State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has today congratulated Quota International on 100 years of service across the world.
It comes as the Caloundra Branch of Quota recently celebrated the important milestone with a party in Felicity Park. The day honoured the women who helped grow the local chapter as well as looking to the future.
“Quota International Inc is not only celebrating the remarkable milestone of 100 years of service, but the significant achievement of being the very first women’s service organisation in the world,” Mr McArdle said
“Right here in our own community Quota has supported some very important causes including Hummingbird House, Currimundi Special School, various women’s refuges and the Hear and Say Foundation, as well as establishing the QuoCKa Reading Program for children.”
Former Quota International President Karen Murphy came to the local celebration and provided invaluable insight into the history of the organisation.
“Quota is unique in that it was the first women’s community service organisation and it was decided right at the beginning that it would be international, which showed incredible foresight by those first women in 1919,” Mrs Murphy said.
“They were a group of incredibly powerful women who were all leaders in their field who came to prominence during WWI. They really empowered each other and they wanted to build a network that would work with young girls to help them reach their full potential.”
Quota Caloundra President Judy Dwyer said that while the current iteration of the local chapter is still young, having operated for just 8 years, the group was moving from strength to strength.
“I believe this is a time of growth for the Caloundra chapter, certainly thanks to all the excitement of Quota’s 100 years,” Mrs Dwyer said.
“For those women whose interest has been peaked by the 100th birthday, they can find out more about Quota and have an enjoyable time by joining us at the Powerboat Club the first Friday of each month at 10am.” (www.quotainternational.org)
“Congratulation to all the women involved with Quota here in Caloundra and across the world. What shining example of the amazing work women do in our community,” Mr McArdle concluded.
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