THE PRESIDENT'S SPOT, Mary Kay Erickson Perhaps a better title for this article would be vice-president's message. Our president, Eric Tamichi, has moved into a new position as a Project Manager at Valent USA Corporation. Congratulations Eric on your new position!
Many thanks to Joan Ross of Valent USA who has volunteered to serve as editor of "The Left Coast Occasional". Joan can be contacted at:

Valent U.S.A. Corporation
6560 Trinity Court
Dublin, CA 94568 USA
jross@valent.com

Watch your mail box for ballots to vote for a vice-president, 2 new board of director's positions, a secretary and a treasurer. Winners of the election will be announced at the January training meeting and the next edition of the PRCSQA newsletter.

The next meeting of the PRCSQA will be a 2 day training session at the Atlantis Resort in Reno, Nevada on January 12-13, 1998. Details of the training are located in this issue of the newsletter. Speakers include Paul Lepore (formerly of the FDA) and Francisca Liem of the EPA. Other speakers include Jeff Cummings of Pfizer, Inc., Janet Rose Christensen of Panlabs Biosafety, Leslie Kvasnicka of Valent USA Corporation, Marlys Okada of Roche Bioscience, and Debi Garvin of West Coast Quality Training Institute. Included in the cost of the meeting is a large training manual with the following documents:

The registration form can be found on-line HERE

There was a large turnout at the PRCSQA coffee held on Thursday at the SQA national meeting. Sue Qualls put all attendees to work stuffing bags with Applets and Cotlets which were passed out at lunch. Thank you everybody for your efforts! Robert McCormick (President of SQA) stopped in and visited with our members.

The chapter assisted at the SQA national meeting by providing apple cider at the opening reception. A special thank you to the corporate sponsors who donated funds to the PRCSQA for the opening reception.

Quality Assurance "Positions Available" and "Positions Wanted" are now posted on the PRCSQA website. Check it out!

Two lunch meetings were held at the SQA national meeting. The first meeting was aimed at increasing communication and sharing ideas between chapter officers. The second meeting was between SQA past and current presidents and chapter presidents. Meeting topics included methods of increasing communication between the chapters and the SQA.

The next PRCSQA board meeting will be held Sunday evening, January 11, 1998. Time and place to be announced.

See you in Reno!

- Mary Kay Erickson