Leadership Team  2016-2017

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Join us on April 21 for a tour of this cutting-edge research facility in our area.  RSVP is required. 
Tour limited to the first 25 people who RSVP - RSVP@ismcb.org
Tour Flyer  LIGO Web site

  • What time and where exactly do people meet?
    Enter in the visitor parking entrance and meet in the main building (first building to the left). They will be waiting for us at 3pm sharp, with a 5 minute grace period for stragglers. Presentation is about 30-35 minutes in their auditorium.
  • Is there required dress code?
    Wear comfortable shoes for walking.
  • Required ID or access controls?
  • O.K. to be late?
    Once the tour beings, about 3:30pm it will be too late to join the tour.
  • Are camera’s allowed?
    Cameras and pictures are allowed throughout the tour.
  • Food?
    After the tour those that are interested will move to White Bluff Brewery for some no-host networking.

What's it al about [Alfie...]? Here are a couple of interesting videos that talk about what LIGO is doing and how.

IMO:  Contract Writing; “Will” vs. “Shall” Which to use?   M Taylor, C.P.M.

Even lawyers disagree about the proper usage. I suppose it gives them something to do to earn their fee.  I plan to spend a few minutes talking about this subject and many other aspects of writing contract in Portland on April 26.
  Still a few places left,  register and participate  Click for more info

In contract writing, we typically use the word “shall” to indicate an obligation of the contractor and “will” to indicate an obligation of the buyer. I’ve heard several opinions that, as long as the usage is clear, it may not make much difference which word is used. I can wrap my head around that by thinking of it this way.

A typical contract spells out obligations of both the buyer and seller. Precise identification of those obligations is expected. As long as the wording does not confuse who has the obligation and who is obligated, then it’s going to be hard to claim that obligation does not exist just because the contract mixes up the words “will” and “shall”.

e.g. Contractor will/shall perform the service on October 5, 2013. –[seems pretty clear to me regardless of which word is used.]

Another way to look at it; we could create a bulleted list of obligations and avoid both words altogether, thus either word isn’t really too important – as long as the obligations are clear.

e.g. Contractor obligations: 1) perform the service on October 5, 2013, 2)…….

That being said, I do prefer the way “shall” sounds when it prescribes an obligation of the contractor. I also prefer “will” when it describes an obligation of the buyer.

The following articles provide several more examples and also point out that “shall’ is often misused. According to the articles, “shall” must be used to impose a duty on a capable actor. That is, “shall” has to direct “someone who can perform that duty”.

e.g. “Contractor shall deliver on October 5, 2013” is correct. [shall clearly refers to the contractor] “Delivery shall be October 5, 2013.” is wrong. [the capable actor is missing]

The authors suggest several ways to try and determine if “shall” is used correctly. Replace the word “shall” with “must” or “ agrees to” and see what happens to the meaning. If it sounds wrong, then “shall” might have been misused in the first place.

Of course those substitutions lead to different problems.

1. Are you trying to describe a “condition” of the contract or a performance obligation of the contractor? [e.g. are you specifying a certain form be used to submit a dispute (if needed) or requiring that the contractor submit the form as part of contract performance?]

2. Are you describing a future performance obligation or an event that is codified by the contract?

e.g. contractor agrees to transfer [...when?] vs. contractor hereby transfers. I know the distinction sounds thin, but there have been legal cases arguing exactly this point.

Here is one article.


Lots more comments and suggestions about writing on his web site. I’d suggest adding a link to this web site to your reading folder and spend some time there when you can.

Here is another web site with many interesting articles regarding contract writing.

www.adamsdrafting.com  Making Sense of “Shall,” New York Law Journal, Oct. 18, 2007.

More of my comments and opinions here:  http://www.mltweb.com/tools/imo.htm

ASQ Section 0614 Dinner Meeting   -April 11, 2017

“Permission to Speak Freely: How the Best Leaders Cultivate a Culture of Candor” 
Matt Kincaid,  Blue Rudder

Looking for new ideas and innovations? Wonder why it seems like no one ever speaks up in team meetings? Feeling like you almost have to force others to offer their opinions?

Candid communication enhances innovation, ownership, engagement, and performance. The benefits of hearing questions and uncertainties, good and bad ideas, and honest feedback are game-changing. Yet research shows that most of the time people never share their true thoughts with each other - and especially not with their leaders.
But what if they did? What if everyone could confidently communicate without fearing a negative response?
In this presentation, acclaimed leader developer and author Matt Kincaid will illustrate the benefits of candor, explain the inhibitors that cause it to feel unsafe, and provide tools for leaders to embed trust and openness into the foundation of their organizational culture.

The meeting will be held at the Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock Blvd, Richland, with check-in/networking at 5:30pm, buffet dinner at 6, and the presentation at 6:45. Cost is $20 for ASQ members, $25 for non-members, or $5 for the presentation only. Cash, check or credit card. Reservations are requested by April 6. Email Panda_2@charter.net with contact information and type of reservation. For the full meeting announcement and for more information about ASQ Section 0614: http://www.asq614.org  .

ISM-CB Education Exchange - building a professional network.
Share educational opportunities and the benefits of an expanded professional network with your colleagues.

American Society for Quality :  www.asq614.org/

Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
Washington PTAC - February Government Contracting Opportunities, News, & Events
Ashley Coronado  PTAC Government Contracting Assistance Specialist
Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Kennewick

The Institute For Internal Auditors, Mid-Columbia Chapter

National Contract Management Association (NCMA)
 NCMA web site: http://ncmacolumbiabasin.com/index.html

Institute For Management Accountants
 IMA web site: http://ima.labworks.org/

WSU  Tri-Cities Professional Education https://tricities.wsu.edu/cepd/leadership-academy/

Emerging Tri-Cities http://www.emergingtricities.com/

ISM-CB professional network exchange is our way of encouraging communication and discussion among our members. Sharing information, expertise and experience are just some of the many benefits of membership. Networking with other members is a great way to build a professional support team.

ISM-CB 2016-2017 Education Opportunity Calendar


July 12

ISM-CB Planning Meeting


ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact President Todd Johnson

September 13

ISM-CB Program: Tour of WSU Wine Science Center - 4:00pm. Professional Networking

September 20

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact President Todd Johnson  

October 11

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact President Todd Johnson

October 12-13

Washington State APWA workshop,
Kennewick - details

October 17-19

Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference,  Seattle
 Registration information

November 8

ISM-CB Program; Cyber Security
5:30 p.m. Applebee’s, Kennewick

November 15

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact President Todd Johnson

December  2

ISM-CB Networking Social 
details TBD

December 13

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact President Todd Johnson

January  11
Note Date change

Postponed due to weather. 
Rescheduled for Feb 15.

ISM-CB Program: Regional Economic Report Card
Ajsa Suljic, Regional Labor Economist, Washington DOL
Location;  Country Gentleman, Kennewick
buffet Dinner @$15 for members /$20 non members
Coordinator: Cathy Robinson


ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact President Todd Johnson

February 15Note Date change

ISM-CB Program: Regional Economic Report Card
Ajsa Suljic, Regional Labor Economist, Washington DOL
Location;  Country Gentleman, Kennewick
buffet Dinner @$15 for members /$20 non members
Coordinator: Cathy Robinson

February 21

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact President Todd Johnson

March 27

Seminar: Daniel Wong
Academic Director, Undergraduate Supply & Logistics Management Program Instructor – Portland State UniversityBio.
registration:  www.ismcb.org/programs/seminar_2017.pdf  

April 21

Plant Tour; LIGO facility
Friday April 21 @ 3:00 p.m.  Details & RSVP

April  18

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact President Todd Johnson

April 26 Seminar, Portland;  Click for more info
Mike Taylor, C.P.M.

May 9

ISM-CB Program Professional Resources Online
Mike Taylor, C.P.M.

May 17 - 19

NIGP Conference, Pendleton

June (tbd)

ISM-CB Annual Business and Planning Meeting

Oct. 16-18 

Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference, Seattle



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