American Society for Quality

Southern Connecticut Section 0301

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As, we have moved into 2019 we are working on this year's schedule of meetings. For the February meeting, I would like to welcome all members to a joint meeting with the New Haven section of ASQ and the APIC New Haven Chapter.

I would like to personally thank Ron DeRosa for his service to our section over the past two years as Section Chair. Ron worked in various roles of leadership for many years in our section.

My thanks to each of the volunteers within the leadership of the section, as they are the keys to the operation of the local section.


David Steeves



Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Time: Registration, Networking at 5:00 pm, Pizza Dinner served on arrival, Speaker at 6:15 pm.

Place: Honeywell Fire Safety, 12 Clintonville Road, Northford, CT, 06472

Directions: From the Parkway: Take the Wilbur Cross Parkway to exit 63, then East on Route 22. Honeywell is 3.3 miles on the left.

From I-95: Take I-95 to I 91 N. Take I-91N to Exit 11 to merge onto CT-22E / US-5 N Clintonville Road (signs for N Haven/Gateway Community College/CT-103S). Continue on Clintonville Rd for 2.3 miles. Honeywell will be on the left.
Parking: Park in the Parking Lot, follow signs to "Employee Entrance" lobby for registration then proceed to reserved Lecture Room.

Cost: $15.00 (NOTE: Anyone can attend the presentation only at no charge)

Reservations are requested via e-mail to Tony Pedro at Please make your reservations by Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Include your name, phone number and number of people attending.

Block Chain & It's Impact on Your Supply Chain

Speaker: Jim Timmons, MBA, CPIM, CSCP, CLTD (President, Jim Timmons Consulting)


"Blockchain is a relatively new phenomenon in the computing industry concentrating on encryption methods in order to control and secure all types of transactions. The initial and to date, the primary use of Block Chain is in crypto currencies allowing for controlled financial transactions though many companies are exploring its use...This discussion will make an effort to describe what it is, how it works, current applications and the potential implications within Supply Chain Management. Is it a possible new platform for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software? Can it secure all transactions within an organization, inventory, accounts payable and receivable, etc.?

"Our hope is that this presentation will provide the attendees a rough-cut knowledge of Blockchain and entices them to further delve into its potential use at their companies."

About the Speaker:
Jim has spent over 35 years in industry involved in Materials, Supply Chain and Operations Management. That includes in military, aerospace, textile, printing and medical device manufacturing industries. He has held the positions of Inventory Control, Materials, Manufacturing Manager, VP of Operations, Supply Chain Manager and Supply Chain Director.
Jim is now spending his time providing professional education in Production & Inventory Management, Supply Chain Management and Lean Operations as an APICS CPIM certification preparation instructor as well as adjunct professor at the University of New Haven.

Jim has been an APICS member for over 30 years and active in the New Haven Chapter Board of Directors for 8 years as Treasurer, President and President again after spending three years working in Victor, NY and moving back to CT.

He holds a BS in Economics and MBA from Southern Connecticut State University. Jim is also APICS certified in: CPIM (Certified Production and Inventory Manager), CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional), and CLTD (Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution.)


The ASQ Southern Connecticut Section 301 usually meets the second Wednesday of the month between September and June unless otherwise indicated below. Please note that meeting dates, speakers, topics and venues are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control. Please check the Meeting Notice on this web page or the appropriate newsletter for the latest meeting details.

Date: September 12, 2018
Joint Meeting with Danbury Section (306)
Place: Roberto's Restaurant(Monroe)
Topic: A Brief Introduction to the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence
Speaker: Jordan Munn

Date: October 10, 2018
Place: Blue Goose (Stratford)
Topic: How to Plan for Reliability Growth throughout NPD
Speaker: Michelle Grasso

Date: November 15, 2018
Joint Meeting with APICS and ASQ New Haven Chapters
Place: University of New Haven (West Haven)
Topic: 3D Printing
Speaker Dr. Maria-Isabel Carnasciali

Date: December 12, 2018
Place: Blue Goose (Stratford)
Topic: Estimation of Performance Quality for Highly Engineered Products
Speaker Christopher Kaswer

Date: January 16, 2019
Joint Meeting with APICS, ASQ New Haven & ISM-CT
Place: Honeywell Fire Safety (Northford)
Topic: Supplier Quality Management Partner of Adversary?
Speaker Joseph A. DeFeo

Date: February 13, 2019
Joint Meeting with APICS and ASQ New Haven Chapters
Place: Honeywell Fire Safety (Northford)
Topic: Block Chain & It's Impact on Your Supply Chain
Speaker Jim Timmons

Date: March 13, 2019
Place: TBD
Topic: TBD
Speaker TBD

Date: April 10 or 17, 2019
Joint Meeting with New Haven Section (305)
Place: TBD
Topic: TBD
Speaker TBD

Date: May 8, 2019
Place: TBD
Topic: TBD
Speaker TBD

Date: June 12, 2019
Place: TBD
Topic: Scholarship Presentation, Volunteer Appreciation


ASQ recently launched myASQ, an online community of practice. Per a recent ASQ press release, my ASQ is "a centralized online community providing timely, relevant and customizable engagement for ASQ members and quality professionals around the globe.

myASQ will allow quality professionals to interact with like-minded individuals with whom they can network and discuss popular topics facing the greater quality community. Key features of the new platform include discussion boards, blogs, news and events listings.

Users will be able to initiate and contribute to discussions about quality topics they are interested in and access communities based on geographic location and industry.

myASQ replaces ASQ's previous community platform, building on existing strengths such as communication, collaboration and social sharing while enhancing the ability to serve audience segments through personalization and the development of communities."

With the launch of myASQ, the Southern Connecticut Section 301 mini website will be retired in the near future.

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