Quota International of Liverpool, NSW, Australia
Our Quota Cares Month project
Ngaire Breen – Community Engagement and Education Officer at SITA Australia (the leading specialists in resource recovery and waste management in Australia) was our guest speaker. Her address “Waste generation in Australia – alarming figures and what we can do to make a difference by recycling, composting and smart shopping” Recycling was a topic foremost in our local media for some time reporting on recycling endeavours being made by residents and also projects being undertaken in local schools. So we were very pleased to have been able to invite Ngaire to speak at our event. Ngaire has developed the WastED Time schools education program for primary schools focussing on waste, recycling and organics. We had 87 guests at the breakfast from the local Community, Business houses and Retirees. Guests included Councillor Wendy Waller from Liverpool Council who presented our guest speaker with a gift on behalf of the Council, Lieutenant-Governor of 35th District of Quota International Lorraine Perry, State & Federal Government representatives, 4 Quota clubs and 6 local and high schools. We had tables of 8 with at least 1 Liverpool Quotarian at each. Our members received congratulations from many of those present on a great topic, mentioning how they were more informed on what to recycle, with the options more wide than they had known. A student from 1 of the High Schools is the Environment spokesperson at her school and was eager to take what she had learned back to the school community. Ngaire was presented with a cheque towards a charity of SITA Australia’s choice – this being support of an Animal at Taronga Zoo.
How did our QCM project benefit our community?
Publicity is not easy though we were able to have 2 small articles in local papers. We had a few enquiries from these articles and they were among our guests but we did not gain any new members. With a Quota member being at each table on the day they were able to answer any questions about Quota asked by guests. We sent invitations to local business people and those on our Quota friends list that we have compiled over the years. We contacted radio stations who included our event in their Community Calendar segments. Liverpool Quotarians who are members of other organisations promote all of our events which broadens our awareness within the community and at large. We keep our expenses to a minimum receiving donations of postage stamps and envelopes from local members of Parliament. This enabled us to make our donation to the guest speakers chosen charity.
How did our QCM project benefit our club / members?
Our members are very proud of our International Women’s Day breakfast continuing success 16 of our 18 members were able to attend. Members were involved in preparing, posting invitations and in some cases hand delivery. Our ladies arrived at 6.45am on the day ready to greet and usher our guests to their tables. The event started at 7.15 with breakfast then our guest speaker and questions from the audience we endeavour to finish by 8.30 which enables those guests to leave in enough time to get to work or school.
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