Each month the Fox Valley Chapter produces a newsletter with information about upcoming PDMs, educational offerings, seminars and other events of interest.

April 2020 Print

The Beacon Newsletter

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 from the

APICS Fox Valley Chapter!



We wish you well and hope you are staying safe and healthy.


As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the APICS Fox Valley Chapter has cancelled all events until further notice.


We appreciate your understanding.

Stay safe and healthy!


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President's Report

Hello, fellow APICS Fox Valley Chapter members!

Wow!  Normally, March Madness means that basketball playoffs are in full swing.  This year, a different kind of March Madness hit the chapter and pretty much every aspect of our lives.

I should be telling you what an amazing time we had touring the Amazon Fulfillment Center.  Instead, I want to thank those of you who signed up for the event and were patient with us while we processed your refunds.  We will be rescheduling this event at some point in the future and I hope you are able to join us.

I should be telling you about the Top Management Night event for 2020.  We were going to be touring Neenah Enterprises, recognizing our members for their accomplishments for the past year, and listening to a couple employees from Neenah Enterprises after dinner at the Bridgewood.  Instead, we are following the latest restrictions designed to help reduce the chances of transmission of COVID-19.  The chapter board is working now to determine our next steps and we believe that we can reschedule these activities.

There are a few things still going on with the chapter and I strongly encourage you to participate.

Chapter elections opened on Thursday, March 26th.  If you are a current member of the chapter, you should have received an e-mail with a link to SurveyMonkey where you will cast your votes, or write them in, for the 2020-2021 board term.  Along with this election, we have some proposed by-law changes requiring member approval.  The proposed by-law changes reflect a restructuring of the board of directors to accommodate our new 2nd student chapter and to make our board position titles a bit more current.  Please take a moment now to review the proposed by-law changes by clicking on this link BY-LAWS.  Or, you may go to the website, and look for our channel partner mark on the left side of the screen.  Right below it and in red font is a hyperlink to the by-laws.  Your participation is very important and the elections are only open until midnight Saturday, April 4th so please act quickly.

Annual survey - We want to hear from you!  Beginning on Monday, March 30th, the annual survey will open.  You will again receive a link to SurveyMonkey where you will be able to provide feedback to the chapter.  This information is very important to us so please take a few moments to answer the questions.  The survey shouldn’t take you more than 4-5 minutes to complete.  The survey closes on Wednesday, April 8th so again please act quickly.

If there is any way the APICS Fox Valley Chapter can support you in these challenging times, please let us know.


Please stay safe and healthy.

Take Care,


Jody Suess, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP
President 2019-2020
APICS Fox Valley Chapter
[email protected]


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Welcome New Members

The APICS Fox Valley Chapter would like to welcome the following new members:  


Dean Criter          Deborah Elliott

  Tyler Gain          Jesse Peterson

 Austin Kress          Jennifer Schafer

   Justin Torud          Jodie Pendergast

Dustin Broeren          Ryan Chart              

Kristen Tower          Dale Tharp           


Do you know someone who would benefit from being involved with APICS?  Encourage them to join by using the following link: Join APICS!


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Notice of Meeting for Members

Notice For Meeting Of Members

Of American Production & Inventory Control Society,

Fox Valley Chapter, Inc.

 A meeting of the Members of American Production & Inventory Control Society, Fox Valley Chapter, Inc. was scheduled to be held at The Best Western Bridgewood Resort in Neenah, Wisconsin on the 21st day of April, 2020.

 The purpose of the meeting was to announce the results of the election of officers for the 2020 – 2021 program year along with the results of votes related to the approval of any changes made to our chapter by-laws and articles of incorporation. 

 Elections for the 2020 – 2021 program year will be conducted through a third party online survey tool.  Voting will open on Thursday, March 26th and will close on Saturday, April 4th.

Because of an executive order by the Governor of the State of Wisconsin banning meetings of more than 10 people in the face of a pandemic, the meeting will not held face-to-face, but an announcement will be made on the chapter website and in the chapter’s newsletter.

 If you have any questions, please contact me at (920) 420-1331.

Originally Dated:  February 27, 2020

Update in Yellow Dated: March 19, 2020   


Jody Suess, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP

President, Fox Valley Chapter of APICS

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Professional Development Meeting & Tour Schedule

 The Fox Valley APICS chapter holds monthly Professional Development Meetings (PDMs) September through April. A tentative listing of these activities is posted below.

 At each meeting a presentation will give insight into a current operations management topic. This becomes your opportunity to stay ahead of the competition by learning about new and emerging trends in your field and how to improve your company’s operational performance. In addition, the meetings offer an opportunity to network with other operations management professionals.

 The mission of the Fox Valley Chapter of APICS is to be the area’s leading provider of quality learning and networking opportunities that enable our members to be leaders in the management of resources in manufacturing and service industries.

 We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

  APICS Fox Valley Chapter 2019 - 2020

PDM Meeting Schedule

All PDM events have been
cancelled until further notice

Please also visit the chapter website at for more information!

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PDM Suggestion



Have a suggestion for a PDM speaker, tour, or topic?

Email your suggestion to [email protected]




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CPIM Interest List


Got ?

If not, consider signing up for a certification review course!

Click here to put your name on an interest list for CPIM Part 1. 


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Become a recognized expert in the logistics, transportation and distribution fields. Certification demonstrates in-depth knowledge of a broad range of topics to set you apart from your colleagues — proving your high level of knowledge and skills. You'll be a more valuable asset to your organization, keeping you and your organization more competitive in today’s global economy.

Why you should earn the CLTD designation

Gain recognition in the field as a logistics expert

  • Build credibility and set yourself apart from peers
  • Learn latest trends in global supply chain logistics
  • Impact your organization's bottom line
  • Demonstrate logistics mastery of knowledge


Class Schedule / Information

Classes will only be held if required registration numbers are met. 

Click here to add your name to the prospective student list or email our VP of Professional Development at [email protected]  to let us know.

To learn more about the CLTD certification click here.


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APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional Classroom Course

APICS CSCP education is essential if you are interested in:

  • increasing your knowledge and expertise in the field of global supply chain management
  • facilitating supply chain functions or working with ERP systems
  • creating common frameworks within your company to address your supply chain challenges and opportunities

An APICS CSCP designation will help you:

  • master the necessary tools to effectively manage global supply chain activities, including suppliers, plans, distributors, and customers around the globe
  • acquire the skills you need to create consistency and foster collaboration through best practices, common terminology, and corporate communication
  • understand how to leverage technology to improve the entire supply chain process
  • increase your professional value and secure your future

 Class Schedule / Information

Classes will only be held if required registration numbers are met. Click here to add your name to the prospective student list or email our VP of Professional Development at [email protected] to let us know.

To learn more about the CSCP certification click here.


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CBAR Platinum Status Awarded to APICS Fox Valley Chapter

"Chapter management excellence is an integral component to enhancing the member experience. Successful APICS chapters provide their members with opportunities for stellar education, career development, and networking.

The APICS Chapter Benchmarking and Reporting (CBAR) program recognizes chapters that have exceeded minimum standards and exemplify excellence in overall chapter management. We are proud to announce the APICS Fox Valley Chapter received the 2019 CBAR Platinum Award designation, an admirable accomplishment for an APICS chapter.

As a member of an APICS Platinum Award Winning Chapter, the CBAR designation signifies commitment to providing an exceptional membership experience." - 
ASCM 2019 Partner Development Committee

Once a chapter has achieved the Gold level for 5 consecutive years, they reach the Platinum level.  If a Platinum level chapter slips for just one year, it must attain Gold level 5 consecutive years before it can again become a Platinum chapter.  The Fox Valley chapter has been at the Platinum level for many years starting somewhere in the late 80’s or early 90’s.  Something to be very proud of!  Congratulations and Thank You to everyone past and present who has helped us achieve this accomplishment!


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Message from the Board

There may come a time when unforseen events force us to cancel an event.

Please read the following for details of our cancellation policy:



APICS Fox Valley Chapter Cancellation Policy

Procedure for Notification

If the APICS Fox Valley Chapter decides to cancel a chapter event, notification will proceed as follows:

  1. Decision and notification will occur a minimum of 4 hours prior to the start of the event.
  2. VP Communication will send email notification of cancellation to all members registered to attend the event.
  3. VP Communication will post notification of cancellation on the home page of the chapter’s website at

Refund Policy

Every attempt will be made to reschedule an event that has been cancelled.  When this happens, all monies paid will go toward attendance on the rescheduled date.

If the APICS Fox Valley chapter is unable to reschedule the event, refunds will be given in full.


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