As of the writing of my last message, I along with many of you are on furlough or may have been laid off from our employers due to the Corona virus pandemic. You, like me, may have had friends or family affected by the virus, and some even passed away. I hope for the most part, you are healthy and anyone who has suffered from the virus is on their way to recovery. I send my condolences to those of you who have lost anyone from the virus during this time.
If we stick together and stay positive, I know we can beat this. It will be a while before we are all back together on a face to face basis. From our headquarters we are asked to not have face to face meetings until after August. That would put our first meeting in September. That seems like a reasonable request so that we can all feel safe when we meet again. However, we may still need to wear masks and we should continue using good hygiene. That is a must. Those of us who have worked in health services have been preaching good hygiene for some time and it is not new. This pandemic has really opened many eyes for the rest who realize it is a good practice in preventing disease. Let’s keep it up.
One way to spend your time during furlough is to continue your studies and earning of RU’s. We have continued to offer on-line certification refresher courses. We recently completed the Certified Supplier Quality Professional and Certified Quality Auditor. Thank you to all of our LC members who served as instructors! Just a reminder, if your re-certification is due in June, you can ask ASQ for an extension until December 31, 2020. You must go to ASQ.org and make the request.
Other ways to spend your time is a good exercise routine, or learning a new craft. During this time I have used it to teach my daughter how to cook. She has taken up new hobbies including learning how to play the piano from an on-line app. It’s not as fun as interacting with a teacher right next to you, but it gets the job done. I myself am working on studying for the Certified Biomedical Auditor certificate. These are just ideas. I welcome you to share what you’re doing on our website. It may give inspiration to those who need a little more encouragement. I would love to hear from you. Finally, stay safe and stay sane. We will get through this, together. Sending virtual hugs to all!
ASQ 0701 Chair – Orange County Empire