February 2000 Issue

Membership Newsletter
American Society for Quality
Scioto Valley Subsection

Volume 3, Number 2

In this issue:

We had an excellent attendance at the February "Annual Meeting" of SVS at the historic Emmitt House restaurant in Waverly. I opened the meeting and requested and received a motion and second to confirm the slate of candidates for Officer positions as presented by the SVS Nominating Committee at the January meeting. I then opened the nominations to the floor for any additional nominations. As a result of receiving no other nominations I requested and received a motion and a second to elect the official slate of nominees as Officers. As a result, the following individuals have been elected to lead us into the 2000/2001 ASQ fiscal year:

- Chair-Elect:     Tim Matchett, US Enrichment Corp. CQA/CMI/CQT

- Vice Chair:      Grant Germann, Bechtel Jacobs CQA/CQMgr.

- Secretary:       Doug Scott, Theta Tech. CQE

- Treasurer:        Angi Pennington, Mead Fine Paper Six Sigma Black Belt

I am very pleased to be associated with each of these dedicated quality professionals. Tim, Grant and Doug have been with us since the very beginning and were part of the original SVS organizing meeting on January 28, 1998, that was hosted by Cheryl Molebash at the Mead Chilpaco Mill. Angi has distinguished herself as our Publicity Chair this past year and has done an outstanding job with that assignment. Each of these new officers has been an integral part of the management of the Subsection and has given a great deal of time and effort to the membership, the Executive Committee and their assignments.

As part of my short "State of the Subsection" address I solicited a report from Jon Schobelock our current Treasurer. Jon reported that the current SVS assets amount to nearly double the assets at this time last year. In addition, I gave a report of our development as a Subsection these past two years. From the very beginning we have not been building a Subsection---we have been developing the infrastructure for a full SECTION of ASQ! As a result, on February 15, 2000, we submitted a formal Petition Package to ASQ Headquarters for advancement of the SVS to a full ASQ Section. Our package is currently undergoing intense scrutiny by ASQ Section Relations and, barring any unforeseen problems, our Petition will be reviewed for approval by the ASQ Board of Directors at its meeting on Saturday, May 6, at the Annual Quality Congress in Indianapolis. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of our Petition.

Our Guest of Honor for the Annual Meeting was Cheryl Molebash, our SVS 99/00 Chair-Elect. Cheryl has been promoted by Mead Fine Paper to its Packaging plant in Atlanta. As a result, Cheryl has submitted (and I have accepted) her resignation as an Officer of the SVS. In honor of Cheryl being named the Columbus Section "Technical Person of the Year" Dr. Bill Harper (Columbus Section Chair) and I presented Cheryl a plaque containing the proclamation. In addition, Mary Jo Mercier (Deputy Region 8 Director) was on hand to present the Columbus Section nomination package for Cheryl as the Columbus Section nominee for the Columbus Technical Council "Technical Person of the Year" award.

Last, but not least, I had the honor of presenting Cheryl a small token of appreciation on behalf of the SVS in recognition of her work and outstanding support of the Subsection. Cheryl was there with us from the very beginning in January 1998. She hosted the original organizational meeting on January 28, 1998, as outlined above, and she was the SVS Program Chair for our first year 98/99 and our Chair-Elect for 99/00. Cheryl has hosted SVS membership meetings and tours, presented topics at SVS meetings, chaired membership meetings and Executive Committee meetings in my absence and has attended and given presentations at Columbus Section Executive Committee Meetings.

In the last two years Cheryl has distinguished herself through her selfless dedication to ASQ and the Quality Profession and has contributed significantly to her employer, ASQ, the Columbus Section and the Scioto Valley Subsection. Those of us who had the opportunity to associate with Cheryl were privileged to work with her and came away with an abiding respect for her. In awarding her the Howard Miller clock inscribed with the words "Time for Performance Excellence" I told Cheryl that she personifies the meaning of "Performance Excellence." Cheryl’s mother, father and children were also present at this meeting as special guests of the SVS.

The speaker for the evening was Dr. Bill Harper, Chair of our sponsoring Columbus Section. As part of our meeting theme of "Quick and Dirty Statistics for Quality Professionals" Dr. Harper gave an outstanding presentation on the subject of statistical modeling of business processes and gave actual animated, computerized demonstrations of modeling software. On behalf of the SVS I extend my sincere thanks to Dr. Harper for his interesting and stimulating presentation. This was the second SVS meeting this fiscal year that Dr. Harper has come all the way from Columbus to attend.

My thanks also to Mary Jo Mercier, ASQ Region 8 Deputy Director, for her attendance and her presentation to Cheryl Molebash. And to Cheryl Molebash, our Guest of Honor, our very best wishes for continued success. We will miss you!

Join us on March 14th for out Tour of FPE in Athens, Ohio.  You can read all about the tour in the attached Meeting Notice.  We are looking forward to this tour.  I'll see you there!

Bob Rinderman

SVS Chair


A tour of FPE Athens plastics facility and dinner following at the Ramada Inn make up SVS dinner program meeting.  Members of the Scioto Valley Subsection, American Society for Quality (ASQ), are heading to Athens on March 14 for their monthly membership dinner program meeting.

The evening's program features a quality-related presentation and tour of the Florida Production Engineering (FPE) molded plastics manufacturing facility, followed by dinner at the Nelsonville Ramada Inn and Conference

FPE supplies precision injection molded and painted plastic trim components to the automotive industry through five plants in Florida, Ohio and Alabama.   Its product lines include wheel trim, door panels, air bag covers, taillight and headlight housings, instrument panel components and bezels.  FPE is a wholly owned subsidiary of EGI Incorporated of Dayton, Ohio.  Its other Ohio plants are at Circleville and Marion.

Athens Plant Manager Mike Poindexter, an ASQ member affiliated with the Columbus Section, will discuss FPE's quality program during the tour and dinner.

Non-members interested in the Subsection, in the ASQ or in the subject of quality are welcome.  ASQ members holding certifications earn 0.3 recertification units for attending this meeting.

Members of the nearby ASQ Mid-Ohio Valley Section at Parkersburg are invited to participate.  Some members of the Columbus Section also may be attending.

Here are the arrangements:

Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2000.

Agenda: 5:30-6:15 p.m., Networking and registration at the plant 6:15-7:15 p.m., Tour of FPE Athens, Inc.
7:45 p.m., Dinner served at the Ramada Inn

Menu: Tossed salad, roasted turkey with dressing, whipped potatoes, fresh peas and mushrooms, dinner rolls, assorted pies, coffee, tea and water.

Cost: $15.00 each for reservations received before March 10, 2000.

$20.00 each for reservations received on or after March 10, 2000

Reservations: Send reservations and checks to the following address:

ASQ Scioto Valley Subsection
PO Box 1947
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601

You can also call Doug Scott, Arrangements Chair, at (740) 772-6997 (leave a message if required), or send an E-mail to rdscott@bright.net.

The tour will be limited to the first 45 reservations.  You can attend the tour only at no cost, but you still must
make a reservation.

Directions: The Florida Production Engineering (FPE) Athens facility is located near The Plains, just off U. S. Route 33 northwest of Athens.

Traveling northwest from Athens on U. S. Route 33, take the State Route 682 exit (The Plains).  Turn left, and then proceed to the first traffic light (at the Hocking Valley Bank and an ice cream shop).  Turn right onto Poston Station Road.  Proceed two miles to the plant on the right.

Traveling southeast from Logan/Lancaster on U. S. Route 33, continue through Nelsonville to State Route 691 (at the Ramada Inn/Hocking Technical College sign).  Turn right onto Route 691 and continue to Poston Station Road.  Turn left and proceed to FPE Athens on the left.

Following the tour, return to Route 33 via Poston Station Road and proceed northwest on Route 33 (toward Nelsonville, Logan and Columbus).  At the first traffic light after the roadway becomes two lanes, turn left on Route 691.  Proceed one-quarter mile and turn left into the Ramada Inn and Conference Center, which is located at 15770 State Route 691, in proximity to Hocking Technical College.  (An option is to turn right on Poston Station Road when exiting the plant and proceeding to State Route 691, turning right there and continuing back to the Ramada Inn.)

NOTE: Exercise caution on State Route 691 and particularly on Poston Station Road.  This is a rural, winding road.  Watch for deer!

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