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Knowledge – Networking - Opportunities

ASQ1001 in Grand Rapids, Michigan was founded in 1953. It is affiliated with the American Society for Quality (ASQ), an international organization that is helping to create better workplaces and communities, worldwide.

Our local section provides opportunities to increase Knowledge through education and training, workshops and certification. Networking takes place among more than 400 active members through monthly meetings, LinkedIn, and other professional activities. Members benefit from finding employment postings, volunteering for the section and community events, publishing appropriate professional papers and seeking advancement to Senior and Fellow status in ASQ.

ASQ1001 has proudly lead West Michigan companies into the 21st Century and continues to be the “global voice of quality” in West Michigan and beyond.

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Section News Flash


Message from the Chair - February 2018

Winter is still here!!!

As mentioned during our first ASQ Presents event of the year; the section leadership committee will be working diligently to improve recent gaps in communication and updates. We are seeking individuals who may be interested in volunteering to assist in bringing about the improvements and welcome the collaboration with our section members. 

February’s ASQ Presents brings an opportunity to share insight into an area of ‘quality’ that is outside of traditional manufacturing and service fields and brings our focus to an intriguing subject matter. We look forward to you joining us to hear a presentation on “Eye Opening Quality” from Dr. Lee Ann Weitekamp.

She received her M.D. from Medical College of Wisconsin and is Board Certified in Clinical Pathology and Transfusion Medicine.

During her nearly twenty-five year career in Transfusion Medicine, first at BloodCenter of Wisconsin and then at Michigan Blood, Dr. Weitekamp has served as an NMDP Donor Center Medical Director. She has served as NMDP Apheresis Center Medical Director for 20 years and Cord Blood Medical Director for 15 years while at Michigan Blood. She has served the NMDP in several capacities including Standards Committee member and chair, Donor and Patient Safety Monitoring committee member and ultimately Vice-President and President of the NMDP Council. She and her team received the NMDP Donor Management Innovation Award for lifetime achievement in 2010. Dr. Weitekamp currently serves as a member on both the NMDP Cord Blood Advisory Committee and is an ASHI certified Lab Director for the HLA lab at Michigan Blood, and is very active in risk management serving as Vice Chair of the board for Blood Center Exchange (BCx) RRG general is currently a member of the ABC Scientific Medical Technical Steering Committee.

I expect this to be an excellent opportunity to share with coworkers and possibly even friends and family. It is always amazing to  hear about some of the cutting edge work being done in our own corner of the world and are excited to share this evening of learning with you. 

Please know that Grand Rapids Section 1001 section leadership committee and I look forward to seeing you all at our February 8, 2018 ASQ Presents.


Juan D. Loera, Sr. – Chair

ASQ - Grand Rapids Section 1001


Member Meetings

ASQ Presents!

  • Special speakers, tutorials, networking, dinner buffet
  • Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month September through May (except December)
  • Venue: The Bluff Banquet and Conference Center, located at 2035 28th Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
  • Register online at asq1001.org “Events” page

AGENDA (except December)

  • 5:15 - Doors Open / Registration
  • 5:30 - Networking
  • 5:45 - Tutorial
  • 6:00 - Buffet Begins
  • 7:15 - Speaker Main Topic Presentation
  • 8:15 - Closing remarks, Adjourn (approx.)