International Vice President Nominees

 
 
Elinor AdlerElinor Adler
Regional Director
Quota International of Plantation
Florida, 
Region 8 - United States
Member Since: 2004
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What range of skills and experience have you brought to your Quota club to assist them in succeeding in an area of focus outlined in Quota International’s Strategic Plan? 


RD Elinor: As Regional Director for the past two years, I have opened and prioritized the lines of communication with every Club. When communication is clear and understanding is universal, members feel motivated and inspired to meet the common goals.

Crucial to the success of Quota International’s Strategic Plan is communicating the actual plan to the members and explaining the steps that must be taken to put the plan into action. As Regional Director, I have been able to link the individual clubs and members to their region, and then to Quota as a whole.

What have you learned at the Regional Meetings or Convention that has helped you and/or your club?

RD Elinor: To build our resources, I have learned that sometimes it can be as simple as asking for what you want! We all know that sponsorship yields great marketing opportunities for Quota, and they can also result in savings for members. To keep the cost of Regional Conference as low as possible, I asked the City Convention Bureau and the hotel for sponsorships, and they responded: we received a sizable check from the bureau and a breakfast was sponsored by the hotel!

What goals have you accomplished through your Quota membership – personal or professional?


RD Elinor: 1st Goal: Bringing growth to Club and Region -- New members who are invested in Quota’s mission and who love service as much as I do, have provided renewed enthusiasm and exciting ideas to Quota Clubs throughout Region 8.

2nd Goal: Passing on organizational skills -- As RD, I developed and presented to all Club Presidents resource materials containing information about Quota International, the job descriptions/responsibilities for Club officers, and tips for maintaining two-way communication with members and all levels of Quota leadership.

3rd Goal: Making Quota enjoyable and having fun with my fellow Quotarians!


In terms of the future of Quota, what are you most excited about?


RD Elinor:
I am excited about developing a Mentorship Program made up of past leaders -- International Officers, District Governors, Area Directors, Regional Directors, and Club Officers -- who have a wealth of knowledge of Quota to provide training and resources that will foster a pool of new, confidant Quota leaders and spur membership growth.

I am excited to continue clear communication to ensure members understand and embrace Quota’s signature projects.

Finally, I am excited to continue to be a member of an organization that does so many wonderful things in our communities and around the world!


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Brenda Cherry 2018Brenda Cherry
Regional Director
Quota International of Wooster
Ohio, 
Region 2 - United States
Member Since: 1996
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What range of skills and experience have you brought to your Quota club to assist them in succeeding in an area of focus outlined in Quota International’s Strategic Plan? 


RD Brenda: My experience in leadership positions in the Quota organization as well as my business and personal life is one of my strongest qualities that I would bring to Quota International. My employment over the past 15 years for a local school district ensures my commitment to child development and growth. I am also a small business owner. My experiences with finances, fundraising, and accountability are necessary skills to run a successful business. This is why I feel that my leadership and skills would be an asset to Quota International.

What have you learned at the Regional Meetings or Convention that has helped you and/or your club?

RD Brenda: The resources and training at the Regional level and at the International level have been priceless in opening my mind to a better understanding of service. These meetings have taught how to accomplish the goals of Quota International and local club goals. The knowledge that all clubs in each country bring a diverse area of service based on need in that country/location. These meetings truly show each member and Club the power they have to be successful in service.

What goals have you accomplished through your Quota membership – personal or professional?


RD Brenda: Since joining Quota in 1996, it has been a journey that is hard to put into words. I am a member that took each step in the path of Quota to understand the true value of service and the impact caring has on a community. So my path lead me from membership, to a board position, then to a two year term as club president, then on to my current position as Region 2 Director.

My accomplishments include starting a new club in West Salem in 2002 and another new club in Medina in 2017. Being a support system for the Region, starting new clubs, friendships
make me who I am. I like to say that "Quota completes me"!

In terms of the future of Quota, what are you most excited about?


RD Brenda: 
What excites me the most about the future of Quota is growth and service projects. Spreading the word of "Quota" and the excitement of what we do in each community is something to be proud of. Knowing that Quota impacts the world is what inspires me to pursue a position on the International Board. It would be a true honor to be considered for an Internation position.

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Luz Marina GonzalesLuz Marina "Rina" Gonzalez
Past Regional Director
Quota International of Aruba
Region 10 - Aruba
Member Since: 2006
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What range of skills and experience have you brought to your Quota Club to assist them in succeeding in an area of focus outlined in Quota International's Strategic Plan?

PRD Rina: Increase Media Exposure. Great effort has been taken in using more Social Media. Development on FaceBook of public Region 10 page and a private members page for Aruba Club.

As advocate to promote reading for children at a young age I have accomplished a promotional sponsoring relationship with the local Public Library. Children’s Book Festival is organized (in 2017: 25 years) yearly in November. The Quota logo is widely used on all promotional material and in the free children’s book, written in Dutch and Papiamento, which can be obtained free when buying another children’s book during the same week.

What have you learned at the Regional Meetings or Convention that has helped you and/or your club?

PRD Rina: 
What helped the most is to develop the ability to recognize skills or interests of a member who is willing to be helpful in a committee. Working together with each member taking a task doing something they love to do, the committee will accomplish its goals most flawlessly and effortlessly. Working together is easier with clear tasks distribution and discription. And a member gets real recognition for her abilities and talents.  Being a leader who is not bossy but works together with the members is a highly effective skill. This comes natural to me.

What goals have you accomplished through your Quota membership - personal or professional?

PRD Rina: 
To be grateful for everything in life and accomplishments; this makes it much easier to share with peers and to be of service to the less fortunate. 
To be highly effective with little resources. 
To engage important community partners in order to achieve goals. 
To have effective meetings while attending to important business at hand and definitely not wasting valuable time of attendees. 
To recognize hidden talents, everyone can be a shining star. 
To work together with people you don’t know, have never met before and still manage to have a common point of interest and achieve the proposed goal.

In terms of the future of Quota, what are you most excited about?


PRD Rina: 
As Quota turns 100 years soon, it is exciting to be able to focus on a turn of a century. This brings its challenges in making Quota an organization of interest to younger generations as the Millennials.

Growth in number of Clubs as well as of Members is essential for Quota’s existence. A global branding and unified marketing may be highly effective in pursuing growth and bringing Quota’s Mission to the masses.

Lots of roads yet to travel. My bag is packed and I am ready to be part of Quota’s exciting future.

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Janet RhodesJanet Rhodes
Regional Director
Quota International of Papakura
Auckland, 
Region 21 - New Zealand
Member Since: 1993
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What range of skills and experience have you brought to your Quota club to assist them in succeeding in an area of focus outlined in Quota International’s Strategic Plan? 


RD Jan: My background in teaching and organisational management has enabled me to help our Clubs to gain a clearer focus on how the projects they undertake in their communities fit the 'big picture' of Quota and has helped them to be more strategic about selecting their Signature Projects, such as Buckets of Love.

Communicating and emphasising the value of giving a strong, consistent message of giving children and families 'Sound Beginnings' and reinforcing the value of Signature Projects as a means of clarifying goals, all come under the umbrella of 'unify programme focus and impact' in Quota International's Strategic Plan. 

What have you learned at the Regional Meetings or Convention that has helped you and/or your club?

RD Jan: The more I connect to the bigger world of Quota International by meeting other Quotarians at Regional Meetings or Convention, the more I have been able to create linkages with what we do within our Clubs to the global efforts of all Quotarians and expand our world view of Quota. Learning to measure the impact/count the numbers we serve is a very effective tool for highlighting the value of what we do as Quotarians.

I recently prepared and analysed a Region-wide Club profile, which collated areas of service and fundraising and analysed these into categories This information is significant as it can be used to raise Quota's profile in our communities. 

What goals have you accomplished through your Quota membership – personal or professional?


RD Jan: During my 20 years of membership I have gained a great deal - from the lifelong friendships, being connected to my community and its needs and gaining confidence and skills from the roles I have undertaken. The most significant goal I have accomplished has been the role I had in being the co-ordinator of communications that led to the formation of our new Region 21.

I feel I have created a culture of openness amongst our members that has been central to my theme of 'Caring-Communicating-Contributing'. I am now much more proficient with technology and have enjoyed producing newsletters for our Region. Facilitating Clubs through difficulties, with positive outcomes and renewed enthusiasm is something I am proud of.

In terms of the future of Quota, what are you most excited about?


RD Jan: 
I am excited that we can head towards our next 100 years continuing to be very relevant as a powerful group of women giving valuable service and funding to the projects we support. I am excited to see all of the ongoing efforts to brand what we do in a way that strongly delivers our message of 'Sound Beginnings'.

The recent initiatives of conference calls for Presidents and Regional Directors provides a wonderful platform for sharing ideas and I am excited about the tools we now have to greatly improve communication, between the Board, Regions and members.

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