Message from the Chair - November 2020
Message from the Chair – November 2020

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time.  We are the ones we've been waiting for.
We are the change that we seek.”
                                                                                                - Barack Obama                                                                
Hello Grand Rapids Members & Friends,
Change is constant, and the October monthly meeting saw the return to the Zoom meeting format, after the September face to face meeting.  This change of venue is part of ASQ’s strategy to keep its members safe and healthy.  If you have not attended a Grand Rapids Section Zoom meeting, it is an attempt to closely mirror our pre-COVID meetings, and they have a tutorial, featured presenter, and you receive Recertification Units attached to the survey. 
Last month, Mark Morris presented “Dreams of Geometry” which discussed Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) and the necessary requirements for using it, as well as using perfect geometry to logically assess how much variation might be acceptable for given applications.  Mark Morris is developing a workshop for those folks interested in this topic.  Nury Duque-Feghali gave a highly informative tutorial on ePly; the new, ASQ provided registration application that is replacing Eventbrite.  Registration for all future Grand Rapids Section events and classes will now be done in ePly.
Section members have been requesting a plant tour for quite some time and we finally arranged one at Bier Distillery.  However, because of restrictions and the ASQ directive on in-person meetings, the tour will be virtual via Zoom Meeting.  This will be our first ever virtual plant tour as we continue to respond to the COVID pandemic and strive to provide Knowledge – Networking – Opportunities during these unusual times.  If you are not familiar with the Bier Distillery, they were one of the first distilleries to convert spirit production into manufacturing hand sanitizer.  The sanitizer is made from local, farm corn that gets mashed up, cooked, fermented, and then distilled using a government-approved formula.  This event promises to be an unusual evening and we look forward to seeing you all on November 12th for this ASQ Presents! virtual meeting.
This virtual event will be free, and you will earn RU credits for your participation!! 

The Grand Rapids SLC continues to work diligently to provide beneficial meetings, classes, and events to give you member value during this challenging time.  If you have suggestions or feedback regarding the myASQ site, our Facebook page, or the newsletter, please contact the section as we pursue Excellence Through Quality!  I also encourage anyone interested in getting involved with the leadership committee to make your interest known.  The SLC would like to thank you for being active members of our great section and I look forward to seeing you all virtually at the plant tour on November 12th.

Stay healthy and safe,
Ken Phillips
Chair Grand Rapids Section 1001

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