Chemical Information Bulletin, Volume 47, Number 1, January 1995 Page: 1
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As I write this, I have two months left to be Chair-Elect and to get ready to assume the Chair of the
Division of Chemical Information from the able stewardship of Gerry Vander Stouw. I'm spending some
time reflecting on the two goals I set for myself as Division Chairman in my election statement last
year: to make the Division's activities, both within and outside the National Meeting structure, more
relevant to current CINF members, and to make CINF more relevant to ACS members who are not
Division members. These goals will be translated into specific objectives that will guide my efforts
over the next year.
Some of these objectives will arise from the comments that reviewers made on our 1993 Divisional
Annual Report. While referring to a single report, the comments nonetheless provide key insights into
how ACS views CINF operations relative to the standards set by ACS for divisions. We received
high marks for our Chemical Information Clearinghouse and Skolnik Award Program; our cooperation
with other organizations, e.g., the Trisociety Symposium; and the excellent history of the Division written
by Val Metanomski to mark our 50th Anniversary. We also were commended for our strong technical
programming (although they thought we could do more) and our service to members through the
member survey, publications, membership directory, and awards. Areas needing improvement are our
finances, member recruitment, and our outreach programs.
Finances are directly related to membership recruitment, in that the more members we have the more
income we receive in dues and in allotments from ACS. Ed King, our new Membership Chairman, will
be focusing on this integral part of our program. The Division has also taken steps to formalize our
fundraising efforts, which will increase income to support programming and lessen the need to take
money from our reserves to cover operating expenses. We have noted a trend in the last several
years that an increasing number of speakers need financial support to come to National Meetings and
present papers. Due to economic problems in the chemical industry, many speakers (and attendees)
who were automatically supported to attend National Meetings are no longer receiving this level of
support, and the Division must make up the shortfall to ensure top-quality programs. I took on the
role of fund-raising halfway through my year as Chair-Elect, and raised about $6500. David Saari, our
new Chair-Elect, will have an entire year more to raise some funds. He could use some suggestions,
voluntary contributions, and your support to get him started.
The third area needing improvement is outreach programs. We need your ideas on what we can do
to spread the word about our Division and how we can support the work of ACS members who are
not CINF members. Our Public Relations, Awards, Education, Careers, Publications, and Program committees
all have a major role to play in outreach.
Looking ahead to Anaheim: the Technical Sessions are in good hands with our new Program Chairman,
Gunther Grethe, and the Social Program is shaping up nicely. We're negotiating with a chemist (an
ACS member) who works for Walt Disney Imagineering to be our luncheon speaker and tell us about
all the ways chemistry is applied in the Magic Kingdom and other Disney ventures. He is especially
intrigued at the prospect of addressing chemical information professionals because he depends so
heavily on chemical information systems and sources in his work. We're also working on the possibility
of a Disney-oriented social event (when in Rome....). The next issue of the Bulletin will provide
the complete program for Anaheim.
I look forward to working with you to make 1995 a terrific year for CINF. I welcome your suggestions,
ideas, comments, and involvement. Best wishes for a happy holiday session.
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