Quota International of Manila, Manila, Philippines
She stood out at induction being the only Indian to join as member when the Quota Club of Manila was chartered in July, 1976. She was then a young housewife raising a family with three children in school. That was nearly 37 years ago. Now into her early seventies and grandmother of two lovely girls, Godha Abichandani is still the housewife to husband Bob who has retired, and still an active Quotarian, currently in the Board as Chair of QI Manila’s Hearing & Speech Committee.
Godha Abichandani and Rose Sobrepeña, charter member and charter president, respectively, are the living legends of QI Manila, the oldest club of District 41. Having been there since the start, their years with Quota may well be counted by the number of years of Quota International’s presence and service in the Philippines.
By nature Godha is quiet and unassuming, but she certainly possesses the top three qualities of an ideal volunteer: passion, dependability, commitment. The mother of a deaf son, her passion for the cause that she has chosen to serve is beyond question. In all her years with Quota, Godha has been with the committee serving the deaf and hearing impaired, though she’s there for the other service projects as well. Dependability is her major strength, tried and tested through time. For help in the task at hand, for a warm body to include in the count and boost the numbers, for a personality to represent Quota to the public … Godha can be counted upon whenever needed. On the more personal side, she is a one-woman sunshine committee who never fails to remember fellow Quotarians’ birthdays and anniversaries, calling (or sending text) to greet them.
Best show of her commitment to Quota was her acceptance of the challenge of presidency in 1996 –1997, and the prominent legacy of her term was the significant increase in club membership that year under her leadership. Another for commitment, is her faithful attendance at District Conferences every year, and Quota International Conventions every other year.
At the big QI-Manila event in celebration of the club’s 35th Anniversary in 2011, Godha received a special award for 35 years as a Quotarian. It’s a distinct recognition of her unbroken record in the service of Quota in the Philippines. Those thirty five years spanned the best years of her life within which time she grew and ripened from mother to grandmother, from prime to senior citizenship. Truly a living legend, a precious asset to the club, we are deeply honored to make Godha Abichandani stand out once again as we nominate her to be QI Manila’s Volunteer of the Year 2013. (LdG)