The Santa Fe Quota Lions Club Branch improves the lives of others with a focus on children, adolescents and women by providing basic necessities; and for deaf or hard of hearing students by providing college scholarships and other assistance.
For the past 72 years, Santa Fe Quotarians have had the pleasure of serving our community. We have done so with love and joy in our hearts. Founded as the Quota Club of Santa Fe in March, 1950, we later became Quota International of Santa Fe, Inc. In 2020, Quota Int’l., Inc.,our parent organization, closed its doors. We found a home with the Capital City Lions Club, becoming the Santa Fe Quota Lions Club Branch. This has allowed us to do things our way in planning our final projects and finishing on a positive note on December 31, 2022.
Over the years there have been over 160 Santa Fe Quotarians putting many thousands of hours into service. Projects you supported include:
- Funding buses to take NM School for the Deaf (“NMSD”) students home on weekends;
- Purchasing hearing aids and communication devices for the deaf community;
- Holding Shatter Silence events on the Plaza to bridge the communication gap between
deaf and hearing people;
- Coordinating with VoTech to build a wheelchair ramp for a girl with cerebral palsy;
- Cooking and providing dinners at St. Elizabeth’s Shelter;
- Organizing St. Patrick’s Day dinners to raise funds for college scholarships and other NMSD events (such as visiting NASA) and needs (such as purchasing reading books);
- Donating to fire and flood relief in California, Colorado and Australia;
- Donating to women learning how to support themselves and their families in Delhi, Fiji,the Philippines and other countries.
Ongoing projects through the end of 2022:
- Providing college scholarships through the Betty Shockey Memorial Scholarship Fund;
- Buying food for some of the 1,700 homeless school children in Santa Fe;
- Buying food and collecting clothes and toiletries for homeless teens;
- Assembling holiday packages for homeless teens served by Youth Shelters and Family Services’ Street Outreach program that include warm socks, hats, gloves, food, toiletries, hand warmers, blankets, etc.;
Beginning in 2023, Capital City Lions Club will continue projects such as:
- Providing scholarships
- Providing food to teens and children experiencing homelessness through Youth Shelters and Family Services’ Street Outreach program and Santa Fe Public Schools Adelante program.
We thank you for being our partners in serving the community over the years. It is our hope that you will continue to support our community through Capital City Lions Club in Santa Fe, New Mexico. You can reach them by using the Contact Us form. Information regarding the parent organization of the Capital City Lions Club, the International Lions Club, is available on the Lions Club International website.
Quota International of Santa Fe, Inc., until September of 2020, was a part of an international organization that had over 5,000 members worldwide in more than 14 countries. The mission of this organization was to empower women, children, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and people with speech difficulties in local communities around the world.
While the overall international organization began in 1919, the club in Santa Fe chartered their club in 1950.
By 1999, the Santa Fe club of Quota International had become very active in the community such that it dictated that measures be taken to help maintain and secure funds for charitable works in the community. It was at this time that the Quota International of Santa Fe Charitable Trust was established. It is categorized as a 501(c)(3) entity.
Quota International of Santa Fe, Inc. became Santa Fe Quota Lions Club Branch on September 1, 2020 as a result of our parent organization, Quota International, Inc. (QI) dissolving after 101 years.
Quota members have proudly and actively supported the following projects:
- regularly donating food, bottled water, clothes, personal hygiene items and many other things to homeless teens
- raising money for college scholarships for high school graduates who are Deaf and hearing graduates who are studying to work with the Deaf
- donating school supplies to pack into backpacks for some of the 1,700 homeless school children in Santa Fe
- collecting thousands of diapers to give to The Food Depot for distribution to folks in northern New Mexico.
Quota Member Susi Perry on the Richard Eedes radio show sharing about Quota International of Santa Fe’s project in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area. Transcript of Podcast.