Since the 2021 conference is webinar that means there is zero expenses for the conference such as space, set up, etc. that we have on real conference. Why ASQ is charging members $575.00, Nonmember $675.00, Student $99.00, and nonmember one year $874.00? How do they rational charging with no expenses plus increasing the fees from previous years. The Milwaukee ASQ should realized by doing so, decreasing sections contribution from under $20.00 to under $10.00 is ABSLUTLY a bad move. Without the sections ASQ-Milwaukee can't exist please
The presentations are "housed" in an application, Conference Harvester, which is funded by ASQ HQ to organize the materials and support presenters. On the basis of the software applications alone, there are costs associated with this specific event for the staff time and technical facilities used to prepare on-demand presentations.
For reference I went back to see what was actually charged for WCQI in past years. In 2019 members paid $1199 (early bird was $1095) and non-members $1299. In 2018, members paid $1095 (early bird was $995) and non-members $1295. It has been many years since members paid $575.
Regarding the comment on Section support, at the start of the pandemic the Board of Directors (20 member volunteers) voted to suspend the allotments to both Sections and Divisions. Not knowing what was ahead and the fact that travel was not allowed, we believed this would not present a hardship. In Fall, with no end in sight for pandemic impacts, the Board again voted that allotments for Sections and Divisions would be reduced by half for 2021. Please know that if your Section is in need of additional funding to provide member value, there are funds available through your Regional Director.