ASQ Tucson Old Pueblo Section (TOPS)

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) has been the leading quality improvement organization in the United States for more than 50 years. Its members have initiated most of the quality methods used throughout the world, including statistical process control, quality cost measurement and control, total quality management, failure analysis, and zero defects.

Upcoming Events

ASQ Southern California Quality Conference – “Building and Sustaining Quality Cultures”
Nov 8 all-day

The Los Angeles Section 700, San Gabriel Section 702, and San Fernando Valley Section 706 have once again partner to bring you the 7th Annual So Cal Quality  conference. The theme is “Building and Sustaining Quality Cultures”.

Please see attached documents for event information and registration for the pre-conference workshops on November 7th and the conference on November 8th.

SCQC Program Plan

Registration Flyer 2014

Southern California Quality Conference 2014 Program Plan

Joint ASQ-PMI Meeting @ Old Pueblo Grille
Nov 11 @ 5:30 pm
5:30pm Doors Open and Registration
6:00pm Dinner/Networking
6:30pm Presentation Starts
7:30pm Presentation Ends

A choice of three alternative plated dinners will be available.
Say It in Fewer Words: How to Tighten EVERYTHING You WriteYou’ve heard the expression TMI-too much information- but do you realize that TMI can apply to your writing, too? Especially when it comes to using more words than needed. If you’ve been accused of being verbose, it’s time to get rid of the parts that people prefer to skip! How? By practicing ways to tighten everything you write through “whacking wordiness.”

In this hands-on session, you’ll get training in picking out redundancies, extraneous phrases, and wobbly words. You’ll also find ways to curb long-windedness as you:•    Replace lonnnggg clauses with short verbs
•    Eliminate “who” and “which” clauses
•    Avoid coming across as pompous
•    And plenty more techniques!If you participated in “No More ReDo’s: How to Convey What You Really Want to Say,” don’t stay away. Instead, consider this session a follow-up that gets you to dig deeper into perfecting your writing. If you didn’t attend our previous PMI meeting on writing, know this: We make the learning fun. Most important, you’ll come away with writing skills you’ll use for a lifetime.


Barbara McNichol’s passion is helping people write clearly, persuasively, and correctly so they will make the most of every message. She shows you how to say what you want to convey with confidence in her half-day Wordshops, How to Strengthen Everything You Write.

This veteran editor nonfiction books has created Word Trippers, an excellent word choice reference. Barbara also puts out two ezines: “Word Tripper of the Week” and “Add Power to Your Pen.” All of these tools point out the little nitty things that will make a big difference in your ability to write well.

2014 National Quality Education Conference @ Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
Nov 16 – Nov 17 all-day

2014 NEQC

Innovation for System-Wide Improvement and Beyond

School systems and universities have come under increasing scrutiny to demonstrate achievements and improvement in everything from test scores to degree completion. Many K-12 and post-secondary institutions have derived innovative ways to address the myriad challenges they face, and they also stretch beyond their own boundaries to share their learnings with others. When educational excellence is shared among districts, regions, and nations, all of these entities benefit. Learn methods to improve outcomes and build sustainability in your PK-12 districts and institutions of Higher Education at this year’s National Quality Education Conference. International educators and educators within the United States who have shared their improvement practices beyond their districts or colleges are encouraged to share their best practices.

ASQ Membership Meeting – Baldrige 101
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Baldrige 101:  Workshops and the Performance Excellence Program.
Speaker: Karen Shepard

Karen L. Shepard I Executive Director

Southwest Alliance for Excellence

~Serving Arizona, Nevada & Utah

[email protected] I


The Southwest Alliance for Excellence empowers organizations to pursue performance excellence, improve outcomes and contribute to the economic strength of their community and state.

ASQ Membership Meeting
Jan 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Save the date – details coming soon!

ASQ Membership Meeting
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Save the date – details coming soon!

2015 ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference @ Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs
Mar 2 – Mar 3 all-day

2015 ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference

Leading the Quality Journey Through Lean and Six Sigma

The quality journey is something that exists upon a continuum of excellence, and all organizations contend with it. Every organization remains in a state of constant motion—moving closer to or further away from the excellence they seek. The quality journey provides an opportunity for organizations to achieve the goals and level of excellence toward which they strive. This journey is one of many stages, and each presents challenges and circumstances that lean and Six Sigma methodologies can address.

The efforts made to embrace and implement lean and Six Sigma tools and methodologies can produce results along this journey, but those results need to be sustained. Solidifying those results is often a challenge that requires commitment and the development of a culture that supports continuous improvement, matches accountability with empowerment, and inspires innovation.

SARSEF Judging Day
Mar 10 all-day


ASQ Membership Meeting
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Save the date – details coming soon!

Joint ASQ-APICS Meeting
Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm



Section News

We give away 3 Prizes to the students.

Dates, Times and Directions
Sign up Between Jan. 1, 2015 and March 5, 2015:

Judging Day is Tuesday, March 10, 2015

7:30 a.m.: Meet your team! Judges, please arrive before this time to ensure you have adequate time to meet your judging team — and to enjoy the delicious, hearty breakfast that we serve in thanks for your time.

8 a.m.: Judging instructions: There is a new chief judge (Liz Baker) who will have specific directions that include some new categories and procedures. Upon completion of instructions, teams will break into sub-teams to begin initial judging of projects.

10:30 a.m.: Begin the final stages caucusing for Grades K-8. Visit projects in question, or contenders.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Interviews: ALL “grand award” and “sponsored” judges will need to stop what they are doing and interview a minimum of three middle school students during this time period. These interviews are for practice only, and will not affect results but they are very important for teaching students how to speak to professionals and answer spontaneously. Since we only keep the middle school students available for one hour, we need all of your help to make them feel special and support them. Do be kind!

12:15 p.m.: Lunch is served.

1-4:30 p.m.: Interviews with high school students (for high school level judges only.) All others may leave once their team has completed judging — and turned in results before leaving!

IMPORTANT: All judging results (for sponsored and grand awards) must be turned into the HUB before 4:30 p.m.!

Please come downtown to the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. You can access the area easily via Interstate 10, Broadway, or Stone Avenue.

We have updated our web site since there was issues with the old,  what do you  think of the great new look ?

We are starting to plan for 2015 and are looking for more volunteers to help the organization to run. If you would help please reply to [email protected]

All Board Meetings are open to all members. Board Meetings are generally held the first Monday of each Month from 5:30pm – 7:00pm.
Next Board Meeting:  Dec  1st,2014

Board time commitment:

  • Board members are requested to attend all Board Meetings. This will require approximately one and a half hour of your time once a month. The meetings are held to plan monthly Membership Meetings, budget and business plan.
  • Additional communication also takes place via email and requires about 30 – 60 minutes per month
  • Membership Meetings are generally held the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

If you have any suggestions for speakers and topics please let us know we are currently planning the fall and spring membership meetings.

Please make nominations or suggestions, or volunteer for positions in ASQ.  Please return this to me ASAP  @  [email protected]

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Membership
  • Internet
  • Communications
  • Audit Chair
  • Newsletter Chair
  • Nominating Chair
  • Programs Chair
  • Education Chair
  • Voice of Customer
  • Certifications Chair
  • Historian
  • Arrangements Chair
  • QMP Chair
  • SARSEF Chair

Thanks you all for your time and talents

Patricia Gorman Current

Hello Fellow ASQ Certified Professionals,

In case we have not yet met at a recent ASQ function, please let me introduce myself. My name is Ron Gryniewicz, and I am the new Education Chair for ASQ-Tucson Chapter. ASQ-Tucson has not had an Education Chair or a schedule of educational courses for some time; the ASQ-Tucson Board and I would like to change that fact. However, before we can offer classes, we need to fill our “bullpen” with capable instructors.

If you are interested in joining ASQ Tucson’s team of instructors, please complete the Instructor Application and submit it to me. In addition, please provide a summary of your credentials or experience in teaching, presenting seminars/workshops, and other similar information.

Do feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns that you may have.

Ron Gryniewicz
ASQ-Tucson Education Chair


Pima Community College Downtown Campus has been reserved for our  Certification Testing. Testing will be held in the Amethyst Room of the Pima Downtown Campus, unless otherwise stated.

Testing will be held on the following Saturdays:

  • December 6, 2014
  • March 7, 2015 (in the Roosevelt Building)
  • June 6, 2015
  • October 3, 2015
  • December 5, 2015

You can view the PCC Campus Map and select Downtown Campus for information regarding parking and location.

Please visit to apply for a certification testing exam. The central ASQ site has all the information about each exam, including application deadlines, exam dates, and test sites.

Good Luck!