May Greetings from Chair David Gibson

Dear ASQ-0704 members,

Spring appears to have arrived here in the desert; time for ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement in Seattle.  A few of the ASQ Phoenix section officers will be in attendance and we plan to bring back some of the latest Quality theories and latest news of what is happening within ASQ.

As a part of our ongoing series about ASQ and member benefits, I wanted to share some insight on membership status and the differences in benefits.   Most of members of the ASQ Phoenix section, and throughout ASQ for that matter, are “Individual” members of either Regular (aka Full) or Senior level status. (We are also honored to have 6 “Fellow” Individual members in the Phoenix section!) In addition, there are also “Organizational” member types as well as “Associate” level and “Student” level individual members with less than full access to all potential benefits.  The Associate status can be cost attractive but may limit the member’s exposure to the complete ASQ Body of Knowledge (BOK), discounts, event information and networking opportunities of the Full memberships.   The good news here is you can upgrade to that higher level that will give you what you are looking for.  For those of you whom have continued to maintain a Regular individual membership for more than one year and have 10 years or more experience including at least a couple years working or teaching quality, you may wish to consider upgrading to a Senior level.  The base cost is the same as Regular member but as a Senior member you have several options to add additional sections, divisions or journals to your membership benefit to expand your reach of Quality contacts.

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Finally, Will Lafollette is our scheduled speaker for the May Program Meeting (May 10, 2018).  Will’s topic is the merging of Lean and Six Sigma techniques in service and healthcare improvement. Will’s discussions always bring a unique perspective and engaging style that make for an interesting evening.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Dave Gibson – Chair ASQ-0704, Valley of the Sun.