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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

October Member Meeting

We hope you were able to attend our September meeting featuring Enigma Robotics.  This talented group of well spoken students did an excellent job explaining how their team worked together to achieve success in the growing field of competitive student robotics. 

October promises to be another special meeting.  We are pleased to have Dr. Michael Hagan, Director of Quality Improvement and Regulatory Compliance, Gift of Life Michigan, as our speaker.  Dr Hagen is a former emergency room physician who currently oversees all quality improvement initiatives dealing with organ and tissue donation. He is also a former liver transplant recipient.  He will provide insights his role and quality at Gift of Life Michigan.

 More about Gift of Life:

Gift of Life Michigan, headquartered in Ann Arbor, is the state's only federally designated organ and tissue recovery program, providing all services necessary for organ donation to occur in Michigan. They are a non-profit organization working 24 hours a day all over the state as a liaison between donors, hospitals and transplant centers.

Gift of Life was incorporated in 1971 by Michigan transplant surgeons to provide a network for sharing kidneys. Today, Gift of Life recovers more than 900 organs every year for transplantation from 300 or more donors, saving hundreds of lives. Bone, skin and other tissue also is recovered, helping to significantly improve the lives of thousands of seriously injured and sick recipients. Gift of Life also works with Eversight Michigan to manage cornea and eye donation.

In addition, Gift of Life maintains and grows the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in partnership with the Michigan Secretary of State. The registry is a confidential database of state residents who have expressed their desire to someday help others by becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor.

Rather than having a 50/50 drawing we will accept contributions to “Gift of Life Michigan” at the meeting.   We are doing this after having received successful feedback from just having a collection basket for Enigma Robotics last month.

Our tutorial topic will be “The ASQ Recertification process”.  Do you have any questions about how to renew your CQE, CQA, … certifications?  If so Larry Barnsdale will help.

We are still trying to determine if there is interest in another workshop on changes to the ISO 9001 standard.  Please let us know.

Thanks for your interest in ASQ (the global voice of quality).  I hope to see you October 8th 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.)