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Northern New England has an opportunity to help restore federal funding for Baldrige

If you believe that Baldrige is one of America's best investments, please read on because those of us in Northern New England have a unique opportunity to make a difference.

The Baldrige Foundation is working to restore federal funding for the Baldrige Program in the FY2017 Budget.    This process began with the Senate and House Appropriations Committees.   Both Senator Shaheen (NH) and Senator Leahy (VT) are members of the Senate Committee and have been contacted.  We now need everyone in New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont to contact their Congressman (House or Representatives) and ask them to sign-on to Congressman Sam Graves' Appropariation request for Baldrige.  Gongressman Graves is leading this fight for us and he needs the support of his colleagues - our member of congress.    Please email your congress person using the information and documents provided to indicate your support for this small amount of funding that will make a tremendous difference to our country.

We appreciate you taking the time to support Baldrige. The $7.5 million appropriations request for restoration of federal funding combined with the Baldrige Foundation's financial support assures the Baldrige Program’s continued reach across key sectors of the economy, including health care and education, and strengthens the formal nation-wide network of state and regional programs.

Instructions for contacting your congressman:

  • Explain to them the importance of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and ask them to support the Baldrige Program in the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations (Text copy and PDF copy attached).
    Feel free to add how the Baldrige Program affected you or your organization.

 

If you have any questions please contact anne@gsqc.com

Thank You!

 

 

2013 GSQC Recognition Recipients

The GSQC is pleased to announce the recognition of two organizations as part of the 2013 Granite State Awards and Recognition Program.

Achievement of Excellence: Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium. Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium have been serving the public since 1906 and is one of the oldest continuously family-owned funeral homes in New Hampshire. The Funeral Home offers four full-service funeral homes—two in Manchester, one in Boscawen and one in Littleton—plus two crematories, three non-denominational chapels, and a cremation society. Phaneuf is also a Better Business Bureau Torch Award recipient and has also been named Friendliest Funeral Home in NH Magazine’s Best of NH issue.

Profile Recognition: City of Dover. Dover, New Hampshire - The Garrison City. Settled in 1623, Dover is the oldest permanent settlement in New Hampshire and the 7th oldest in the US. Dover is conveniently located in the seacoast area of New Hampshire, a one hour drive to Boston, MA, Portland, ME and the NH Lakes Region and White Mountains.

We congratulate both of these organizations for their commitment to performance excellence that has earned them the recognition. We also recognize all of our volunteer examiners and judges who used their training in and knoweldge of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence to evaluate and provide valuable feedback to these organizations.

2013 Phanuef Funeral Homes & Crematorium Achievement of Excellence Recognition

GSQC Recognizes Boynton Middle School, Examiners and GSTEA Judges

On Wednesday August 15th, the New Hampshire Board of Education recognized Boynton Middle School (BMS) in New Ipswich on Wednesday for its Achievement of Excellence.  (See Photo: from left to right - Asst. Principal Chip Mercurio, Board of Education Chair Tom Raffio, SAU 87 interim Superintendent Dr. Betsey Cox-Buteau, and Principal Tom Starratt).  On Monday August 20th, the 25th anniversary of the Baldrige Program, the GSQC held a Recognition and Sharing Event to congratulate and learn from BMS as well as thank and recognize our volunteer examiners and judges who make our program possible.

The Achievement of Excellence is the highest level of recognition in the 2012 GSQC Awards and Recognition Program (see press release for details).   In an interactive presentation, BMS Principal Tom Starratt and Assistant Principal Chip Mercurio shared their student, staff, and stakeholder-centered approach to school improvement and why they chose to use the Baldrige Education Criteria to support this approach.

The GSQC Examiners and Team Excellence Award Judges who served in our Programs this year were also recognized at this event.  In the attached photos, GSQC Chair Tom Raffio recognizes

  • The GSQC Examiners (from left to right: Sarah Beckley, Debbie Krider, Cathy Frankel, Tom Raffio and Richard Tango-Lowy.  Also serving but unable to attend are: Ray Bouchard, David Harrison, and Larry Blachut)
  • The GSTEA Judges (from left to right: Mariann Murphy, Cathy Frankel, Tom Raffio, and Kevin Cooney.  Also serving but unable to attend are Beverly Parent, Bob Dufresne, and Chris McRae) 

We are truly grateful to all who participated in our Recognition and Awards Process this year.   Contact GSQC Executive Director Anne Warner to learn more about the benefits of becoming an applicant, examiner, or judge for the coming year which kicks off in September!

 

 Thank you to our sponsor Northast Delta Dental for hosting this event

Click here to see the BMS Recognition Announcement

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Baldrige Creates Great Value for Organizations and the U.S. Economy

In a recent study, CEO's using the Baldrige Criteria and other Baldrige Program resources reported more benefits than if they had used the best available alternatives to develop their performance excellence strategies.  See the attached document to learn more about this and other benefits of using the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence such as:

1. Baldrige Award Winners create more jobs
2. Baldrige Hospitals save more lives and are stronger financially
3. Baldrige small businesses demonstrate increasing sales, profits, and market share
4. Baldrige manufacturers' revenues improved 48% annually, on average
5. Baldrige education organizations effectively improve reading and mathematics proficiency and graduation rates

 
To learn more about how to benefit by using the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence contact GSQC Executive Director Anne Warner

 

New Book on Baldrige uses 20/20 hindsight to create 20/20 foresight for Leaders

Baldrige 20/20: An Executive's Guide to the Criteria for Performance Excellence helps executives of any organization discover the benefits of using the Baldrige Criteria to strive for excellence, achieve breakthrough performance, and face tomorrow's challenges with confidence.

Leaders of Baldrige Award winners from all sectors share results and examples in the five sections of this 116 page book including:

  • Representatives Role Models and Data
  • Award Winners' Journeys: How Baldrige Led Them to Excellence
  • The Criteria: Framework for Performance Excellence
  • How Can the Baldrige Program Help You Now?
  • Examples by Criteria Category

As Cargill CEO and President Greg Page notes in the foreword, "Baldrige 20/20 provides today's executives with practical examples and keen insights on who organizations can stay focused and excel."

Paper copies of Baldrige 20/20 can be ordered from the ASQ Store for $13/each.   More information and a free PDF version is available from the Baldrige website.

Contact the GSQC for insight on how the information in Baldrige 20/20 can help your organization.

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Boynton Middle School Recieves Commendation from Gov. Lynch

On September 20th, State Board of Education Member Tom Raffio presented a Commendation to Boynton Middle School on behalf of Governor John Lynch.  The Commendation, in part, thanked the teachers, administrators, and students for all of their hard work in support of reducing the drop out rate and increasing the number of students going on to college.

Boynton Middle School in New Ipswich, NH and part of the Mascenic School District is a 2011 GSQC Profile Recognition Recipient.  Principal Tom Starratt and his team have developed an outstanding presentation on their best practices.   You can contact Prinipal Starratt or the GSQC to learn more about scheduling this presentation for your group or organization.

Once again, Congratulations to the Boynton Middle School!!!

To learn more about Boynton Middle School's Profile Recognition, see the attached document.

 

 

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"America Needs Baldrige!" Day

09/08/2011 12:00 am
09/08/2011 11:59 pm

Please join us on Thursday, September 8th to let our New Hampshire Congressional Delegation know that

There is currently no funding for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program in the proposed 2012 budget.   The main reason for this is that the value and impact of the program is not understood.  It is unfortunately seen as an "Awards Program" and not as the ultimate resource for efficiency and high performance in all of our organizations.  If anything, we need more Baldrige to support the country in managing our fiscal challenges.  While it is reasonable to take a close look at the Program to understand if changes in how it is managed are warranted, a sudden cut in the funding will cost the country more than the approximate $10m budget.  Remember that the Baldrige Program is a public-private partnership that engages thousands of volunteers to support high performance in our schools, hospitals, government, nonprofits, and businesses.

What can each of us do?

  • go to www.congress.org
  • Enter your home zip code (and street address if requested)
  • Click on each of your elected officials to get their contact information
  • On Thursday, September 8th, between 9am and 6pm call, fax, and/or email your senators and congress member.  The best message you can provide is your personal insight to the value of Baldrige.

The two attached files provide some answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and additional information on why America Needs Baldrige.  

Thank you for joining us in communicating why

Best Practices of the 2010 Baldrige Recipients

05/09/2011 4:00 pm
05/09/2011 6:00 pm

Register Now!

 

The Granite State Quality Council invites you to join us for a multi-media presentation and discussion of the best of the best practices of the 2010 and previous Baldrige Award Recipients.  These role model organizations have demonstrated financial success through an ability to engage employees and customers [or as appropriate students or patients], and through highly effective and efficient processes.

 

Your goal need not to become a world class or an industry leader for you to gain ideas and insights for your own organization.  We've made the event efficient for your time; boiling 2 days of presentations into about an hour, and will have opportunities for more in-depth learning if interested.

 

 

You will also have time to meet and network with colleagues interested in organizational performance improvement to learn from their performance improvement experiences.

 

This event is open to anyone wanting to learn more about the best practices of the highest performing orgizations in the country and how these practices may apply to their environment.  There is no charge to attend, but please register so that we may get an accurate count

Register Now!

 

Click here for more information on the 2010 Baldrige Award Recipients

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