2005 Quota Cares Month Winners

Quota International of Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S.A.

Quota Cares Month—Top Winner

The death of a former club president gave one of the Morgantown Quota club’s most important causes even more significance. For several months, the club had been raising money to provide schools and community centers with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to help prevent sudden cardiac death in children. There is a great need for such equipment, as the club is in rural West Virginia, where EMS response time is at least 10 minutes. The presence of AEDs makes a 69 percent difference in survival rate, but at $2,400 apiece, they are far from affordable.

Alan Lindamood, a former Morgantown club president, was excited about the project, but before it was completed, he passed away. His family requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Quota project. With these additional contributions, over $16,000 was applied to the purchase of 13 AEDs. The appropriate parties at the area high schools and community centers receiving the AEDs were provided with training to use the devices correctly.

Television, newspapers, and WVUH, the local radio station, featured the March 29 presentation ceremony. Local dignitaries and community leaders praised the Quota club for their dedication and commitment, and the publicity generated many inquiries about membership in the 79-year-old club—which has a lot of life—and has now given the gift of life to the entire community.

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