2005 Volunteers of the Year

Virginia Wilson, Quota International of East Memphis, TN

Virginia Wilson

Quota International of East Memphis, TN

Virginia Wilson made a decision to join Quota in 1974. That was 31 years ago, and at Quota International of East Memphis, we do not know what we would do without her! Virginia’s service over these years has allowed our club to make grants, donations, and continue on with projects and scholarships that we would not have been able to do without her leadership and hard work.

Virginia served as president of our club for three terms, was governor of the 23rd District, and received our club’s outstanding Quotarian award three times (including the 2003- 2004 Quotarian Award.)

A native Memphian, Virginia attended grammar school, high school, and university in Memphis, Tennessee. She started volunteering when she was in high school: she sold poppies on Main Street to raise money for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and collected money for the Cynthia Milk Fund. Her spirit to help others turned into a life-long mission.

For the past two years, QI of East Memphis has benefited from a project that Virginia and her husband Nolan developed: a basketball tournament. In January 2005, Virginia and Nolen made all arrangements with basketball leagues, coaches, and officials for the tournament to be held at a local school gymnasium. Since Nolen has received citywide volunteer awards for his 40 years of service in coaching young people, QI of East Memphis was overjoyed to sell tickets and assist with the concession stand. Our club’s involvement in the project allowed Quota members time for fellowship and enhanced our treasury by more than $4,000. During this busy time, Virginia still made time to serve as chairperson of the Annual Birthday Dinner in February 2005. She is also serving on the club’s board of directors for the 2005-2006 year.

For the past 10 years, Virginia has acted as “chief chef” at our Club’s annual luncheon, fashion show, bake sale, and silent auction, where we serve up to 200 guests at one time. Our club’s latest event was held on April 16, 2005. Virginia also performed the same duties for our last three Parent Workshops, where lunch was provided for 100-150 attending parents, guests, and children. The last workshop was held on March 5, 2005. As “chief chef,” Virginia not only purchases most of the food for the annual luncheons and parent workshops, she also transports the food to the luncheon facility. Nolen assisted with the loading and unloading for many years. However, several years ago, Nolen’s leg was amputated due to an aneurysm, so Virginia’s adopted grandson, Adam Brinkley, stepped up to the plate to assist with this necessary function.

Virginia also serves her community outside of Quota. She is very involved in church activities at Woodland Presbyterian Church in Memphis, and has just accepted a two-year term beginning as moderator of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of the Mid-South. Virginia is also a member of Church Women United, where members of various denominations meet monthly and work for the good of mankind. (Prior endeavors have included fund-raising for the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) to establish a $100,000 chair in Office Administration at the University of Memphis.)

While employed at Sears, Virginia headed the company’s United Way campaign and annual blood drive. Virginia has also served as treasurer of the Gavel Club of Memphis, was a former member and president of the Women’s Executive Council, and was named Woman of the Year after being nominated by Quota International of East Memphis.

Virginia is currently Director of Pendleton Youth Athletics, Inc. (PYA), a volunteer-based organization that provides opportunities for young people to play basketball and baseball in the city of Memphis. Virginia and her husband Nolen, President of PYA, have coached young people in sports for over 40 years. In addition to clerical work involving tournaments, leagues, coaching, and officiating, Virginia operates the concession stand at the baseball field.

For all of the above, and much more, Quota International of East Memphis has nominated Virginia Wilson as our 2005 Volunteer of the Year!

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