2005 Excellence Award Winners

Excellence in Fund-raising

Quota International of Aruba Netherlands Antilles


To experience the mysteries of the Far East and luxury of travel aboard the Orient Express, 500 Quotarians and guests had to visit only one room. Perhaps this sounds impossible—but not for Quota Aruba. At its “Orient Express to the Far East” fund-raiser, the club transformed the Renaissance Conference Center, decorating each corner of the room to reflect the style of a particular culture. Committee members and guests donned brightly colored Asian attire to sample the savory delicacies of Thai, Japanese, Indonesian, and Indian cuisine served in each corner. After dinner, guests hit the dance floor, accompanied by two bands.

The record number of tickets sold reflected the publicity committee’s tireless efforts. Its members promoted the event in both the press and on television, publicizing not only the party, but the outstanding work Quota does for the less fortunate in the community.

The raffle, always a highlight at any event, was a dream come true for some lucky winner—a trip from Aruba to Singapore that culminated in a ride on the Orient Express! Few left empty-handed, though, as door prizes that included week-end stays and dinners for two completed this lucrative affair, which netted Quota Aruba $43,000.

To read or print the club’s winning application, click here*.


Quota International of Orillia Ontario, Canada


When one member of the Quota club of Orillia joked about the “menopausal sweats,” she probably didn’t realize that her comment would give way to a very successful service project. That off-handed remark at a Quota meeting generated a longer conversation about menopause and the need to educate women about its symptoms. While this natural process affects all women, there is a range in the strength of its symptoms, which include depression, hot flashes, joint pain, migraines, heart problems, weight gain, and sleep disturbances, all of which can lead to more serious complications. To teach women about these symptoms—and how to deal with them—Quota’s Orillia club held an information forum for women of the community.


The forum was a true team effort, as all committees of the club were engaged in planning and promoting the event. Members focused not only on advertising, promotion, and corporate sponsorship, but attracting dynamic, knowledgeable panelists to ensure the quality of information. Dr. Jennifer Blake, a prominent member of the medical community, and June Rodgers, editor of Friend Indeed Menopause Newsletter, were the keynote speakers.

Through a well-organized media blitz and in-kind donations of radio airtime, the May event attracted 450 eager attendees. At $18 a ticket, there was an additional benefit to this informative program—
a donation of almost $9,000 to the Diagnostic Imaging Department of Soldiers Memorial Hospital. QI of Orillia not only won a 2005 Excellence in Fund-raising award for this project, but one in the category of Excellence in Service—Disadvantaged Women and Children.

To read or print the club’s winning application, click here*.


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