PAST District 41 Governor/Past President Emilie L. Simon of Quota International of Manila South became the first Filipino to make it to the Quota International Board when she was formally installed as one of the three Vice Presidents after garnering the highest number of votes during the July 2014 Quota International Convention at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio for the period covering 2014-2016.
Aside from handling the Disadvantaged Women and Children Committee, directly under Simon’s care are Regions 1 (Canada), 3 and 9 (USA), 13 and 15 (Australia, New Zealand, Norfolk Island and Fiji), 18 and 19 (Philippines). On the QI Board, she will be the “go-to” person of the directors from the said regions, for matters pertaining to membership.
In Quota International, members serve their local communities and the world. Founded in 1919 as the first international service organization for women, Quota today includes men and women in clubs throughout North America, South America, the Caribbean, South Pacific, Asia and Europe.
Their motto, “We Share” leads the members to help and encourage others while developing friendships and promoting international understanding. Quotarians, as the members are called, are known especially for their service to disadvantaged women and children, as well as to people with hearing loss and speech disorders.
This year, Quota re-structured the organization resulting to 20 regions, including in the Philippines.
Also installed at the recent Convention in Ohio were Regional Directors Bernadette Galang (Pampanga) and Consuelo Garcia (Cebu).
Region 18, under the leadership of Director Galang includes Angeles City, Iloilo, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Legazpi-Mayon, Las Piñas, Manila, Manila South, Pampanga, Parañaque, Quezon City and Sapang Palay-Bulacan.
Region 19, under Director Garcia, comprises the clubs in Cebu, Cebu East, Cebu South, Central Cebu, Mandaue, Metro Cebu, Davao City, Negros Oriental, Sto. Niño de Cebu, Southwest Cebu and Toledo City.
Quota International of Manila South president Colo Ventosa said that their club is proud of the new distinction and responsibilities given to Simon. She said that Simon’s current post is an inspiration to her mother club.
Quota International of Manila South is active in programs for the deaf as well as disadvantaged children, particularly in undertaking complete medical missions, feeding programs in public schools, building and renovation of classrooms as far as Morong and Bohol along with providing livelihood for a fishing village in Coron, Palawan. Classrooms and the livelihood courses at the Philippine School for the Deaf were also upgraded, among others.
Simon, together with the Manila South Quotarians, believes that with more working hands, the more love and service are given to those in need.
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