I was just told that it is in the bylaws that councilors cannot observe executive committee meetings of committee that they are not a member of. I have been a councilor for almost 30 years and I remember been encouraged to attend the executive committee meetings, and that they were open to councilors. Some meetings such as N & E have always been closed, but I remember getting a list of executive committee meetings and an invitation for coucilors to attend. I was told in new councilor orientation that that was the way to be considered as a member of that commitee and that is how I became a member of the Project SEED commitee, Women Chemists committee, Minority Affairs Committee and eventually Soc ED. I am going to look up the bylaw, but if it exsists, it has never been enforced at least for me until the Salt Lake Committee meeting. Since I had discrimination if this is going to be enforced from now on then I hope it is enforced equally for all councilors.
I was told the rules for committee meeting attendance is on p 66 of the Program.
I attended the open meeting of the Committee on Commmittees, the committee that made the rule. I remaind a fly on the wall until they asked the two visitors if they had anything to say. I made my comment about Councilors visiting executive committee meetings. The chair apologized to me for my experience with a certain committee. There is a question if the meeting was open or closed. If it were a closed meeting then people could only be in the room at the chair's invitation. I did not go to the room to see if there were a closed meeting sign. Most closed meetings are so noted in the ACS list of executive meetings. For example after I made my statement the ConC meeting was closed!
There seems to be another problem with the duties of liasons. After the fact, I remembered that I had been a lisaon from CMA to that committee. I was so shocked that they did not want me to come, that I forgot that fact until later in the week.
The Chair of CMA said he would get back to me about this.
I see that a lot of people are viewing this, but no one is commenting so I guess it is not an issuse to most councilors.