Quota International is a 93-year-old international service organisation that links members of all ages, occupations and nationalities in a worldwide network of service and friendship.
With a motto of "we share," Quotarians are known especially for their service to deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired individuals and disadvantaged women and children. Quota members share the values of serving and encouraging others, developing friendships, and promoting international understanding.
Quota's Objectives, established in 1919 and revised in 1996, serve as Quota International's mission:
The business and objects of Quota International shall be to seek individuals of diverse occupations committed to sharing their time, talent, and resources to meet Quota International's service goals, and more particularly:
A Brief History
This timeless message (left) from Quota International's founding president, Wanda Frey Joiner, reflects not only her personal life journey and devotion to service but also her dedication to Quota. A pioneer in her day, Wanda—along with the original members of Quota—created a new organization, a place for women to enjoy fellowship and service opportunities while also inspiring confidence.
In 1927, Quota received the attention of U.S. President Calvin Coolidge who sent his greetings to that year's convention attendees. Headquarters was on the move to the nation's capital—Washington, D.C.—and a permanent home. Each year, headquarters had moved with the current president and now with a pledge of support from each club ($1700 total), Quota would have a permanent home from which to do business. By 1929's annual convention in Worcester, Massachusetts, Quota International could boast a membership of 2500—a real achievement in only 10 years!
One item remained to be filled in on the articles of incorporation in February 1919 that would ultimately give birth to Quota Club International, Inc. (now known as Quota International, Inc.). That item—a proper name that reflected the ideals of the five original members whose motto was to be "we share." They determined the name should be short, memorable, and not likely to be confused with any current organisation.
One founding member, paging through the dictionary, came upon the Latin word, "quota," meaning "a share of one part to a whole." The founders latched onto this idea as a true reflection of their mission.
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