Scioto Valley Section (0815)
American Society for Quality

The American Society for Quality's (ASQ) Scioto Valley Section (SVS) provides services to quality professionals in 16 counties in south central Ohio, eastern Kentucky, and southwestern West Virginia.

Scioto Valley is the newest Section of ASQ, having been awarded its charter following the approval of its advancement by the ASQ Board of Directors on May 6, 2000. Scioto Valley had existed for two years as a Subsection under the sponsorship of the Columbus Section.

The new ASQ section offers local membership program meetings, tours, networking, educational courses and certification examination. Members receive a monthly electronic newsletter and use this web site for information updates.

Section Mission

Scioto Valley was established to address the needs of local area quality professionals who had found it difficult to participate in ASQ activities because of time and travel distance. The Section now provides local networking, program meetings, speakers, tours, educational opportunities including certification preparatory training, and a nearby location for proctoring of certification examinations. The locations of monthly dinner meetings, programs and tours vary throughout the Scioto Valley Section service area so that its associates can participate more frequently through reduced travel time.

Section Service Area

Scioto Valley was organized first as a Subsection to serve seven (7) primary counties in South Central Ohio. However, members from other local Sections found SVS programs in nearer proximity and that its activities address their specific needs, and some began to formally affiliate with the Subsection.

With its petition for recognition as a full Section of ASQ, Scioto Valley's designated service area was re-specified based on achieved growth and development and the make-up of its affiliate base. The Section's 16-county service area now includes Adams, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton counties in Ohio; Boyd, Carter, Greenup, Lewis and Lawrence counties in Kentucky; and Cabell and Wayne counties in West Virginia.

A map of the Scioto Valley Section's service area is shown here.

Section Members

Approximately 120 quality professionals from more than 30 area industrial, health care and service organizations formally became members of the Scioto Valley Section on May 6, 2000, the date of the charter. This was based on their signatures on the New Section Petition forms that were submitted as part of the advancement package. The Section will maintain an ongoing Membership Recruiting Program and projects meaningful increases in membership as part of its Section Management Plan (SMP).


Quality professionals who work or live in several South Central Ohio counties joined in early 1998 to form a local Subsection of the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

The organizational effort began January 28, 1998, when a group of ASQ members from several South Central Ohio counties met in Chillicothe. The group formulated the proposal for recognition, established the Subsection coverage area, selected "Scioto Valley" as the Subsection name, drafted a slate of officers, and reviewed potential committee roles and responsibilities.

The "Scioto Valley" Subsection petitioned for recognition in accordance with the requirements specified in American Society for Quality Publication #B0752, "How to Organize an ASQ Subsection." On February 3, 1998, the Subsection presented the required package, including the petition to be recognized, to the Columbus Section's Executive Committee for evaluation and decision. There were 58 signatories; only 15 were required.

On March 3, 1998, Mr. Bradley Carleton, Chair, Columbus Section, issued an official notification letter of support to the Scioto Valley Subsection. Ms. Mary Jo Mercier, a Deputy Regional Director and the Immediate Past Chair of the Columbus Section, then forwarded the petition package to Mr. Gerald J. Pedoto, the ASQ Region 8 Director, for further action.

The Subsection's Executive Committee conducted its first meeting on March 30, 1998, to begin the process of developing bylaws and to discuss and plan committee assignments, meetings, speakers, other programs and educational activities.

Two days later, on April 1, 1998, Mr. Pedoto issued a formal statement of support to the Subsection. Following further review by ASQ Headquarters Section Affairs, Mr. Pedoto issued the formal letter awarding sanctioned status to the Subsection on May 22, 1998. This status became effective July 1, 1998, at the beginning of the next ASQ fiscal year.

Mr. Pedoto noted in the official letter of sanction that "the creation of this Subsection will enhance services to the ASQ members in your area. We would like to congratulate you on your hard work and efforts."

The 74 individuals who had signed the petition to be recognized as a Subsection affiliate prior to July 1, 1998, are considered the "Charter Members" of the Subsection and received certificates to this effect.

Beginning in December 1999, the Subsection began the process of preparing the required package to petition for recognition as a full Section of ASQ. The ASQ Board of Directors approved this advancement on May 6, 2000, at the Annual Quality Congress in Indianapolis. The Charter for the Scioto Valley Section (0815) was presented to the new Section's officers and committee chairs on May 9, 2000, by Mr. Pedoto, the Region 8 Director. Mr. Gregory Watson, the incoming President of the American Society for Quality, came to the charter presentation ceremony, along with the incoming Region 8 Director, Ms. Mary Jo Mercier, and the ASQ Region 9 Director, Mr. Richard McKeever, who had provided full support to the Section's organizational efforts.

Historical milestones and highlights are presented here.

Section Monthly Dinner Meetings (Programs and Tours)

The Section develops an interesting schedule of speakers, programs and tours for each program year (September through June).

The Subsection's program schedule is listed on another page of this web site.

ASQ members from other Sections as well as non-members of ASQ interested in the Society or the subject of quality are welcome to attend the Section's monthly dinner meetings, programs and tours.

Section Executive Committee

The Section Executive Committee meets each month to discuss and plan committee assignments, meetings, speakers, other programs and educational activities. Any interested Section member is welcome to attend Executive Committee meetings, and is asked to contact the Section Chair in advance.

The Executive Committee members are listed on another page of this web site.

Section Communications

In addition to this web site, the Section also publishes a monthly newsletter and program meeting notices primarily by electronic mail. These mailings also include prospective ASQ members as well as some nearby ASQ members who are affiliated with other Sections, so as to provide them with additional opportunities to participate in quality-related activities. Facsimile and postal mail copies are provided as required to those who do not have electronic mail.

Certification/Recertification Examination and Journals

The Section proctors certification examinations in the local area at the Ohio University branch campus at Chillicothe and at Ashland (Kentucky) Community College. Those applying specify Section 0815 as the preferred examination site on their applications for certification examination.

The Section is exploring additional examination sites in other regions of its service area, including the campuses of Shawnee State University and the University of Rio Grande.

Scioto Valley affiliates send recertification journals and objective evidence to the Section's Certification/Recertification Committee Chair.


The Section now offers certification preparatory training classes and other courses. If you have suggestions or expressions of interest, please contact the Section's Education Chair.

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