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Random Observations by Pat Ostrye

Dancing Without Hearing The Music

     Many of you probably keep up with Dancing With the Stars and saw one of the newest challengers, actress Marlee Matlin make her debut a week or so ago.  Matlin is deaf and is accompanied by her interpreter wherever she goes, never letting her deafness conquer her.  She feels the vibration of the music as I understand it. 

     For thirty years I have been a member of Quota International, a service club encompassing 14 countries, whose main philanthropy has been service and special help for the deaf as well as aid to abused women and children.  Consequently, a few years ago I had occasion to visit Gallaudet College, a free school for the deaf founded by Thomas Hopkins in 1817 in Hartford, Connecticut, and attend an amazing dance concert given by the students.  One would never know that they were only feeling the vibrations and not actually the music.

     The Monrovia/Duarte Quota Club has been active since 1954 and has added many diverse charitable causes to their local agenda, as well as their many hearing projects: hearing aids for children and adults, providing hearing tests in the Monrovia schools, scholarships for deaf students and infant hearing tests.  Other local projects are Make a Difference Day, rehabilitation of homes for low-income residents, Disaster Preparedness/Fire Safety and very close participation in the many efforts of the Foothill Unity Center and Santa Anita Family Service.

     The newest endeavor is helping Habitat For Humanity build a house in Monrovia, under the leadership of Quota member Donna Baker and a team called "Women's Build", including Quotarians Monica Greening, Director of Library Services, and Charlotte Schamadan, Past International President of Quota.

     This coming Wednesday, April 2nd, Quota will hold its annual Salute To Staff fund-raiser at the Courtyard Marriott in Monrovia at 11:30 am, featuring well-known actress Tippi Hedren, an outspoken voice against cruely to animals.  Charlotte Schamadan is chairperson and will pay special honor to the staff of the Monrovia Library for their spectaculr efforts in moving the library temporarily to the Youth Center while the new library is being built.  I am the current President and Emcee.

     For information and reservations, call Mary Ann Mayer at 626-359-8052 or $35 per person.

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