Eastern NC

Eastern North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society

September 2017

Councilor’s Report


The theme of the 254th ACS National Meeting was “Chemistry’s Impact on the Global Economy.” As of Tuesday evening, August 22, attendance was:

Attendees             7,938

Students                2,997

Exhibitors              1, 068

Expo only                  475

Guest                          426

Total                     12,904

By electronic ballot, the Council elected:

Karl S. Booksh, Mark D. Frishberg, Zaida C. Morales Martinez, and Linette M.

Watkins for three-year terms (2018-2020), and Ella L. Davis for a one-year term (2018) on the Council Policy Committee (CPC).

Michael Appell, Neil D. Jespersen, Mamie W. Moy, Eleanor D. Siebert, and Julianne M.D. Smist for three-year terms (2018-2020) on the Committee on Nominations and Elections (N&E).

Mitchell R. M. Bruce, Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Martha G. Hollomon, Diane Krone, and Robert A. Pribush for three-year terms (2018-2020) on the Committee on Committees (ConC).

Other Council Actions

Amendments to the ACS Bylaws

§  A recommendation by the Committee on Membership Affairs that Council approve the Petition on International Chemical Sciences Chapters narrowly failed to achieve the two-thirds majority required to amend the Bylaws.  The proposal would have amended Bylaw IX, Section 4, to permit financial support for International Chemical Sciences Chapters and to remove language from the Bylaws prohibiting Chapters from having representation on Council.

Probationary Division of Space Chemistry

§  The Council defeated a proposal from the Committee on Divisional Activities that it establish a probationary Division of Space Chemistry, effective January 1, 2018.

Change in Local Section Territory

On the recommendation of the Committee on Local Section Activities, the Council approved a petition from the South Jersey Local Section to annex the unassigned and adjacent territory of Ocean County, New Jersey.

The Society’s 2017 Probable 1 Projection calls for a Net from Operations of

$25.3 million. This is $2.1 million favorable to the Approved Budget and

$1.6 million higher than 2016.  Total revenues are projected to be $553.0 million, which is $2.4 million unfavorable to the budget, but 5.0% higher than the prior year. Total expenses are projected at $527.6 million, which is $4.5 million favorable to the budget, and 4.9% higher than 2016.

The Committee considered several program funding requests for 2018, and on its recommendations, the Board subsequently approved funding for the ACS Online Course in Laboratory Safety and the New Faculty Workshop Series for inclusion in the 2018 Proposed Budget and the 2019-2020 Forecast.

Additional information can be found at www.acs.org, at the bottom of the page, click ‘About ACS’, then ‘Financial’.  There you will find several years of the Society’s audited financial statements and IRS 990 filings.

Actions of the Board of Directors

On the recommendation of the Society Committee on Budget and Finance, the Board voted to approve the advance member registration fee for national meetings held in 2018 at $475; and to authorize two new program funding

requests: an ACS Online Course in Laboratory Safety, and a New Faculty Workshop Series.

The Board held a well-attended regular session which featured a discussion on the role ACS and its members play in advocating for adoption of important public policy priorities to foster scientific advancement and innovation.

Mr. Glenn Ruskin, Director, External Affairs & Communications in the Office of the Secretary and General Counsel, and Mr. Anthony Pitagno, Director of Government Affairs and Outreach, External Affairs & Communications, spoke about the critically important role federal investment in basic research plays in driving U.S. innovation, job creation and economic growth.  A question and answer session followed the presentation, first with the presenters, and then with the Board for general concerns and comments.

Please feel free to ask any questions.

Sut Ahuja, Councilor