Division of Professional Relations

A Technical Division of the American Chemical Society


Past Chair Comment

Posted on January 19, 2011 at 4:21 PM

by John Crawford

As we kick off 2011, I would like to take a moment to thank the Executive Committee and our division’s volunteers for investing their time and energy to advance professional interests in the Society. Your efforts and commitment to the division during 2010 has allowed us to:

* develop and begin implementing the new subdivisions structure,

* recommit to our long range goals through a new strategic plan,

* publish a new membership brochure, an expanded website and regular newsletters, and

* continue to provide a variety of national and regional meeting programming and networking opportunities for ACS members.

I can’t thank our volunteers enough for their great ideas and willingness to pitch in. I also want to thank you, our members, for your input during our strategic planning process and your approval of our bylaw revisions. You input last summer was very useful to us as we revised and prioritized our division’s objectives and goals. We will continue to get your feedback on specific topics this year so that we may improve our member products and services.

The Executive Committee worked very hard on redesigning our bylaws to meet the growing needs of our division, to keep pace with changes in the ACS, and to modify the bylaws to incorporate our new subdivisions leadership structure. I have sent the bylaws to the ACS Committee on Constitution and Bylaws and we expect them to be finalized very soon.

Membership in our six subdivisions continues to grow and I would encourage each of you to join one or more of them to take full advantage of the opportunities our division has to offer. During 2011, I expect you will learn more about the plans of our new subdivisions and their leaders. We are continuing to develop a web presence for each of them and they have committed to hosting regular programming at national meetings. Furthermore, with all the changes and new subdivisions, I would also encourage each of you to spread the word about the division. Imagine how much growth DPR would experience if each of us were to help secure a few additional members. I say no better time than the present. Our membership brochure and application are available on the Join Tab of our website: www.acsprof.org for those for those eager to help in recruitment activities.

Our new bylaws allow for several new leadership roles for members to get engaged in professional relations roles. Why not volunteer today? We are always looking for eager volunteers - why not help shape the direction of the new subdivisions or consider running for one of the elected positions on the Executive Committee. As Past Chair, I will be coordinating our Nominating Committee efforts to identify candidates for next year’s election. Please contact me, Chris Bannochie or any of our Executive Committee members for more information. We look forward to building on the progress we made in 2010. Please consider activating your membership and joining us on our team as we continue to advance professionalism and professional development in the ACS.

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