Message from the Chair - June 2020
Message from the Chair – June 2020

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
         - Albert Einstein

Hello Grand Rapids Section Members,
I hope this message finds you safe and healthy.  As we’ve all seen, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to leave its mark everywhere, and it’s still far from over.  The ASQ ban on face to face meetings continues through the month of August, and headquarters operates virtually to provide support to the membership, while minimizing the health and safety risks facing their staff.  We are beginning to see the initial process for easing restrictions to start our journey to the new normal.  Until that time, the section has found a new way to connect with our members holding our first ever virtual event!!

The May Meeting was held via Zoom.  The section purchased a Zoom license which enables us to hold larger meetings, without a time limit.  If you were unable to attend the May Meeting, here is what you missed.  There was networking time, a social media tutorial, which was followed by section announcements.  Up next was the main presenter, Dave Osborn from Minitab, who walked us through a Monte Carlo Simulation with numerous examples.  The attendees registered in Eventbrite, which allowed them to receive the meeting survey and the coveted RU credits.  The intent was to provide a virtual meeting experience that mimicked our monthly, face to face ASQ Presents Meetings, the only thing missing was dinner at The Bluff! 

The Grand Rapids Section Leadership Committee (SLC) is pleased to have been able to provide this first ever virtual event and continues to work on future, alternative events to bring you member value and Knowledge – Networking – Opportunities.  The SLC is also working with Kurt Stuke to provide a webinar for our last section meeting of the year.  Kurt has over 20 years of experience within the quality and process improvement fields and has a passion for finding creative ways to drive positive change. Kurt holds a doctorate in leadership as well as master’s degrees in philosophy and theology.  He is an adjunct faculty member at several universities and colleges, and in this role, fosters the exploration of organizational leadership, corporate social responsibility, business and ethics, and culture.  More information about this exciting event will be coming soon, so please join us for the June Meeting.
This virtual event will be free and you will earn RU credits for your participation!! 

Stay Safe, Ken Phillips, Chair Grand Rapids Section 1001