2017 Regional Conference and Walk MS

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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 2017Thanks 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.
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QIFC Installs New Officers and Board

20170426_193339On 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. 


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Quota International of Fort Collins 2017

Quota International of Fort Collins  
 Quota Club is a fun combination of facts and folklore and sometimes it seems difficult to know the difference.

Each Club in Quota International has its own personality based on the country, community,  longevity of  the club,  and membership.  Certainly,  Clubs reflect their community and the local needs they work to serve.   The Fort Collins Club is so very fortunate to have a long history — over 75 years!  Our  service projects have “grown up” and changed along with our town and the needs of its citizens.

At our recent dinner meeting we spent time reminding ourselves of the important connection to Quota INTERNATIONAL and the strength of a worldwide membership and service opportunities.  QIFC is a member of Region 17,  with  clubs primarily in the Western United States.  Our Regional conference this year is in San Francisco, April 21-23.

Among the few things that have changed over the years in our Club are that we no longer have required attendance. We are no longer only a membership of “MOP” s (Managers, Owners and Professionals) and we have NOT conducted the high school posture contest in many years.  Rather, we respect the volunteer time individuals are able to share.  We encourage participation of women in any stage of their life, whether employed, retired, or a “working-volunteer.”  All are welcome and our “Fun Bunch” offers friendship in addition to our meetings.    6425

Our fund raising efforts have become more refined.  The estate sale service/fund raising projects have honed our collective skills and we work well together.  Hard work and success has earned both recognition and added to the funds we are able to direct to community service.  We still maintain a focus on helping women and children in our communities, in the most direct and practical ways we can.   With a certain amount of sub-committee autonomy, we can respond more quickly to needy situations.  Helping the deaf and hearing Impaired, particularly children,  remains one of our Club priorities and we have seen many new technologies and services.

With members in our club who have worked together for 5, 10 and 20 plus years, it is was easy to share some funny  stories, crazy memories and many satisfying and rewarding times.  The QIFC facts and folklore are the glue that keeps us together. 

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December, 2016 Holiday Events

christmas-2016-groupA 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. 


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.

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Q Gals Have A Busy September

A note of thanks from QIFC President, Linda Hopkins…

Our September 23 – 24 Estate Sale was a HUGE Success!  img950299

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.

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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

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A Successful QIFC Fundraiser

A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to each person who attended our August 5th and 6th garage sale.  The sale added $1,900.00 to QIFC’s fundraising account which supports services for disadvantaged women and children and the hearing impaired members of our community.



These adorable girls brought smiles to all the attendees at our estate sale on Friday. Big sister, left, attended the estate sale with her father and bought her little sister this gold purse for her birthday.


The story doesn’t end there. Later that same day, the little sister attended the garage sale with her mother.  Our garage sale host gave her this beautiful parasol.

  A birthday filled with acts of kindness.






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QIFC Allocations, Education and Recipients

Quota Members Enjoy A Field Trip

On August 1st, members toured Loveland Youth Gardeners, a non-profit dedicated to cultivating skills and stewardship in young people through sustainable gardening and healthy living practices. Each year QIFC allocates funds to help support Loveland Youth Gardeners.

During the tour, members had the opportunity to meet the amazing teens who participate in this program and their dedicated staff. After observing the teens at work, and hearing their personal stories regarding the program’s impact on their lives, members left feeling even more excited to continue their support of this community service.

Click on this link to learn more about Loveland Youth Gardeners: Loveland Youth Gardeners

20160801_103456 [56523]                       Alyssa McConkey, Executive Director (right), provided our guided tour.




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As a response to our members to always “learn and know more”, our guest Rich Shannon provided information to support Colorado Cares, a healthcare initiative.  Amendment 69 promotes a major change to health care services in Colorado.  The result of years of discussion , the proposed amendment , if approved,  would fundamentally change how health care is provided to all Colorado residents.  The ongoing public debate has similarities to the discussion that prompted Social Security.  As a major change to a critical public system, Quota members learned a new industry vocabulary and now are better acquainted with methods to discuss and evaluate the proposal.


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During the meeting, Deb Courtner completed her application for membership into Quota International of Fort Collins. We welcome you with open arms and warm hearts, Deb.

Our Quota meetings are fun, informative and inspiring. We appreciate the opportunity to learn and grow personally, and professionally, each month while enjoying great food and friendship. Judy Warren, member, enjoys the tasty hors d’oeuvres prepared by members.

Quota Recent Allocations

QIFC recently allocated $3,488.00 to the following community services/programs:Ethan's Photo 

$1,088 Alternatives to Violence.

$800 Disability Services at Front Range Community College for Echo Smartpens, ink refills, notepads and recording headsets.

$500 Scholarship for Ethan to attend Aspen Camp.

$500 Scholarship to Loveland Youth Gardeners.

$100 Putnam Eco Week and $500 for Host Day.







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On Monday, May 23rd, Project Self-Sufficiency held a recognition dinner for those who have contributed their time and resources to their organization. QIFC members prepared meatballs and vegetable trays for the event, and helped serve the attendees.

On Wednesday, May 25th, QIFC members held an evening meeting at the home of Liv Peterson. During the meeting,  Mitzi Davis shared information she obtained while attending the Quota Region 17 Conference in Las Vegas, April 29th and 30th.  President, Linda Hopkins, led a planning session for the 2016 – 2017 term.

Our newest member, Barbara Lawrence, was initiated and welcomed to Quota International of Fort Collins.

We look forward to another successful year.


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QIFC Installs 2016-2017 Officers

On April 29, 2016, Quota International of Fort Collins installed the 2016 -2017 QIFC Officers. The meeting was held at the home of Theresa Reid. A wonderful dinner was prepared by Pamela Von Plutzner, Gloria Clark and Judy Warren.

Q Officer Installation2016 -2017 QIFC Officers
Linda Hopkins, President
Shannon Richardson, Vice President
Mitzi Davis, Treasurer
Theresa Reid, Secretary

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                       Mary Anne Martell with her mother, Betty Anne Martell-Husted

Quota International of Fort Collins member and friend, Betty Anne Martell-Husted, was born September 19, 1920 in Fort Morgan, Colorado; and died in Fort Collins on April 11, 2016.

During the celebration of our Quota friend Betty Anne Martell-Husted’s long and wonderful life, many “superlatives” were mentioned to describe her. Having joined Quota in 1982, her 34 years of club service was a reflection of her strongly held personal values, indomitable spirit, and generosity.

Betty Anne was the daughter of Nelle Gillett, one of the founding members of Quota International of Fort Collins, so perhaps it is fair to say, “Quota was in her blood”. Betty Anne was always a consistently devoted and supportive member. Her ever-enthusiasm for Quota was a “new member magnet”. She approached every Club activity with a wonderful “Let’s do it attitude” .

Betty Anne lived the fundamentals of Quota in her personal and professional lives. She understood and promoted selflessness, service, sharing, and friendship. Betty Anne taught elementary school, sold encyclopedias, and was a travel agent, a corporate administrative assistant, and an Anheuser Busch tour Guide, “with the mantra ’never a dull moment.’” While working and raising her family, Betty Anne also made volunteer service and friendship her priorities. Through the years she held Quota offices, served on the Board, and always was first to volunteer for committees and projects — particularly if fun costumes were involved!

In addition to serving as Club President in 1987-88, Betty Anne served as Lieutenant Governor, and District Governor of District 9, then a 3 state group of 10 active Quota Clubs. Betty Anne’s leadership – pre-fax, and pre-email and pre-internet – was always genuinely personal and professional. She traveled to many District meetings and often was the greeter at the registration table. She was proud of our Quota’s service to disadvantaged women and children. In one of our favorite photos of Betty Anne, she was riding on a parade float with the deaf children from McGraw school in a St. Patrick’s day parade. She was waving and had huge smile. That was our Betty Anne.




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