MONTANA SECTION - AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
September 22nd, 2001 Executive Committee Minutes
Montana Tech, Butte, Montana
The Executive Board of the Montana Section of the American Chemical
Society met at September 22nd, 2002 Fall Social at Mammoth Hot Springs. Board
Members present: Cyd McClure-chair; Steve Holmgren-chair-elect; Andrea Stierle-secretary;
Doug Cameron-treasurer; Doug Coe-Councilor; Don Stierle-past chair
Treasurer Doug Cameron reported that the section was doing very well.
We had a net gain of $1400 (which would be lost once Andrea turned in receipts for Fall
Social!) with $22,229 in a money market and $5935.60 in cash.
Councilor Doug Coe reported from the Chicago ACS meeting:
- ACS mtg registration has been adjusted-- it will no longer be more expensive for
American Chemists to register for meetings.
- ACS membership will be available to chemists with AA degrees and five years of
employment in a chemistry related area.
- there is a new web page for which we can design our own Web portal
- NCW is Nov. 4th-10th Celebrating Chemistry and Art
- should we provide the publication "Chemical Safety for Teachers" ($2.50/copy)
for all 247 high schools in the state of Montana? The board voted "yes"
Cyd began the meeting by thanking the Stierles for organizing the
- Nomination of candidates for upcoming election. Concerted effort to involve University
of Montana faculty. .Andrea suggested that it was not appropriate to have a Montana Tech
chair at this time as the secretary, treasurer, and councilor are already Tech faculty. No
candidates were proposed at this time, although Cyd thought she could encourage a few
people to consider running. We discussed inviting local chemists to be our Spring and Fall
keynote speakers to encourage participation. Andrea said she would look into inviting UM
faculty to provide Spring keynote.
- Spring Meeting in Miniature date was discussed--- don't want it to overlap with spring
national meeting --- April 7th-11th. Andrea agreed she would try to
select a date that accommodated the majority of schedules. The Board agreed to keep the
meeting at Montana Tech and to keep it separate from the MAS meeting.
- Cyd suggested that we send the chair-elect and the new chair to the Local Section
officers meeting. It was a moot point as our elections were too late to accommodate this
- Time to get moving on NORM. Ed Rosenberg and Don Stierle have agreed to be program
chairs. They will attend the NORM planning meeting this March. The Board thought we should
development a series of symposia for the NORM meeting. Suggested topics included --- ACID
MINE DRAINAGE; HIGH SCHOOL TEACHING STRATEGIES...
- Cyd commented on the career workshops offered by ACS for $300/day. We discussed merits
of using these workshops for the NORM or as part of the Spring Meeting in Miniature. We
thought the logistics for the Meeting in Miniature might be difficult, but it was agreed
to have a career workshop as part of the NORM.
- A reminder that the Board agreed that we needed to nominate another high school teacher
for the ACS Outstanding High School Teacher Award. Gary Freebury provided some suggested
guidelines for selection of the nominee:
1. They must be currently teaching at least 1
period of chemistry.
2. They must be a current member of the CHMst
organization which is an affiliate of the Montana
Section of ACS.
3. They must have their students participate in
the Montana Chemistry Olympiad.
The recipient will receive two years of membership in the National ACS
and 2 years subscription to the Journal of Chem Ed. In addition to this they will be
expected to particpate in a program with the Montana Section of ACS. The Board concurred
that these were reasonable guidelines.
- The Meeting adjourned at 4:30 PM for the beer and wine social and for Grant Mitman's
talk on wine-making.