About ASQ Section 1212

The American Society for Quality is a leading quality improvement organization and a knowledge-based global community of quality experts with a passion to improve themselves and their world. ASQ advances global learning, quality improvement, and performance excellence with over 130,000 members worldwide.

Mission Statement:  Our mission is to serve our members, industry and the community through:

  • Professional and personal development.
  • Gathering and disseminating knowledge about quality principles and practices.
  • Mentoring.
  • Providing guidance and training for the certification of quality professionals.

Vision Statement:  Our Vision is to be recognized as a premier section of ASQ for serving our members, industry, and the community.

What We Need From Our Members:

  • Complete member surveys for the Section 1212 and Headquarters
  • Provide suggestions for speakers, programs and member leaders
  • Get Involved!
  • Attend Events (Meetings, ISO Support Group)
  • Network – Encourage coworkers’ involvement
  • Feel free to attend SLC meetings to help make this a better section.
  • Participate & Vote



Northeastern Illinois

Section 1212 Fact Sheet


ASQ website: www.asq.org

1212 website: www.asq1212.com

What is ASQ?  

The American Society for Quality (ASQ), headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, is the world’s leading authority on quality since 1946. The 104,000-member professional association creates better workplaces and communities worldwide by advancing learning, quality improvement, and knowledge exchange to improve business results. By making quality a global priority, an organizational imperative, and a personal ethic, ASQ becomes the community for everyone who seeks technology, concepts, or tools to improve themselves and their world.

What are sections?

More than 250 volunteer-run local ASQ sections in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica allow you to meet and learn the business of quality from people in your community. The International Chapter is available for members primarily outside North America or where local sections do not yet exist. One Geographic section membership is included in your membership and may provide the following opportunities.

  • meetings
  • a newsletter
  • online information
  • educational courses, seminars, and conferences
  • certification exam preparatory programs

What are forums and division?

ASQ’s forums and divisions are sources of concentrated information that will help you in your job. It is a place to go when you have a question, or need a specific type of conference, course, book, or paper. It can help you with questions like: ‘How can I…

      • Learn more about…
      • Get started in creating…
      • Find someone I can talk to about…
      • Find a speaker on the subject of…

It provides you with informative tools for your field of interest, involves you via collaborative and networking events, and inspires you to try new and innovative ways to improve yourself, your community, and your world!

What is the History of ASQ? Section 1212

Formerly known as American Society for Quality Control (ASQC), ASQ was founded in 1946 as the result of a merger of several local quality societies that had formed after wartime statistical quality control classes.

What are the Products and Services of ASQ Section 1212?

ASQ offers several types of membership, certifications, courses, and conferences to advance its mission. In addition, it is involved with several quality-related initiatives such as the American Customer Satisfaction Index, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and Koalaty Kid.

Section 1212 offers our members opportunities to learn more about their profession through the sharing of information and ideas. The section accomplishes this with our ISO Support Group, the Section Leadership Committee meeting and the monthly General Membership Meeting.

We also provide continuing education opportunities with classes and workshops that can be presented in-house or off-site.

We provide social networking through our Linked In page: ASQ NEI Section 1212

What are Major Events?

The World Conference on Quality and Improvement– held annually in May.

Plus there are many divisional, regional, and special interest conferences held throughout the year.

Does ASQ offer Career Services?

ASQ offers a variety of career services for quality-related professionals, as well as employers, including an online job service, resume service, and an annual career fair.

Section 1212 offers career services including placement information and offer pre-meeting clinics on resume writing and interviewing skills periodically.  Contact Jim Sohn (james.sohn@yahoo.com) for more information.

Job postings can be found at our section’s website or on our LinkedIn discussion group ASQ NEI Section 1212 (http://www.linkedin.com/e/vgh/2236959/)

What are the Membership Eligibility Requirements?

Anyone interested in quality!

Are there Membership Dues?

ASQ:  $135 annually; 1212 section:  included in your ASQ dues!

How many  Members does ASQ have?

ASQ:  over 100,000 members worldwide.  1212 section:  Over 750 members and growing!

When are the Section Meetings?

General Membership Meetings for ASQ1212 are typically held the third Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the Arboretum Club. (0.6 RUs per program)  The meeting format is typically a dinner meeting preceded by topic-specific quality clinics. The main presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Please contact Dave Krasowski at asq1212reservations@yahoo.com for more information about section meetings or to make a reservation for the next meeting. There is a $25.00 fee for dinner, but the price is waived for those members searching for a position.  Please go to Monthly Section Meeting Programs for more information about this month’s section meeting. Go to Meeting Venue & Schedule to see the calendar.

Section Leadership Committee Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at the Dover Straits Restaurant. Please contact Peter Larson twins0649@gmail.com for more information.

All members are encouraged to attend both general membership meetings and section leadership committee meetings.

ISO Support Group meetings are held the first Thursday of every month. Please see the tab for ISO Discussion for more information on the place, time, and standard under discussion.The public is always invited and they welcome any and all questions about Quality Management Standards. There is a small fee for dinner, but the price is waived for members who are searching for a position.

What do Meetings Costs?

Section Meeting Dinner: $25.00                 ISO Support Buffet: $ 5.00

Can I Volunteer?

You can also get involved by becoming a 1212 section volunteer. As a volunteer, you can enhance your leadership skills, increase your visibility in the quality community, and publicly develop and support the quality movement. You also collect re-certification units that can be used when renewing your ASQ certifications.


Your Section Leadership

The Section Leadership Committee (SLC) is comprised of volunteers from your section.  Feel free to contact them using the email addresses listed below.

If you need help navigating our website, have questions or have an idea for improvement contact our webmaster Adela Crandell Durkee at  website@asq1212.com

If you want to submit something to the Newsletter, don’t know how to sign-up, are missing newsletters, or have questions about the newsletter contact Adela at newsletter@asq1212.com

2017 SLC
Name E-mail
Arrangements Glenda Piefer glenda.peifer@gmail.com
Assistant Arrangements Chair Dave Krasowski djkrasowski@yahoo.com
Auditing James Sohn james.sohn@abbvie.com
Auditing Assistant Peter Larson twins0649@gmail.com
Awards James Schlichting schlijp@sbcglobal.net
By Laws James Schlichting schlijp@sbcglobal.net
Chair elect James Sohn james.sohn@abbvie.com
Chair Jeff Wright* calainetp@hotmail.com
Education Edwin Rodriguez ER8472760550@GMAIL.COM
Education Assistant Kam Gupta citkam@gmail.com
Historian Jim Sohn james.sohn@abbvie.com
Membership/ Database Sandra Storli storli4600@sbcglobal.net
Nominating Regina Fullin rmfullin@gmail.com
Par (SMP) Virginia Gibbs virginiag920@aol.com
Past Chair Regina Fullin rmfullin@gmail.com
Placement David Norby dplmnorby@sbcglobal.net
Program Chair Mahendran Ravichandran r.mahen@gmail.com
Publicity Ravi Nadarajah Ravindrakumar ravi.kingcross@gmail.com
Re-Certification Merle Goddard merle_ goddard@baxter.com
Re-Certification Assistant Don Gatza don.gatza@abbott.com
Secretary Amit Dave amitbdave@gmail.com
Social Media Chair Michele Weir michele.weir@gmail.com
Standards Study Group Donna Nash qltypest@yahoo.com
Treasurer Joe Lierman J.lierman@lycos.com
VOC Assistant Maddy Bradford maddy_bradford@comcast.net
VOC Chair Martha Kadas mkadas@sbcglobal.net