Committee Reports

Report on the Council Agenda for August 24, 2016

The Council of the American Chemical Society will meet in Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from 8:00 am until approximately 12:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom Salon E-H of the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel.  All ACS members are welcome to attend, although only Councilors are permitted to vote.  A continental breakfast is usually available at 7:00 am for all attendees.

There are eight items for Council Action and they are summarized below.

Nominations and Elections

Elections will be held to fill open slots on the following Committees:

Committee on Committees: Council will vote to fill five slots on the Committee on Committees.  There are ten nominees as follows: Gary D. Anderson, Sandra J. Bonetti, Dee Ann Casteel, D. Richard Cobb, Jaqueline A. Erickson, Emilio X. Esposito, Robert J. Hargrove, Martha G. Hollomon, Wayne E. Jones, Jr., and Stephanie J. Watson. The five candidates receiving the highest numbers of votes will be declared elected for the 2017-2019 term.

Council Policy Committee: Council will vote to fill seven slots on the Council Policy Committee.  There are fourteen nominees as follows: Harmon B. Abrahamson, Karl S. Booksh, Dwight W. Chasar, Ell L. Davis, Lissa A. Dulany, Gregory M. Ferrence, John W. Finley, Doris I. Lewis, Kim M. Morehouse, Barbara E. Moriarty, Sally B. Peters, Martin D. Rudd, Julianne M. D. Smist, Andrea B. Twiss-Brooks. The five candidates receiving the highest numbers of votes will be declared elected for the 2017-2019 term, and two candidates receiving the sixth and seventh highest votes will be elected for a one-year term in 2017.

Committee on Nominations and Elections: Council will vote to fill six slots on the Committee on Nominations and Elections.  There are twelve nominees as follows: Anthony W. Addison, Spiro D. Alexandratos, Lisa M. Balbes, Alan M. Ehrlich, Stan S. Hall, Alan A, Hazari, Amber S. Hinkle, Neil D. Jespersen, James M. Landis, Jr., Thomas H. Lane, Will E. Lynch, and V. Michael Mautino. The five candidates receiving the highest numbers of votes will be declared elected for the 2017-2019 term and the candidate receiving the sixth highest number of votes will serve a one-year term in 2017.

Committee on Committees

The Committee on Committees will seek Council approval for the continuation of the ACS Committees whose five-year reviews are completed and accepted prior to the Council meeting.

Committee on Local Section Activities

The Committee on Local Section Activities is seeking approval for changes to two Local section territories.

The Permian Basin Section in Texas requests approval for annexation of two unassigned counties: Brewster and Pecos. Permian Basin would like to incorporate Brewster county, which is the home of Sul Ross State University, and Pecos, the contiguous territory, which includes Ft. Stockton. The six members residing in the two unaffiliated counties were contacted and asked to respond to the petition. Both of the responding members supported the annexation.

The Upper Peninsula Section in Michigan requests approval for annexation of seven unassigned counties: Alger, Delta, Dickenson, Schoolcraft, Luce, Mackinac, and Chippewa. The section also requests reassignment of Menominee County, Michigan, currently in the territory of the Northeast Wisconsin Local Section. The twenty members residing in the seven unaffiliated counties of the Upper Peninsula were contacted and asked to respond to the petition. All seven of the responding members supported the annexation. The officers of the Northeast Wisconsin Local Section and the three members on record as residing in Menominee County, Michigan were also contacted. One member was recently deceased. One member was in favor, and one member was opposed to the petition. All of the officers of the Northeast Wisconsin Local Section supported the petition. (It should be noted that all ACS members currently assigned to a local section may choose to change their local section affiliation upon request, but may only belong to one local section at a time.) Annexation of all eight counties will unite the territory into a single local section representing all of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan .

Committee on Membership Affairs

The Committee on Membership Affairs will seek approval for a petition to extend the unemployed dues waiver for ACS members (this was presented for consideration at the San Diego Council meeting held earlier this year).

The petitioners propose changes to the ACS’s Bylaws to allow unemployed members of the Society to remain as members without paying dues for a period of up to three years. Bylaw XIII, Sec. 3, k currently provides for the dues to be waived for an unemployed member for a period of up to two years. The Committee on Membership Affairs (MAC) has conducted a three-year test and has prepared a Market Data Status Report (as of 5-14-15), which resulted in the following data. Consecutive Years Unemployed Count 1-year unemployed 882 2-years unemployed 331 3-years unemployed 179. Expanding this benefit to a third year prevented 179 members from being removed from membership in the Society. The extension of the benefit by another year may have small cost implications that are difficult to determine, but are far outweighed by the preservation of membership status for those individuals who have been unemployed as chemists for up to three years.

The Society Committee on Budget and Finance has examined this petition and cannot assess with reasonable accuracy the range of potential costs. Therefore, the financial impact of the petition is unknown. The Committee on Constitution and Bylaws (C&B)

received a revised version of the petition, signed by a majority of the petitioners, to     
address C&B's concerns. C&B made one slight editorial change to the Explanation, which also was approved by a majority of the petitioners. The Committee finds the revised petition to be legal and consistent with other provisions of the Society's documents. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of Council is required for approval of amendments to the Bylaws. If approved by Council, the amendments will become effective upon confirmation by the Board of Directors.

Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs

The Committee on Economics and Professional Affairs seeks Council approval of their Chemical Professional’s Code of Conduct (CPCC) for which they developed revisions and presented to Council for consideration in San Diego earlier this year.  The Code was last approved in 2012.  After a rigorous review of the document, an updated version of the CPCC is also included in the Council Agenda Book page 93.  The Council Agenda Book can be accessed at: https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/about/governance/councilors/council-agenda-8-16.pdf.

Committee on Constitution and Bylaws

The Committee on Constitution and Bylaws (C&B) is putting forth two proposed revisions to their Charter Bylaws templates, one for Divisions in probationary status and one for new local sections.  These appear on pages 97 through 113 of the Council Agenda book (see: https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/about/governance/councilors/council-agenda-8-16.pdf).

The Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA) has developed revisions to the Chemical Professional’s Code of Conduct (CPCC). This was last approved in 2012. After a rigorous review of the document, an updated version of the CPCC is also included in the Council Agenda Book page 72. Please send any suggestions for further revisions to careers@acs.org before April 30, 2016 so that they can be incorporated into the revised document which will be up for Council action at the meeting in Philadelphia later this year. The Council Agenda Book can be accessed at: http://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/ about/governance/councilors/council-agenda-3.16.pdf.

C&B also has two proposed amendments for the ACS Bylaws - one a petition for the removal of ACS Officers and Councilors and a second on the rights of ACS affiliates.

Petition for the Removal of ACS Officers and Councilors

Currently no explicit authorization for the removal of Officers exists in either the SOCIETY Constitution or Bylaws. C&B recommends that Local Sections and Divisions include a procedure in their documents that enables them to remove officers for neglect of duties and C&B provides model language for that purpose. Up to this point, Councilors and Alternate Councilors have not been covered by the model language because Councilors and Alternate Councilors, although elected by the Local Sections and Divisions, are officials of a national body. The proposed amendments do two separate things. The first part of these amendments (to Bylaw III) will authorize Local Sections and Divisions to petition the Council Policy Committee to remove Councilors and Alternate Councilors for neglect of duties, misconduct, or injurious conduct, thus filling the gap identified above. In addition, five members of the Council may also file such a petition. The Council Policy Committee (CPC) is developing due-process procedures to evaluate such petitions and make removal decisions. These new procedures are derived from those developed by C&B for removal of local section or division officers, and must be approved by Council before this provision takes effect. Future changes to the procedures must also be approved by Council. The second and third parts of these amendments add provisions to the SOCIETY Bylaws that explicitly authorize the removal of an elected official of a Local Section or Division. The existing model language only applies to neglect of duties. The amendments would expand that authorization to any misconduct or conduct which tends to injure the Local Section or Division or to adversely affect its reputation or which is contrary to or destructive of its objects. Local Sections and Divisions could then expand the scope of the removal procedures if they amend their documents accordingly. Expansion of the scope is permitted, but not required.

Petition on the Rights of Affiliates

BYLAW II, Secs. 1 and 2 specify the rights of Local Section Affiliates and Division Affiliates; however, C&B believes that Local Section Affiliates and Division Affiliates should be allowed to be nonvoting members of the Executive Committee (or equivalent policymaking body), and to be appointed as Committee Chairs, if allowed in the bylaws of the Local Section or Division. Society Affiliates should also have the right to vote in Local Section and Division elections, except for Councilors and Alternate Councilors, if so decided by each Local Section and Division and if included in their bylaws. These changes would align the voting and participation rights within Local Sections and Divisions for Society Affiliates of a Division, Local Section Affiliates, and Division Affiliates. This would not change the rights of Society Affiliates as stated elsewhere in the ACS Governing Documents.

International Activities Committee

The International Activities Committee (IAC) seeks Council approval of three petitions to charter new International Chemical Sciences Chapters. These are as follows:

China National Capital Area International Chemical Sciences Chapter

One legal application has been received for the formation of a new international chemical sciences chapter to be known as the China National Capital Area (JingJinJi) International Chemical Sciences Chapter. The JingJinJi (China) International Chemical Sciences Chapter will consist of the territory of the provinces of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, and is not part of any other Chapter or Local Section of the Society. The petition was initiated and signed by ACS members in good standing and residing in the territory. The application meets all of the requirements of Bylaw IX of the Society, and includes a statement that the applicants are familiar with and will abide by all governing documents of the Society including specifically Bylaw IX Section 2(c), which states that the Chapter and its officers as representatives of the Chapter shall not engage in political activity, shall avoid any activities that may adversely affect the interests and/or public and professional image of the Society, and shall assure that all activities of the Chapter shall be open to all members of the Society. The application includes a proposed budget for the operation of the Chapter, which includes no allotment of funds from the Society. The petition has been reviewed by the ACS Joint-Board Committee on International Activities (IAC). This action seeks the approval of the Council and is contingent on the approval from the ACS Board of Directors, after which, the Chapter will begin operation.

Iraq International Chemical Sciences Chapter

One legal application has been received for the formation of a new international chemical sciences chapter to be known as the Iraq International Chemical Sciences Chapter. The Iraq International Chemical Sciences Chapter will consist of the territory of Iraq, and is not part of any other Chapter or Local Section of the Society. The petition was initiated and signed by ACS members in good standing and residing in the territory. The application meets all of the requirements of Bylaw IX of the Society, and includes a statement that the applicants are familiar with and will abide by all governing documents of the Society including specifically Bylaw IX Section 2(c), which states that the Chapter and its officers as representatives of the Chapter shall not engage in political activity, shall avoid any activities that may adversely affect the interests and/or public and professional image of the Society, and shall assure that all activities of the Chapter shall be open to all members of the Society. The application includes a proposed budget for the operation of the Chapter, which includes no allotment of funds from the Society. The petition has been reviewed by the ACS Joint-Board Committee on International Activities (IAC). This action seeks the approval of the Council and is contingent on the approval from the ACS Board of Directors, after which, the Chapter will begin operation.

South Western China International Chemical Sciences Chapter

One legal application has been received for the formation of a new international chemical sciences chapter to be known as the South Western China International Chemical Sciences Chapter. The South Western China International Chemical Sciences Chapter will consist of the territory of the provinces of Sichuan, Chongqing, Guizhou, and Yunnan, and is not part of any other Chapter or Local Section of the Society. The petition was initiated and signed by ACS members in good standing and residing in the territory. The application meets all of the requirements of Bylaw IX of the Society, and includes a statement that the applicants are familiar with and will abide by all governing documents of the Society including specifically Bylaw IX Section 2(c), which states that the Chapter and its officers as representatives of the Chapter shall not engage in political activity, shall avoid any activities that may adversely affect the interests and/or public and professional image of the Society, and shall assure that all activities of the Chapter shall be open to all members of the Society. The application includes a proposed budget for the operation of the Chapter, which includes no allotment of funds from the Society. The petition has been reviewed by the ACS Joint-Board Committee on International Activities (IAC). This action seeks the approval of the Council and is contingent on the approval from the ACS Board of Directors, after which, the Chapter will begin operation.

Town Hall Meeting

A Town Hall meeting organized by the Committee on Nominations and Elections is scheduled for Sunday, August 21, 2016 in the Liberty Salon A/B of the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel from 4:30pm - 5:30pm. It will highlight a Q&A session with the candidates for Director-at-Large.  All ACS members are encouraged to attend.  It is a great way to gather first-hand information and decide for whom you might want to vote in the fall election.

Note: The Council Agenda Book can be accessed at: http://www.acs.org/content/dam/ acsorg/about/governance/councilors/council-agenda-3.16.pdf.

Respectfully submitted July 23, 2016

CINF Councilors
Bonnie Lawlor
Andrea Twiss-Brooks
Svetlana N. Korolev