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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

 February ASQ Presents – member Meeting February 12th 2015

In spite of very bad Michigan winter weather, 45 people attended our January member meeting. They were not disappointed. Chris Bardeggia, Vice President of Global Quality and Lean at Steelcase, gave an excellent presentation on “The Benefits/Challenges of a Global Quality Effort”. If you were not able to attend, Chris has generously offered to make his Powerpoint slides available to our members. You can find this posted on our web site under the Paper/Archives tab and in the Presentations section on our web site.

Traditionally our February meeting tends to focus on a topic that is more likely to appeal to the population as a whole, yet still have a Quality theme. The February topic, “Dipping into Quality” will involve a topic we can sink our teeth into …Chocolate.

Brian and Mary Daily, owners of Kilwin’s Chocolate Factory in Traverse City since 1992, will speak with us about running a quality chocolate operation. Kilwin’s has won numerous awards over the years including Best Ice Cream, Best Chocolate Shoppe, Best Fudge, and many more. Product samples of chocolate and strawberries will be involved (for sampling purposes). There will also be other goodies.

As a public service we would like to remind you that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you so desire, this would be a great opportunity to bring your “significant other” to one of our meetings, and show them what we do. In a way you might think of this event as a double bonus meeting. You will get “points” both for remembering it is almost Valentine’s Day, and points toward your recertification.

Even if you are not bringing a guest (and don’t feel that you have to), this meeting promises to be “sweet”.

I hope to see you Thursday February 12th at The Bluff!


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.)