COUNCILOR CORORDINATING COMMITTEE
Dr. Ronald P. D'Amelia, Chairperson
The Councilor Coordinating Committee (C3) consists of all
Certified Councilors and Alternate Councilors for 2009.
There were two National ACS meetings held this year: one
was held in Salt Lake City UT March 22-26, 2009 and the other was held
in Washington DC August 16-20, 2009.
The “Councilor Corner” link on the NY section web page contains
all the important Councilor activities from both ACS national meetings
held in CY 09. The “Councilor Corner” also has an article written by Dr.
Ronald P. D’Amelia which appeared in the NY Indicator outlining the functions
of the National ACS Committee on Community Activities (CCA).
Summary of Activities for the Salt
Lake City Meeting:
The New York section had all of its councilors attend the
Salt Lake City ACS national meeting. All councilors attended the District
1 Caucus held on Tuesday March 24th at the Grand America hotel Riviera
room. The council meeting was held on Wednesday March 25th at the Grand
America hotel Grand Ballroom. All councilors attended the council meeting.
In addition, many of our representatives attended the Local section Officers
and Tour Speakers reception held on Tues afternoon. The ACS council dealt
with several major issues important to all ACS members. The meeting
hosted 10,668 participants The council received extensive briefings
on the Society’s finances which showed that in spite of the economic challenges,
the Society’s operating performance held up well. The Council voted to
set member dues for 2010 at the fully escalated rate of $145. A special
discussion item was again put on the Council agenda. President Lane invited
the Chair of the Committee on Membership Affairs to present the results
of a Councilor survey as a preface to the discussion on what can ACS do
to attract new members while better serving our current members.
Dr. Anne O'Brien as District I director held her fifteen
District I caucus. The agenda included the current council agenda items
and any other issues within the region.
Dr. Donald Clarke gave a report on the Nominations and Elections
committee. The movement to have national help with electronic voting has
gain support in spite of decrease in funds.
Jean Delfiner reported on the Chemical Health and Safety
Committee. The committee brought up the need for K-12 safety and working
with NCW to update safety guidelines.
Joan Laredo-Liddell reported on her activities on the SOCED
committee and the development of High School Chemistry Clubs.
Dr.Hiroko Karan gave a report from the Minority Affairs committee.
There are lots of minority awards but few individuals are being nominated
Summary of Activities from the Washington
The New York section had all of its councilors at the Washington
DC ACS national meeting. The council meeting took place on August
19th at the JW Marriott hotel Grand Ballroom. The District I caucus took
place on Tuesday August 18th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the Capitol room of
the JW Marriott hotel. All Councilors attended the ChemLuminary awards
ceremony on Tuesday Aug 18th held at the Capitol Hilton Presidential ballroom.
The New York section won ChemLuminary awards for : Outstanding High School
Student Programs and the ACS Student Chapter Interaction Award. As
is standard at fall national meetings, the council elected some members
to the Committee on Committees (CONC), the Council Policy Committee and
the Committee on Nominations and Elections for 2009-11. Neil Jespersen
was ineligible for reelection to CONC because he has served his full tenure.
However, Neil Jespersen has been elected as Director of District I for
2010 ? 2012 replacing Anne O’Brien. The candidates for President Elect
for 2010 were announced as well as Directors-at-Large. The Council received
two amendments to the ACS Constitution and Bylaws for action: The Petition
on Candidate selection by Member Petition and the Petition on Election
timelines and Procedures. The first petition failed. The second petition
was recommitted back to committee. Total attendance for the Washington
meeting was 14, 319 registrants.
Joan Laredo-Liddell reported on the activities of the Society
Committee on Education (SOCED). Jean Delfiner reported on her activities
of the Chemists with Disabilities Committee. Dr. Donald Clarke reported
on the activities of the Senior Chemists Task Force.
Dr. Ronald P. D’Amelia reported on attendance at the
US National Chemistry Olympiad subcommittee meeting honoring those sections
who have participated in 25 years of the US National Chemistry Olympiad.
The New York section was one of the recipients of this recognition.
Dr. Ronald P. D’Amelia also reported on his activities on
the Committee of Community Activities (CCA). As a member of CCA he attended
an ACS outreach event for children in the Wash DC area. The event was “Celebrating
the Elements” and featured hands-on activities that highlighted the elements
of the periodic table and art in honor of the 2009 National Chemistry week
celebration. As part of the Program Development and Promotion subcommittee
(PDP) guidance was developed for National Chemistry week for 2010 and for
2011 which will be the International Year of Chemistry (IYC)
This is my twelfth year as Chairperson of the Councilors
Coordinating Committee and I am pleased to report that the committee as
usual did an outstanding job this year.