QIFC August Picnic and Events

Summer Picnic

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.

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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




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QIFC Purchases Echo Smartpens and Roger Pen For Students

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)

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QIFC June Updates and News

Estate Sale
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.
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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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