Traverse City Record-Eagle

Our Town

August 30, 2010

Quota names volunteer of the year

TRAVERSE CITY — Quota of Traverse City has named Patti Schaap as its Volunteer of the Year.

Trained as a social worker, Schaap has dedicated her life to the elderly, developmentally disadvantaged, physically disabled, women and children in crisis, and deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. She is the owner of Greenfield Farms Adult Foster Care residence, where she is responsible for the physical, emotional and financial well-being of the residents.

A 30-year member of Quota of Traverse City, Schaap has served as president from 1987-89 and received the Quotarian of the Year Award in 1989. As district governor from 1992-94, she started the first district council to bring local presidents together to handle shared Quota issues.

She has served as the Central Area director and chair of the International Committee for Disadvantaged Women and Children, a judge for the International "Quota Cares" project and a member of the International Bylaws Committee.

Schaap twice has been honored with the Betty Hollingworth Award and has represented Traverse City Quotarians at Quota's International Convention on 15 occasions. She has been a volunteer with the National Cherry Festival for 28 years, where she works with other Quota volunteers, helping children with special needs.

The Ruth Dillingham Educational Scholarship, a matching-funds challenge, was created by Schaap after the death of her mother and for five years was awarded to students in education.

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