MONTANA SECTION - AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
April 13th, 2002 Executive Committee Minutes
Montana Tech, Butte, Montana
As part of Spring
Meeting in Miniature:
Board Members present:
Steve Holmgren-chair; Cyd McClure- past-chair; Donna Minton –
chair-elect; Andrea Stierle-secretary and Events chair; Gary Freebury – high
school outreach and safety chair.Doug Coe-Councilor;
Don Stierle-past chair and NORM program co-chair.
Steve Holmgren welcomed
the Board and thanked Montana Tech and Events co-chairs Don and Andrea Stierle
for organizing the event and Doug Coe for coordinating the abstracts.
He congratulated Donna Minton as our newly elected chair-elect.
the treasurer’s report for Doug Cameron and reported that, as usual, the
section was doing very well.
Councilor Doug Coe
reported from the Orlando ACS meeting. Several
items are related to MACS members and Doug reported those items at our Board
meeting. (For a more complete synopsis of the councilor’s report, please check
the MACS website. Andrea)
The Council voted on the following actions:
Women's Chemist's Committee status was changed from an
"Other" Committee of the Council to a Joint Board-Council
Committee with direct access to the Board. Your Councilor voted
for this change.
Committee on Committees recommended the continuation of the Committee
on Science and the Council and your Councilor voted in favor of this
P. Casey and Alvin L. Kwiram were elected as candidates for 2003
President-Elect. Your Councilor voted for Kwiram and William M.
- A Petition
to Increase the Size of Society Committees (the Budget and Finance
Committee and the Education Committee) from 9-15 members to 12-20 members
was postponed until the Boston meeting, where a Committee on Committee's
review of all committees will be presented. Your Councilor voted for
the dues escalator: (2002 dues
of $112) (2001 CPI of 201.7 / 2000 CPI of 194.5) = $116.15 to increase the
dues for 2003 to $116. Your Councilor voted for this increase.
Two petitions were on the agenda for consideration
at the Orlando meeting:
- A Petition
for Approval for Non-U.S. Applicants as Society Affiliates. This
petition essentially changes references to National Affiliate to Society
Affiliate in the by-laws.
- A Petition for Local Section and Division Support. This
petition fundamentally changes how the annual allotment for local sections
and divisions is determined. Currently all local sections receive a
base allotment of $2,400 plus $3.00 per member for the first 2000 members
and $2.00 per member thereafter. These amounts were established in
1986. From 1987 onward this allotment has been multiplied annually by
the same ratio (usually a ratio of CPIs) used in calculating the dues
escalator for each year. This petition would replace this method of
funding local sections with an annual allocation equal to 20% of the dues
revenue generated by the number of members and National Affiliates of local
sections. The Committee on Local Section Activities would determine
how this dues revenue would be distributed among local sections. The
distribution method must include a base allotment and an allotment tied to
local section membership and may include other (unspecified) factors.
The method for funding divisions would be essentially the same. This
petition rather dramatically increases the allotment to divisions (from
$377,843 to $1,163,327, using FY 2002 figures). While the allotment
for local sections also increases, the increase is considerably smaller
(from $1,317605 to $1,434,450, again using FY 2002 figures). Under
the current system may divisions are experiencing financial difficulty,
e.g., the Division of Colloids and Surfaces was reported to have a current
deficit of $20,000. It is not clear how individual local sections
would fare under this petition. The petition is likely to prove quite
a result of a tie for 2nd place in the balloting for the two candidates for
District VI Director, three candidates will appear on the ballot, Howard M
Peters, Stanley C. Pine, and Stephen A. Rodemeyer.
25 consecutive years of positive bottom lines the ACS experienced a
$1,800,000 deficit in 2001. The loss is primarily due to investment
losses, loss of advertising revenue (primarily in Chemical &
Engineering News), and a Society initiative to make available via the
internet all journal archives. The budget plans calls for reducing
this deficit to $1,000,000 by the end of next year and to erase the deficit
by the end of the following year.
Committee on Publications will debut the ACS Journal Archive containing
11,000 journals, 500,000 articles, and 2,500,000 pages on May 15th.
The ACS Board is opposing DOE plans to publish peer reviewed papers on the
internet at no cost to readers.
Membership Affairs Committee (of which your Councilor is a member) reported
that by this time next year you should be able to review and renew your
membership on-line, including subscriptions to Society journals and division
ACS approved chemistry minor is being developed for secondary
education teachers. Among the ~ 1050 chemistry baccalaureate degree
granting institutions there are ~ 620 ACS certified programs.
Committee on Education has established a task force to examine the question
"What would chemistry undergraduate and graduate education look
like, if it were developed today from scratch?" This
Committee is also collaborating on new standards for high school teacher
Committee on Local Section Activities indicated that 87% of local
sections filed on-line Annual Reports using SOLAR and 50% of these
submissions used the EZ form.
National Chemistry Week theme for 2002 will be Chemistry Keeps Us Clean
and for 2003 it will be The Chemistry of the Atmosphere.
ACS has established a new national award for volunteerism to the Society.
Cyd McClure commented that
the Annual Report had not yet been filed. She
indicated that there was no penalty for this delayed submission, but that our
money would be held up a little.
and Gary suggested that the MACS send Chemical Safety Handbooks through OPI
to all of the high schools in the state. Doug
Coe would obtain one copy first for our perusal at the Fall meeting.
If the Board approves, Andrea would coordinate the dissemination of these
handbooks to all of the high schools and ACS would pay for the shipping.
in-Miniature 2003: Steve
suggested that the next meeting in miniature be scheduled at Carroll
College. (note from Sec. – Carroll College did not think they would be ready
to host Spring 2003, but they would be open to hosting future Spring meetings.
The Spring 2003 meeting will be held at Montana Tech.)
The National Meeting is scheduled for March 23rd
- 27th, and with spring breaks, etc., next year’s MACS
meeting will probably be held at approximately the same time.
Time to REALLY get moving on NORM.
and Don Stierle have agreed to be program chairs.
Neither Don nor Ed could attend the NORM planning meeting.
Don actually made three attempts to get there, but a huge snow storm made
air travel from Butte impossible. The
Board thought we should development a series of symposia for the NORM meeting.
Suggested topics included --- ACID MINE DRAINAGE; HIGH SCHOOL TEACHING
STRATEGIES, NATURAL PRODUCTS, BIOINORGANIC CHEMISTRY, NANOTECHNOLOGY,
will ask John Nagy of Oligocide
to be the exhibit chair. Cyd
promised to obtain necessary budget information to help us with the planning.
Chemistry Olympiad: Gary commented
that most High School teachers do not apply to ACS. We should give the ACS High School exam to all high school
teachers for their use.
Winning Presenters for Spring ACS: Eric
Woller, MSU and Mike Vanatta, Carroll College.