Working Together Makes It Happen 

Many hands made quick work of fall clean up at the yard of one of our long time members. With the additional help from two “Quotations” (husbands), Don Jaffee and Jack Warren, the yard’s leaves were cleared and grass mown in just a couple of hours.  It was a quick two hours of “sharing” that made a difference for one of our own.


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QCNC Purchases Echo Smartpens and Roger Pen For Students

 Nan Elliott, from Front Range Community College, gave Quota members a demonstration of the Echo Smartpen and paper. Our chapter recently provided money to purchase ten pens for a loan bank at FRCC Office of Disability Services. The pen is a note taking and note organizing tool. It is used to write just like a pen, but it has a microphone in the stem and an optic device in the tip. The note taker uses special pixilated paper with icons at the bottom of the page. The icons, when tapped with the tip of the pen, control functions such as mic on/off and audio volume. As the student takes notes, the pen records what is said in the class. The student will write what he/she can, but knows that when something is missed, it has been captured by the pen’s audio recording and can be listened to later. By tapping the last word written, the audio begins to play from that spot in the lecture so the student can listen again to what was said. The pen comes with earbuds for listening to the recorded lecture and can be connected to a computer with software that allows the pen’s information to be uploaded to the computer so notes can be re-worked and organized into folders. Nan says there is such a demand for the pens, they can only allow students to check them out for a week or two in order to assess whether the student benefits enough that they want to purchase one for themselves.

Quota also recently purchased a Roger Pen microphone for a student at Front Range CC. This student recently learned that she has been gradually losing her hearing for several years which has impacted her learning ability. Now that she has hearing aids, she needs an assistive listening device to maximize her ability to hear the instructor’s voice over the background noise in the classroom. The Roger Pen can be worn by the speaker or placed on the desk in front of the student to pick up the voice of the person speaking into it. The sound is then sent to her hearing aids which have digital receivers that take the signal and send it through the hearing aids to her ears. The “focus” of the pen can be broadened or narrowed to pick up more or less sound so that the listener can hear several speakers or focus on one speaker. We hope this equipment will help this bright student be able to reach her potential in the classroom, at work and other difficult listening situations.

(Written by Kim Miller, Quota Member and Audiologist)

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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 QCNC 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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                       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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Group photo1A celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Quota International of Fort Collins was held August 25th in the Mantz Hall of the Armstrong Hotel.

Girls at tableQIFC members dressed to the nines in honor of the women who attended the 1940 charter meeting of Quota International of Fort Collins, held at the Northern Hotel.

Old friendships were rekindled and new friendships were formed during the evening.  Guests included members from Quota International of Estes Park and Quota International of Albuquerque, NM. Attendees enjoyed a presentation featuring photographs from 1940 to 2015 and shared memories of community service events and activities held throughout the years.Betty and Steve

(Right) Steve Levinger, owner of the Armstrong Hotel, greets Betty Ann Husted, daughter of charter member Nelle Gillette.

Shannon and PamelaShannon and Pamela  are very stylish in their 1940’s attire.

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Mayor Presents Proclamation to QIFC

proclamation3During a city council meeting, held August 18th, Mayor Wade Troxell proclaimed the year 2015 as the Quota International, Fort Collins Chapter 75th Anniversary.  Shannon Richardson, QIFC vice president, accepted the proclamation. Former Mayor and current City Councilman, Ray Martinez,  showed his support and appreciation for the contribution Quota International of Fort Collins has made to the community during 75 years of service.  QIFC members Betty Ann Husted and Mary Anne Martell, daughter and grand daughter of founding member Nelle Gillett, were present and acknowledged.

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Fun Bunch (social) Activity: After a wonderful dinner, members adjourned to the patio for a bit of creative doodling known as Zentangle.  This fun activity offered the chance to chat with fellow members while enjoying a warm summer evening.

Quota Fun Bunch
Plate1The Fun Bunch social outings have proven to be a great way for QIFC members to enjoy time together outside of their monthly meetings and service projects.  The group has enjoyed several movies, an outing to the Chocolate Café, and most recently, plate painting at Artisan You in Loveland. The Fun Bunch was instigated by Mitzi Davis in 2013.

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QIFC Contributes to Our Community


Quota International of Ft. Collins supported Project Self Sufficiency with their scholarship recognition dinner by providing a variety of salads.  Some members purchased, prepared and delivered the ingredients to the site, while other members put together the ingredients to create beautiful salads as part of the dinner for the scholarship recipients and their families.  What a moving evening to learn what the recipients have done to improve their lives, and their families lives through education.

Loveland Youth Gardeners 2Each year, QIFC donates $300.00 to Loveland Youth Gardeners. These funds provide scholarships which enable kids to attend this non-profit program, dedicated to cultivating skills and stewardship in young people through sustainable gardening and healthy living practices. To learn more about Loveland Youth Gardeners, click this link: www.lovelandyouthgardeners.org/




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