Karen lands top Quota job
KAREN Murphy (nee Hale) always had a heart for community work even while she was in high school.
Now the newly elected president of Quota International and a Casino-bred girl plans to continue that work through the international organisation.
With her clipboard and determination, a young Karen Hale approached members of the community to sign a petition for a new youth centre in Casino.
"It was just before the elections, so I thought that was a good time to get a petition in," Ms Murphy said.
"I was also involved with Interact in high school and worked with aged care."
Ms Murphy's adventure with Quota started 18 years ago when she was invited by a friend to attend a meeting.
"Everyone was very welcoming and all the members worked together well," she said.
Since then, Ms Murphy has worked her way up the ladder at Quota, having taken on positions such as governor, South Pacific area director, international treasurer and now international president.
During that time Ms Murphy helped establish the Quokka Reading program in Australia, Junior Quota and the World Service Ambassador of the Year program.
"My president's theme for the coming term is: 'Together - Let's put our hearts into Quota, and put Quota in our hearts!' she wrote on the Quota website at http://www.quota.org.