<<<<<<<< LONG RANGE
The Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) met four times during 2008.
The attendance rate was 70-90%. Hence, the long range plan described
herein was developed from a well considered consensus within the full committee.
1. The NY Section recognizes the need for ongoing revitalization
to meet the needs of its members in an evolving politico-economic climate.
The Section is largely run by committees. To support the process of
revitalization the LRPC has recommended that the Section investigate the operational
status of all committees including those of the sub-sections and topical
groups. Towards this end, the Section chair prepared a survey that
was sent to the chair of each committee for an internal evaluation.
The evaluation process itself is undergoing refinement. In response
to gravity of the LRPC recommendations the current plan calls for sending
out a single question each month in an email blast to the general membership
of the section to elicit ideas and suggestions about ways in which the Section
can best serve its membership.
2. As part of our goal to increase the number of younger members
(college students, graduate students, and postdocs) within the ACS NY Section,
LRPC recommends a poll of younger members about their expectations regarding
advantages of membership, satisfaction with Section activities, and interest
in running for office within the Section. The LRPC further recommends
that the board consider expanding high school student involvement in section
3. Our members live and work dispersed over an extensive mixed urban/suburban
terrain with heavy traffic and toll bridges and tunnels. This situation
limits the turnout of members for meetings, particularly those that are scheduled
for weekday evenings. To remedy this problem the LRPC recommends
expanded use of tele- and web-conferencing to enhance communication and facilitate
the scheduling of meetings.
4. Subscriptions to the electronic publication of The Indicator are
expected to increase. In response to this likelihood the LRPC recommends
that the board seek cost cutting strategies for this publication. It
is recommended that the Indicator committee explore ways to increase advertising
in order to generate revenue to support the electronic publication of the
5. Lastly the LRPC recommends that the Board of the NY Section develop
mechanisms for expanded synergistic collaborations with other professional