Section 305

March 2018 - Message from the New Haven Section Chair

I hope you can join us on March 29th for an excellent program on “Critical Thinking”. We are offering this event along with our colleagues from APICS and ISM CT at the North Haven campus of Quinnipiac University. The course facilitator is Mike Ford, and for anyone who has been to one of his past presentations, you know you will not be bored. The event will be from 8 AM to about 4 PM, and our usual monthly meeting will take place right afterwards. You can find more information and register on the APICS website www.apics-newhaven.org. Attending will also provide you the opportunity to meet and network with members of APICS, ISM CT and graduate students from Quinnipiac University. Who knows, maybe you will make the acquaintance of someone who might be working for you someday, or you might even be working for them!

Let’s talk Transformation. It seems that there will be some changes made to the organization of ASQ within the next year or two. What follows is a portion of the email sent to Section Leadership members describing the proposed changes and why the Section Affair Council feels they are necessary.

“A research effort was undertaken over the past few years, collecting data from non-profit associations like ours, from both our members and many others not already part of the ASQ community in an effort to ensure ASQ is relevant in the future.

We need to preserve the best aspects of ASQ and we need to make changes in our membership value to sustain the health of the Association.
To name a few of the pervasive issues:
· Membership has been flat over the past years after a huge decline
· A high percentage of new members drop out after the first year
· Enlisting new member leaders has been challenging for many of our sections
· Our decentralized model is putting our non-profit status at risk

The Section Affairs Council (SAC), comprised of the Regional Directors, is putting forth a resolution to the Board of Director’s (BOD) this week, supporting a geographic model maintaining many of the strengths while minimizing risks. 
Key elements of the SAC proposal include:
· Geographic regions, with local decision-making, where member leader activities are complemented by paid staff with clear accountabilities.
· Regional governance over funds
· Increased transparency to spending decisions at the ASQ level
· Elected geographic representation on the BOD (as currently exists today)

There are differing opinions on what needs to change at ASQ, and who needs to change. To be successful, we all need to lean in and make some changes, while working together so that ASQ is available wherever our members are.”

How this will affect the New Haven Section remains to be seen. Some members of other Sections and Divisions have been conducting a lively discussion of the pros and cons on various LinkedIn groups, but to be honest, the most vocal are not in favor the changes, especially the second proposal about the governance of funds. If you have any questions, comments, or opinions on this please let me know and I will pass them along.


Bill Folsom

Section Chair, NHS ASQ