September 1999 Issue

Member Newsletter
Scioto Valley Subsection
American Society for Quality (ASQ)

Volume 2, Number 9

In this issue:
Message from the Chair

Our first meeting of the 99/00 ASQ fiscal year was a success! The dinner meeting at Canter's Cave 4-H Camp was an excellent example of what an ASQ meeting should be - - professional, informative and entertaining. The theme was a leading-edge subject, "Six Sigma Case Histories." The program was headed by Terry Felker, Manager of New Business Development at ASQ national headquarters in Milwaukee, who showed a short video and gave an excellent overview of Six Sigma. Following Mr. Felker's overview, Six Sigma Case Histories were presented by SVS members who are certified Six Sigma Black Belts from General Electric Aircraft Engines, Kenworth Truck Company and Mead Fine Paper. As a result the attendees had the opportunity to hear specifically how our own SVS members have employed Six Sigma strategies to effect tremendous savings for their employers. My sincere appreciation and thanks go to Mr. Felker (ASQ headquarters); Julie Darnell and Don Clevenger (GE Aircraft Engines); Jean-Marie Cote and Jon Schobelock (Kenworth Truck Co.) and Cheryl Molebash and Angi Pennington (Mead Fine Paper) for their outstanding presentations and contributions to the success of this program. This is a tremendous example of how leading edge information can be obtained from within ASQ and from our own Subsection members. An excellent program!

While there were several handouts on the subject of Six Sigma and Six Sigma Case Histories at the meeting there were also two handouts of particular importance for another reason. Article III, Section 3.4.3 of the Columbus Section Bylaws require that we distribute copies of the Subsection Annual Report at the first membership meeting of the new fiscal year. As a result, two of the handouts which were available at this meeting were the 98/99 SVS Annual Financial Report and the SVS Chair's Annual Report for 98/99. Any SVS member who would like to have a copy of these documents may contact me or any other SVS Officer.

It also occurs to me that I should take the time to recognize some of the SVS Executive Committee members who pour their hearts and souls into making sure that these meetings are planned, organized and successful. These are the people who contribute significantly to these meeting efforts: Cindy Zollo-Davis, Program Chair; Doug Scott, Arrangements Chair; Angi Pennington, Publicity Chair; Wade Midkiff, Internet Liaison; Cheryl Molebash, Chair-Elect; Tim Matchett, Vice-Chair/Membership Chair; Grant Germann, SVS Secretary and Jon Schobelock, Treasurer. I am honored to work with these fine quality professionals who are dedicated to providing only the very best ASQ benefits to our Subsection members.

The next meeting is the joint meeting and plant tour with our Sponsoring (Columbus) Section. On October 19, 1999 we will have a unique opportunity to tour the world-class, ISO 9000 certified Chilpaco Mill of Mead Fine Paper in Chillicothe. This will truly be an interesting and informative quality theme tour that has been arranged and customized (specifically for ASQ members) by our SVS Chair-Elect, Cheryl Molebash. Take a leisurely drive at the height of Indian Summer and join us to experience this very interesting tour. (Cheryl tells me that the plant's name is a contraction of the original name: CHILlicothe PAper COmpany) I sincerely look forward to seeing each of you at this tour.

NOTE: Be sure to arrange for your reservation ASAP. I expect a very large turnout for this tour since it is a joint meeting with the Columbus Section.

Bob Rinderman
SVS Chair

October Meeting is Tour of Mead Chilpaco Mill

The ASQ Scioto Valley Subsection's October dinner meeting is a quality theme tour of Mead Corporation's Chilpaco Mill in Chillicothe. This is also the Subsection's annual joint meeting with its parent Columbus Section. The date is Tuesday, October 19.

ASQ members holding certifications earn 0.3 RUs for this tour program.

The Mead Paper Division's Chilpaco Mill has four paper machines with trims from 123 to 166 inches. The smallest machine manufactures primarily uncoated greeting card stock, while the other three machines are serviced by an off-machine blade coater. Chilpaco offers recycled papers containing 10 percent post-consumer fiber in a variety of grade categories for use in the commercial printing market, such as yearbooks, annual reports and CD inserts.

Guides will answer questions about Chilpaco's operations and its quality program during the tour.

Here are the arrangements:


Tuesday, October 19, 1999


Mead Paper Division's Chilpaco Mill, located near the interesection of Bridge Street and Eastern Avenue in Chillicothe. Members and guests will park in the Canal Street parking lot off Eastern Avenue. The Chilpaco Mill is huge and has an Indian head carving on the side of the main, blue building.


5:30 - 6:00 p.m., Registration and networking
6:00 - 6:15 p.m., Brief Section and Subsection business meetings
6:15 - 7:00 p.m., Dinner
7:00, Tour of Chilpaco Mill


Chicken or baked steak, green beans, augratin potatoes, rolls, beverage and dessert.


$15 each prepaid for members and guests if received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 15.

E-mail and telephone reservations will be accepted but are subject to payment if cancelled after Friday, October 15. Any cancellations will be honored with full refund if received by 4 p.m. Friday, October 15.

Mail reservations and checks made payable to "ASQ Scioto Valley Subsection" along with name, employer, address and telephone number to the following:

     ASQ Scioto Valley Subsection
     PO Box 1947
     Chillicothe, Ohio 45601

     Attention: Doug Scott, Arrangements Chair
Doug's telephone number is (740) 772-6997 and his E-mail address is

Scioto Valley Serving Former Appalachian Subsection Members

Effective immediately, the Scioto Valley Subsection will be distributing its newsletter as well as notices of upcoming membership dinner programs and tours to ASQ members who were affiliated with the former Appalachian Subsection. The Appalachian Subsection, under the sponsorship of the Lexington Section (0911), served the Tri-State area of Ashland, Kentucky; Huntington, West Virginia; and Ironton, Ohio.

Mr. Richard McKeever, Regional Director, ASQ Region 9, confirmed in late August 1999 that the Subsection had formally ceased operation.

The Scioto Valley Subsection is working cooperatively with the Mid-Ohio Valley Section at Parkersburg to ensure that affected Appalachian Subsection members know about quality-related programs and services in the local area.

The Scioto Valley Subsection wants to ensure that its neighboring ASQ members have membership program and tour, educational and certification examination opportunities available to them, and is particularly optimistic with regard to serving Lawrence County, Ohio; Lewis, Greenup and Boyd counties in Kentucky; and possibly parts of Cabell and Wayne counties in West Virginia.

Some of the previous Appalachian Subsection members are remaining as affiliates of the Lexington Section, some are switching their Section affiliation to Columbus and becoming associates of the Scioto Valley Subsection, and some are switching their Section affiliation to Mid-Ohio Valley.

The Scioto Valley Subsection is now beginning to plan its path to Section status and considering options for upgrading its programs should its service area expand to the south. Examples would be a second certification examination site, in addition to its present site at Chillicothe, that is in greater proximity to the Tri-State area, as well as development of additional membership program and educational opportunities.

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