QIFC Special Estate Sale June 21st, 22nd

Helping Mary – A Special Quota Estate Sale20180912_125906Mary, 90 years of age, has been a member of Quota for more than forty years. She has as also donated her time as a volunteer at The Avery House, Poudre Landmarks Foundation and the American Association of University Women in addition to other community services.  After remaining in her home for as long as possible, Mary must now move to a long-term facility. Funds earned from this sale will help off-set her expenses. We appreciate Mary’s involvement and dedication to Quota.

Estate Sale

Friday, June 21         8:30 AM – 12 PM

Saturday, June 22    8:30 AM – 12 PM 

625 Whedbee Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524

 Vintage furniture, clothes & hats. Mid-Century Modern furniture. Antique dolls & toys. China dish sets. Kitchen items. Cameras. Postcards. Sewing machine and table. Doulton & Co, Homer Laughlin, Johnson Bros, antique Cambridge Caprice, depression glass, Uranium/Vaseline glass. Van Briggle plus vintage typewriter.

Visit Craigslist to view additional items.


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Cedar chest Doll

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March Dinner Guest and New Members

 Courtney Carrick, from the non-profit organization SAVA (Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center), was our guest speaker at the March 27th dinner meeting.Q Dinner2

SAVA aims to reduce the incidence of sexual violence in our community through prevention education programming for youth.  Their programs help youth ages 8-18 create safer spaces for themselves and others by addressing the root causes of sexual violence, promoting healthy relationships, and increasing social activism and leadership skills.

We appreciate the opportunity to learn about SAVA and the services and support it offers to those in our community. For additional information:


New Member Induction
Quota International of Fort Collins is pleased to WELCOME three new members to our club. Melanie Stromberg, Alisa Spangler and Sue Pankonin were inducted into QIFC on March 27th. We are looking forward to working together as we volunteer our time and resources to assist disadvantaged women and children, and the hearing and speech impaired.
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QIFC members enjoyed an outing to Masonville Merchantile on March 12th and 16th. Members had fun playing dress-up as they tried on gorgeous hats and Fascinators, and beautiful dresses.  What a great way to celebrate friendship and hundreds of hours of service to our community.






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A Season of Sharing

Once again, Quota was pleased to assist Project Self Sufficiency with their Holiday Party for parent participants and their children.  First a team of three Quota gals sorted through donated items and organized them into 170 gifts.Then dressed in holiday attire, reindeer antlers, and elf hats, over a dozen of us provided the opportunity for children of PSS participants to choose a gift for their mom or dad. Then a team of Quota’s expert wrappers put the finishing touches on each gift taking care to use the paper, bags, and bows that the children carefully picked.  Eighty-eight children from 56 families “shopped” for parents with our help. It was rewarding to see how proud and happy they all were to have a nice gift to give to their parent. In addition, ten members provided 600 cookies for kids to decorate as part of the holiday fun. It was a successful and satisfying day for us all.

Kim Miller, VP Service


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October Dinner Meeting

Dinner, Meeting, Induction and Presenter

20181024_185311Annette Landes, from the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind Early Years Literacy Program, was our guest speaker at the October 24th dinner/social meeting. During the meeting, Annette thanked the group for the generous on-going support QIFC has extended over the years. Since 2012, QIFC donations have allowed EYLP to purchase materials needed by deaf children and an alerting device for a deaf mother, a car seat for a two-year-old deaf boy, dinners for families attending events and offered additional support as needed.

The Early Years Literacy Program provides thematic-based literacy instruction integrating developmentally appropriate skills for infants through five years of age who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. For more information go to: http://www.csdb.org and search for Early Years Project.




The dinner meeting included a wonderful meal, tables decorated in the spirit of Halloween, a guest speaker, and the induction of Debra  Herrick, our newest member. 

Shannon Richardson (President), Sue Morgan (Membership) and Nan Walters (Sponsor) inducted Debra Herrick into QIFC. Welcome Debra, we look forward to working with you as we offer our service to those in need. 

A huge THANK YOU goes to Vicky Hansen for offering her festive home for the evening, and to Judi Robinson, Judy Warren, Jane Abels and Shannon Richardson for the delicious and festive meal. There is not a better restaurant in town!20181024_182215

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QIFC Has A Busy September

April, 2016 To May, 2018 — QIFC allocated $21,377.31 to community non-profit organizations and services. Quota International of Fort Collins strives to develop and support programs that will improve the quality of life for others through a variety of service projects in our community.

QIFC Volunteers for LifeSaver Breakfast, Alliance for Suicide Prevention


Members helped at the lifeSaver Breakfast, put on by the Alliance for Suicide Prevention. They prepared the meal, served attendees and cleaned up. With Quota’s help, most everything was composted or recycled and the extra food was donated. 

QIFC Donates $8000 to Faith Family Hospitality


On Tuesday, Sept 25th, Quota presented a check for $8000 to Faith Family Hospitality. Pictured: Annette Zacharias, Executive Director of FFH, Mitzi Davis, Quota Treasurer, Judy Warren, Chair of Allocations and Shannon Richardson, Quota President. The mission of both non-profits are aligned with supporting disadvantaged families and helping them to achieve sustainable self-sufficiency. Quota’s donation will provide kitchen cabinets in the Sherwood House. The Sherwood House is the former Crossroads safehouse and is being remodeled to house homeless families while providing education and accountability specifically targeted to get families back on their feet and self-sufficient. The Sherwood house has 16 bedrooms, 3 kitchens, 8 bathrooms, 2 living/dining rooms, a computer room, a resident manager apartment and a large play room and playground. Quota is proud to support this project and the future of families in our community.

ElderHaus Presentation

Our guest speaker, Joanne Vande-Walle of ElderHaus, informed members of the services offered at  ElderHaus, a non-profit service who’s mission is to promote and sustain the independence of seniors wishing to remain in the community. To learn more about ElderHaus visit their website at http://www.ElderHaus.org.





A Very Happy 90th Birthday to Mary Marks


We had a wonderful birthday celebration during the September lunch/meeting for Mary Marks, Quota International of Fort Collins member since January, 1974. By the smile on her face, it was obvious that Mary enjoyed it very much, as did the attending members.  Mary served as club President during the years 1976 -1978.  Mary continues to support QIFC by attending meetings when possible, and always motivates the members with her wit, memories and easy smile.

Happy 90th Birthday, Mary!

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QIFC Donates Funds to Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity photo

President Shannon Richardson was joined by Allocations Chair Judy Warren and “master” researcher and marketer Vicky Hansen in presenting a $500 donation to Habitat for Humanity staff.  Quota members had recently heard a presentation from Habitat and decided to volunteer for a day of building along with our donation.

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QIFC – Helping Habitat for Humanity and June 15th and 16th Estate Sale

Resized952018053195132536957075One of the joys of Quota is learning about community needs and volunteer opportunities during our monthly dinner meetings when our Program chair invites various folks to speak to us about their organizations. After hearing about the village that Habitat for Humanity is building in southwest Fort Collins, a group of Quota ladies was quick to sign up for a volunteer day. And so on May 31st, in the blazing sun, a group of us tackled painting, nailing, climbing ladders and laughing as we assisted in a day of community building. And I am sure, we will do it again!


Upcoming Event: Be sure to join us Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th for an amazing Estate Sale. 

ESTATE SALE: Friday: June 15th 8:30 am – 2:30 pm 
Saturday: June 16th 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

2148 Sheffield Drive, Fort Collins 80526

Please note:
Pictures of some items listed below can be viewed on our Craigslist Estate Sale listing – https://fortcollins.craigslist.org/…/quota-…/6614449576.html

* Tools, tools & more tools! some vintage
* Shop-Smith
* Yard tools
* Snow blower
* Lawn mowers
* Picnic table/benches
* Vintage Eastlake 3 piece bedroom set – bed, dresser w/mirror & dry sink
* Vintage dining table & 4 chairs plus Buffet
* Kitchen table & 6 chairs
* Electronics including Bose 901 vintage speakers
* Upright piano circa 1900
* Kit-built organ
* Pool table
* Protectall safe
* Gorham Sterling silverware set/Chantilly pattern
* Desk
* Side tables
* Washer & dryer
* Housewares
* Antique Aladdin oil lamps
* Homemade aprons
* And much, much more!

CASH please — No Checks — Bring help for heavy items

Quota International of Fort Collins is a non-profit organization empowering women, children, the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired in our community.

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QIFC May Dinner Meeting Presenter

20180523_183428Our guest speaker at the May 23rd dinner meeting was Kelly Evans, Executive Director of local non-profit, Neighbor to Neighbor. The mission of N2N is to open doors and advance lives through house counseling, homelessness prevention and affordable housing. N2N has 4 key service areas: Renter Program-prevents displacement and provides budget education; Affordable Housing Program- N2N owns and operates 135 affordable apartments; Home Ownership Program- educates over 1200 1st time homebuyers each year; and just launched on March in collaboration with CSU is the HomeShare Program- matched senior homeowners with renters to allow the seniors to age in home and renters to have affordable housing. Attending Quota members appreciated the opportunity to learn more about Neighbor-to-Neighbor services and programs.

On behalf of QIFC, Linda Hopkins, Shannon Richardson and Judy Warren were pleased to welcome Pegi Etzkorn as our newest member. Congratulations, Pegi. We sincerely hope you enjoy your involvement in the QIFC projects and services that benefit those in need in our community.


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ThompsonHelping people hear better is the primary mission of QIFC, and we really love it when we can help kids! So we were thrilled to be able to donate $1293.24 to the Thompson School District Audiology Department. The money will be used to purchase two new hearing aids and disposable ear tips to connect the aids to the ear. The district audiologist will be able to program these hearing aids to match the hearing loss of individual students who need to borrow them while their own hearing aids are being repaired. She will also be able use them to demonstrate the benefit they provide to students who have never worn hearing aids before. This will be a helpful tool to assist students and parents in deciding to purchase hearing aids and allow the audiologist the opportunity to counsel and assist families more effectively right in her office. By building a positive experience and appropriate expectations, the audiologist can prepare the students and their parents to have a successful experience when they purchase their own hearing aids.

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December was a big month for Quota volunteers. Thirteen of us were “Santa’s Helpers” at the Project Self Sufficiency family holiday party. Seventy-seven families participated in a wonderful afternoon of games, horse-drawn carriage rides, food and fun. As part of the fun, one hundred-seven children came through Santa’s Workshop where Quota,rians assisted children from age 1-18 in choosing the perfect gift for their mom or dad and then had it beautifully wrapped by our expert wrappers. In addition, we provided 600 (mostly homemade) cookies that the kids enjoyed decorating. We had as much fun as the families. It was a great day! 

Also in December, Quota fulfilled the wish list of all the classroom teachers at Putnam Elementary. Every classroom in grades 1-5 was given one or two games of their choosing. In addition, each pre-K and Kindergarten student, 80 in all, received a soft throw blanket and a teddy bear. These have been traditions that Quota has provided for many years. We hear that the blankets and bears return to school on special “read-in” days when the kids enjoy reading with their blankets and bears at hand.

All in all we volunteered 86 hours for Quota projects in December, and an additional 72 hours for community projects. In total, our group volunteered 1340 hours in 2017, and had fun doing it.

A special THANK YOU to those who supported our fundraising events in 2017. With your support, and participation, we were able to provide financial assistance and other services to those in need in our community.C55B92B2-1





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