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.

75th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday 23 February 2017

This event has already taken place. For a list of upcoming events, see our events page.

Adults: $10
Children under 12: Free
18:00 – 21:30

Our Michigan winter held off for several days in the last week of February so our celebration on the 23rd of that month was a less harrowing experience than it could have been; it was a fantastic one!

dinner at Air Zoo

The group enjoying the meal at the Air Zoo

The venue was the Kalamazoo Air Zoo where we had a delightful dinner catered by AV Catering, complete with the chef wearing an apron we gave him that said "Get Cooking with Chemistry"; we sat at tables in the shadow of the Zoo’s SR71B; we had four of the Air Zoo "rides" available to attendees of all ages (there were about 100 adult members and friends, and 39 children who attended); there was a buzz of conversation and great camaraderie. The program was streamlined so as not to be excessively long: cutting of the celebratory cake from Amy’s Cakes was followed by a lecture on the SR71B, the fastest airplane ever built, by Mr, John Boase, a docent at the Air Zoo, recognition of the 10 past chairs of the section who were present, recognition of members with 50- 60- and 70- years of membership in the ACS, ending with a very informative presentation on the ACS and its current emphases by its Executive Director and CEO, Dr. Thomas Connelly. Though none of the three members of our Section with 70+ continuous years of ACS membership (Dr. Fred Kagan, 71 years, Dr. Harold Hart, 75 years, and Dr. Donald Iffland, 75 years) was able to attend, Dr. Connelly personally visited Dr. Iffland before arriving at our celebration to help with the set-up! The one 61-year member present, along with his wife, was Dr. Howard Whaley.

A celebration such as this does not just "happen" - many of our current section members participated in its successful execution; special thanks go to James Kiddle and Sarut Jianrattanasawatt for arranging for the meal and the cakes; to Steve Secreast for supplying the continuously-running background power-point chemistry- and Section trivia-quiz and historical photos, the 7-foot banner with our logo and the pint glasses engraved with our logo, available to the first 100 registrants; to Andre Venter for keeping track of the reservations; to Mark Wolf for helping to set up the PayPal account for the event; to Christine Pruis for sending out our newsletters and other timely information; to Elke Schoffers for soliciting funds for the event and being the photographer; and to Brian Eklov and Lydia Hines for gathering archival information.

We look forward to our 100th anniversary and the years leading up to that!

Current Executive Committee ready to cut the celebratory cake. Left to Right: Doug Williams. Lydia Hines Brian Eklov, Stephen Secreast, Angela Willson-Conrad, Andre Venter (The sashes say "I am a Chemistry Ambassador")

Past KACS Chairs in attendance Left to right: Jed Fisher, Doug Williams, Don Schreiber, Lydia Hines, John Stodola, Brian Eklov, John Engelmann, Elke Schoffers, John Greenfield. Present but not pictured, James Kiddle.

Mr. John Boase, a docent at the Air Zoo, gives a lecture on the SR-71B, the fastest airplane ever built.

Dr. Tom Connelly, ACS Executive Director, speaks on ACS vision and accomplishments.

KACS Anniversary cake

The delicious celebratory cake made by Amy's Cakes.