Virginia total – 1173 of that number 677 are in the Northern Virginia Section ASQ0511
Keeping in mind that some 15 years ago we were an organization of 136,000. Now worldwide - 52456
That is roughly 38% of what the membership base was at its high point…. What are the reasons for this decrease in membership – changes in vision, mission, leadership, fragmenting of the quality environment, changes in the role quality/Quality plays in organizations today, or are large organizations creating there own quality systems independent of ASQ (how many companies have created their own belt systems for lean six sigma and other quality programs).
The monthly retention report is available in the following formats: Excel and PDF.
William A. Eastham, Jr., Ph.D., CQA, PMP
This month we have the following New memberships:
Of all of the membership categories we are only losing members in two categories, Fellow and Senior. We had one (1) fellow and lost them. But we lost 11.48% of our Senior Members. We have 162 Senior Members a year ago we had 183 Senor Members. I notice on the membership retention report we had 163 Senior Members renew. I have never been able to understand or have explained to me how ASQ math works. The last time I asked a question about the numbers it took four months to get a response which by that time was inaccurate and therefore useless.
Apparently the information I reported a couple of months ago was incorrect. The section monthly growth and retention - April 2016 End of Month showed us as having a total of 662 members, a significant increase. I was hoping at the time that this was due to national's failure to update our membership correctly in the months leading up to April. When I was looking at this month's section monthly growth and retention - July 2016, I was afraid that I had copied the information out of the report or accidentally changed a number in the report. Unfortunately, the report for the month of April provided by ASQ national was incorrect. The area where the mistake was made was in the reporting of FULL member. April showed us as having 343 FULL members. June shows us as having 264 FULL members. July shows us as having 271 FULL members. I apologize for not recognizing the mistake at the time.
We currently have 565 total members; 271 FULL members up from 264 in June but down -8.14% from a year ago. Good news, we have 34 new FULL members in July.
Note: The latest data on membership is as of the last day of May 2015
We contacted the eleven new members, welcomed them to the section, and invited them to attend the next section meeting in July as our guests for their first meeting. That was quite successful as four of the eleven will be attending.
Of these 622 for the most part we can probably count the following people out when it comes to coming to a meeting:
29 live in Maryland
10 live in DC
29 live in other states such as Florida, Georgia, California, Colorado, Missouri and others.
69 live in outlier towns such as Williamsburg and other towns in VA that are far too distant for them to come to regular meetings.
622 – 137 = 485
We have found that when we move the meeting to other towns, we just get other people that live nearby along with the core 10-15 who always come to the meetings. It really never adds that much to the attendance.
What does add to the attendance though seems to be the speaker for the most part. The place has to be clean and relatively quiet and have a setup where we can get decent food for a fair price, but the speaker is really what the draw is on any given night. Making sure that information goes out well ahead of time also helps people plan for it.
So it stands to reason that by picking restaurants in the cities where we have the top 10 number of members as listed below in numbers 115 – 123 below, we should definitely increase the number of attendees just due to proximity, but we will also increase the number of attendees with excellent speakers and a variety of informational meeting formats.
Number of Members
Charles Town, WV
The following locations all have one section member: