THE SCIOTO VALLEY VOICE


AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR QUALITY

SCIOTO VALLEY SECTION 0815


"ASQ's First Section of the New Millennium"


February 2004

Volume 7, Number 2

Editor - Mike MacCrae (maccraem@ettp.net)


In this Issue:




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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR - JANUARY 2004


First, I'm pleased to note that the number of members and guests attending monthly dinner programs rebounded in January.  More than 20 people came to Lewis Restaurant in Jackson to see displays and demonstrations of quality measurement instruments by representatives of the L. S. Starrett Company and to hear remarks from Region 8 Director Fletcher Birmingham.  There were enough members in good standing present to allow us to conduct the Section's annual meeting.  Our bylaws require a quorum of 15.


I extend my thanks to each who attended our January program and annual meeting.


Congratulations to our newly elected officers for the fiscal year that begins on July 1.  They are Bill Hoey, Chair-Elect, Dave Boulay, Vice Chair, Doug Scott, Secretary; and Bonnie Spencer, Treasurer.


Pamela Sperling will take over as Section Chair on July 1, having been elected Chair-Elect for this fiscal year at the annual meeting last year, in January 2003.


We have a unique opportunity coming up on February 12 to see the Liebert Corporation manufacturing facility at Ironton.  Section member Debbie Mays has worked hard to set up this presentation and tour.  And Liebert plant management has offered to provide dinner at no cost to those SVS members and guests who visit them.


The drive will take a little longer for those of us in the Chillicothe, Waverly and Jackson areas.  But it should be well worth the trip. 


The drive won't be so long for Section members and friends already living or working in the Huntington, Ashland or Ironton areas.  We'll expect to see each of you that evening.


While we're on the subject of driving, it's noteworthy to mention that the two representatives from the L. S. Starrett Corporation came all the way from Pittsburgh to set up the equipment display and talk with people as part of our January meeting.


Our Region 8 Director, Fletcher Birmingham, traveled from Akron for no reason other than to visit and speak with us.


Fletcher took the time to meet and talk with everyone at the meeting and left each of us with a positive comment or piece of helpful information.  His visit was very timely at this critical point at which ASQ is considering a major change in the infrastructure of our Society.  The ASQ board of directors is expected to finalize a re-structured "Member Model" at its February meeting.


Fletcher was very informative, open, and receptive to our questions and concerns about ASQ's pending direction.


Before his prepared remarks, Birmingham presented the ASQ Total Quality Level (TQL) certificate and pin for the 2002-2003 fiscal year to Immediate Past Chair John Shewbrooks, along with pins to Doug Scott and Pamela Sperling, who served as Secretary and Treasurer on John's committee.  I received one for having served as Chair-Elect during John's term.


Congratulations to John, Doug and Pamela for attaining this level of achievement under the ASQ Section Management Program.  Former Section member Sheryl Morris Meyer, who served as Vice Chair during John's term, also was involved in the SMP process.


I extend my congratulations as well to Section members who recently achieved ASQ certification.  They are Scott Foll, Mill's Pride, Certified Quality Auditor; Debbie Mays, Liebert, Certified Quality Auditor; Butch Jones, USEC, Certified Calibration Technician; and Eric Johnson, USEC, Certified Mechanical Inspector.


In closing, I express my hope that you'll join us for the February dinner, presentation and tour at Liebert in Ironton.  This promises to be an interesting and fun tour, complete with complimentary dinner.  Liebert management has been very accommodating to our requested visit, and they look forward to seeing us there.  Let's show them a good turnout by the members and friends of the ASQ Scioto Valley Section.  See you there!


Tim Matchett

Section Chair, FY03-04

Tim.Matchett@HorizonPCS.com




FEBRUARY MEETING - TOUR OF LIEBERT CORPORATION MANUFACTURING PLANT IN IRONTON


DATE:   Thursday, February 12, 2004



LOCATION:   Liebert Corporation, 3040 South 9th Street, Ironton, Ohio


The Liebert Corporation, a division of Emerson, employs about 300 people in a 200,000 square foot facility.  This tour is tailored to allow ASQ visitors to see the more technical aspects of this facility, which is ISO 9001:2000 certified.


Additional information may be obtained by accessing the Liebert Corporation website at .


All Scioto Valley Section affiliates, other local ASQ members and anyone interested in the Society or the subject of quality or continuous improvement are encouraged to attend. Society members holding certifications earn 0.3 re-certification units (RUs) for attending.


MEETING AGENDA:


5:30 p.m. Registration and networking

6:00 p.m. Presentation by plant management and facility tour

7:00 p.m. Dinner for SVS members, guests and tour hosts

7:45 p.m. Short Section business meeting and tour Q&A

8:00 p.m. Adjourn



MENU:   Chicken, potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, dessert, and beverages



DINNER COST: Our gracious hosts have notified us that they will furnish the meal at no charge for members and guests of the Section.


You may attend the program only, without dinner, if you choose.  However, pre-registration is still required.



RESERVATIONS:  Pre-registration is required by Tuesday, February 10.


The simplest way to register is to respond to this E-mail, or to call me (Tim Matchett, Section Chair) at 740-710-8946 (Jackson exchange) or 740-772-8673 (Chillicothe exchange).


You can also register with Bob Rinderman, Program Chair, at qualpro@eurekanet.com or by telephone at 740-897-2440; or with Bill Hoey, Arrangements Chair, at bill@wmhoey.com or by telephone at 740-703-2705.


If you register, please let us know of any cancellations before 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 10.  Our hosts need a definitive number so as to plan for the dinner.



DIRECTIONS:


From Portsmouth, take US 52 East to Ironton.  Take the Coal Grove exit (State Route 243).  Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp.  Go to the continuous green light.  Turn right.  Go 3-4 blocks to the first traffic light.  Turn right onto Lorain Street.  Go 3-4 blocks.  Liebert is on the left.


From Huntington and Ashland, enter Ohio and take US 52 West to Ironton.  Take the Coal Grove exit (State Route 243) and proceed as above.





CERTIFICATION PREPARATION


The following link on the ASQNet.org web page provides valuable information on resources to help you prepare for the various certifications that ASQ offers:


http://www.asq.org/portal/page?_pageid=33,39211,33_39258&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&in_url=/career/index.html





ASQ CERTIFICATION EXAMS


The following table lists the various certifications offered by ASQ, the exam dates, the application deadlines, and costs:

Cert.

Exam Date

Application Deadline

Cost



CCT

06/05/04

04/09/04

$155



CHA

10/16/04

08/20/04

$180



CMI

10/16/04

08/20/04

$155



CQA

06/05/04

04/09/04

$180



CQE

06/05/04

04/09/04

$180



CQIA

06/05/04

04/09/04

$155



CQM

10/16/04

08/20/04

$235



CQT

10/16/04

08/20/04

$155



CRE

10/16/04

08/20/04

$180



CSQE

06/05/04

04/09/04

$180



SSBB

10/16/04

08/20/04

$180



















Certification examinations will be held at The Ohio State University, Research and Development Center in Piketon, since this site is at the approximate geographical center of the area served by section 815.




EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES


Check out the following link on the ASQNet.org web page for career opportunities:


http://www.asq.org/portal/page?_pageid=33,39211,33_39258&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&in_url=/career/index.html


Even if you are not looking for a job right now, just reviewing the postings from time to time will help you keep abreast of the kinds of qualifications and experience employers are looking for in the quality career market.




PROGRAM SCHEDULE FOR 2004


The March program will be in Circleville with ASQ Columbus.  More details will be provided next month.