Section Chair Message
As we close 2018 let’s review the ASQ Transformation activities and the impact on our section and its members. The transformation’s primary objectives are member growth and retention and protecting the society’s non-profit financial status.
The growth/retention roadmap for ASQ is to “hold onto members by increasing value and satisfaction” and “grow ASQ by elevating and accelerating a culture of excellence.” ASQ must develop an environment in which members realize and value the benefits offered by the society.
There have been some structural changes across ASQ; the most outward sign for members is the development of myASQ.org, the new site which is your pathway to quality content, communities and capabilities. As the transformation implementation continues into 2019, we should see more and more activity shifting to the myASQ site including the hosting of our own section website. MyASQ will become your primary resource for engaging with the quality community.
Via myASQ, you will have access to subject matter experts, networking, learning resources and certifications. Don't wait to set up your user account and start building your presence on the site!
Financially, ASQ will centralize accounting activities at the corporate level in order to ensure compliance with federal regulatory requirements for non-profits. The financial transformation activities have focused on developing a financial software platform that meets section requirements and facilitates compliance. At the section level the average member will see no impact. The section continues to be funded through member dues and this will continue in the future. Financial software development continue as we enter 2019 with full implementation expected in the last half of the year. The Austin section’s financial status is very good with full funding for our planned activities in 2019.
Looking Forward to 2019
The section’s member leaders are developing the program for the beginning of the year. We continue to offer monthly professional development sessions on quality topics of interest to our members. Norma, our Education Chair is planning a one-day training event on ISO for the Spring. And, we plan to have another summer social event, since the Dinner Cruise was a big hit. As always, details will be posted on our section website.
My focus for 2019 will be to offer value to our members through our monthly program and other planned events. I encourage members who were not able to participate in section activities in 2018 to give it a try in 2019. Resolve to increase your participation by joining us for one of our monthly meetings. You can also participate through a webinar or one of many community forums on myASQ.org. See you in 2019!
Pete Courtois, ASQ Austin Section Chairman