Message from the Chair – April 2020
Message from the Chair – April 2020
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.  Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
                                                                                                ​                   – Marie Curie
Hello Grand Rapids Section Members,
I hope this message finds you safe and well.  By now you have been contacted by numerous organizations, all of them sharing guidelines, response tips and notes of hope.  This is an unprecedented time in our history.  The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound effect on all aspects of our daily lives.  In this century alone, we have witnessed the tragedy of 9/11, the great Recession of 2008 and an increasing number of major weather events.  Like these events, I believe we will address this pandemic and put it behind us.  I also believe that as quality professionals we can make an impact by staying calm and encouraging the use of data to drive our decisions.  Not acting or reacting to events, but analyzing them with data to achieve the best solution.
Below you will find the quality event information I have at the current time, more to follow.
  • Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the April ASQ Presents! Meeting has been cancelled, there will be NO April meeting at The Bluff.  The Section Leadership Committee is researching other options.
  • The World Conference on Quality and Improvement will not be held in May 2020.
  • The Grand Rapids Section Member Appreciation, the Whitecaps ballgame, will not be held in May, but will be rescheduled on a future date.
Stay Safe,
Ken Phillips,
Chair Grand Rapids Section 1001