With a motto of "we share," Quotarians are known especially 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.
Five of Buffalo, New York’s leading businesswomen attended a Kiwanis Club ladies’ night Christmas event in December, 1918. Inspired by the atmosphere and comradery of the members, the women saw an opportunity for an organization where women could join and come together to enjoy fellowship and provide service opportunities. They set out to contact other women and on February 6, 1919, Quota Club International (later changed to Quota International, Inc.) was incorporated. Wanda Frey Joiner, a pioneer in her day, was elected President. Quota, the first international women’s club, today has members in located in fourteen countries: Aruba, Australia, Canada, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Netherlands, The Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, The Philippines, Singapore, Suriname, and the United States.
One founding member suggested the name “Quota” because the Latin word means “a share of one part to a whole.” The name expressed the groups’ ideals of cooperation, friendship, loyalty, and service for the common good. Thus Quota got its name.
Locally, our club was chartered on February 26, 1940. With membership now open to men, we strive to link members of all ages, occupations and nationalities to a network of service and friendship. We provide service to the deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech impaired as well as service to disadvantaged women and children.
President - Gloria McMahan
1st Vice-President - Ramona Baldyga
2nd Vice-President -Open
Treasurer - Marcia Whiteford
Secretary - Sherri Weaver