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Vol.10, No.2 (Sect.11)
The proposed amendments to the Division's
Bylaws that are presented in this issue were
prepared by an interim Bylaws Revision Committee,
appointed in 1957 specifically to make
a thorough review of the Division's Bylaws.
This committee made a careful study of the bylaws
of other ACS divisions, solicited suggestions
from Division officers and committees,
and consulted twice with the Executive Committee.
The specific amendments herein contained
were unanimously approved in principle by the
Executive Committee on January 19, 1958, and
reaffirmed as to exact wording on April 14,
1958. Bylaw VII provides that "the Executive
Committee shall submit promptly, and in writing,
the proposed amendments, with its recommendations
to the Members for a vote"; this
issue of Chemical Literature constitutes such
submission. Following each proposed amendment
is an explanation of the reason for the
proposed change. The present Bylaws are reproduced
in this issue for your reference.
In its actions, the Executive Committee
was guided by one outstanding principle--that
membership participation in Division affairs
should be on as broad a base as possible, consistent
with efficient operation. The Executive
Committee felt that all Division officers (including
Councilors) should be elective, and that in
a division as talented as ours there should be
regular turnover in committee chairmanships
The latter turnover is provided in theory
by the authority of each Division Chairman to
appoint all committees, but in practice it is
sometimes all too easy to reappoint indefinitely
persons who have been doing an excellent job.
This eventually becomes unfair to these individuals,
and fails to vitalize Division operations
by continually involving new people. Certainly
there is a need for continuity in some operations,
such as the Program Committee (which must
plan several meetings in advance), the Bulletin
Committee, and Councilorships (the ACS favors
this, since experienced Councilors are needed
for Council committees), but not to an extent
that a virtual hierarchy might be created.
The amendments which relate to rotation
were therefore planned to afford both continuity
and turnover. In a given year, up to two thirds
of each committee may be reappointed, and all
but one committee chairman may serve up to
three consecutive one-year terms. As regards
the Program Committee, the Executive Committee
felt that its chairmanship was a proper
function for the Chairman-Elect of the Division,
since a person sufficiently distinguished to be
elected Chairman-Elect should have an opportunity
to guide programs for the year in which
he or she will serve as Chairman. Guidance
would be received from a largely veteran committee
and the active cooperation of the previous
committee chairman (who by then would be
Chairman of the Division).
In behalf of the Executive Committee, I
solicit your affirmative vote on these proposed
amendments. And I extend the Executive Committee's
thanks to the Bylaws Revision Committee,
headed by Dr. L. B. Poland, for a thorough
and excellent job.
B. H. WEIL, Chairman
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO BYLAWS *
A ballot for Member's vote
on each amendment appears
at the back of this issue
Bylaw II, Section 1
Add: "Application for membership shall be sent
to the Treasurer of the Division."
Explanation: The bylaws do not state to whom a
person should apply for membership in the Division.
The proposed revision fills this void.
Bylaw II, Section 3(a)
Delete: "serve on committees" from the first
4The report of the Bylaws Revision Committee,
as approved by the Executive Committee.
Chairman: L. B. Poland; members: Ethaline
Cortelyou, S. P. Klesny, B. H. Weil.
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