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September Chair Letter

Dieter Eckstein

My dear Quality Professionals,

I hope you are doing well and you had a pleasant Labor Day Weekend!

There has been a lot going on since the last newsletter issue.  My thoughts and prayers go out to those in Texas that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, the flooding and the aftermath that started.  Please look for ways to help.  These are the days where I have seen time after time the greatness of the American People!  Resilience and compassion are two of the biggest virtues of this country!  Houston, Texas and all of those affected will find their way back to a “new” normal, but it would be easier with all of us doing a little something to help!

A friend of mine brought to my attention some options that you may consider, or find one that you identify as a better option.

  • Team Rubicon, a veterans group is sending volunteers to help with the rescue operations in areas affected by Harvey.
  • The Texas Diaper Bank, which is busy putting together relief kits for families.
  • The SPCA of Texas which has already taken in well over 100 cats from a shelter in Corpus Christi.
  • Portlight helps provide relief for people with disabilities, and is currently assisting with evacuation efforts.
  • The Houston Coalition for the Homeless is also accepting donations as they work to find shelter and housing for people.

Other organizations providing assistance include Save the Children and the Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, which remains in working order despite the storms.  Vox has also put together a list of nonprofits to donate to, along with ratings from Charity Navigator if you like to consider that when making donations, as well as a list of which Texas food banks are working on the crisis.  Americares will be sending emergency medical supplies.  Global Giving is aiming to raise $2 million for people displaced by the hurricane.

You can also keep it traditional and donate to the American Red Cross.  If you’re reading this on your phone, you can just text HARVEY to 90999 to immediately donate $10 to the American Red Cross.

Changing the subject, I hope that you can join us in our upcoming events.  Dave Nagy and our team has been working hard to bring to you our Quality Day event October 27th.  Save the date, make it a point to come out and join us “sharpening the saw.”  This is one of the events that we highly recommend for our members to get the value of their membership.  However, keep in mind that we have over 1400 members, a database of 5000 subscribers and seats for less than 200…the point is, don’t wait for the last minute to sign up.

We also have the 2017 Southern California Quality Conference (November 4th) that has also about the same number of seats, but this is a joint effort with other sections.  Therefore, if you want to attend this conference, the number of seats is also limited.

Refer to the inside of this newsletter for more details about this and other events!

I hope to see you there!

Best regards!

Dieter Eckstein, BSBM, ASQ CMQ/OE, CQA

Section Chair, ASQ Orange Empire 0701


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New ASQ Orange Empire Members

New ASQ Orange Empire Members

Welcome and congratulations on making the important decision to become a member of ASQ and ASQ Orange Empire.

Ana Elsa Ambriz Erika V. Marceles Shashank Roy
Anitha Sharma Gowrishankar Vijayakumar Stephanie Reyes
Annie Lee Irlanda Chavez Tuan Tran
Cyrus Galvan Jafar Mahmoodi-Ouchmooshi Venkata Danam 
Elisa Caroselli Neda Mosafaei Shirazi Vinca Chen
Elnura Hashimova Sr Paola Romano Yosief Mekonnen


All new members are eligible for a free admission to a dinner meeting within 3 Months of becoming a member. Please contact our  membership Chair Vatsal Pater for a Free Dinner Voucher at

Please welcome our Newest members to ASQ Orange Empire Section 0701!





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