Publicity officer Jas Haster shares details of how the group has benefited the community while following its motto of changing lives.
Tell us about Quota Club of Bundaberg?
Quota Club of Bundaberg is a volunteer organisation with clubs throughout the world.
Our members work together to assist disadvantaged women and children and the deaf and hard of hearing, as well as other local charities.
Members of Quota are diverse but we share a common goal of helping others and having fun doing it.
What significant events do you celebrate throughout the year?
We run a range of fundraisers as well as social and service activities throughout the year.
One of our regular service activities is our Student of the Year Quest.
Held during August it is a citizenship and public speaking quest open to year 12 students.
Students meet with a panel of judges and answer questions on a range of topics as well as discussing their interests and achievements.
Over a dinner that night students give a five-minute prepared speech on a topic of their choice.
The quest is immensely valuable for students, building confidence and interview skills but is also a wonderful evening hearing from a diverse group of wonderful young adults.
The winner receives $500 with two other prizes also awarded.
Do you have any history about your group that you can include?
Quota was formed over 100 years ago and has clubs in many countries throughout the world.
Each club is a separate entity but with common ideals.
Quota Club of Bundaberg was formed over 30 years ago.
Why is the group important to the Bundaberg Region?
Quota uses the motto “We Change Lives”.
We certainly make a difference to the women and children at the Edon Place Domestic Violence Refuge with our regular donations of care packs of toiletries and other essentials for residents who may arrive with nothing.
Each year we do a fundraiser to support RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Service.
Our Loud Shirt Lunch each year supports the Hear and Say Centre and helps them to change the lives of deaf children.
We also support Phoenix House, Make-A Wish Foundation, school breakfast programmes and many other predominantly local causes.
We also make a difference to the lives of our members through friendships, personal development, and the satisfaction of helping others.
How can community members become involved?
Quota is a small but active group of women who wish to help the community while having fun.
We are always open to new members and welcome ladies who wish to come along to a meeting, fundraiser, or social function to find out more about our club.
Members attend meetings each month, assist with fundraisers and enjoy social events.
Members contribute in many different ways from committee positions, assistance at fundraisers, preparation for fundraisers or through links with the community groups that we support.
We believe that each member contributes to the club in a way that they are comfortable with.
When and where do you meet?
We hold a lunchtime meeting on the first Wednesday of each month in the meeting room at the Young Aussie Hotel, North Bundaberg.
Meeting starts at 12.30 pm sharp.
Lunch is available to order prior to meeting start if you wish.
We also hold a social function each month.
If you would like more information about Quota Club of Bundaberg and how to join or attend a meeting, information is available by calling Donna 0466 663 095 or Jas 0427 369 139.
Alternatively, you can email the club at email@example.com.