International President 2014-2016
Quota International of Beenleigh
Queensland, Australia – Region 13
As Quota International President for 2014-2016, Karen Murphy is proud to lead a team with a difference – a team that is determined to make a difference!
Karen says “Together we aim to refocus on the core reason for our existence – service – and in doing so, unite our membership. We have a unique opportunity to be trailblazers in service, as we head towards our 100th birthday in 2019.”
Karen aims to lead a united team, working together to refocus our energies on our core areas of Quota service, to allow our mission to take centre-stage, and believes that this grass roots approach of all members, working together, will develop strong clubs, will encourage members to join us on our mission, and will galvanise the growth of our organisation. Karen holds a vision for Quota where we see Quota clubs in every city, suburb, and town—offering the gift of Quota to all!
Karen invites all Quotarians to join with her and “follow the Quota history trail” re-chartering clubs in localities where once Quota was thriving, to look for new sites in newer communities, and to spread our impact into more countries…all the time making sure our current clubs are working closely with our younger generations, starting and mentoring Junior Quota (JQ) clubs.
Karen has a passion for Quota—she enjoys helping others, working as a team with members, making sure that Quota’s ideals are upheld, whilst also moving forward with new ideas and new projects to build an even stronger organization. Karen believes in the need to harness the unique strengths of Quota—providing mentoring, encouragement, and friendship throughout the membership, to lead us forward in service. As Karen likes to say, “Let’s put our hearts into Quota, and put Quota in our hearts, and let’s do it together!”
Karen has been a dedicated member of QI of Beenleigh since 1996. As Governor of District 30, Karen was proud to welcome two new branches and two new clubs. She launched the “QuoCKa Reading” Program (Quota, Cops and Kids, Reading Together, and wrote the “how-to” manual). She also created Quota e-mail accounts for district executives and clubs, and developed club resource manuals for development and growth. At Convention 2006, Karen presented the “Service-on-Sound” project – which provided musical items to disadvantaged children.
Karen has visited Quota Hand-in-Hand World Service projects in India, Fiji, and The Philippines. As a result of seeing the projects first-hand, Karen then launched the World Service “Ambassador of the Year” Program in her own club, and this project is spreading further in Quota. It has a two-fold purpose to both educate our youth to the success of our projects in third-world countries, and also to raise funds to go to these projects, so that they can continue their vital work.
Karen served on the Quota International Board of Directors as South Pacific Area Director from 2009-2011, International Treasurer from 2011-2012, President-elect 2012-2013, and as President-elect/Treasurer from 2013-2014.
Karen has a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Sydney University. She has been the owner/manager of Murphy’s Health Care Pharmacy since 1990 and is the company secretary of Pharmacy Computer Solutions.
For her community service efforts, Karen was awarded the Forde Community Champion Award in 2006. She has actively served as a team-leader at each Brisbane City Council’s “Homeless Connect” days, and as a mentor for the local Beenleigh JQ clubs, State School, and the Junior Chamber of Commerce.
In her “spare” time, Karen enjoys tennis, reading, anything musical, and the challenge of Sudoku.
As Quota’s International President, Karen’s focus is on expanding Quota’s mission and service, TOGETHER. You may contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org.