257th National Meeting
The 257th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society was held in Orlando, Florida March 31 to April 4, 2019 and was attended by 15,605 registered individuals. The Council meeting was held on April 3.
Actions of the Council
Candidates for President-Elect, 2020
Other Council Actions
Amendments to the ACS Constitution and Bylaws
2020 Member Dues
Council Special Discussion
Highlights from Committee Reports
As required by the Society's Bylaws, the Council Policy Committee has set the divisors for allocation of Councilor seats among Local Sections and Divisions for 2020 to 2023. Official notification of the Councilor divisors and the number of Councilors permitted for each Local Section and Division will be sent to the respective Local Sections and Divisions prior to May 1st as required in the Bylaws.
Budget and Finance
In 2018, ACS generated a net from operations of $41.1 million, which was $13.3 million higher than 2017. Total revenues were $571.6 million, increasing 6.4% - or $34.2 million - over 2017. Expenses ended the year at $530.5 million, which was $20.8 million or 4.1% higher than the prior year. These results were attributable to strong performance from the Society’s Information Service units (CAS and ACS Publications) and a continued emphasis on expense management across the ACS.
Additional information can be found at www.acs.org. At the bottom of the page, click ‘About ACS’, then ‘ACS Financial Information.’ There you will find several years of the Society’s audited financial statements and IRS 990 filings.
The ACS ended 2018 with 151,012 members, a net membership growth of one-tenth-of-one-percent. This is the first membership growth ACS has recorded in the better part of a decade. Of the 25,000 new members who joined in 2018, about 20% were incentivized by market testing initiatives. Without these new members, ACS would have seen continued declines.
Council voted to extend the provision of the international dues discount test based on World Bank country income levels for an additional three years (August 2019 – August 2022).
As a side note, your Councilor is a member of the Membership Affairs Committee and is assigned to the Benefits and Engagement Subcommittee. The discussion is continuing on whether a “one size fits all” approach best serves the membership. A major question continues to be, do members feel that the membership benefits justify the dues? Are you aware of the benefits available to you? Please see https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/membership-and-networks/acs/benefits/personal.html
If you have any comments or questions regarding membership or benefits, please contact your Councilor, Darlene Slattery at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 321-632-2535.
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