MONTANA SECTION - AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
February 3rd 2001 Executive Committee Minutes
Montana Tech, Butte, Montana
Montana Local ACS Section Executive Committee Meeting
1. Secretary's report, approval of minutes
2. Councilor's report
3. Treasurer's report
4. Chair's report
5. Assessment of Fall Social at Yellowbay
6. Spring "Meeting-in-miniature" - when and where?
7. NORM 2003.
8. High School issues
9. ChemDemo with Household Chemicals Exchange session at San Diego meeting for Student affiliates.
Executive Board members present: Cyd McClure-chair; Steve Holmgren-chair-elect; Doug Cameron-treasurer; Doug Coe-councilor; Don Stierle- past-chair; Andrea Stierle-secretary
Minutes of the last meeting (fall social) were read and approved.
There was no councilor's report since last fall.
The treasurer's report was read by Doug Cameron. Our funds look good, and Doug reported that he had transferred $10,000 into a money market account.
The eternal discussion ensued -- how do we get more members to participate in ACS events? The Fall Socials are probably our most successful event of the year, and they only draw 30-40 people every year. Considering Montana's large geographical size and small population, this is probably a respectable turnout. Other ideas included joint meetings and guest speakers with other societies such as Sigma Xi; annual or biannual tours at Chemistry-related sites. Ideas included tours of ASIMI in Butte, the Stillwater Mine, Museum of the Rockies, breweries. It was also suggested that new committees be created that actually promote membership and involvement.
High School issues -- Gary Freebury reported that he had purchased the CRC Handbooks for the Chemistry Olympiad and would be mailing them out soon. He led a discussion of the ACS Award for Outstanding High School teacher and promised he would draft guidelines for the selection of a nominee. The Board agreed that we would use membership in CheMST as a minimum criterion. Journal of Chemical Education and ACS membership were proposed as reasonable prizes.
Gary then gave a history of ACS outreach to Chemistry teachers, citing in particular, Arnold Craig's Eisenhower and NSF grants to provide content-based courses for teacher enrichment. These courses brought many teachers together and helped them get over their embarrassment or discomfort with taking chemistry courses. Can we do something similar to what Arnold did?
- is there a statewide website where teachers could "advertise" their new, unwanted chemicals?
- is there a statewide inventory of all of these chemicals?
- does liability rest with the state or with the high schools or teachers?--- Amnesty Laws will remove the liability from the teacher and give it to the state.
Meeting adjourned at 12:30 PM