for less than 4 years – but what an impact she has had in that time! As soon as she joined, Pam volunteered to be on our Fund Raising Committee, a position she held for 2 years before feeling confident to take on the challenging role of Chairing this Committee 2011-2012.
These days, we laugh when we think that when Pam joined, she said, “I will help in any way I can, but please don’t ask me to talk in front of people”: as she got into the spirit of Quota, she could not contain her enthusiasm and desire to promote Quota and its community assistance, and she soon forgot her shyness and was up the front motivating other members and the public.
During her year as Fund Raising Chair, amongst other events, Pam initiated and managed a very successful Craft Fair. This involved many days of Craft Workshops at her house, which were also very enjoyable social occasions for our members.
Pam’s particular sponsorship interest, due to personal loss, is Stroke Research and Recovery. The Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) Stroke Unit was chosen as District 28 Project for the years 2011-2013 and Pam threw herself behind this project, with many inventive ideas for raising funds. Her family donated a Gold Coast Holiday as a raffle prize and she was able to convince the local Jockey Club to allow us to sell raffle tickets at their March 2012 Race Meeting, which resulted in a lot of ticket sales and publicity for Quota!
For our 2012 Quota Cares Month Project, Pam was the prime co-ordinator for a Public Awareness Session which brought Professor Levi to Forster, where he spoke about the HMRI’s new protocol for Stroke treatment; this was attended by over 200 members of the public. Pam has since promoted Stroke Research and Treatment at several other sessions.
In 2010, Pam’s obvious talents, enthusiasm and organisational skills were recognised by our incoming District Governor, Jan Irvine, who asked Pam to take on the role of District Secretary/Treasurer: a role which Pam filled to perfection 2010-2012, providing superb support to our DG and to our District.
Everything is done with a smile, nothing is too much trouble – a true Quota champion!
Pam has blossomed in Quota – and our club and people in need have certainly blossomed from her use of her talents and energy!