Quota International of the Palm Beaches, Inc., Florida, USA
Our Volunteer of the Year is Miriam McIlvaine, a 92-year young member who joined Quota in 1966. She is a past governor of District Twenty-Seven, past president of her club, and currently serves as the club treasurer. She has not missed one district conference, has attended 12 International Conventions and many South Area Meetings.
In the past, she sustained her club’s charter for many years by paying International, District and South Area dues, as well as the District assessment out of her own funds. She, in the past, also paid out of her own funds the annual filing for her club with the State of Florida.
In 2007 she increased her club’s membership from two to five, receiving the Dynamo Award. She was named Quotarian of the Year in 2008, the highest honor given to a member by her district.
Miriam has volunteered for the Deaf Center for the past 24 years, and during her 18th year the Center recognized her as their Volunteer of the Year. The center also nominated her as the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year in five counties. She was featured as the grandmother for a TV commercial by the Deaf Center for advertising telephone for the deaf and hearing-impaired.
She crochets afghans for Project Lioness which are given to small children and children in need, as well as volunteering for Matthew 25 Ministeries stuffing envelopes.
Miriam is very involved in her church and is the current President of the Women’s Fellowship.
Miriam is a true Quotarian in every respect and she considers Quota as a very important part of her life.