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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

November 2014

In October the member meeting centered on Measurement Uncertainty. For November we move to a topic where we would like to have certainty. That is, certainty in Improving Product Performance through annual review. If we follow the suggestions in this month’s presentation we should be able to drive continuous improvement and achieve success.

Barb Copeland, our presenter, is a Senior Quality Engineer at Amway Corporation. She currently works with OTC drug products, cosmetics, and personal care products. Barb will lead us through the annual drug product review requirements for FDA-regulated products. She will show us how this review can be used as a basis for a structured continuous improvement program and be applied to any product in any industry.

For our pre-meeting tutorial Edward Able will speak about Quality Assurance Capability. This is a topic several have asked for.

Don’t forget to let us know if you are willing to serve our group. One good activity to begin with (and to also gain a few additional RU’s) is to help develop our member survey which we expect to release shortly after the first of the New Year. Contact Ken Phillips about this if you have any questions.

We are also looking for help with Marketing and the Internet. Please contact Jim VanWieren if you have any interest or talents in these two areas.

Last but not least, don’t forget, November is our community give back month. Please bring a few non-perishable items that will be donated to a local food pantry. Your help can make a difference.

I hope to see you Thursday November 13th 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.)