Valerie Hall's dedication to Quota International locally and nationally has resulted in her being named as the Canadian director for the service group's international board.
Hall was elected as the director for Region 1, which encompasses all of Canada, in early October. It's a two-year gig that will take effect on January 1, 2014, even though her official installation won't happen until the international convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, next July.
Quota International is divided into 20 different regions.
Hall has found many different ways to be involved with Quota since she joined the local club 17 years ago. She has been president three times, has held almost every position at least once, and she has chaired the local club's Women of Today Awards on multiple occasions.
She has also been the governor of District 11, which encompasses all of western Canada, prior to being named the Region 1 director.
"The transition is happening from districts to regions," Hall said. "We will be districts up until the end of December."
During her time as western Canada's governor, Hall made an effort to go to eastern Canada, to visit the different clubs in the east, and to build friendships with Quota members from those clubs.
"I've found tremendously wonderful friends, and with the technology nowadays, it's very fun and energetic to talk to them, and to see what's happening," said Hall.
Numerous people in eastern Canada wanted to see her become Canada's regional director, Hall said.
"That was absolutely overwhelming knowing that the eastern ladies had contacted my club president to nominate me (as the national director)," said Hall. "That touches you really hard in the heart, knowing that somebody cares that much about you."
She has also been a strong proponent of having Junior Quota (JQ) clubs in local schools. Thanks to her efforts, the first three JQ clubs in Canada are in Estevan. Clubs in Penticton, B.C., and Wainwright, Alberta, are now trying to establish their own JQs.
Clubs in eastern Canada are interested in the JQ program, too, she said.
"If you can spread your enthusiasm, it's amazing," said Hall. "Enthusiasm is contagious, because more people want to come on board."
Hall concedes that she didn't initially want the Region 1 director's job because of the time commitment that will be associated for the next two years. But once she realized how many people wanted her to take the job, she relented and accepted the post.
There are 17 Quota clubs across the country, including eight in western Canada. Hall won't have to visit each of those clubs at least once during her tenure, but it is something that she could do if she wants.
"I have visited pretty much every club already, on my own, while I was (western Canada) governor," said Hall.
But she has good friends in the east who she would like to visit during the next two years.
She'll also have to piece together a national committee, and encourage the advent of more new clubs, JQ chapters and silver Qs. The Silver Q is for senior citizens who can't commit to the fundraising duties of being a full-fledged club member, but still want to still be involved with Quota's service work.
"Now, with the new rules, it only takes seven members to become a club," said Hall. "That's very comforting knowing that one particular group of seven, whether they're from a different background or a different colour, can have a group, and they can make changes happen."
That's a message that she wants to project: that Quota needs more women who want to get together as a group and make things happen.
She said that Quota in Canada also needs to have a more efficient website, which will result in better communication to the clubs, and all clubs getting the same information.
Quota is about more than just service work and fundraising, Hall said. It's about women coming together, having fun and helping others in the community and around the world.