Report from Councilors’ Meeting at ACS Orlando

CSW Councilors attended the ACS Council Meeting in Orlando, Florida on April 3rd.

The full reporting of meeting results and actions can be found in the councilor talking points at this website:

https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/about/governance/councilor-talking-points-governance-actions-orlando-2019.pdf

Highlights:

#1 – Candidates for President-Elect, 2020

The Committee on Nominations and Elections presented to the Council the following nominees for selection as candidates for President-Elect, 2020: Magid Abou-Gharbia, H.N. Cheng, Carol A. Duane, and Christopher J. Welch. By electronic ballot, the Council selected H.N. Cheng and Carol A. Duane as candidates for 2020 President-Elect. These two candidates, along with any candidates selected via petitions, will stand for election in the Fall National Election.

#2 – Amendment to the ACS Constitution and Bylaws

The Council approved the Petition to Streamline the ACS Governing Documents [Constitution Articles I-XIX, Bylaws I-XIV, and Standing Rules I-IX], which will reorganize the fundamental governing documents of the Society: the Constitution and Bylaws, and create a third document: Standing Rules. These three documents will function as a hierarchy. The Constitution should define; the Bylaws should authorize; and the Standing Rules should operationalize.

#3 – Council Special Discussion

ACS President Bonnie Charpentier led a special discussion on ACS Relevance to Current and Future Members: Challenges and Opportunities. Councilors had been asked prior to Orlando to discuss the ACS value proposition with their local sections or divisions and bring that input to Council. Councilors provided many recommendations and suggestions including increased support for local sections and industry members, helping student members transition into their professional careers, and implementing a monthly payment tool for ACS dues. These, and all the other ideas and input submitted, will be shared with the Committee on Membership Affairs and the ACS Membership Division for further research or implementation.

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