Working Together Makes It Happen
Many hands made quick work of fall clean up at the yard of one of our long time members. With the additional help from two “Quotations” (husbands), Don Jaffee and Jack Warren, the yard’s leaves were cleared and grass mown in just a couple of hours. It was a quick two hours of “sharing” that made a difference for one of our own.
Quota Begins Preparations for the Holidays
QIFC purchased 80 teddy bears and lap blankets for preschoolers at Putnam Elementary School. The goodies will be delivered to the kids in time for Christmas. This has become a cherished tradition among Putnam students. The bears and blankets make occasional appearances at school on special days when students get to hang out with their blankets and bears and read.
Santa’s Quota helpers are busy preparing for the annual Project Self-Sufficiency Holiday Party to be held on Saturday December 16th. Many groups help with this party and Quota loves to be part of it. Our members will provide 600 cookies for children to decorate and take home. The day of the party, we will organize donated items and help children pick a special gift for their mom or dad. When the kids finish “shopping” they will then choose the wrapping and bow they want and a Quota wrapper will make a pretty package for each child to give to his or her parent. It is so fun to see how carefully they choose their gifts how happy they are to have a gift to give Mom or Dad.
Dinner meetings offer an opportunity to plan special events and celebrate successes.
Come join us and find that perfect item at our upcoming
QIFC Estate Sale
Where? 380 Nicklaus Court
Fort Collins, CO
When? Friday, October 6th (Best Choice Day)
8 AM – 3 PM
Saturday, October 7th (Bargain Hunter Day)
8 AM -2 PM
See list of items available below and watch
Craigs List for additional information.
Kitchen items, occasional tables, sofas, Tell City hutch, Christmas items, cameras, desks, sofas, chairs, vintage clothing, sewing items, vintage quilts, iron beds, end tables, crystal, dining tables, appliances, desks, electronics, lamps, stained glass windows, chest of drawers, washer, dryer, mink coat, Holiday symphonium, antique oak dresser, plus lots more!
Happy Shopping……See You There!
August is always a fun month for QIFC members as they enjoy the “end of summer” picnic at the home of Linda and Donn Hopkins.
The picnic was an opportunity for members to celebrate another successful summer of service and fundraising. Sharon Chilson, estate sale coordinator, reports that Quota earned the net sum of $834.00 during the recent August 25 and 26th estate sale. These funds will be donated to services and projects that assist those in need in our community. A special thank you to each member who participated in this sale. You truly are Awesome.
Loveland Youth Gardeners
Several QIFC members journeyed to Loveland to visit the Loveland Youth Gardeners, one of the recipients of QIFC funds. Mitzi Davis, group lead, expressed delight at seeing the teen participants selling produce from a new roadside stand. A recent story in the local newspaper, featuring the Loveland Youth Gardeners, brought residents of the community to the farm for their purchases of fresh produce. The students gave QIFC members a personal tour of the grounds. In addition to selling produce on their property, LYG also participates in providing fresh produce for low-income residents in their community through the “Plant a Row for the Hungry” program.
To see additional information go to: http://www.lovelandyouthgardeners.org
At the June 28th dinner meeting, Nan Elliott, from Front Range Community College, gave Quota members a demonstration of the Echo Smartpen and paper. Our chapter recently provided money to purchase ten pens for a loan bank at FRCC Office of Disability Services. The pen is a note taking and note organizing tool. It is used to write just like a pen, but it has a microphone in the stem and an optic device in the tip. The note taker uses special pixilated paper with icons at the bottom of the page. The icons, when tapped with the tip of the pen, control functions such as mic on/off and audio volume. As the student takes notes, the pen records what is said in the class. The student will write what he/she can, but knows that when something is missed, it has been captured by the pen’s audio recording and can be listened to later. By tapping the last word written, the audio begins to play from that spot in the lecture so the student can listen again to what was said. The pen comes with earbuds for listening to the recorded lecture and can be connected to a computer with software that allows the pen’s information to be uploaded to the computer so notes can be re-worked and organized into folders. Nan says there is such a demand for the pens, they can only allow students to check them out for a week or two in order to assess whether the student benefits enough that they want to purchase one for themselves.
Quota also recently purchased a Roger Pen microphone for a student at Front Range CC. This student recently learned that she has been gradually losing her hearing for several years which has impacted her learning ability. Now that she has hearing aids, she needs an assistive listening device to maximize her ability to hear the instructor’s voice over the background noise in the classroom. The Roger Pen can be worn by the speaker or placed on the desk in front of the student to pick up the voice of the person speaking into it. The sound is then sent to her hearing aids which have digital receivers that take the signal and send it through the hearing aids to her ears. The “focus” of the pen can be broadened or narrowed to pick up more or less sound so that the listener can hear several speakers or focus on one speaker. We hope this equipment will help this bright student be able to reach her potential in the classroom, at work and other difficult listening situations.
(Written by Kim Miller, Quota Member and Audiologist)
A total of $1,396.00 was earned at the recent Stoney Hill Estate Sale. The good news is that 100% of the profits went to QIFC to support their projects and services. Quota members spent 60 hours of their time and energy setting up, pricing and selling items. A special Thank You to each member who helped with this successful event.
Photo of a typical QIFC sale… offering a large variety of items at a very reasonable price.
June 7th Allocations
QIFC is pleased to allocate funds to the following services and projects:
Putnam Eco Week – $275 for treats and sleeping bags.
Putnam Birthday Fairies – $300.
HOST Day – $500. DHH elementary school children from northeastern Colorado.
Scholarship to DHH youth to attend Aspen Camp.
Loveland Youth Gardeners – $500 to support their mission of helping risk youth learn life skills through gardening that will help them in future jobs.
FRCC student – $1252 for a Roger Pen and Roger Clip-on Microphone/Receiver FM system that will help her be able to hear what is being said in the classroom.
There wasn’t a major earthquake in San Francisco over the April 21st weekend, but definitely there was some movin’, thinkin’ and shake in’ up at the Regional 17 Quota Conference. 24 dedicated serious, but fun loving Quota members met to chart the future. With a theme of “ We Believe We Can”, members reported on the past year’s accomplishments, challenges, and unique fund raisers. Caring and sharing was central to each presentation.Members taking lots of notes was the evidence that “we believe (know) we can.”
Great personal stories affirmed what we all do know, that Quota Friendship is an important part of our lives. 96 year old Bess Whitaker, an enthusiastic conference attendee, described Quota as her family and said how very important Quota service has been in her life.
WALK MS NORTHERN COLORADO 2017
Thanks go out to our great Q-team of volunteers who participated in the WALK MS Fundraiser, held May 6th at Boardwalk Park in Loveland, CO. Finally, after years of rain, ice, sleet and snow, WALK MS was held during a sunny Colorado day.
On April 26th, Quota members enjoyed a lovely dinner at the home of Gloria Clark.
Linda Hopkins, President, installed the incoming 2017 – 2018 QIFC Officers and introduced the Board Members. The Club Officers elected at our April lunch meeting were: President – Shannon Richardson, VP of Service – Kim Miller, Secretary – Teresa Reid and Treasurer – Mitzi Davis. Board members are Barb Lawrence, Dottie Mark, Linda Jaffee and Sharon Chilson.
A warm “Thank You” was extended to the 2016-2017 Officers and Board Members: Shannon Richardson, Teresa Reid, Mitzi Davis, Sharon Chilson, Sue Morgan, Glenda Evans and Dottie Mark.
Congratulations to Linda Jaffee who received a 25-year pin for her years of dedicated service to Quota International of Fort Collins. As Linda Hopkins stated, ” Longevity speaks to both Linda’s loyalty and commitment and the good match that Quota volunteer service offers. The Club’s commitment to women and children, programs and services to the deaf and hard of hearing are the magnets that glue good members to Quota for many years. THANKS Linda J.”
Linda Hopkins, President, was presented with a gift of appreciation for leading the members on a successful 2016-2017 journey. Hard work, team spirit and dedication resulted in our being able to allocate $12,500 to Women and Children Services, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and scholarships which were awarded to DHH students pursuing higher education.
It’s been a grand year of friendship, wonderful new members, learning opportunities, and service to others.
Quota: “We Share”
A Holiday Wrap-Up from Linda Hopkins, QIFC President
Like most families, friends and service groups the holidays are a time of reflection. We think about how very fortunate we are to have the blessings of a free country, citizens who work together to solve problems and a deep-seated respect and caring for all individuals.
So, while these times are busy personally and professionally, Quota members simply set the stress aside and focus our energies to help others. Each year we try to make sure that Project Self-Sufficiency families and children, attending Putnam Elementary School, have the best Christmas possible. With a flurry of volunteers, bolstered by other service groups (great help from the Young Men’s Service League) we created a wonderful “Santa Shop” with gifts for Moms and Dads. Each child gave the shop a thorough look and serious pondering of the gift choices; selecting something personal and special for “my Mommy.”
With similar enthusiasm, Quota members organize an assembly line that rivals any of Santa’s elves. Over 100 stockings were filled with small toys, gifts, candies, nutritious snacks, blankies, socks and hats – these are all very important to the Christmas spirit, holiday celebrations and school break for these families.
The weather might be frigid, but our hearts remain warm.
Big thanks to Shannon, her team, and Gloria who labeled all the bags that were the beginning of the organization… assuring each teacher was able to give their class members a VERY special stocking from Santa.
CURRENT Q NEWS…..
Allocations: $450 has been paid to the Putnam Pride Store; $500 has been sent to UofC to support a student; and $400 has been donated to the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. Fort Collins Children’s Theater will also receive $200 to pay for a sign language interpreter for this year’s production of Beauty and the Beast.
We look forward to a wonderful New Year as we offer our
service to those in need in our community.
A note of thanks from QIFC President, Linda Hopkins…
Our September 23 – 24 Estate Sale was a HUGE Success!
Our recent estate sale was doubly beneficial! QIFC’s standard proceeds add to the Quota mission and will bolster our support to the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. The homeowner’s estate sale proceeds, along with the proceeds from the sale of the property, are designated as a donation to the Nature Conservancy District. A wonderful feature of the good nature of our regular shoppers is that when they know and appreciate our causes they haggle less on prices, pay full price, and even donate more!
Thank you for your continued support.
New Member Initiation
QIFC members are pleased to welcome our newest member, Deb Courtner. Initiation was held during our evening dinner meeting, hosted by Pamela von Plutzner. We are so happy to have you join us, Deb, as we continue to donate our time, energy and skills to those in need of our services.
Below: Sue Morgan, Membership Chair, Deb Courtner and
Judy Warren, Deb’s sponsor.
Our guest speaker for the evening was Craig Seymour, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Master Gardener. Craig’s topic was, Winterizing a Garden. Members learned how to tend to plants, trees, vegetable and annual/perennial gardens during the winter months.