Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

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255th ACS National Meeting

By Lydia Hines

Candidates for President-Elect, 2019

The Committee on Nominations and Elections presented to the Council the following nominees for selection as candidates for President-Elect, 2019: Harmon B. Abrahamson, Luis A. Echegoyen, Thomas R. Gilbert, and Mary Virginia Orna. By electronic ballot, the Council selected Luis A. Echegoyen and Thomas R. Gilbert as candidates for 2019 President-Elect.

Board of Director Candidates for Districts I and V

By internet ballot, the Councilors selected John E. Adams and Joseph A. Heppert as District V candidates. Ballots will be distributed on or before October 1 to all ACS members in District V for election of a Director from the District.

Candidates for Directors-at-Large

The Committee on Nominations and Elections announced the selection of the following candidates for Directors-at-Large for 2019-2021 terms: Frank D. Blum, Lee H. Latimer, Ingrid Montes, and Angela W. Peters. The election of two Directors-at-Large from among these four candidates and any selected via petition will be conducted in the fall. Ballots will be distributed to the Council on or before October 1, 2018.

Amendments to the ACS Bylaws

The Council approved Petition on the Composition of Society Committees [Bylaw III, Sec. 3, e, (3), (4), and (8)], which will change the requirement for Councilors on Society Committees from at least two thirds (2/3) to a majority, and remove the requirement that the Chair and Vice-Chair of a Society Committee must be Councilors.

The Petition for Election of Committee Chairs [Bylaw III, Sec. 3, c, (1); d, 3, (3), (8); e, (3), (8); g, (3); i (3)], which would allow the voting members of all ACS committees to select their own Chairs, failed to gain the approval of Council.

2019 Member Dues

The Council voted on the recommendation of the Committee on Budget and Finance to set the member dues for 2019 at the fully escalated rate of $175. This rate is established pursuant to an inflation-adjustment formula in the ACS Constitution and Bylaws.

Distribution Formula for Division Funding

The proposed formula for allocating dues funds to divisions, recommended by the Committee on Divisional Activities, was recommitted to the committee.

Continuation of Committees

The Council approved the recommendation of the Committee on Committees that the Committee on Ethics be continued; and that the committees on Publications and on Younger Chemists be continued contingent on approval by the Board of Directors.


The American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) now has 5000 members, 90% of whom are grade 9-12 teachers and about 200 are from schools outside the US.

Highlights from Committee Reports

Budget and Finance

In 2017, ACS generated a Net from Operations of $28.6 million, which was $4.8 million higher than 2016. Total revenues were $553.1 million, increasing 5.0% or $26.4 million over 2016. Expenses ended the year at $524.5 million, which was $21.6 million or 4.3% higher than prior year. This was attributable to strong performance from the Society’s Information Service units (CAS and ACS Publications) and a continued emphasis on expense management across the ACS.

Additional information can be found at acs.org.


The ACS ended 2017 with over 150,000 members. This number represents a continuing decline in overall membership for the sixth year in a row. The Committee on Membership Affairs is committed to working with Council, the Board of Directors, the Committee on Budget and Finance, ACS staff, and other stakeholders to halt this trend and return ACS to a growing and engaged membership. Initiatives are being taken to increase the perceived value of membership which is becoming increasingly global in nature.

New Orleans Meeting Attendance

As of Monday, March 19:

Attendees 8,470
Students 6,432
Exhibitors 877
Expo only 301
Guests 505
Total 16,585

Meetings and Exposition

In 2019 meeting registration fee for members will be $505

The Board’s Committees

The Board of Directors received and discussed reports from its committees on Executive Compensation, Strategic Planning, Corporation Associates, Pensions and Investments, Professional and Member Relations, the Joint Board-Council Policy Committee Task Force on Governance Design, the Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications, and the Leadership Advisory Board. In particular,

The Executive Director/CEO Report

The Board received an extensive report from the Executive Director and CEO on issues relating to the Safety and Professionalism core values of the Society as well as on Membership, ACS financial performance, Operational Excellence, and upcoming events and activities. His direct reports then engaged in discussions with the Board on the activities, opportunities and challenges of the Education Division, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), and the ACS Publications Division.

Board Resolution

Finally, the Board approved a resolution that recognizes and applauds the United Nations for proclaiming 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table, and pledged that the Society will do its utmost to recognize and participate in events celebrating this important scientific milestone and achievement.

The Board’s Regular (Open) Session

The Board held a well-attended open session on March 18, which featured a presentation from Dr. Lisa M. Balbes (Balbes Consultants, LLC) on Nontraditional Careers in Chemistry: Thinking Outside the Beaker. She also introduced two alumni from the ACS Scholars Program, Brandon Presley and Isa Watson, who briefly shared their careers paths to date with the assembled audience.

Contact the Board

Your Board of Directors is elected by and acts in the best interests of the members of the Society. Please contact them with your comments, concerns, ideas, and suggestions at secretary@acs.org.

The following is a list of URLs and email addresses for supplemental information:


  • Legal Resource Manual for Divisions and Local Sections (2nd Edition)
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