By the Bay

There's no end to Quota International's community work

judysalamacha@gmail.comApril 7, 2014 

Judy Salamacha

Quota International District 33 is “Celebrating the Good Times” in Morro Bay from April 25 to 27. Morro Bay Quotarians will host members from Templeton, Bakersfield, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo.

“We are a group of ladies that work together to make good things happen in our communities,” District 33 Gov. Shary Goulart said. 

“Saturday, our business meeting is at The View at Morro Bay’s golf course; Friday evening, La Serena Inn is hosting wine tasting; and Saturday evening, we’ll dine and cruise the bay on the Chablis. Sunday, we’ve invited everyone to Morro Bay’s Kite Festival.”

Founded in 1919, Quota International is a service club with 7,000 members in 300 clubs in 14 countries. Morro Bay Quota was chartered in 1964, thus, it’s celebrating its 50th year along with the city of Morro Bay.

Longtime member Bertha Tyler and her family were honored by Morro Bay’s 50th anniversary committee for her family’s significant community contributions while owning and operating the Morro Bay Aquarium since 1960. 

DeLynn Guttry, Quota’s former district governor, said, “Bertha has been the driving force and organizer of Quota’s Bowl-a-Thon. She raises about $2,000 for Camp Hapitok each July.”

Camp Hapitok is a summer camp for children with communication disorders. It is operated by the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education. 

Guttry explained, “Morro Bay Quota gave $5,000 last year to Camp Hapitok. Members Marlene Owens and Pat Sandt are Camp Hapitok board members, and the Owens family has been involved for years. When we host campers at the beach in Morro Bay, we find some children have never been.”

Supporting the deaf and hard of hearing is a prime focus for Quota. The group provides amplification systems for classrooms; hearing and testing equipment, and electronic devices for individuals; funds for cochlear implant procedures; and scholarships for Camp Hapitok. 

Recently, the group guaranteed community support by completing its largest annual fundraiser: a spring fashion show and luncheon at Windows on the Water with fashions by Jones New York. 

Quota President Nancy Trujillo noted the group provides scholarships to students from Morro Bay and Coast Union high schools as well as Cuesta College. It also helps women and children in crisis by supporting Alpha Pregnancy and Parenting Support and the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter.

“Since 2002, we’ve budgeted for our troops,” Guttry said. “At Christmas we had a party for their children, and we send packages overseas. We discovered the wounded go to the hospital with nothing. We try to help.”

“We welcome new members,” past Gov. Rita McCallum said. “Everyone brings unique talents.”

The group meets for lunch on the second and fourth Thursdays at the Morro Bay Golf Course. For more information, call Goulart at 771-8364.

Judy Salamacha's column is special to The Tribune. Reach her at judysalamacha@gmail.com or 801-1422.

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