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uench in our hearts, O Lord, all fires of selfishness,

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nfold to us the joys of true friendship,

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pen our minds to a better understanding of service,

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each us the real meaning of sharing,

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nd help us to hold high those principles of Quota for which we stand.


Wanda Frey Joiner founded Quota International in 1919.

"I am grateful for all you have done to make our dream come true. The basis of happiness is the love of something outside self and rises superior to all conditions. I know now, as then, we will not fail in our devotion and service to any cause—the rights and liberties for all." – WFJ 1942

Celebrating 30 Years of
QUOTA Scholarships
1981–2011

About QUOTA

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.

Mission Statement

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:

  • To serve country and community;
  • To promote high ethical standards;
  • To emphasize the dignity of all useful occupations;
  • To develop good fellowship and friendship; and
  • To advance the the ideals of righteousness, justice, international understanding and good will.

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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