Quota emerged from a ladies’ night Christmas event at the Kiwanis Club in Buffalo, New York. Buffalo’s five leading businesswomen recognised that women needed a special place where a common purpose could grow.
One year before women won the right to vote in the US, Quota International was officially founded in by Wanda Frey Joiner (who was elected as the first President) and headquarters were established in Buffalo. Quota was the first international women’s service organisation. Today, membership includes men as well as women in North America, South America, Europe, South-East Asia, New Zealand, Australia, along with other South Pacific countries and the Caribbean.
Quota comes to Australia
Dr Mabel Palmer, a past president of Quota International, visited Australia and introduced the concept of a women’s service organisation to a small group of interested women.
Quota Sydney is charted
In June 1933, the Quota Club of Sydney, New South Wales, was considered far enough advanced to receive charter. This was a most important event in Quota’s history – the organisation had now reached across the great Pacific Ocean. Lucy Proud was appointed governor.
Quota Orange & Katoomba is established
Country New South Wales welcomes Quota with this branch in Orange in the state’s central-west region. A club at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney follows shortly after.
Australia ends the year with 10 Quota clubs.
A second district is created
Australia now has so many clubs that a second district is formed - the 24th in the world.
Queensland comes into its own
The Queensland clubs separated from New South Wales this year to forge ahead as their own region.
Quota’s Hand-in-Hand World Service Program is launched
This program coordinates support for critical service projects and allows caring people around the world to support viable service projects in developing countries. Projects are run by local Quota clubs who understand the specific and often dire needs of their own communities.
Quota International of Carindale Inc. is formed
Our chapter was charted on 13 November 1987 and is one of the many clubs in Region 13.
Junior Quota launches in Brisbane
In October 2017, Carindale established a Junior Quota Club at Whites Hill State College with membership drawn from boys and girls in Years 5 and 6. The JQ Club of Whites Hill gives students the opportunity to learn how to run meetings and that volunteering brings responsibility as well as satisfaction.
Our greatest achievements
Like all Quota clubs throughout the world, Quota Carindale is involved with a range of service projects with special emphasis on the areas of Hearing and Speech.
- The implementation of infant hearing screening for all newborn babies. The Queensland Government has now made hearing screening of all newborn babies law and is progressively introducing this program across state hospitals.
- Closed captioning of television shows and educational videos
- The purchase of hearing equipment for schools and colleges
- Installation of Audio Loops in Community Buildings
- Providing Scholarships for training people working in the area of Speech and Hearing Impaired.
We share is the official Quota motto
Members share the values of serving and encouraging others, developing friendships and promoting international understanding.
We Share Foundation
Quota International’s award-winning charitable arm, the We Share Foundation, is a leader in providing humanitarian and educational support worldwide. The Foundation strives to make a positive impact on the lives of those in need through compassionate programs that span the globe. Worldwide, volunteers in 14 countries donate tens of thousands of hours and more than a million dollars each year. The We Share Foundation supports them by operating service programs and special projects, and by offering technical support and education.
The world net Service
This helps Quota volunteers work as world partners in solving dire social problems worldwide. Initiatives include the award-winning Hand-in-Hand World Service Program, which changes lives through “hand-in-hand” support by other Quota clubs and individuals who care throughout the world. Every penny donated reaches its intended project target. The We Share Foundation keeps nothing for overhead costs. Projects are reviewed and selected for program inclusion every two years. The We Share Foundation’s annual reporting requirements ensure that your generous donations provide effective support for real people in desperate need.
Quota South Pacific Area Scholarships are available for work in the fields of Speech and Hearing, Applicants must be residents of and work in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji or Norfolk Island. For further information please contact your local Quota club.