Quota Club. What Is It?

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Small pamphlet about the Quota Club International, Inc. , printed on greyish paper with the club's logo (on front page) and lettering in dark blue. Revised July 1950, reprinted in U.S.A.
Folded. Unfolded size:15cm x 9.1 cm

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Quota Club International, Inc.
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.10012 Longitude: -79.06627
Huggins, Jean A. E. (1895-1989)
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Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
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A service club of women executives—one from each business or professional activity in its city—organized to advance the interests of women, cultivate friendship, and serve country and community. It is non-partisan and non-sectarian.

There are approximately 230 Quota Clubs in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Mexico, forming Quota Club International, Inc. These clubs have more than 7,000 active members.

Quota Club was founded in 1919 in Buffalo, New York, by five women who drew their inspiration from attending a Christmas Party of the Kiwanis Club of Buffalo. They adopted the motto "We Share," and named their club "Quota* from a Latin word meaning "a share." With broad vision, they immediately incorporated it as Quota Club International, Inc.


Girls' Service Work.—Since the early days, Quotarians have helped girls to prepare themselves for earning a living, through scholarship grants and loans and by personal encouragement.

Service To The Hard of Hearing.—With 1 person in 10 afflicted by impaired hearing, this project of Quota International benefits a large and neglected handicapped group.

International Cooperation.—This covers practical projects such as gifts to children in war-torn countries, as well as study and support of the United Nations and its affiliated bodies; and an international fellowship awarded annually.

A Program of Service to Persons, Communities, and Countries.

Adventures in Friendship

In Quota Club you become acquainted with women representing all career fields. Each one holds an executive position, owns her own business, or practices a profession. Membership is by invitation, to assure proper qualifications, character, and congeniality.

Each club holds 20 or more meetings a year. These meetings, usually at luncheon or dinner, give to busy women in a short time an opportunity for friendly companionship and sharing of ideas. Sometimes members give talks on their own careers. So you learn about the daily experiences of an educator, a hotel manager, a doctor, lawyer, or restaurateur. You have a chance to bring your own work to their attention.

Quota Clubs are grouped into Districts. Members of clubs in each District look forward to the annual District Conference and informal get-togethers as occasions to meet Quotarians from neighboring clubs. High point of the year for Quota friendship is the International Convention, attended frequently by ten percent of the membership, and held in east, west, north, or south according to a rotation plan. Gathering from four countries, Quotarians previously known to each other only by name become friends. Viewpoints broaden, and members feel the strength of united action as they adopt a program for the year and elect International Officers and Directors.

Wherever a member travels, she is invited to contact the nearest Quota Club. She carries her membership card, and may wear a Quota pin.

Every member receives the QUOTARIAN, the official magazine, published six times a year. It brings news and pictures of Quotarians and their activities, as well as articles on general topics of current interest.

Personal Opportunities for Service

Things you always wanted to do for others and for your city, but could not do alone, you may be able to do through Quota Club.

You gain happiness and develop yourself when you take an active part in Quota service: adopt a promising orphan as daughter of the club . . . send a teacher to an invalid rural child who cannot go to school . . . win the cooperation of other women's and men's clubs to bring lecturers and art exhibits and musical attractions to your town . . . contribute to the fight against cancer, polio, and other disease . . .visit lonely shut-ins ... act as adviser to a club of teen-age girls ... set up a community center for youth . . . speak before a Parent-Teachers Association meeting and present Quota's cards of protest and approval to use for getting radio and motion picture producers to improve their programs for children . . .

The opportunities are numberless. They need not always involve an outlay of money. You can give your friendship, your time, your knowledge, your ability. You can lend your sponsorship to worthwhile projects, in Quota.

It gives energetic women executives a chance for organized usefulness in work of goodwill.

Advancement of the Interests of Women

Each year, during the anniversary month of February, Quota Clubs honor their founders and the accomplishments of women in various lines of endeavor. They invite outstanding women to be speakers, and they publicize the worthy records of women, and seek to awaken other women to their responsibilities.

Two famous women, the Honorable Ruth Bryan Owen Rohde and Lady Nancy Astor, are honorary members of Quota Club International.

Quota Club International, Inc., awards every year a fellowship to an excellent woman graduate student from any nation not under Soviet domination, to study in the United States. These fellowships are a recognition of the value of international goodwill.

Quota Club urges the appointment of qualified women to public office and to places on national and international committees and commissions.

The need of woman to protect her rights and improve her status by legislation is focused through the International Committee on Legislation and Public Affairs and similar committees in the local clubs. They circulate information on pending legislation and public issues. Club may take action on legislation approved by the appropriate Quota body.

The Convention has voted to recognize women's contribution to United Nations groups; to endorse the principle of equal pay for equal work; to make definite efforts toward friendship with peoples of other nations; and to cooperate with World Friendship Among Children by sending packages and money to children in war-ravaged countries.

1200 - 15th Street, N.W., Washington 5, D. C.

The Quota Collect
Quench in our hearts, O Lord, all fires of selfishness.
Unfold to us the joys of true friendship.
Open our minds to a better understanding of Service.
Teach us the real meaning of Sharing.
And help us to hold high those principles of QUOTA
for which we stand.—Amen.
By B. Ethelda Mullen, Wilmington Club


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Quota Club. What Is It?

Small pamphlet about the Quota Club International, Inc. , printed on greyish paper with the club's logo (on front page) and lettering in dark blue. Revised July 1950, reprinted in U.S.A.
Folded. Unfolded size:15cm x 9.1 cm