IRCA Accredited ISO 9001:2015 Transition Training

ISO 9001:2015 Transition Course Description

Prior to the St Louis ASQ Quality Conference – Nov 1-2,

This two day training class is the accredited ISO lead auditor update/transition training.  It is designed for auditors, business and quality management to better understand the significant new requirements of the ISO standard, how they can be applied and how they are going to be audited.

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Free Career Fair 2:00 – 4:00 pm February 18th 2016

St. Louis CSCMP Luncheon & Jobfair

immediately follows the CSCMP February Speaker luncheon

Thursday, February 18th
Clayton Plaza Hotel – Clayton, MO
10:30-11:30 CSCMP Registration/Networking
11:30-12:15 Herb Hall
12:15 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Career Fair open exclusively for CSCMP Attendees
2:00 – 4:00 Career Fair open to the Public – Free Admission
Registration Open for Luncheon at:

St. Louis CSCMP

All Are Welcome to Attend the CSCMP luncheon and Career Fair
For questions concerning the St. Louis Roundtable or CSCMP Global Memberships please contact Michelle Quach, Membership Chair,

Job Fair is free & open to the public from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

 Employers who will be present at the Job Fair include the following companies:


St. Louis CSCMP Luncheon Speaker

Herb Hall, Product Supply Warehouse Leader Procter & Gamble

“Don’t make it fit, make it TO fit.”  Herb Hall will address principals of optimizing your product to fit into standard trucking operations and configuring your warehouse layouts to maximize your storage and efficiencies. Herb Hall is a graduate of Central Michigan University, with degrees in logistics and marketing. He has worked for several contract logistics providers, including UPS and YRC and is currently employed with Procter and Gamble. Herb’s expertise includes warehouse optimization, strategic network inventory placement, 3PL governance, & truckload optimization

About CSCMP and the St. Louis Roundtable

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) is an organization that provides high quality education and networking opportunities for supply chain professionals to enhance their knowledge and supply chain management skills. The organization’s mission is to lead the evolving supply chain management profession by developing, advancing, and disseminating supply chain knowledge and research.  Founded in 1963, this year the CSCMP celebrates 50 years of providing education, research, and a variety of exclusive programs and services to help its global members increase the value they add to their companies while enhancing their networking and professional growth opportunities.  With more than 9,000 members globally, representing business, government, and academia from 63 countries, CSCMP members are the leading practitioners and authorities in the fields of logistics and supply chain management.
The St. Louis Roundtable, started in June 1970, offers programs and educational sessions to raise the quality of supply chain practices while promoting personal and professional development for CSCMP Global Members. CSCMP guests who have an interest in learning more about CSCMP Global membership benefits, networking, learning and discussing supply chain challenges, and sharing ideas are welcome. Combining your involvement with the St. Louis CSCMP Roundtable with your Global Membership adds tremendous educational and career advancing value to the profession and your career.


The 10TH ANNUAL ASQ LEAN-SIGMA CONFERENCE AT SIUC will be held Thursday, April 25, 2013 on the 2nd floor of the S.I.U.C. campus Student Center, 1225 Lincoln Drive, Carbondale, IL. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m., sessions start at 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.




Topics / Speakers

Certification Classes–Sign up NOW!

The St Louis section is offering select classes for the upcoming ASQ Certification exams. To get immediate results in terms of job promotions, higher salaries, and new job opportunities, you, as an ambitious quality professional, need an ASQ certification. Certification is a mark of excellence. It demonstrates that the certified individual has the knowledge to assure quality of products and services. It is an investment in your career and in the future of your employer. Gain an advantage over your competition and increase your marketability.

Student who’ve taken Certification classes offered by section 1304 have a passing rate 40% higher than those that don’t.

Our current offerings are:image

Bus Transportation Available for the ASQ World Conference

Saint Louis Section is offering to its members the advantage of travelling in comfort from Saint Louis to Indianapolis for the ASQ World Conference. 

Leave the driving to us.  

We will be leaving from 2 different locations on Sunday afternoon (around 4pm May 5th) and returning from Indianapolis on Wednesday (around 3pm on May 8th).   This is a service that will be absolutely free to our members.  Please let Rod Toro, our chairman, know of your desire to use this service by April 5th.  If we have enough people we will provide this service.  Please send an e-mail with your contact information and address to


Quality Classes at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Did you know that Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers a Master of Science  program in Quality Engineering and Management?


This links to a pdf file that describes the program.

Masters in Quality Engineering and Management


Use this link to browse their online courses, including Six Sigma.

Quality Engineering and Management

Nomination Communication to 1304 Saint Louis ASQ Members

Open Letter to All 1304 ASQ STL Members;


Rod Toro, Chairman STL ASQ 1304


The election process for next year is here. This applies to elected officers only. An ASQ Section is required to elect a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. A Chair-elect and/or Vice Chair may be elected if Section policy directs it. Our section has had a Chair-elect that is responsible for the Annual Spring Conference. This past year we elected both a Chair-elect and a Vice Chair. The Chair-elect, unfortunately, resigned before much activity had been completed for the Spring Conference. Therefore, so far we have not been able to sponsor a Conference this year.

All section terms are from Jan 1, 2014- Dec. 31, 2014.



Jan 2013

Appoint Nominating Committee Chair

Jan 2013

Calls made or invitation letters sent to potential committee members.

Feb 2013

Nominating Committee reviews process and prepares to nomination cycle.

Feb-Mar, 2013

Nominating Committee nominates at least one eligible candidate per office. 30 days before the Nominating Committee slate is presented, a call for nominations is published o the general membership with instructions for adding their nomination by petition (see template).


If there is one candidate for any position, they can be declared elected at the next meeting. If multiple candidates are received for any position, an election is required. (see detail above)

* Allow enough time for election to meet the submission deadline.

May 1

Submit elected officers to ASQ.

The Nominating Committee Chair presented the following slate of officers for the 2014 year-

Chairman– Denise Arthur

Vice- Chair– Rod Toro

Secretary- Cindy Duhigg

Treasurer– Katarina Gowins

I have chosen not to accept the Vice-Chair nomination. Due to my current situation, I thought it would be best for this section if I did not take on this responsibility.

Remember, we have had traditionally a Chair-elect that would move up to the Chair position after being in charge of the Spring Conference. If you would like to nominate someone for any of the above positions (Chair, Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer), as an ASQ 1304 section member in good standing, you may do so. It simply takes a petition with 10 names that support this nomination on it. (The signatures must be of members who are in good standing with this section.) Please present your petition to any of the Leadership Committee members or to myself, no later than the March meeting (March 19th, 2013).


Radames Toro

STL ASQ Chairman Section 1304

LC Meeting Minutes 12/11/12

ASQ SECTION 1304- Saint Louis

Minutes of December 11, 2012 LC Meeting

Location–   Yacovellis– 407 Dunn Rd, Florissant, MO 63031

 Call to order:             The meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm   

 Participants:              Rod Toro, Gail Keefe, Katarina Gowin, Kim Rochetti,  Kunita Gear, Randy Thompson, Jesse Stevenson, Denise Arthur, Jim Ebone, Tony Indihar, Britanny Hagedorn.


 Approval of the Minutes:    

The November 27, 2012 meeting minutes were reviewed.  Randy T.  moved to approve the minutes, Katarina G. seconded the motion.  The motion carried and the minutes were approved.

 HQ News:

Rod T. presented the HQ news. ASQ membership dues are going up by $4.00 per year.    

Rod also distributed a graph showing ASQ membership renewal rate for the last 5 yrs.  It is holding pretty steady at about 75%. 

He also distributed the information about activities that give Recertification units (RUs are only available if you are already certified).

He also distributed the report for our region.  Shows everything is up to date.  Next item due is 1/8/13 Financial report.

 Action:  Add Randy to member leaders –Responsible: Rod T.

 Officers’ Reports:    

 Denise Arthur – Vice-Chair (QMP Goals):

Meeting attendance:  57

Total membership paid: 806

Exam pass rate- no results yet

New member retention December – 29% preliminary

November new member retention rate:  75%

Half day workshops- no new ones. 

Activities posted on time:  100%

 Action:  Need to schedule a workshop or factory tour.

 Katarina – Treasurer (Qtrly, Monthly status):

Checking account balance $11604.08

Savings account balance: $62,474.23

One check outstanding check.

Need Fedex check request.

Internet charge (automatic deduction) needs check request.

 Action:  Kunita needs to cash the check

Action:  Need check requests for Fedex and Internet charge – the treasurer will create the check request for the internet charge.

 Gail Keefe- Secretary (Previous minutes’ action items unresolved): An uncashed check discussed above, and need Feb/Mar/Apr speakers for membership meetings to be discussed below.  Email list was finalized and set out to the LC members.

 Board Reports:

 Education – Jesse reported that he is finding a room for a class 1/10/13 CQT/CQI- Steve Hyland and then he’ll post.  Jesse passed out a disk that had a tutorial for task for being education chair.

 Certification – Eric:  Not here

 Recert– Kunita reported that people aren’t always turning in the proper documentation which requires intervention.   People are also not aware that electronic media doesn’t give much RU credit.  She also reported that the price has changed for recertification.  People should go to the website for the most recent form so that they are aware of the price change.

 Membership – John O.  Not here

 Arrangements – Tony reported that the  January membership meeting will be at Favazza’s on Jan 15.   We also discussed briefly future meetings (i.e. Need speakers for Feb, Mar, April.   Possibly have the awards meeting at the science center (should help meeting attendance)).

 News letter – No report.

 Social Networking– Alecia.  Not here

 Standing Committee Reports:


 Special Orders (special topics that the chair wants to bring up):  Britanny attended the LC meeting as a special guest and potential new volunteer.  People introduced themselves. We discussed various open roles on the leadership committee.

 Unfinished Business:                   

 Membership Meetings- Feb thru April:   The LC worked on finalizing plans for the future meetings.

 January 15th- John Dimario is the speaker and Rod T will do a workshop covering a section in the memory Jogger.

 Feb 19th– Kim R will speak in February (instead of January as discussed last month) and  Rod will do another workshop covering another section in the memory Jogger.

 March- Awards banquet (might be at the science center).

 April- Steve Flick will be the speaker, Rod will do another workshop covering another section in the memory jogger.

 May- Discussed the possibility of asking Amy to do a workshop on value stream mapping at this meeting or some other meeting.

 Action:  Rod will order the memory Joggers.

Action:  Kim will ask Amy to do a workshop on value stream mapping.

 New Business:

Rod distributed  information on the proper way to make a motion to the LC.

The LC discussed the possibility of raising the hourly pay for instructors of certification prep classes.

 Motion:  Kunita made a motion to verify the hourly rate that is standard for our region (bench mark against other ASQ sections) and assess the impact of changing to that rate . The motion was amended that the decision and impacts will be for all instructors, not just one.   Katarina 2nded the motion. Motion carries.

 Action:  Kim will check with Rob about other sections are paying.

 Action:  Jesse will look at the impact of raising the pay per hour. (i.e. Overall cost increase, minimum number of students necessary to defray the cost,   What would the cost per class need to be?)

 Other:  The LC discussed open committee chairs and also the need for more web assistance for inexperienced users of Word Press.

 Action:  Jesse will give Linh a copy of his Articulate tutorial for Education chair so that possibly she could develop a tutorial for the web duties.  He will also let her know we’re needing assistance on the website. And maybe she can recommend who can provide support.

Action:  Rod will announce at next membership meeting that we need a web support volunteer.

 Announcements:       Next LC meeting will be 2nd Tues of month January 8, location Yacovelli.


Motion: A motion to adjourn was made by Tony and seconded by Kat.  The motion carried and the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 pm.

____________________                                                       ____________________

Gail Keefe, Secretary                                                                          Rod Toro, Chair

Approved on:_____1/8/13_______________                                           _______________

(Secretary’s initials)


Dinner Meeting with special guest Forrest Breyfogle

First ever, ASQ-PMI Joint Membership Meeting, Oct. 11, 2012

Location: Clayton Crowne Plaza, 7750 Carondelet Ave., Clayton, MO. 

5:30 – 6:00  Sign in 

6:00 – 6:05 ASQ greetings and announcements

6:05 – 6:10    PMI greetings and announcement

6:10 –  7:00  Tools-usage tutorial describing issues with traditional control charting techniques with resolutions.

7:00 – 7:45 Dinner

7:45 – 8:45 Business Management System with Predictive Scorecards and Process Improvement project selection for the entire enterprise

 Main Event With Forrest Breyfogle 

Why Go Beyond Lean Six Sigma and the Balanced Scorecard? 

An introduction on why and how the Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) system goes beyond Lean Six Sigma and The Balanced Scorecard to address business issues – helping mangers and decision makers react faster to changing business conditions and customer requirements. IEE helps orchestrate the three Rs of business (everyone doing the Right things and doing them Right at the Right time). 

 About the Instructor

Forrest W. Breyfogle III is the CEO and president of Smarter Solutions, Inc. and the developer of the Integrated Enterprise Excellence (IEE) system. Forrest received the ASQ Crosby Medal for his book, Implementing Six Sigma, 2nd edition, an ASQ recognized body of knowledge. He has authored or co-authored eleven books and published over eighty technical articles on Six Sigma and Lean methods. A professional engineer and ASQ fellow, Forrest is a member of the board of advisors for the University of Texas Center for Performance Excellence.

Call for Speakers

We seek speakers for these topics:

Lean Six Sigma, Leadership-related topic, Global/international Quality, ASQ National speaker, Meeting/facilitation skills/ Team dynamics, Presentation skills
Project management and joint meeting, Change Management, Minitab overview, Strategic planning, Future of quality, Auditing, Reliability
Software Quality, Macolm Baldridge/Missouri Quality Award, Quality Planning, Metrology…

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