2006 Volunteers of the Year

Betty Smith

Betty Smith

Quota International of Brisbane South, QLD

Betty Smith has been a member of Quota International for 33 years. For a young wife and mother of three from Sydney, coming to live on a farm south of Brisbane was quite a challenge. So it was with great enthusiasm that Betty left discussions about milk quotas and embraced another kind of Quota, that of sharing the friendship and community service offered by the ladies of Quota International of Beenleigh in 1973.

Subsequently, in 1998 Betty became a charter member of the Garden City Quota club, which later changed its name to Quota International of Brisbane South. Betty models the ideals of service in so many different ways. She has delivered Meals on Wheels and, as a member of the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital Auxiliary, has worked in the hospital canteen for many years. Betty has also knitted dozens of teddy bears for children suffering in East Timor as well as clothes for premature babies born in the Mater Hospital. She is also a member of the Queensland Embroiderers Guild and has introduced friends from the guild into Quota.

Betty’s cheerful and compassionate nature, together with her delightful “naughty but nice” sense of humor, endears her to all she meets. She is a loyal friend, constantly ringing to check on both current and ex-members who have been affected by illness or just to have a friendly chat.

The club applauds Betty’s tireless commitment to their project “Make Your Dollar Grow,” in which members are invited to use their talents to contribute to the fund-raising aspect of the club. Over the past six years, in spite of increasing mobility problems, Betty has continued to make dozens of jars of tomato chutney—well known throughout the 30th District as “Betty Smith’s Relish.” This relish, together with many delicious fresh lemon cakes, has been sold at district meetings and other Quota functions, much to the members’ delight. Betty has raised a substantial sum of money—all through her own personal effort.

Brisbane South Quotarians are all very proud of Betty. She is an amazingly modest lady who prefers to remain in the background, but who is an exceedingly generous hostess, a loving mother, and a doting grandmother. Nothing is too much trouble for Betty, and birthdays are never forgotten. As a member of Quota, Betty enjoys coordinating the collection of items for a local women’s refuge, being in charge of cards and wrapping, keeping up the club photo album and scrapbook, as well as being chairman of the nominating committee—all duties that are carried out with a willing heart and careful attention to detail.

Betty does indeed make our world a better place

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