A few of the highlights (but for all light levels, please see the full file):
- Council approved the Northeast Tennessee Section’s request to be renamed as the Tennessee-Virginia Highlands Local Section, possibly because four counties in Virginia have always been part of this section’s territory. Makes one think: do we want to change our own name, to something like the Saint Louis and Bistate Environs Local Section of the American Chemical Society, or SLABELSACS? It has a nice ring to it, and it’s much more pronounceable than STLACS.
- Corporation associates of the ACS will now have their membership fees set using a sales revenue model. Unlikely the smaller corporation associates will see their fees fall, so the rationale seems pretty clear here.
- ACS President Angela Wilson introduced and led a special discussion on “ACS for the Future.” She sought Councilor input on positive initiatives, programs or events that would greatly benefit ACS members or the Society at large. Three specific questions were posed. Councilors provided input. Expect to hear more eventually.
- What can be accomplished to enhance the ACS experience?
- Why (or how) do you think it would make a difference?
- Who would be tasked with leading this effort (e.g. a section, committee, division, or other)?
- The Fall 2022 meeting in Chicago was again a hybrid in-person/virtual event. As of August 24, there were 11,619 registrations (9,355 in-person and 2,264 virtual).
- Last May, ACS CEO Thomas Connelly announced his resignation, after serving in that position for eight years. A search is under way for a replacement.
And that, as they say, is that.