Message from the Chair – February 2021
Message from the Chair – February 2021
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who kept trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
- Dale Carnegie
Winter Greetings Members & Friends of the Grand Rapids Section,
I hope this note finds you safe and in good health. It is encouraging to finally see the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine, which should mitigate the spread of the virus. Another aspect of the mitigation is the ASQ Global response to the pandemic, as promised in the last message I am sharing the direction from ASQ Headquarters:
Face-to-Face ASQ events are still suspended, at least until the end of April 2021.
This means the February, March, and April monthly ASQ Presents! meetings will be Zoom Meetings.
The May event for this program year is the rescheduled member appreciation event, to be held at the LMCU Ballpark, formerly the 5/3 Ballpark, on the Planet Fitness Deck. The initial response from the Whitecaps organization is there will be baseball this year, although we are uncertain how that will impact our event. Stay tuned for more details on this long-anticipated ballgame!!
In the meantime, the next monthly meeting will be held Thursday, February 11th, and feature industry leaders discussing how COVID-19 reshaped their businesses.
This meeting will be in panel format, with time allowed for attendee questions, this should be a very engaging event.

Based on meeting survey feedback, there will be a networking café at the start of the meeting from 5:30 to 6:00 PM. The intention is to allow time for attendees to mingle prior to the meeting, like our “normal” Face-to-Face meetings. Feel free to join the meeting at any time during this period.
If you have any other improvement ideas for our section meetings, please share them on the survey or contact any member of the Section Leadership Committee (SLC) to find out how you can help in this effort to provide Knowledge – Networking – Opportunities to quality professionals in West Michigan. Remember, we need your input and engagement to provide beneficial meetings, classes, and events to give you member value as we pursue Excellence Through Quality!
Ken Phillips
Chair Grand Rapids Section 1001