Quota Jimboomba members keen to carry on helping disadvantaged people in community despite international structure dissolving

Service: Karen Murphy and Janet Hughes were at Jimboomba Quota's function on Sunday.
Service: Karen Murphy and Janet Hughes were at Jimboomba Quota's function on Sunday.

Jimboomba's Quota club members have put the call out for new members as they enter their 30th year helping locals.

The club, which began in town in 1991, raises funds to help disadvantaged people and members want the community to know that, even though many of their counterparts across the state have dissolved, they are still going strong.

Quota International is disbanding on September 30, but the Jimboomba club president Lynne Hais said she and her fellow Quotarians were not going anywhere.

"We wanted our community in Jimboomba to know we are not dissolving," Ms Hais said.

"We are spreading the message that we are still here to serve you."

The club works with police to provide care packages to homeless people and those fleeing domestic violence.

"They have sleeping bags, backpacks, toothpaste and a toothbrush. Things people need in those situations," Ms Hais said.

Members also visit Jimboomba, Flagstone and Veresdale schools where they donate books to libraries and the students. Quotarians also read to the kids.

Quotarians also spearhead Christmas fundraisers each year, for cash-strapped families to help them enjoy the festive season.

Quota members gathered on Sunday for the last function as Quota International of Jimboomba.

Two former presidents of the international organisation, Karen Murphy and Chris Tracey-Patte, were at the meeting at Cedar Grove.

Members presented 30 years service pins to Alison Lingard, Julie Sansom and Janet Hughes.

Mrs Lingard, who joined the function virtually from Melbourne, was the president of the club when it was chartered.

"We carried her around on the iPad so she could see everything," Ms Hais said.

Mrs Sansom served two terms as president and Mrs Hughes is the vice president.

Quota Jimboomba members encourage anyone to sign up.

"We are always on the lookout for members," Ms Hais said.

"Anyone with a little bit of time to spare, but a lot of heart."

Potential members must go to three meetings - one has to be a business meeting - before being allowed in.

"If we like you and you like us, you will be asked to join," Ms Hais said.

Club members meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Business meetings are at Jimboomba Tennis Club on Henderson Road.

Prospective members can email the club at quotaijimboomba@hotmail.com

The club also has a Facebook page - search for Quota International of Jimboomba Inc.

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