It’s officially Spring, and it is wonderful! I hope everyone has had an opportunity to enjoy the warmer weather. We also seem to be making progress on the vaccination front, which hopefully will bring us closer to resuming some in-person interactions for the local section. ASQ headquarters determined some time ago to continue the moratorium on in-person activities through June 30th at least. That could very likely be extended, but we are definitely moving forward and that is a great feeling. I recently received my first vaccination at the Benton County Fairgrounds, and it was extremely convenient with full drive-through service. I highly recommend it!
I thought I would provide a quick update this month on some of the section activities so far this year just to give everyone an idea of where our efforts have been focused.
ASQ student branch formation - One of the primary elements in ASQ’s current growth strategy is aimed at creating student branches at local colleges and universities. This is a tall task for several reasons but considering that most students are still not physically attending schools and that many are experiencing financial hardship (even more than usual), engagement will be challenging. Emily Wilson, our Nominations Chair has volunteered to champion this activity for our section. If anyone has ideas for marketing, creating excitement about ASQ within student populations, etc., please reach out to the leadership team. We would love to hear from you!
Pacific Regional Quality Conference – The ASQ Pacific Region held its inaugural conference last year and had excellent attendance. Planning for this year’s conference is now underway. A call for speakers has been issued. Topics of interest include:
- Internet of Things
- Software systems
- Data intelligence
- Business process efficiencies
- Management Excellence
- Industry 5.0 (robotics in manufacturing)
- Organizational risk management
For more information about Columbia Basin ASQ, send a message to email@example.com.