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.
We are actively seeking nominations for two open positions on the KACS Executive Committee, 2017 Chair and 2017 Chair-Elect. The Chair position will be a two-year position (2017 Chair and 2018 Past-Chair), while the Chair-Elect is a three-year rotation (Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past-Chair).
Members interested in serving or willing to nominate another member should contact Brian Eklov at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on these positions is available in our operations manual. Nominations will be accepted until October 9th.
by Annette Hoppenworth, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum collaborator
It's that time of the year when summer winds down, fall revs us and we get all excited about Chemistry Day at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum! Chemistry Day has kicked off our fall programs every year and this is our 30th birthday! Do you all feel as old as I do? This year's theme is forensic chemistry. Let's do our yearly favorites and add in some new ones related to the national theme. Volunteer quickly so we can start promoting the event. Invite new chemists to the area for this yearly tradition and help us spread the word throughout the Southwest Michigan region that chemistry is fun and for all ages! Thank you all for your expertise, your collaboration with the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, and a rich history of science education and manufacturing. I'm so thankful for all the friendships over the years and the joy of watching our visitors explore and learn during this program.
We have a need for volunteers of various skills and ages! Don't worry, if you are at loss for an activity, we have pre-planned forensics science activities and lists of other activities! We can also train you in an activity of your choosing.
With your help, we are going to make this a fantastic gift to our community!
Volunteer for Chemistry Day Now!
Forensics Science Activities:
Doug Williams (email@example.com)
The next Great Lakes Regional Meeting will be held in Fargo, North Dakota. The Kalamazoo Local Section is part of the Great Lakes Region of the ACS. The GLRM committee is now accepting abstracts, please consider supporting this event by presenting and attending.
Sustainability and Energy
Holiday Inn, Fargo ND
June 27-30, 2017
Yep, that's right…the annual ACS National Elections for ACS President and various directors are occurring this fall (umm, what did you think we meant?). To learn more about the candidates and process please visit the ACS electrions page.
ACS also wants to work on improving the ACS National Election process. Therefore, the Committee on Nominations and Elections has created a Vote 2020 Task Force to seek input on improving and modernizing methods of running elections. They invite comments on the following:
by Lydia Hines, KACS Councilor
American Chemical Society
252nd ACS National Meeting
August 21-25, 2016
By electronic ballot, the Council elected Harmon B. Abrahamson, Lissa A. Dulany, Andrea B. Twiss-Brooks, and Sally B. Peters for a 2017-2019 term, Martin D. Rudd for a 2017-2018 term, and Karl S. Booksh and Ella L. Davis for a one-year term, 2017, on the Council Policy Committee.
By electronic ballot, the Council elected Lisa M. Balbes, Thomas H. Lane, Amber S. Hinkle, Alan M. Ehrlich, and Alan A. Hazari for a 2017-2019 term and Neil D. Jespersen for a one-year term, 2017, on the Committee on Nominations and Elections.
By electronic ballot, the Council elected Wayne E. Jones, Jr., D. Richard Cobb, Stephanie J. Watson, Dee Ann Casteel, and Emilio X. Esposito for three year terms, 2017-2019, on the Commit-tee on Committees.
On the recommendation of the Committee on Membership Affairs, the Council approved a petition to amend the ACS Bylaws to extend the Unemployed Members' Dues Waiver, which will extend waivers for unemployed members' dues from the current two years to three years, subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors.
The Committee on Nominations and Elections solicits input of qualified individuals for President-Elect and/or Directors for future consideration. Suggestions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. N&E has established the Vote 20/20 Task Force, charged with examining all aspects of nominations and elections for ACS national offices, and designing an enhanced process to be in place by the year 2020. The committee welcomes ideas from all members as to how nominations and elections should be handled. Send comments to email@example.com. The current procedure for elections can be found at www.acs.org/bulletin5.
On the recommendation of the Society Committee on Budget and Finance, the Board voted to approve the advance member registration fee of $445 for national meetings held in 2017.
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