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May General Meeting 🗓 🗺

From your program chair. – James Persaud

My Fellow members,
Congratulations again to our scholarship winner, Ms Harper Bischoff. We wish you every success. Thanks to all who attended our function to honor not only our scholarship winner, but also our ASQ Chicago section volunteers. It was our recognition and awards evening. Again, thank you to all, our member volunteers for helping to maintain the section activities. We cannot do it without your help and commitment. Please continue to help our members, the section and our society.

Yes, it is almost May; we are half way through our program year. Our May meeting will be most interesting and captivating. We will learn from two of our own. Yes, well learned and experienced Quality practitioners. Just when you believe you know of the risks in medical laboratories. Come hear about this and learn about IQCP. You are likely to be surprised what you hear. However, you will learn not only about risks in medical laboratories. You will also learn about the requirement of ISO 15189:2012. Those who know the ISO standard, let’s see how it relates. Expand your knowledge. Learn what your counterparts know.


1. Risk in Medical Laboratories

What does that mean to us? Is it the means of identifying and evaluating potential problems or errors that may occur in your testing process? What are the risks to us using such facilities? Let’s find out.

About your presenter –

Donna Gillespie has been an active member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Healthcare Division since 2008. She collaborated on the development of ASQ’s Healthcare Body of Knowledge and is a member of ASQ’s Healthcare Technical Committee, a joint committee of the Healthcare Division and Quality Management Division of ASQ.
Donna has nearly forty years of practical experience in medical laboratories. As a Medical Technologist, she is comfortable with the basic and advanced quality tools used in medical laboratories. As a Lead and Technical Assessor for the CAP 15189SM Accreditation Program, she is focused on quality, safety, and process improvements in contemporary laboratory medicine.

Prior to joining the College of American Pathologists, Donna was an Associate Project Director for the Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation and a Field Representative (Surveyor) for the Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations at The Joint Commission in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.

Donna earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. She is an ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor, an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, and an American Society for Clinical Pathology Medical Technologist and Specialist in Microbiology. Donna is currently a student of the Doctor of Business Administration in Quality Systems Management degree program at the National Graduate School of Quality Management/New England College of Business.

2. Leveraging 5S to Foster Staff Engagement and Teamwork

Yes, just when we believe we know all about 5S, then this.
Many companies fail to tap into the full potential of 5S, focusing solely on the visible benefits of a cleaner workspace or the financial upside – reduced inventory, smaller storage spaces, and even deferred capital expenditures for new space. While these are worthwhile measures there are additional, less-visible benefits to organizational culture when 5S projects are done properly. Providing structure and guidance, but ‘letting go of the reins’ a bit will often yield results beyond original expectations. After a short primer on 5S training materials, we will review several successful 5S projects from healthcare and other industries.

About your presenter –

Keith Poole is a Leadership Advisor with Khrusallis, a company dedicated to Lean transformation in healthcare and other industries. Keith works closely with senior leadership teams to deploy strategy and create organizational alignment all the way to front-line staff.



Meeting details:

Date: 9th May, 2018


Victoria of Rosemont (Holiday Inn)
Edward Hotel Chicago
6600 N. Mannheim Rd
Rosemont, IL 60018

Time: 6.00pm

Menu –

  • Chicken Breast Marsala
  • French string beans
  • Rosemary Potato wedges
  • Eggplant Napoleon (for vegetarians)
  • Dessert
    • Chocolate Sundae
  • Coffee & international teas.

Agenda – tentative

  • Registration and Networking
  • Welcome
  • 1st presentation – Risk in medical laboratories & ISO 15189
  • Questions
  • Announcements
  • Next month meeting – Joe Lisy award
  • Dinner
  • 2nd presentation- Leveraging 5S to Foster Staff Engagement and Teamwork
  • Questions
  • Surveys/feedback
  • Raffle
  • Adjourn

Cost for dinner – $30 with pre- registration. $35 at door
Register early and save.
Free attendance to anyone not having dinner.

Please, look at our Program schedule for 2018 and plan for it. Check it out at –

Looking forward to meeting you at the meeting.
James Persaud
Vice Chair Program

Registration Form



April General Meeting 🗓 🗺

My Fellow members,

As you know, ASQ Chicago section is an all volunteer organization. All of what we do is being done by volunteers. A big “thank you” to them. Because we are all volunteers, the Chicago section usually has a recognition evening to recognize those members who help in special duties to keep the Chicago section functioning. We are one of the few that still has a strong program. Thanks to all of you our volunteers and members.

This month we will recognize some of our volunteers. Please attend to show your appreciation to your fellow members who do so much to help all the members. We are looking forward to seeing you at the April meeting.

ASQ Chicago section usually gives a scholarship to one of our freshman college student who meets our criteria. Well, one of them did. Guess who it is?
We will be making the award at the April meeting. Help us to congratulate the budding ASQ scholar. Looking forward to seeing you at the event.
Details as follows –

Date: Wednesday, 11th April 2018


Mission Hills Country Club
1677 W Mission Hills Road
Northbrook IL

Time: 6.00pm


  • Chicken Breast Limone
  • Mushroom Barley French
  • Eggplant Napolean
  • String Beans with Butter
  • Roasted Red Potatoes
  • Dark Chocolate Mousee
  • Tea, coffee, water

Agenda (Tentative):

  • Registration and Networking
  • Welcome address
  • Scholarship award.
  • Reading of the scholarship essay
  • Announcements
  • Dinner
  • Recognition and Award
  • Adjourn

Cost for Dinner: $30 with pre-registration. $35 at door
Certain awardees are complementary.
Free- to anyone attending not having dinner.

Please, look at our Program schedule for 2018 and plan for it. Check it out at –
Looking forward to meeting you at the next meeting.

James Persaud
Vice Chair Program

Pre-Registration is Closed

Metrology Technician – Elgin, IL

Would you like to work for an employee owned company that believes in respect, honesty, humility/gratitude, knowledge and diversity?

A growing plastic injection molding manufacturer in Elgin, IL is looking for a Metrology Technician.

This technician will use calipers, micrometers, height gauges, CMM, VMM, optical comparators and other hand measuring tools to perform in-process, first article and final inspections of plastic parts as well as calibrate gauges to ensure conformance to blue prints. Assume accountability for meeting all ISIR and part submission dates.
Proficiency working with Microsoft Excel (data entry & spreadsheet creation), Word, and other software products

Must be able to understand and interpret blueprints of plastic parts and assemblies.
Attention to detail; excellent organizational and record keeping skills.
CMM / VMM programming and training on new products and fixtures.
Participate in Measurement Systems Analysis (MSAs) and perform SPC checks when requested.

Performs Capability Studies and Inspection Layouts as needed to support Customers, Engineering, and Quality activities.
Performs other related duties as assigned.

Metrology Technician

  • 3+ years Metrology Technician experience in a plastic parts manufacturing company.
  • Experience working with CMM, optical comparator, micrometers, calipers, height gauges and other measuring instruments required.
  • Proficiency reading and interpreting blue prints
  • Highly attentive to details
  • Good math skills
  • Good communicator
  • Ability to write and record data and information as required by procedures


Bob Acerrano


March General Meeting 🗓 🗺

From your program chair – James Persaud

My Fellow members,
Thank you for attending our February general meeting. It was very interactive and interesting; just ask those who attended. We learned about CQ and Attribute agreement analysis. See our website for the presentations. You are making a difference. The Chicago section of ASQ general meeting is being attended by more of our members. Thanks for showing your appreciation for what we bring to you. Looking forward to seeing many more of our members at the upcoming event. We have a plant tour.
Please, look at our Program schedule for 2018 and plan for it. Check it out at

Our March meeting will be a plant tour. Yes, we were able to find an organization willing to accommodate our Quality professionals.

March meeting/Plant tour – March 14, 2018
This will be real interesting. We will be able to observe/learn – there are a variety of manufacturing process to see

Place – G&W Electric Company
305 W. Crossroads Pkwy.
Bolingbrook, IL. 60440

Time – 6.00pm

We can only make this year’s program a success with your participation. What is needed of you again this year is:

  • Register early
  • Schedule time for the meetings
  • Attend the meetings
  • Bring your boss, a coworker, a friend a colleague to the meetings
  • Network at the meeting

Share your ideas and thoughts; your feedback is critical to us improving what we do. Volunteer to help on the Leadership committee (board). You may also send your ideas, suggestions, comments or wanting to help, to me

Looking forward to meeting you at our meetings.
Bring someone along.
Meet, greet, eat and network.

MARCH meeting/plant tour details:

G&W Electric Company
5:30pm-6:00pm Check in.
6:00pm Dinner/snack
6.30pm safety presentation –
7:00pm- main Tour/presentation.

Cost – Registration with payment $20. (Box sandwiches)

G&W Electric Company
305 W. Crossroads Pkwy
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

  • Enter in the middle of the building, near the flagpoles. There is visitor parking in the front.
  • Everyone will need to sign in and get a visitor badge upon entry. They will also watch a safety video.
  • We will congregate in Westinghouse Training Room
  • Safety glasses will be provided. Steel toe shoes are not necessary; however, we cannot allow open toe/open back shoes in the plant
  • We will view fabrication, welding, assembly, electrical testing, and molding.

James Persaud
Vice Chair Program

Registration is Closed

Quality Inspector Location: Chicago, Illinois – U.S.

• Performs dimensional and visual inspection of parts, assemblies and final products.
• Completes first article inspection, forging layouts and in-process verifications
• Maintain records of inspection and prepares list of defects
• Responsible for receiving inspection
• Assist with supplier reviews
• Assist in review of PPAP packages when necessary
• Measure and inspect parts using hand gauges and CMM’s
• Completes process and product audits
• Adheres to company Environmental, Health and Safety Rules
• Performs other duties as assigned
• 1-3 years’ experience in a machine/manufacturing environment
• Strong verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills
• Knowledge of shop mathematics
• Able to read blue prints and use calipers, micrometers, comparator, CMM, and height gauge
• Able to work within a team
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office



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