|Posted on September 6, 2016 at 3:35 PM|
American Chemical Society
252nd ACS National Meeting
August 21-25, 2016
Summary of Governance Issues and Actions
Elected Committees of Council
Other Council Actions
Continuation of Select Committees
On the recommendation of the Committee on Committees, the Council voted to approve the continuation of the Committee on Analytical Reagents, and the Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service, subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors.
Unemployed Members’ Dues Waiver
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.
Chemical Professional’s Code of Conduct
On the recommendation of the Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, the Council approved the Chemical Professional’s Code of Conduct, subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors.
On the recommendation of the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, the Council approved the Bylaws for Divisions in Probationary Status and the Charter Bylaws for New Local Sections.
International Chemical Sciences Chapters
On the recommendation of the Committee on International Activities, the Council approved the establishment of ACS International Chemical Sciences Chapters in Greater Beijing, Southwestern China, and Iraq, subject to confirmation by the Board of Directors.
The Council passed resolutions in memory of deceased Councilors; acknowledging President Donna Nelson’s service as presiding officer of the Council; and in gratitude for the officers and members of the Philadelphia Local Section, the host Section for the 252nd National Meeting, the divisional program chairs and symposium organizers, and ACS staff.
The Council conducted a special discussion to gather input on proposed recommendations from the ACS Presidential Task Force on the U.S. Employment of Chemists. The task force has been examining and considering all known influences that can impact employment in the chemical sciences.
Highlights from Committee Reports
Nominations and Elections
The Committee on Nominations and Elections solicits Councilors’ input of qualified individuals for President-Elect and/or Directors for future consideration. If any member of NETSACS has a recommendation please let me know and I will forward it to N&E. 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
Budget and Finance
The Society’s 2016 Probable 1 Budget calls for a Net from Operations of $17.3 million. This is $3.9 million higher than the Approved Budget but only $723,000 higher than 2015. Total revenues are projected to be $528.8 million, essentially on budget, and 3.3% higher than the prior year. Total expenses are projected at $511.5 million, which is 0.6% favorable to budget, and 3.3% higher than 2015.
The Committee considered several program funding requests for 2017, and on its recommendations, the Board subsequently approved funding for the Atlantic Basin Conference on Chemistry, the ChemIDP Program; and the International Student Chapter Program. 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.
Philadelphia Meeting Attendance 12,800
Actions of the Board of Directors
The Board’s Executive Session
At this meeting, the ACS Board of Directors considered a number of key strategic issues and responded with several actions.
The Board discussed the history, role, and contributions of its Standing Committee on Corporation
Associates, and the responsibility of ACS to effectively capture the needs of industrial members and their corporations. The presidents of Chemical Abstracts Service and the ACS Publications Division shared details on their financial performance and editorial and new product development highlights. Executive Director and CEO Tom Connelly and his direct reports updated the Board on issues relating to Human Resources, ACS Finances, and Education.