Volunteer of the Year 2018 Recipients: Regions 11 - 15
Recipients serving in Australia (New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria)



Lyn Smith
Walcha, New South Wales, Australia
Region 11

As a member of Quota International for 40 years, Lyn has diligently served in multiple leadership roles. She is a mentor for many and has produced a club handbook to guide members. Her passion for service is know the community through her advocacy for children.


Irene Earsman
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Region 13

With humor, patience, and grace, Irene has served as the club treasurer for the last five years. Whether coordinating swimming lessons for children or working with seniors through the National Seniors group, her passion for helping others is evident. She is a marvelous example to the club.

Lyn Jaenke
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Region 13

Lyn is willing to take on any leadership that is needed from committee chair to club president. She is the person who has organized fundraisers, the donation of books and school supplies to Vanuata, welcomed new members and diligently worked in the Quota Memorial Garden at Ipswich Hospice. Her warmth and energy are well known. 

Aurora O'neillAurora O'neil (Junior Quota)
Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia
Region 13

Aurora's gift to the club is to being able to focus on the ultimate goal of each activity. She is willing to give 100% effort to club events. Her willingness to share her skills in creating promotional videos for Quota International of Beenleigh's JQ club has helped the community to learn about the mission of Quota International to serve others. 

Marilyn Oulds
Brisbane City, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Region 13

Diversely skilled, Marilyn sourced the venue for the sausage sizzle, purchased food for the event,  organized the Christmas party, sewed 100 lavender bags, and rugs for holiday distribution. Her standing in the community as a liaison to the school and representation to the National Council of Women of Queensland are valued greatly in the community.

Fay Reilly
Jimboomba, Queensland, Australia
Region 13

Fay is a member who goes above and beyond to help anyone in need. Her commitment to education is shown by her work in organizing QuoCKa readers. Shy but skilled, the club has benefitted from her organizational skills.

Robyn Russ
Nundah-Clayfield, Queensland, Australia
Region 13

As a Quota International member for 28 years, Robyn has held many leadership roles, lead fundraising efforts such as Dress for Success. Her knowledge of Quota International, her passion for assisting women back into the workforce, and her willingness to be a role model for other members make her an invaluable asset to the club.

Kay Smallhorne
Redcliffe, Queensland
Region 13

Willing to go the extra mile, Kay has used her networking skills as the Publicity Officer to promote the mission of Quota International in the newspaper, tourist guide, and on the radio station. She is also an advocate for education and has used her organizational skills to coordinate the QuoCKa program for three years.

Khuong Vu (Junior Quota)
Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia
Region 13

As an active Junior Quota club member since 2015,  Khuong has participated in activities in Nursing Homes, the Night Light Charity, the Scripture Union, the Beenleigh Yatala Junior Chamber of Commerce and with the local schools. Khuong models the value of sharing. An example of this is when he sent his award from World Service Ambassador Program to Quota Cebu South to support the "We Share" Bakery. He is an example of a Quotarian in action.

Leonie Weir
Carindale, Queensland, Australia
Region 13

A personable, enthusiastic and passionate lady, Leonie has demonstrated the ability to integrate new persons into the club, promote the efforts of the club to civic leaders, and to negotiate on new ideas with members to help the club move forward. Her willingness to assist at all types of events as an organizer or behind the scenes is very much appreciated by the club.

Region 14

Christine Harrington
Leisure Coast, New South Wales
Region 14

As a skilled organizer, Christine has organized Fashion Parade, and a pie drive support for a deaf teen to attend the Hear for You Blast weekend, and a fundraiser for the Kemira garden. Her passion for assisting those in need is shown through her work with IRT.org, which assists elderly people with care and housing, and in supporting four Australian Hearing clinics as a volunteer. 

Gladys Springfield OAM
Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia
Region 14

A seasoned member with 56 years of Quota International experience, Gladys continues to be a role model for all Quotarians. She has used her talents to make jumpers and beanies for persons experiencing homelessness, children and church groups. Her time is given freely doing whatever is needed to be done, including slicing onions at the BBQ, visiting ill members, or in managing the Baby Boutique at the hospital. Gladys inspires all who know her to be of service.

June Young OAM
Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
Region 14

As a community leader with many roles over the last 19 years, June has shown us the importance of participation and collaboration. She has demonstrated through the organization of 9 annual Club Services dinners and several Disabled Children's Christmas parties that when likeminded groups work together, everyone in the community benefits. June is a valuable resource to the club and community.


Clare Balston
Caloundra, Queensland, Australia
Region 15

With 44 years of experience as a Quota International member, Clare is the "go to" person for questions on Quota International matters. Her welcoming nature and ease in communicating is evident at the Friday coffee socials, through the promoting of the club events, the increasing numbers of members, and the willingness to stay in touch with club members. She is a cherished member of the club.

Jill Farinelli
Whitsunday, Queensland, Australia
Region 15

Jill is a thoughtful, strong person who gathered resources and created partnerships to assist in the recovery efforts following Tropical Cyclone Debbie. She has held several leadership roles with Quota International and serves a shining example of a leader who listens and works to find ways to help the community.

Rose Fraser
Bundaberg, Queensland, United States
Region 15

As an advocate for young people, Rose served as an emcee for the Student of the Year Quests and as well as for other fundraisers. Her "can do" attitude encourages all members to do their best. Her networking within the community has been invaluable and has generated interest in the club. Rose is a beloved member of the club and community.

Vicki Lucas Vicki Lucas
Maleny, Queensland, Australia
Region 15

Quiet and unassuming, Vicki has stepped beyond her health challenges to volunteer wherever and whenever she is needed and able to do so. Her skills are used chiefly with the Maleny Girl Guides and the Blackall range Care Group. Her generous nature and gentle heart are cherished by the club.