Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

We are a dynamic and visionary organization committed to improving people’s lives in our community through the transforming power of chemistry.  We strive to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Kalamazoo, Allegan and Van Buren counties.

Actions of the Council

As has been the custom for the past several years, ACS hosted and Outreach Event just prior to the meeting in San Francisco , on April

  1. It was my pleasure to help at that event where we saw many families come by to explore science topics and receive the plentiful materials our professional organization makes available.

The Council selected Bonnie A. Charpentier and Willie E. May as candidates for 2018 President-Elect. These two candidates, along with any candidates selected via petitions, will stand for election in the Fall 2017 National Election.

Our Kalamazoo Section was recognized for its 75th anniversary

A recommendation by the Council Policy Committee to approve the Petition for the Removal of Officers and Councilors (Bylaw III, Sec. 1, i; Bylaw VII, Sec. 1, c; Bylaw VIII, Sec. 4, d) failed.

The Council voted to set the member dues for 2018 at the fully escalated rate of $171. This rate is established pursuant to an inflation-adjustment formula in the ACS Constitution and Bylaws.

On the recommendation of the Committee on Local Section Activities, the Council approved a petition from the Santa Clara Valley Local Section in California to change the name of the section to the Silicon Valley Local Section.

The Committee on Nominations and Elections (of which I am a member) solicits Councilors’ input of qualified individuals for President-Elect and/or Directors for future consideration. Suggestions may be sent to nomelect@acs.org. This Committee works diligently to find excellent people to recommend for positions on committees and the Board. At this Spring meeting we deliberated for a minimum of 25 hours outside of the council meeting which, for committee members, starts at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning

As of December 31, 2016, the ACS membership was 156,129, which is 0.5% less than on the same date in 2015. The number of new members who joined in 2016 is 23,700. The Society’s overall retention rate is 83.5%. The Committee on Membership Affairs also reported that the number of international members has increased to 27,388, exceeding the committee’s target by 5%. Retention of graduate students increased by 2% to 76.2%.

Meeting Attendance

As of Tuesday, April 4:

Attendees9,797
Students6,914
Exhibitors1,198
Expo only475
Guest466
Total18,850

Special Discussion

The Council conducted a special discussion, ACS Yesterday and Today: Paving the Way to Tomorrow, to gather input for the Joint Board-CPC Task Force on Governance Design. Forty Councilors approached the floor microphones to share observations, comments, and suggestions to assist the task force in identifying opportunities and issues for governance improvement. The task force offered three questions to guide the discussion: What should the Society and its governance do differently to achieve its objects? If you could change one thing about ACS governance, what would it be? What should the task force leave as is?

The Board of Directors is developing a statement based on the Society’s Core Value of diversity and inclusion in response to the repeal of the North Carolina law known as House Bill 2 (“bathroom bill”) and similar proposed legislation in Texas, and is assembling a representative group of stakeholders to advise it on actions relating to the location of Society meetings.

The Board passed a resolution expressing appreciation to Denise L. Creech for her 27 years of service in the Membership and Scientific Advancement Division, which she led as director for nearly 14 years.

Note: I appreciate the opportunity to serve our Section as your councilor and am always available to facilitate your contact with ACS.

Lydia