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About Us : Grand Rapids Section 1001

Knowledge – Networking - Opportunities

ASQ1001 in Grand Rapids, Michigan was founded in 1953. It is affiliated with the American Society for Quality (ASQ), an international organization that is helping to create better workplaces and communities, worldwide.

Our local section provides opportunities to increase Knowledge through education and training, workshops and certification. Networking takes place among more than 400 active members through monthly meetings, LinkedIn, and other professional activities. Members benefit from finding employment postings, volunteering for the section and community events, publishing appropriate professional papers and seeking advancement to Senior and Fellow status in ASQ.

ASQ1001 has proudly lead West Michigan companies into the 21st Century and continues to be the “global voice of quality” in West Michigan and beyond.

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Section News Flash


This summer is certainly going by very quickly.  Fortunately it is not over yet.  Although summer is fading, a new Grand Rapids Section 1001 program year is about to begin!

Our opening September 10th meeting promises to be both fun and informative with a presentation from Enigma Robotics on "Building a Quality Robotics Team".   Enigma Robotics (enigmafirstrobotics.com) started in the Winter of 2006 as a High School FIRST Robotics Team at West Catholic.  The program has grown to more than 80 students, representing West Catholic and about 20 Grand Rapids-area elementary and middle school students.  Our section has had a small role in helping fund this group with proceeds from our 50/50 drawings. 

In 2013, the West Catholic high school team created a "robo-hand" for a 4 year old girl from Cedar Springs who was born without fingers on her right hand.  See the following link for details  http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2013/12/cedar_springs_preschooler_gets.html

For any who may be new to our group, our meetings are held the second Thursday of each month (except December) at the Bluff Banquet and Conference Center located at 2035 28th Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49508 (below the Buffalo Wild Wings).

Your Section Leadership Committee has been busy over the summer planning for next year.  We will soon be announcing our full 2015-2016 Program Year.  Watch your old fashioned snail mail and our web page for further information.

Our special Summer workshop on “An Introduction to ISO 9001:2015" was very successful.  This workshop covered important changes, interpretations, and transaction implications of the standard update. Don Brecken led the workshop.  Don has said that he may be able to do an encore presentation in either late September or October.  Let us know if you are interested.  Also, be sure to remember our Certification Refresher Courses if you are planning to take an exam and gain certification in Quality.

We hope you are having a wonderful summer.  Stay safe.  We will see you in September.


Jim Anderson

ASQ Section 1001 Chair

Member Meetings

ASQ Presents!

  • Special speakers, tutorials, networking, dinner buffet
  • Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month September through May (except December)
  • Venue: The Bluff Banquet and Conference Center, located at 2035 28th Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
  • Register online at asq1001.org “Events” page

AGENDA (except December)

  • 5:15 - Doors Open / Registration
  • 5:30 - Networking
  • 5:45 - Tutorial
  • 6:00 - Buffet Begins
  • 7:15 - Speaker Main Topic Presentation
  • 8:15 - Closing remarks, Adjourn (approx.)