Wednesday, September 12, 2007
NOTE NEW VENUE:
Ho Chinese Cuisine, 348 Plains Rd East, Burlington
Charge: $30 includes Dinner and Presentation. $10 for Presentation only.
Non-member guests are welcome
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.
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 www.asq.org
and look for the associated membership update links.
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
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
make the reservation process easier to manage, I would ask you to RSVP
to my e-mail email@example.com
with your name, phone number, name of company and names of additional
people attending. Bookings
through our local website will be discontinued.
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.
forward to seeing you this season.
Rechel, North American Purchasing, Supplier Support
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
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
Foo Ho Chinese
For catering purposes, if
attending the dinner, it is important
to Hamilton Section member
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