June 2000 Issue

Membership Newsletter
American Society for Quality
Scioto Valley Subsection

Volume 3, Number 6

In this issue:


Our tour of the Brown Corporation in Waverly this month was an interesting and stimulating look at an ISO 9000 registered company. Our host for the evening was David Gross, Brown Corp. Quality Manager and ASQ/SVS member. Mr. Gross was joined by Plant Manager Randy Myers and they conducted a very open and informative pre-tour summary of the history and status of Brown Corporation. Each of these gentlemen demonstrated their intense knowledge of the people, processes and products that comprise the Brown Corporation.

On behalf of the members of the Scioto Valley Section it is my pleasure to extend our thanks to Mr. Gross and to Mr. Myers for their keen hospitality and for a truly interesting summary and tour of the Brown facility. Their dedication to the success of the Corporation and their commitment to the quality of their products was very evident in their discussions and during the tours that they personally conducted.

This issue of the SVS Newsletter marks my last Chair Message. My two terms as Chair of the Subsection and finally the Section have come to a close. As many of you know, I have been associated with ASQ and ASQ Sections for over 30 years. I have served in local (Section), regional (Division) and national offices of ASQ. This association has provided me with a wealth of challenges, information and opportunities that I could have never imagined. One of the greatest opportunities that I have ever had is to be associated and work with dedicated and loyal ASQ members. An old friend of mine, U of Iowa Professor Emeritus Lloyd A. Knowler, who was one of the original founders of ASQ in 1946, once told me that "The real strength of ASQ is found within the members of the Sections". Those words keep coming back to me as I continue to work with ASQ members at the Section level.

It has again been my sincere pleasure to work with and for all of you in representing your desires to bring ASQ services and benefits closer to where you work and live. In setting up the Subsection, and now the Section, we have achieved the goal of creating an official ASQ Section to serve your needs. This has been a very interesting and challenging journey. The next step in the journey is for each of us to assure that we do as much as we can to assure that we continue to build the infrastructure that will allow the Section to serve the needs of the members. This means that each of us has to assess how we can assist the Officers and Committee Chairs to continue the growth and advancement of the Section.

Our Section is growing steadily in area, members and services to members. We have grown from a 7 county Subsection in southern Ohio to a 16 county Section serving parts of 3 states. We have grown from 18 signatures on a Subsection Petition in January of 1998 to a Section of over 120 members in June of 2000. We just graduated our first SVS class of Certified Quality Auditor candidates in May and we have just received word from the June 3 Exam that we now have 8 new CQA’s and 1 new CQE among us. We are definitely gathering a very positive momentum.

Like our Society, SVS is a very diverse group of quality professionals. We work in diverse industries in 3 states and we have diverse backgrounds, experiences, interests, goals and needs. That very diversity is our strength! That diversity makes us strong and unites us as ASQ members. That same diversity is at work for you in your Section Executive Committee (the SVS steering committee) and, again, that diversity leads to some very spirited discussions at those meetings, but it also contributes to the collective wisdom of the Exec. Committee. Out of that collective wisdom comes a sense of unity and purpose to assure that our planning and programs are responsive to member needs and that we serve the best interests of our members.

As I assume my new role of Immediate Past Chair of the Section I invite each of you to search for a way to extend help to your new Officers and Committee Chairs for this new ASQ Fiscal Year. Some of you have contacted us and you can be assured that you will be called upon to help. Your new Officers are the finest and best prepared group of quality professionals that you could hope for to lead the Section to new heights and achievements in the new Fiscal Year. Under the leadership of Tim Matchett, Grant Germann, Doug Scott and Angie Pennington the Section is in excellent hands and poised for a tremendous year.

Over the course of the past two years I have had the privilege and opportunity to work with and on behalf of some of the finest and most dedicated people that I have ever known in building the infrastructure for the Section. In my monthly Chair Messages I have thanked you for your support, work and loyalty. You are too many to mention now in this last message.

It has been an honor to serve you these past two years. I have enjoyed your company, support and cooperation. I look forward to working with you to achieve new levels of success for the SVS. I’ll see you at the meetings. Join me!

Bob Rinderman
Scioto Valley Section (SVS) Chair
"ASQ’s First Section of the New Millennium"


Have you been considering sitting for an ASQ certification examination?  Have you found the sites where the exams are proctored too distant?

The new ASQ Scioto Valley Section has proctored certification examinations for two years in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Beginning in October 2000, the Section also will proctor examinations at Ashland (Kentucky) Community College.

The deadline is August 25 to apply for October 21 examination for the Certified Quality Technician (CQT), Certified Mechanical Inspector (CMI), Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) and Certified Quality Manager (CQM) certifications.

The deadline is October 13 to apply for December 2 examination for the Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) and Certified Software Quality Engineer (CSQE) examinations.

NOW IS THE TIME!  ASQ has just used these words to announce that effective September 1, 2000, ASQ certification exam prices will be increased.  The Society urges you to "Register prior to September 1 and get the lower price."

On your application for examination, list "Scioto Valley Section (0815)" as your preferred location.  We'll try to make sure before the examination that your designated testing site is convenient to you.  But if your final
seating letter from ASQ designates a site different from the one you prefer or if you have questions or concerns, contact Grant Germann, the Section's Certification Committee Chair.  He can be contacted at (740) 897-3618 or by electronic mail at

In today's world, where quality competition is a fact of life and the need for a work force proficient in the 
principles and practices of quality control is a central concern of many companies, certification is a mark of excellence. It demonstrates that the certified individual has the knowledge to assure quality of products and services. Certification is an investment in your career and in the future of your employer.

The Section just completed its first certification preparatory course and plans to offer others based on member preferences.  Let us know how the Scioto Valley Section can help you!


We would like to congratulate the following members for successfully completing the Certified Quality Auditors (CQA) exam:  John Bellows; James N. Brown; William M. Hopper; Eric Johnson; Michael S. MacCrae; R. Douglas Scott; Pamela A. Sperling; and James F. Thompson.  We would also like to congratuate Brian M. Lanning for successfully completing the Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) exam. 

We also would like to congratulate the following members for their recent achievements:

Rick Dively for earning his Bachelor of Independent Study in Environmental Engineering from Shawnee State University;

Don Faust for earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Shawnee State University;

Dan Longpre for receiving the Distinguished Service Award from Bechtel Jacobs Company; and

John Christian for his new position as Quality Engineer with the McDonald Company.

Our best wishes to all and, again, congratulations for your accomplishments.

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