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David Sherman is a Senior Principal Scientist in the Technical Insights Group of PepsiCo Research and Development. Mr. Sherman is a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and serves as Chair of the ASQ NY/NJ Metro Section's Education and Programs Committee.

Independence Park Beautification Event on 4/18/15 in Newark

41 volunteers and their families participated in this 2nd Annual event (up from 25 volunteers last year…SWEET). The event was co-sponsored by the ASQ NY/NJ Metro Section and The Spanish Tavern (our Section’s home away from home) located on McWhorter Street in the Ironbound Section of Newark. They were also joined by enthusiastic volunteers from Virgin America located in Newark Airport and students from NJIT (Yes…students up at 9 am on a Saturday to give back to their community!).

They all worked together to help beautify a park with and for people that we truly care about. All of our the volunteers worked tirelessly to help make Independence Park the most beautiful Park in all of Essex County. The entire day was a true “Labor of Love”. We all agreed that there WILL BE a 3rd Annual Independence Park Beautification Event next year held on the weekend that coincides with Earth Day.

Photo: event participants
Participants in the Independence Park Beautification Event on 4/18/15 in Newark

Once again, on behalf of the ASQ NY/NJ Metropolitan Section, our heartfelt THANKS to everyone involved in this fun “feel good” event. See you next year!

Regards,

David H. Sherman
ASQ NY/NJ Metropolitan Section; Education/Programs Committee Co-Chair

Event Summary: 1st Annual Independence Park Beautification Event

Half of the Independence Park Clean up Volunteers25 volunteers and their families participated in the 1st Annual Independence Park Beautification Event in Newark on Saturday 4/26. The event was co-sponsored by the ASQ NY/NJ Metro Section and The Spanish Tavern (our Section’s home away from home) located on McWhorter Street in the Ironbound Section of Newark. We were also joined by enthusiastic volunteers from Virgin American located in Newark Airport. The Virgin American volunteer team was led by Sherriale Garnett. All of the Virgin Atlantic team worked for the Customer Service Concierge Group. They were extremely passionate about giving back to their community in Newark and concentrated on the playground area.

Tito from The Essex County Parks System distributed pick-up sticks, gloves, and garbage bags at no cost.

Our volunteer crew concentrated on a “Micro Clean-up” and also picked up any other garbage and cans/bottles for recycling. We picked up hundreds of cigarette butts and pieces of broken glass.

The volunteers from the Spanish Tavern were like wolves digging into bushes to find trapped garbage and even a large cart from behind a bush (nice work Wilbert!). This park is in the same neighborhood as the Spanish Tavern. John, his staff, and their families from the Spanish Tavern were especially committed to giving back to their community.

Finally, the ASQ volunteers worked to organize the event and dedicated ourselves to help beautify a park in our adopted home with and for people that we truly care about. All of our volunteers worked tirelessly to help make Independence Park the most beautiful Park in all of Essex County.

The entire day was a true “Labor of Love”. We all agreed that there WILL BE a 2nd Annual Independence Park Beautification Event next year held on the weekend that coincides with Earth Day. Virgin American also was invited and agreed to be a co-sponsor for this event next year.

Our heartfelt THANKS to everyone involved in this fun “feel good” event. See you next year!

David H. Sherman
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Anheuser-Busch (A-B) Newark Plant Tour Event Report

The NY/NJ Metro Section was happy to welcome over 50 ASQ colleagues to a Plant Tour and Dinner hosted by Anheuser-Busch at their Newark, NJ Brewery. The Dinner portion of the evening included tasty Beer and Food pairings.

Members from the NY/NJ Metro, Tappan Zee, Northern NJ, and Princeton Sections all attended this SOLD OUT event.

Here are some Comments from questionnaires that were left by our Membership:

· Mary Anne Fink from Integra Life Science: “Excellent! Very interesting. Very professional. Impressive.

· J. Stuart Hunter from Princeton University: “…Overall, an excellent tour, most impressive.

· John Sandy from NJ Transit Rail: “Great tour – for my first time, I was impressed.

The word that stands out is IMPRESSIVE! What a great one word summary of the fun and educational evening that we enjoyed with our impressive hosts.

We would like to sincerely thank Gary Wysocki (Management System Specialist) for leading this terrific event with style and his Beer Ambassadors for sharing their expertise and terrific sense of humor.

When you say BUD you’ve said it ALL!!!

photo: A-B Beer Ambassadors May 2014
A-B Beer Ambassadors May 2014
photo: Gary Beer Pouring Demo Right Down the Center May 2014
Gary Beer Pouring Demo Right Down the Center
photo: A-B Plant Tour May 2014
A-B Plant Tour May 2014

Attention NY/NJ Metro Section Members

The 2013 Follow-up Membership Survey was sent via e-mail to our members on August 1st. We thank you in advance for responding to the survey before Friday, August 30th.

If you DID NOT receive the 2013 Follow-up Membership Survey that means that we don’t have your e-mail address. Please click on the following link to provide us with your name & e-mail address and we will send a survey to you in a matter of days.

Remember…It’s Your Voice that helps to lead our Section Events and Activities.

2012 Membership Survey Summary Results

NewsOne item that was echoed in the survey was to have more meetings and events in NYC. The Education and Program Committee (EPC) has been diligently searching for a restaurant in NYC to replace Murano’s/Delmonico’s. We had EPC meetings in several NYC locations that were either too small to handle our average meeting attendance, not private (quiet) enough to hear a presentation or did not have an appropriate space to set-up a screen to view a presentation. If you have suggestions for a location that would meet our needs, please answer that survey question in our 2013 Membership Survey coming in August.

You answered that 92% of the respondents do not attend refresher courses. We removed that category from the survey for this year.

We need to find out why only 58% of our respondents attend Section Meetings.

We shortened the survey to make it easier to complete (5 – 10 minutes).

This follow-up survey is an attempt to get more information from you to help us focus in on your priorities and to deliver:

The courses you are asking for and to find out what days, nights, or weekends are most convenient for you.
What type of Social Events would you find Fun and Entertaining?
You told us that you enjoy Plant Tours. We need to know who can lead a Plant Tour Event.

The Education and Program Committee (EPC) is excited to hear about your needs and wants for the upcoming year. Please look for the 2013 Membership Survey coming in August via e-mail and on the Section website.