ASQ Granite State Section 0104
ASQ Granite State Section 0104

Chair's Message

Seasons’ Greeting and Happy Holidays!

May whatever holiday you observe, be it Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanza, be enjoyable and festive for you and your family.

The section experienced a tumultuous year. On a macro level, it was the ASQ transformation that caused quite an upheaval among the Divisions, Regions and Sections. While the changes are mostly transparent to the membership, the respective levels of leadership have been very busy behind the scenes with the reorganization. We look forward to the upcoming year as ASQ unveils their future for the membership.

On micro level, 50% of the Section Leadership Team (6 out of 12) are no longer with the team. Family and job commitments of course take precedence over volunteer work and I appreciate the hard work and dedication these volunteers (Rick, Dan, Mike, James, John, and Thomas) have contributed to the section. We will miss their input, charm and wit. On the positive, we have two (2) new volunteers, bringing the team composition to eight (8).

We are continually looking for volunteers to join the team and help us provide top quality services to our members. As a result of the smaller team, we no longer have a Voice of the Customer (VOC) Chair, an Education Chair or an Audit Chair.

One of my goals for 2019 is to strength our leadership team succession plan. A proposal from ASQ are two new chairs – a ‘chair elect’ and an ‘Information Technology Chair’. A consolidation and reorganization of current duties may be in order to achieve this goal and create these new positions. As we struggle with recruitment each year, my hope is that we establish an active volunteer pipeline for our team. We need ‘new blood’ in the team to bring with it new ideas, innovative thought and progressive actions.

As we look forward to 2019, our new Programs Chair (Theresa) and our new Arrangements Chair (Brittany) are already working on scheduling speakers, tours and venue reservations for our meetings. We are working on a February meeting (probably in the 12th – 14th date range), and will send out an announcement once the plans are finalized.

So, in conclusion, enjoy the holidays and we look forward to seeing you again in 2019.







The following Election of Officers and Chair Appointments for 2019 are listed below. In accordance with ASQ Policy S 02.00, Section 4.6.2 Election of Officers, “If there is not more than one nominee for an elected position, the nominee will be declared elected by acclamation”. Since there was only one candidate for each election, the Secretary cast one ballot.



SLT Position

2019 NAME


Chair - Elected

Christopher Carr


Treasurer - Elected

Alan Choiniere


Secretary – Elected

Deborah Burke


Auditing Chair - Appointed

Rick Cembalisty until the Feb Audit


Nominating Committee Chair – Appointed

Paul Alling


Membership Chair – Appointed

Charlie Killam III


Database Chair – Appointed

Charlie Killam III


Internet Liaison – Appointed

Charlie Killam III


Placement Chair - Appointed

Alan Choiniere


Programs Chair – Appointed

Theresa McCarthy


Arrangements Chair – Appointed

Brittany Crocco


Newsletter Editor - Appointed

Christopher Carr


Granite State Quality Council – Appointed

Christopher Carr


North East Quality Council - Appointed

Christopher Carr


I would like to welcome Theresa McCarthy and Brittany Crocco to our Leadership Team. We look forward to their new ideas and fresh input.


Now the bad news.

We are still having difficulties recruiting volunteers to serve as member leaders. I was allowed to serve an additional year as Chair as we did not have any volunteers for this position.

Family and work commitments are justifiably higher priorities and I appreciate all the work our departing leaders have done for our section. They will be missed. 

Our section can not provide the level of service that we would like to provide to our members without YOUR support. A seven (7) person Leadership Team is simply not feasible for the long term as you can see three (3) of us are wearing multiple hats.   


If you would like to see our Section continue beyond 2019, please step up and help us. Contact me at

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