2007 Quota Cares Month Winners

Quota International of Paris

Quota Cares Month—Top Winner

The Quotarians of Paris, Tennessee, called their 2007 Quota Cares Month Project “We Share . . . Our Heart,” because they care enough about the hearts of the men, women, and children in their community to place automated exterior defibrillators in the local civic center and county high school as well as with the fire department and first responder units.

The original plan, conceived in January, was to raise enough money to install a single defibrillator in the Paris Civic Center, a busy building that houses a swimming pool, basketball court, track, and exercise room as well as a performing arts center and an elementary school. Paris Quotarians felt that a life-saving device like this would do the most good for their community at that site.

Fund-raising began in February with a sale of valentines displaying the slogan, “A Heart Has Been Shared with You.” Soon, the Quotarians were joined by the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) from Henry County High School, and valentines sales at the school brought the project to the attention of a whole new part of the community. However, it was at the Healthcare Expo put on by the local Chamber of Commerce that allowed the Quotarians to educate the public about the need for this equipment in public places like the Civic Center as well as to make direct appeals for support.

Word spread through the Paris community, and the club raised $6,200 in six weeks, enough to purchase four defibrillators rather than one. The Paris Rotary Club even donated the cost of one defibrillator when they heard about the project.

Now, the Paris Civic Center has a defibrillator for use in emergencies, something their director had repeatedly been denied grant funding for, and is offering life-saving classes to the public. Local emergency personnel also received medical equipment they desperately needed in the form of two additional mobile units donated by the club.

The final defibrillator went to Henry County High School for use during the school day and at athletic events. The Quotarians, two prospective members richer, even decided to use their own budget to hire a trainer to teach the HOSA students (who sold valentines for the project) and those in an advanced health class how to use the defibrillator as part of first aid techniques.

The Quotarians of Paris certainly shared their hearts with the community through their Quota Cares Month Project, and the people of Paris obviously opened their hearts to support the work of Quota. Together, they have saved lives.

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