Friday in Houston
So, with so much detail on the board meeting on David's page, I will focus on some other things.
If you have met me, or read last year's blogs, one of the things that I have truly valued from my ASQ membership has been the networking. For both my ASQ life and my work life, the networking has proven to be invaluable over time.
Recently, the Membership Committee lost a member, and I was able to quickly find a replacement. Chris Anderson is the chair of the St. Louis Section, and we were introduced by Dave Prins, chair of the Racine-Kenosha Section. I met both of them at a member leader event in Milwaukee in 2005. Chris did not make it in time for the membership session, but he did make it in time to participate in the living strategy session. I know that he is going to be an asset to the membership committee.
After the meeting, I had an e-mail from Eric Hayler, a volunteer from many member units, and most recently involved in launching the Minorities in Quality Network. I am excited to see that they are now online. Given the support that I received in launching the Women in Quality Network, from our advisory committee, from the staff, and from the member units, I am sure that Minorities in Quality will also have a successful launch. I am looking forward to finding their reception on Monday night. I also met Eric at a member leader event, at the 2006 WCQI in Milwaukee. He was one of the people that I ran into everywhere at that conference.
One of the jobs that I seem to be inheriting from Brenda Fisk as she exits her role on the board is the coordinator of meal plans for whoever wants to go out with the group. On Thursday night, we had a (full) table for 20. Tonight we had about as many at the "fish place." I enjoyed the meal on Thursday night, but this was outstanding, and the service was amazing for dealing with a group this size. It was about 2 blocks from the Hilton. So, if you are at the conference and looking for a place to eat, if you ask the concierge for information about the fish place that is in walking distance, they should be able to help you. I will update this with the name tomorrow - it is already past my bedtime! It was a diverse group, that included members from Belgium, Canada, and throughout the US, members of the board, past members of the board, section leaders, spouses, etc. Brenda will certainly be missed, but I know that she won't be too far away.
As Tigger would say TTFN!