Big week­end ahead for Whit­sun­day Quota mem­bers

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY mem­bers of the in­ter­na­tional ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tion Quota will be head­ing to Townsville this com­ing week­end for the bi­en­nial South Pa­cific Area Meet­ing (SPAM).

Quota Whit­sun­day pres­i­dent and SPAM or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee chair­per­son Jeanette Gray said this was the first time SPAM has been held in North Queens­land and Quo­tar­i­ans from the 40th Dis­trict (Mackay, Mo- ran­bah, Whit­sun­day, Mackay’s Ru­ral North, Whit­sun­day Coast, Townsville and Thuringowa) were pleased to be able to wel­come mem­bers to this part of the world.

The South Pa­cific area di­rec­tor, Denise Row­ell, a mem­ber of Coolum Quota club, will chair the week­end and spe­cial guests will in­clude the in­ter­na­tional pres­i­dent, Laura Lah­man from Florida, USA, in­ter­na­tional vice pres­i­dent elect Karen Mur­phy from Beenleigh, the re­cently ap­pointed ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Bar­bara Schreiber from Wash­ing­ton D.C., four past in­ter­na­tional pres­i­dents and sev­eral past South Pa­cific area di­rec­tors.

Ms Gray said the week­end would be one of shar­ing ideas as well as re­new­ing old friend­ships and mak­ing new ones.

“It will also be the last South Pa­cific Area Meet­ing to be held due to changes in Quota In­ter­na­tional’s struc­ture, which will come into place in 2014,” she said.

Vis­it­ing Quo­tar­i­ans will be do­nat­ing to ‘Act For Kids’, an Aus­tralian char­ity work­ing tire­lessly to pre­vent and treat child abuse and ne­glect, which has been nom­i­nated as the ‘ser­vice on site’ pro­ject for the week­end.

Quota is an in­ter­na­tional ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tion whose mem­bers change lives through ser­vice in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Quota’s motto, “We Share,” guides mem­bers to de­velop friend­ships, en­cour­age oth­ers, and pro­mote in­ter­na­tional un­der­stand­ing. Quota is known es­pe­cially for ser­vice to dis­ad­van­taged women and chil­dren and to peo­ple who are deaf, hard-of-hear­ing, and speech-im­paired.

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