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.

Below: Sue Morgan, Membership Chair, Deb Courtner and
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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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QIFC Purchases Hearing Aids for Child

Ethan new hearing aidsA 9 year old boy is very happy because he has new hearing aids,  purchased by Quota International of Fort Collins. The third grader selected black hearing aids with gray earmolds. The earmolds also have black glitter mixed in. His mother said, “When we picked them up today…. I haven’t seen him sooooo excited about anything in a long time! He LOVES his new aids and I can already see that these are working better than his old pair. Today when he had them on I noticed he was hearing “new sounds”, at least hearing them better. He must have said 10 times today, ” Mom I love my new hearing aids! They are so cool!” He also said, ” These are sick ” ( that means cool).  We are so thankful for your help! You are all a huge blessing to our family. Thank you for helping our son hear!

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Our Quota army was part of the Empty Bowls community event this week. Thanks to everyone who participated! QIFC members staffed stations during the event; registration, serving soup samples, greeting, ticket takers and filling bowls with delicious soup that was prepared by local restaurants. Participants were able to purchase beautiful hand-made bowls, made by students from within the school district.

It was a great success for all with an attendance over 490. And of course, benefiting the School District and the Food Bank. A special Thank You to Shannon Richardson for coordinating the special events this year…..job super well done!

Speaker Inspires Us!

 April Reich spoke to QIFC members about the hearing aids and Echo Pen QIFC purchased to help her at college. Charming and inspirational, she renewed our spirit and made us appreciate all we have and do. Thank you, April, for sharing your time with us.

Honorary QIFC Members

Recently our Club recognized Betty Anne Martell Husted and Mary Louise Marks with the distinction of “Honorary QIFC members.”  But, truthfully we are the ones honored by their membership, years of service and contributions still yet today. BettyAnne joined in 1982. Her mother, Nelle Gillete was a founding member and Nelle was Club President in 1942. Betty Anne served as QIFC president in 1987 – 88.  Betty Anne has been our “energizer bunny” with her description of almost everything as “marvelous”, The Club’s 3 generation lineage continues from Nelle to Betty Anne to MA. Betty Ann membership book photo

Mary Marks a member for 42 years, joined Quota in 1974 and served as Club President IMG_9767in 1976-78, We are very fortunate that  Mary has been our connection to the Avery House and Poudre Landmarks Committee.  She helped host  Club summer picnics at the beautiful lawn at the Avery house.   Mary  has been able to include us as volunteers to assist the Historic Home  Tour for a number of years.  Thanks to her for that wonderful opportunity.  

While we offer then an honorary membership, we are indeed  honored by their leadership and participation.  We offer our  toast of respect, thanks, and cheers of appreciation.

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ESTATE SALE Friday, Feb. 5th & Sat. Feb 6th

8:30 am – 2:30 pm each day  Cash Only

3013 Carrington Circle Fort Collins CO 80525

Large Patio Home filled with treasures – Pink, Yellow, Green Depression, Carnival, and Milk Glass,  Ethan Allen, Kitchen-Aid, Tell City, Winterthur, Fostoria, Fire King, Woodley,
Fine Furniture, Vintage Aprons, Retro 1950’s Items, Victorian Christmas, Vintage Clothes,
Seasonal Items – Valentines, Easter, etc., Handmade Quilts, Wolfgang Puck Cookware,
Flat Screen TV, Martha Stewart Patio Set, Cedar Glider, Franciscan Ware, Seyei China,
Tea Pots, Avon Collectibles, Children’s furniture, Vintage Toys, Games, etc., Small Appliances,  Collectible Curio Boxes, Bears, Antique toy Metal Trucks, Computer Desk, Hand Tools, Power Tools, Vintage Stereo, PLUS MUCH MORE. Something for everyone!

Directions: Off Ziegler, west onto Eastgate, South on Carrington Road, East onto Carrington Circle, 3013.

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