Quota International of Alstonville/Wollongbar, NSW, Australia
Our Quota Cares Month project
We hosted two functions during the month of March. The first was in conjunction with the local Combined Services Clubs, where eight scholarships of A$1500 were awarded to students in need. Quota hosted this dinner and received media publicity and public awareness. Our A$1500 scholarship recipient was a young female student from our local High School who needs financial assistance to complete her studies. The second event was our Annual Quota Friendship Dinner where we presented cheques to the local charities from our fundraising. Over 55 people attended this dinner with representatives from local government and other community groups. This dinner acknowledges all aspects of community service in our local area and focuses on the women who do this. When presented with their cheques the recipients were asked to talk about how the money will be used. The cheques presented on this night brought our total donations for the year to $22.600.00 and we were able to have a photo and article of this in our local paper. This evening was also a presentation of the Annette Ferguson Women of the Year Awards where we acknowledge local women for their individual achievements with certificates and cheques for their chosen charity. We were also able to induct a new member, Lindsey Baker at this dinner which gave an opportunity to showcase Quota itself, to a large group of women who are all looking to work in their community.
How did our QCM project benefit our community?
By inviting local women to a very positive and vibrant evening we were able to raise the profile of our work in the community. As our major fundraiser each year is an Arts & Craft Fair we always need to remind the community that we are NOT a craft group but a service club who works very hard in the community. On the tables at this event we had placemats with some photos and information about our club. A lot of these were taken by attendees. We also had our promotional material at the raffle table for any one who had questions about Quota. We had two ladies attend our April meeting from the friendship dinner as prospective members. The organizer from the venue last year was so impressed she has attended meetings and will be inducted at our installation in April. The feedback from this event has been very positive. Many guests said it was the best event they have attended in a long time. Many were surprised at how varied our interests were. One of the recipients was a group who work with children from dysfunctional families. This is an extract from her letter: “Your continued support of the programs we run for vulnerable and disadvantaged families enables us to provide additional support and group programs….. I acknowledge the incredible work that the Wollongbar Alstonville Quota club does to support so many community organizations and individuals.” A photo and an article was published in our local press.
How did our QCM project benefit our club / members?
All members were involved in some aspect of one or both events. By hosting two vibrant high profile events members were able to take pride in their club. Members felt that we had raised our profile within the community and we were respected for our commitments. At each event members were hosts to different tables, which allowed them to answer questions about the club and in general “brag” about the club and Quota. The positives from these two successful events were the feeling of cooperation and camaraderie that was expressed by members. The result was that we had no difficulty filling the executive positions at our AGM held in early April. The members are confident we can all work as a team.
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