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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

Message from the Chair

April 2014

Many things happened 60 years ago:

  • President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized the founding of the US Air Force Academy.
  • Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio.
  • The USS Nautilus was launched.
  • Bill Haley & His Comets recorded “Rock Around the Clock”.
  • Roger Bannister ran the 1st sub-four minute mile.
  • The last new episode of the Lone Ranger radio program was broadcast.
  • Texas Instruments announced the development of the first commercial transistor radio.
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at an all-time high of 382.74.
  • The TV dinner was introduced.

And one other thing happened that affected your life …

  • The Grand Rapids Section of ASQC (as it was then known) was formed.

One year ago, when the Section Leadership Committee (aka the SLC) was planning the program for this year.  We were trying to get a good mix of activities, topics and speakers.   As we were doing this someone mentioned that most general members do not know what goes on behind the scenes, and what it takes to keep things going. Rick Evans suggested “Why not review with our members what happens on the inside? It would be logical to do this as part of our 60th Anniversary year”.  After Rick came up with the topic the rest of the SLC had to do the hard work of finding someone to do this.   It did not take long.

Rick is well known member of our section, and has spoken several times before, usually involving the topic of “certifications” (Rick is ASQ certified in more quality areas than anyone else in the West Michigan).   Rick is known for his straight forward speaking style, and his “Calvin & Hobbs” sense of humor.

What is going to happen when he takes to the podium again? What is he going to say? We don’t know. We can only tell you that you do not want to miss it.

To register click on the Events Calendar tab above.  Go to the ASQ Presents meeting date of April 10, 2014.  Click on the link and register.  It is that easy!


 Upcoming Refresher Courses:

One of the great member value activities this section offers is refresher courses for ASQ Certifications. If you have ever considered gaining formal certification in a Quality area, you should consider taking one of our refreshers.

For the spring period, beginning March 31, we are pleased to offer 5 different refresher opportunities

  • CSSGB   Certified Six Sigma Green Belt
  • CQT       Certified Quality Technician
  • CQPA     Certified Quality Process Analyst
  • CQE       Certified Quality Engineer
  • CQIA     Certified Quality Improvement Associate

Please review our website www.asq1001.org for details. Please sign up early. Courses will be held only if enough people enroll.






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.)