Who are Quota International?

Quota International, founded in 1919, is an international service organisation that links members of all ages, occupations and nationalities in a worldwide network of service and friendship.

With a motto of "we share", Quotarians are known for their service to deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired individuals and disadvantaged women and children. Quota members share the values of serving and encouraging others, developing friendships and promoting international understanding.

A Brief History

This timeless message (below) from Quota International's founding president, Wanda Frey Joiner, reflects not only her personal life journey and devotion to service but also her dedication to Quota.

A pioneer in her day, Wanda, along with the original members of Quota, created a new organization, a place for women to enjoy fellowship and service opportunities while also inspiring confidence. In 1927, Quota received the attention of U.S. President Calvin Coolidge who sent his greetings to the attendees of that year's convention.

Headquarters moved to a permanent home in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Each year, headquarters had moved with the current president but with a pledge of support from each club ($1700 total), Quota now had a permanent home from which to do business. By 1929's annual convention in Worcester, Massachusetts, Quota International boasted a membership of 2500 – a real achievement in only 10 years!

One item remained to be filled in on the articles of incorporation in February 1919 that would ultimately give birth to Quota Club International, Inc. (now known as Quota International, Inc.).

That item was a proper name to reflect the ideals of the five original members whose motto was to be "we share." They determined the name should be short, memorable and not likely to be confused with any current organisation.

One founding member, paging through the dictionary, came upon the Latin word quota meaning "a share of one part to a whole". The founders latched onto this idea as a true reflection of their mission.

"I am grateful for all you have done to make our dream come true. The basis of happiness is the love of something outside self and rises superior to all conditions. I know now, as then, we will not fail in our devotion and service to any cause—the rights and liberties for all." – WFJ 1942