Are you active in another voluntary organization? How do you think the North Jersey ACS could work with that group to advance both of our missions?
Collaborations give us the opportunity to expand our program and our leadership pool.
If you are active in another science related society or group let me know as we would like to highlight some of these groups in the Indicator (www.TheIndicator.org).
The Royal Society of Chemistry (US Section) has held joint events with ACS as several recent MARMs and NERMs. What other groups could the ACS work with in our area?
Les-The ACS network is not working very well for methe llnks don't seem to do what the should. Thats why it took me a week to reply to your request. Anyway I am active in NSTA, the National Science Teachers Association, which as you know is an organization for grade school and high school teachers of science (not just chemistry). It might be possible to do a joint activity with them. Lynn
I am a patient advocate the the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_chap It is not exactly a scientific society but they fund research for cure for cancers. At my last doctor visit I was examined by a clinical researcher who is an MD and does clinical reasearch at Merck most of the time and examines patients one day a week. What does that have to do with science? Many North Jersey members work for pharmaceutical companies that are doing cancer research. NJACS can help raise funds for this research by forming a team for the annual fund raiser 'Light the Night" which takes place in October in New Jersey. Many of the pharmaceutical companies sponsor this event but if your company does not you can be on the North Jersey team.
This is not unusual for local sections to do this. Younger Chemist Committees in other sections have formed teams for fund raising for causes.
Congress just past a resolution that declared September Blood Cancer Awareness month nationwide, it had already been that in New Jersey, but people did not know this. So this is what North Jersey Section can do next year.
Although people can still donate to my team this year the dead line is January 31, 2011. http://pages.lightthenight.org/nj/Colonial10/jbrown_LTN45
Does anyone want to share their experience working with the High School Teacher organizations? In the North Jersey Section we have several activities that are very linked in with Teachers in our area and Teachers have been an important part of the success of the section.
One idea, which I have to admit I haven't gotten around to pursuing yet, is to engage local chapters of Rotary International, as they often support education-related activities and outreach, in addition to their efforts to eradicate polio worldwide (and I'm sure there's chemistry there, too). Perhaps other ACS local sections have had some connections with Rotary, and if so, would you be wililng to share your thoughts?
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