2009 Excellence Award Winners

Excellence in Membership

Quota International of Manila South, Philippines, District 41

Love was in the air during the Manila South Quota club’s monthly meeting held on February 11, 2009. It was also on the tables, in the food, in the paper valentines, in the music and games, and on the smiling faces of club members who were surprised with a recognition party held in their honor in the true spirit of the love month.

Red table cloths, two vases of pink and red flowers, and white paper doily place settings with red paper hearts in the middle adorned each table. A pink punch made of four season fruit juice and fruit cocktail sat on the red and white clothed buffet table. Romantic, heart-felt music, including My Funny Valentine, played in the background as club members participated in a variety of fun-filled games. Prizes were awarded to winners of the AND Game, the Tips for a Healthy Heart Game, and the Don’t Forget the Lyrics Game, all planned around the heart theme.

The festivities also included having the members make valentine cards for their partners out of an assortment of craft materials that were supplied to them and choosing from a list of grateful phrases that they signed their names to and attached to the flowers in the table vases. These flowers were then presented to club President Marot Fernandez in appreciation of her service and friendship. She also received a handmade valentine card that said, “You are the sunshine that makes us bloom.”

Exemplifying her service and friendship, President Fernandez prepared a sumptuous marienda cena (early dinner), including Caesar salad, shrimp pasta with pesto, seafood paella, and chicken pastel, which members enjoyed after the fun and games. When the festivities concluded, club members participated in the monthly business meeting, but it wasn’t business as usual…all were thrilled by the heart-warming and unexpected recognition they had just experienced and will not forget any time soon.

The Manila South Quota club firmly believes that member recognition equals member retention. They follow the three A’s—attention, acknowledgement, and appreciation in their treatment of members. Members are not just recognized at special events, but their input, ideas, and life experiences are welcomed and valued on an ongoing basis. The club also understands that its president is the glue that holds the club together and continues to recognize her service.

All of this keeps the Manila South Quota club happy and healthy with old members staying put and new members coming in yearly. By operating in the true spirit of love and friendship, the club is able to achieve its goals.

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


Quota International of Parkes, New South Wales, Australia, District 26


Having Wanda Frey Joiner, founder of Quota International, attend your Edwardian Tea is certainly one good way to attract new members to your Quota club. That’s exactly what happened when the Parkes Quota club in Australia hosted the event in celebration of Quota International’s 90th birthday.

Having Wanda Frey Joiner, founder of Quota International, attend your Edwardian Tea is certainly one good way to attract new members to your Quota club. That’s exactly what happened when the Parkes Quota club in Australia hosted the event in celebration of Quota International’s 90th birthday.

However, the real highlight of the event was when Wanda stood up and reminisced about the hats and long white gloves that Quota members used to wear in the old days. She also spoke of Quota’s good works and invited members in the audience to join in Quota’s efforts. As a result, the Parkes Quota club will be welcoming two new members.

Wanda’s attendance at one of their events is certainly a rare, if not once in a lifetime, experience for the Parkes Quota club. That’s why the club sponsors and participates in numerous exciting events during the year to increase awareness of the club and draw new members. In addition to the Edwardian Tea, the club’s activities have included presenting an Elvis art exhibition at the annual Parkes Elvis Festival, manning the canteen at the Parkes racecourse, and holding an International Women’s Day Breakfast at a local motel and a Bollywood Dinner with Indian food, Bollywood-style.

Club sponsored events have received wide media attention with articles and ads in local newspapers as well as live interviews and public service announcements on local radio stations. Fund-raising activities like donating $2,500 for a hearing booth at a local hospital have also received extensive media coverage.

Media attention aside, the club credits the dedication of its members to continual recruitment for the tremendous success it has had bringing in four new members during the past 12 months alone with three more members in the process of being initiated. Once on board, members are encouraged to share their new ideas, participate on committees, and join the board.

And according to the Parkes Quota club, “Recruiting is a numbers game. If you don’t ask, you won’t get any new members.” Good advice for all Quota Clubs to take to heart.

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