The Hamilton Section of the American Society for Quality



September 2007

Editor -
Adam Kossowski



DATE:  Wednesday, September 12, 2007



Foo Ho Chinese Cuisine, 348 Plains Rd East, Burlington
(See map below)



6:00 pm Cash Bar, Networking and Registration
7:00 pm Buffet Dinner

8:00 pm

Welcoming and Presentation

Charge: $30 includes Dinner and Presentation.  $10 for Presentation only.

Non-member guests are welcome

Message From The Section Chair

On behalf of your ASQ Section 400 Executive, I would like to welcome you to our 2007-2008 season.  We have listened to what you have told us and have added more plant tours to our program to enable you to see how others have applied quality concepts in their organizations.  We have also added presentations in the service sector to reflect our changing membership profile.  To enable networking on a more casual basis, we have added a spousal evening featuring a tour of one of the area’s local wineries.  Please take a moment to look over the program of events and be sure to mark your calendars for the year so that you won’t miss out on any of the presentations of interest to you.

I would also like to take this opportunity to inform you of changes that we have had to make in order to continue to offer you the quality of programming that you have come to expect.  As a result of a steady, but significantly decreasing level of funding from ASQ Headquarters since 2000, I regret to inform you that we will no longer be sending out our newsletters by regular mail.  As all section information will now come to you via e-mail, it is important that ASQ Headquarters have your current e-address.  Please note that we do not maintain our own local list.  To update your information, please go to and look for the associated membership update links.

In order to break-even on expenses, we have found it necessary to increase the cost of a dinner meeting to $30.  Plant tours will remain at $20 unless they include a meal.   For those who attend the presentation portion of a dinner meeting only, there will now be a nominal $10 charge. 

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have also had to change our meeting place for the entire season.  Please be patient with us as we experiment with locations other than The Plainsman that are suitable, reasonable in price and can accommodate our group size.  As a result, our first meeting on September 12 will be at Foo Ho Chinese Cuisine in Burlington. 

As we begin our new season, I would like to avoid one of the problems that we have had in the past, and that is our inability to provide our caterer with an accurate count of attendees.  People assumed that they could show up without a reservation or cancel without notice because it was a buffet, there was ample seating and food, and there was no charge for cancelling without notice.  That may change very soon as restaurants are becoming less flexible with arrangements (i.e. guaranteed minimums, payment for no-shows, room charges, etc.).  The management at Foo Ho has informed us that the table seating arrangement is highly dependent upon attendance and, therefore, an accurate count is required so that they can set up appropriately for our function.

To make the reservation process easier to manage, I would ask you to RSVP to my e-mail with your name, phone number, name of company and names of additional people attending.  Bookings through our local website will be discontinued. 

We regret any inconvenience that these changes may cause you.  As the consequences of not making these changes at this time will seriously compromise the ability of the section to continue offer this program of events to you, we trust that this letter helps you to understand the actions we have been forced to take.

Looking forward to seeing you this season.

Olga Delvecchio, 
ASQ Hamilton Section 400

                                    Topic: Honda’s North American Supplier Support Activities

Brad Rechel from Honda of America will describe Honda’s North American supplier support activities and give a brief overview of Honda's philosophy of associate involvement. Using examples from the business performance of companies with the most involved associates, he will demonstrate the value of Honda’s supplier support program.


Speaker: Brad Rechel, North American Purchasing, Supplier Support
Honda of America Mfg. Inc.

Brad Rechel joined the North American Purchasing Division of Honda of America Mfg., Inc., in March 2000. After two years in strategic planning in the Planning & Administration Group, where he developed and managed the “Early Warning System”, he moved to the Supplier Support Team in January 2002 and is responsible for Honda’s 
North American supplier “Circle Assistance Network” (CAN).

The CAN group is a network of over 220 Honda parts suppliers in North America, organized regionally, who meet monthly to grow and strengthen associate involvement activity (particularly quality circles and suggestion programs) at their respective facilities. Suppliers most active in the Honda CAN network demonstrate superior safety, quality, delivery, efficiency, and environmental performance.

Prior to joining Honda, Brad spent 18 years starting up and managing two transplant Honda supplier companies in Ohio, and three years in the State of Ohio Development Department International Trade Division, where he worked to attract Japanese companies to the State of Ohio and assist Ohio companies exporting to Japan and China. Brad has a BA in East Asian Studies and Economics from Wittenberg University and has done graduate work at the 
Capital University Law School and the Ohio State University.



New Meeting Location:

Foo Ho Chinese Cuisine,
348 Plains Rd East,



For catering purposes, if attending the dinner, it is important 
that you e-mail Olga Delvecchio at:
by noon on Friday, September 7, 2007
and provide your name and phone number.

Jobs and Ads Web Page

Check out our Jobs & Ads web page - link on side bar - for employment opportunities in the quality field.  
ASQ Hamilton members seeking employment or a career change can also have their resumes posted in the Classified section of our Jobs and Ads web page. There is no charge for this service to our members. Resumes (MS Word preferred) should be sent to the Webmaster at

Other Upcoming Events


Location Date Details:

From Vision to Reality: The Innovation Process - Michael Stanleigh, BIA

ASQ Toronto

Oct 10, 2007

What's New in CMM & Laser Scanning Technology - Marty Cornacchi, FARO

ASQ Hamilton

Oct 18, 2007

See October Newsletter

Plant Tour - Dofasco, Coupled Pickle Line & Cold Mill


Nov 20, 2007

See October Newsletter


Congratulations to ASQ Certification Achiever

Congratulations to Hamilton Section member 
Muthuswamy Krishnamoorthy

who was successful in the ASQ Quality Auditor certification exam held in June 2007.

NOTE:  If you have passed an ASQ certification exam that you wrote at a location other than Hamilton, 
please e-mail the Section Chair Olga Delvecchio at with the information.

Electronic Version of Hamilton Section Newsletter

As explained in the Section Chair's message at the beginning of this newsletter, 
    effective with the October 2007 issue, the Hamilton Section Newsletter will no longer be distributed by regular mail.

All future issues will be available online, and will also be sent electronically to those members 
who have agreed to receive Section information by e-mail. 

IMPORTANT: To ensure that you receive your copy, as well as special announcements of ASQ events in between issues, check your ASQ profile at www.asq.orgLog in and type the word profile in the search box. Then select My Account: Update Your My ASQ Profile, and verify that your correct e-mail address is included in your profile.