President’s Message – February 2013

  • February 27, 2013

President’s Message – February 2013

2012-2013 International President Laura Lahman

February 27, 2013

My Fellow Quotarians,

Members of Quota International CHANGE LIVES! It may be by helping victims of natural disasters rebuild their lives, by creating scholarship programs, by providing hearing aids, or by promoting literacy or distributing hugs with care bears. This is why we are members—to CHANGE LIVES by making an impact locally and globally.

The Board of Directors met February 14-17, 2013, in Washington, D.C., with its major emphasis on the future. While deeply proud of our history, we remain focused on our strategic Quota of Tomorrow plan as we concurrently and constantly learn from our award-winning Leaders as Listeners program.

Below is a brief overview of the significant results of our meeting:

  • The board approved a dues increase of $1.00 (USD) per year effective with the 2014 dues. Starting with dues collected October 1, 2013, the dues will increase from $76.00 to $77.00 (USD) per member. However, EVERY member has the chance to get their entire 2014 dues FREE! Keep reading!
  • The “Q-Pon” program is back by popular demand! Every Q-pon is worth $25.00 (USD) off your 2014 dues. Recruit three members and your dues are absolutely FREE! NO GIMMICKS! The new member(s) must renew their membership for the 2014 year for the sponsor’s Q-pon to apply. More information and details will follow in the next Quota Quick Update.
  • The building in Washington, D.C., is in need of significant repairs, as little has been done to the building over the past 30 years. In order to cover the cost of the renovation, the board made the decision to rent Quota’s office front parlor and attached front office. We believe that this is fiscally prudent in order to protect Quota’s real estate investment.
  • Three board member task forces were established with initial reports due at the July 2013 board meeting. They were created to assess (1) Convention, (2) The Quotarian publication, and (3) development and growth. More details will follow after the July board meeting.
  • As noted above, a board task force has been formed to assess convention. Due to attendance being down the last few years and costs steadily increasing, the board agreed to raise the convention fee from $100.00 to $200.00 (USD) per club. This is the first increase in over 30 years and is necessary to offset recent convention losses. Although we are awaiting the recommendations of the Convention Task Force in July, it is important for you to have this information for planning and budgeting purposes. It is also important to encourage attendance at Convention 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A., because a higher attendance will drive costs down. Your help is respectively requested in promoting and attending Convention 2014!
  • Based on feedback we received, the staff is investigating whether we can change Convention 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A., from three to four days. We will let you know whether this change is possible from both a cost and scheduling perspective.
  • It was agreed to convert the in-person club officer training to an online, learn-at-your-own-pace club officer leadership training program. More information will be announced at your 2013 area meeting, so be sure to attend.
  • A decision was made to create a campaign template on our Web site that may be utilized by candidates running for international office. Refer to Rules of Procedure, Rule 14, A, 5. The board felt that this will be a good use of technology and will further promote fairness while maintaining a spirit of campaigning among the candidates.
  • Twenty Hand-in-Hand World Service projects covering 2013 through 2015 were approved. Specific details will follow shortly in a future Quota Quick Update.
  • And finally, the Search Committee, having interviewed candidates February 13-14, 2013, in Washington, D.C., U.S.A., to replace Executive Director Kathleen Treiber, who is retiring April 30, 2013, made a recommendation to the Board of Directors to offer employment to a candidate interviewed. This candidate has the experience, along with the business acumen, to make a positive impact on Quota’s future. The board accepted the recommendation of the Search Committee and is proceeding accordingly. A separate announcement will follow once we have a finalized agreement in place.

I also wanted to mention for those of you who were unable to attend Executive Director Kathleen’s retirement party, that we missed you. It was a wonderful evening and tribute to Kathleen who has served Quota long and served Quota well for nearly 30 years! As I mentioned at the banquet, how lucky Quota International is to have had Kathleen as our Executive Director these many years, to guide, guard, and most recently prepare us for the Quota of Tomorrow. We have, indeed, been very fortunate to have had Kathleen’s calm, steady influence over our organization. We recognize that now is her time to move FORWARD to start a new chapter in her life with husband Randy and for Quota to do the same.

I am confident that Quota will grow FORWARD as we continue to CHANGE LIVES around the globe. Together, we lift people up and make the world far better because we share and care about hearing loss and disadvantaged women and children.

With kindest regards,

Laura Lahman
2012-2013 International President

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