Kansas City Local Section

Kansas City Section of the ACS!

See Below for:


1. News and Events

2. Councilor Talking Points from August 2017.  254th  ACS National Meeting

3. KC Section History

4. About the American Chemical Society 

5.  KC-ACS Current Bylaws 

6. ACS Link to Bulletin 5 

 *Upcoming Events!  *Mark Your Calendar!  *RSVP for Holy Field Luncheon!

Interested in picking grapes this fall?!  Let’s meet at Holy Field Winery!!                          www.holyfieldwinery.com/

We have harvested with our friends there in the past and very much enjoyed the experience! Please mark your calendar and plan to join us!!  Lunch will be served after so we’ll need a head count.    Please RSVP to Gary Clapp: gclapp@missouriwestern.edu by Friday, September 22; thank you!!

WHEN: Sunday, September 24, 2017; 8:00 a.m. SHARP

WHERE: Holy Field Vineyard & Winery, 18807 158th St., Basehor KS 66007; (913) 724-9463

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ACS MIDWEST REGIONAL MEETING   

October 18-20, 2017

University of Kansas, Lawrence; Kansas Memorial Union                                                          Chemical Biology of Infectious Disease. From Molecules to Nanomaterials: Applications in Energy and Catalysis.



  American Chemical Society  

254th ACS National Meeting

Washington, District of Columbia

August 20-24, 2017


Councilor Talking Points:

Summary of Governance Issues and Actions

The following summary is provided to help Councilors report to their Local Sections and Divisions on key actions of the ACS Council meeting held August 23, 2017 and the Board of Directors meetings held August 18-19, 2017, at the 2017 ACS fall national meeting in Washington, District of Columbia. Full reports will be posted on the ACS Website as they become available.

Actions of the Council

Election Results:  Elected Committees of Council

§  By electronic ballot, the Council elected Karl S. Booksh, Mark D. Frishberg, Zaida C. Morales Martinez, and Linette M. Watkins for three-year terms (2018-2020), and Ella L. Davis for a one-year term (2018) on the Council Policy Committee (CPC).


*Karl S. Booksh                 209

James C. Carver                                180

Dwight W. Chasar            140

*Ella L. Davis                       203

*Mark D. Frishberg         207

Lydia E.M. Hines                               165

Will E. Lynch                                       190

*Zaida C. Morales Martinez         215

Barbara P. Sitzman                          150

*Linette M. Watkins                       260


·         By electronic ballot, the Council elected Michael Appell, Neil D. Jespersen, Mamie W. Moy, Eleanor D. Siebert, and Julianne M.D. Smist for three-year terms (2018-2020) on the Committee on Nominations and Elections (N&E).


Anthony W. Addison      159

Joe D. Allison                     103

*Michael Appell               165
Mark A. Benvenuto        149

Arindam Bose                    140

*Neil D. Jespersen          237

*Mamie W. Moy              269

*Eleanor D. Siebert         252

*Julianne M.D. Smist      228

Keith R. Vitense                                134


·         By electronic ballot, the Council elected Mitchell R. M. Bruce, Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Martha G. Hollomon, Diane Krone, and Robert A. Pribush for three-year terms (2018-2020) on the Committee on Committees (ConC).


*Mitchell R. M. Bruce     225

*Jetty Duffy-Matzner    223

Rick Ewing                           177

Barbara R. Hillery              115

*Martha G. Hollomon    187

Judith M. Iriarte-Gross  163

Russell W. Johnson         123

*Diane Krone                    192

*Robert A. Pribush          227

Susan M. Schelble           184


Other Council Actions

Amendments to the ACS Bylaws

§  A recommendation by the Committee on Membership Affairs that Council approve the Petition on International Chemical Sciences Chapters narrowly failed to achieve the two-thirds majority required to amend the Bylaws.  The proposal would have amended Bylaw IX, Section 4, to permit financial support for International Chemical Sciences Chapters and to remove language from the Bylaws prohibiting Chapters from having representation on Council.


Probationary Division of Space Chemistry

§  The Council defeated a proposal from the Committee on Divisional Activities that it establish a probationary Division of Space Chemistry, effective January 1, 2018.


Change in Local Section Territory

§  On the recommendation of the Committee on Local Section Activities, the Council approved a petition from the South Jersey Local Section to annex the unassigned and adjacent territory of Ocean County, New Jersey.



§  The Council passed resolutions in memory of deceased Councilors; acknowledging President Allison A. Campbell’s service as presiding officer of the Council; and in gratitude for the officers and members of the Chemical Society of Washington, the host Section for the 254th National Meeting, the divisional program chairs and symposium organizers, and ACS staff.


Highlights from Committee Reports

Nominations and Elections

The Committee on Nominations and Elections solicits Councilors’ input of qualified individuals for President-Elect and/or Directors for future consideration. Suggestions may be sent to nomelect@acs.org.

Ballots for the 2017 fall national election will be distributed on September 29, with a voting deadline four weeks later, on October 27. In a change of procedures, all members with an email address on file and eligible to vote will receive an electronic ballot with the option to request a paper ballot. Those members with no email address on file will be sent a paper ballot with the option to still vote electronically. The ACS election vendor, Survey & Ballot Systems, will send three email reminders during the voting period to those who have not voted as of the reminder date.

Budget and Finance

The Society’s 2017 Probable 1 Projection calls for a Net from Operations of $25.3 million. This is $2.1 million favorable to the Approved Budget and $1.6 million higher than 2016.  Total revenues are projected to be $553.0 million, which is $2.4 million unfavorable to the budget, but 5.0% higher than the prior year. Total expenses are projected at $527.6 million, which is $4.5 million favorable to the budget, and 4.9% higher than 2016. 

The Committee considered several program funding requests for 2018, and on its recommendations, the Board subsequently approved funding for the ACS Online Course in Laboratory Safety and the New Faculty Workshop Series for inclusion in the 2018 Proposed Budget and the 2019-2020 Forecast.

Additional information can be found at www.acs.org, at the bottom of the page, click ‘About ACS’, then ‘Financial’.  There you will find several years of the Society’s audited financial statements and IRS 990 filings.

Washington Meeting Attendance

The theme of the 254th ACS National Meeting was “Chemistry’s Impact on the Global Economy.” As of Tuesday evening, August 22, attendance was:

Attendees             7,938     

Students                2,997     

Exhibitors              1, 068

Expo only                  475

Guest                          426

Total                     12,904


Petitions to Amend the Constitution and Bylaws

New petitions to amend the Constitution or Bylaws must be received by the Executive Director no later than November 29 to be included in the Council agenda for consideration at the spring 2018 meeting in New Orleans. Contact the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws with any questions or requests for information at bylaws@acs.org


Actions of the Board of Directors

The Board’s Executive Session

At this meeting, the ACS Board of Directors considered a number of key strategic issues and responded with several actions.


The Board’s Committees


The Board of Directors received and discussed reports from its committees on the Petroleum Research Fund, Strategic Planning, Corporation Associates, Executive Compensation, Professional and Member Relations, the Society Committee on Budget and Finance, the ACS Governing Board for Publishing, and the Joint Board-Council Task Force on Governance Design.


  • On the recommendation of the Committee on Professional and Member Relations, the Board voted to approve the Society’s nominees for the 2018 Perkin Medal, and the 2018 National Science Board Public Service Award.


  • On the recommendation of the Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications and an Editor Selection Committee, the Board voted to approve the appointment and reappointment of several editors-in-chief for ACS journals.


  • On the recommendation of the Society Committee on Budget and Finance, the Board voted to approve the advance member registration fee for national meetings held in 2018 at $475; and to authorize two new program funding requests: an ACS Online Course in Laboratory Safety, and a New Faculty Workshop Series.


The Executive Director/CEO Report


  • The Executive Director/CEO and his direct reports provided updates to the Board on the activities of Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and the ACS Publications Division. He offered current and proposed strategies to increase membership in the Society; reported on safety initiatives, resources and security; and provided an update on the Atlantic Basin Conference on Chemistry (ABCChem) scheduled for January 2018.  As part of his report, he invited the Treasurer to brief the Board on the Enterprise Financial Systems Program (EFSP), which is unifying several financial operations for Society staff; the Financial Planning Conference in early November; and ACS Development Activities.


Other Society Business


  • The Board held discussions with members of the Presidential Succession on their current activities and those planned for 2018.


  • The Board also held a discussion with officers and members of the board of directors of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) on what governance participation might look like at the organizations’ annual meetings, possible meetings between ACS and NOBCChE at the ACS Leadership Institute, dual membership between both organizations, strategic alliances of student chapters at the local section and regional levels, and ACS Board participation at NOBCChE Annual Conferences.


The Board’s Regular Session

The Board held a well-attended regular session which featured a discussion on the role ACS and its members play in advocating for adoption of important public policy priorities to foster scientific advancement and innovation.  Mr. Glenn Ruskin, Director, External Affairs & Communications in the Office of the Secretary and General Counsel, and Mr. Anthony Pitagno, Director of Government Affairs and Outreach, External Affairs & Communications, spoke about the critically important role federal investment in basic research plays in driving U.S. innovation, job creation and economic growth.  A question and answer session followed the presentation, first with the presenters, and then with the Board for general concerns and comments.

Prior to the presentation, members of the presidential succession and the Executive Director and CEO offered brief reports on their activities. The officers provided more extensive reports on their activities and/or future plans as part of their written and oral reports to the Council.




The following is a list of URLs and email addresses for supplemental information presented in reports at the Council meeting. 


Allison A. Campbell, President                                   a.campbell@acs.org

Peter K. Dorhout, President-Elect                            p.dorhout@acs.org

Donna J. Nelson, Immediate Past President        djnelson@ou.edu


ACS Offices

Office of the Executive Director & CEO                   executivedirector@acs.org

Office of the Secretary & General Counsel           secretary@acs.org




Budget and Finance


www.acs.org  - About ACS - Financial


Chemical Abstracts



Chemical Safety


Safety in Academic Chemical Laboratories: www.acs.org/SACL


Constitution and Bylaws


Governing Documents: www.acs.org/bulletin5


Economic and Professional Affairs

Work-related Visa Working Group: policy@acs.org


International Activities

Asia-Pacific International Chapters Conference: www.acs.org/APICC


Local Section Activities



Minority Affairs

Donate to ACS Scholars: www.donate.acs.org


Social Media:






Nominations and Elections



Younger Chemists Committee

Catalyze the Vote:  





International Younger Chemists: www.facebook.com/IYCN.global




Advocacy Toolkit (President): www.acs.org/advocacy





2017 Student Award Winners!

Sponsored by Bayer

1. Carson Hlavacek - North KC High School

2. Woo Jin Shim - Missouri Academy

3. Junseo Lee - Missouri Academy

4. Rafae Pasha - Liberty High School 


Congratulations from the Kansas City Section of the American Chemical Society

Recognition is offered to all that participated including:

Neeharika, Kothapalli, Blue Valley West High School

Angela Jiang, Blue Valley High School

Gabriel Gress, Blue Valley High School

Miles Allain, Liberty High School

Archie Snith, Liberty North High School

Margaret Lyon, Lawson High School

Srivats Narayanan, Blue Valley West High school

Spencer Brown, Warrensburg High School

Ethan Orr, Warrensburg High School 


Industrial Chemist Award 2017

Roy D. Pennington, Semichem, Inc 



The First 25 Years

As early as 1899, "every thing was up to date in Kansas City" in more ways than social style. Kansas City had more high school scholars in proportion to its population than any city in the federal union. Several chemists from industry, University of Missouri, and the University of Kansas met in 1899 to discuss current problems and issues. Some of the industries in Kansas City at the time were Meat Packing Plants generating 3.5 million carcasses a year, Flour Mills producing 2 million barrels of flour a year (second only to Buffalo), Bolt and Nut Company, the largest Smelter and Refinery plant in the world for gold, silver, lead and zinc, Oil Refineries, and the Cook Paint Company. A common topic was a decision to join the national organization of the American Chemical Society (ACS,1876). In November 1899, a group of 20 chemists signed and sent a letter to National ACS requesting to be a local section. In January 1900, the Kansas City Section was officially accepted as the 13th local section in the organization. In 1901 in the Kansas City Star and Times, an article was published in the social column. The announcement stated that "a charter was recently granted to the chemists for the Kansas City Section of the American Chemical Society, America’s national organization of chemists. The territory of the Kansas City section (was to) include those portions of the states of Missouri and Kansas between the 93rd and 98th meridians." Essentially, the Kansas City Section included most of Missouri and half of Kansas, and was the first section of the national organization west of the Mississippi River. Beginning in 1900, the local section met once a month on a Saturday for a day of technical sharing. The atmosphere of the original meetings was joint problem solving. Each meeting consisted of three or four presentations of current problems followed by "lively discussions", usually brainstorming of possible solutions by all the attendees. "The loose organization of the Society at the time, Kansas City’s location on the edge of the prairie, far from the centers of scientific culture, and the state of transportation and communication int he 1900s, which now seems primitive, necessitated a great deal of self-dependence. Through the first decade and most of the second, the section remained a Society-in-miniature, held together by mutual interests of the members. Meetings centered around the presentation of papers by one or more members of the section and the discussion of these papers by the others. Both academic and industrial members shared an interest in the chemistry related to the development of this area’s natural resources and problems in the community with which chemists could be concerned. Although the academic group would from time to time present papers on philosophical and scientific matters, these topics were discussed on the basis of mutual interests and did not create a town-and-gown separation. Each member simply offered to the others knowledge that stemmed from his special interests." (Excerpted from The Kansas City Section: A Society of Chemists, 1900-1925, published in 1976, Larry Breed (ed.)) The meetings alternated between Kansas City and Lawrence. At that time the train ran between the two cities twice a day. Because of the limited transportation, the meetings tended to be at hotels across from the train station. At that time, Union Avenue was described as a great "honky-tonk" with "rows of saloons and businesses in knickknacks" and the Blossom House (usual place for the meeting) as the "scene of many political intrigues." In fact, the minutes for one of the meetings observed that "the train being late, the social part of the program was much longer than usual". One of the original signers of the Kansas City Section Charter was Dr. Edward C. Franklin. Dr. Franklin performed research on ammonium system of compounds. He is not so famous for his research, but for the student who studied under him at the time of the formation of the section. A young gentleman by the name of Hamilton P. Cady studied under Dr. Franklin, and continued Dr. Franklin’s research. It was the innovative, new Dr. Cady who discovered helium which was present in the natural gas. Dr. Cady continued teaching and was one of the first to introduce physical-chemical principles into the general science courses. The first national ACS meeting held in Kansas City was in 1917. The records show the 382 attendees were registered for the meeting. The budget for the meeting was $1500-$2000. At the end of the meeting, there was $1000 surplus which was used to sponsor a French war orphan. The war orphan was a young girl whom the Kansas City section sponsored until 1926.


The Second 25 Years

The major event in the second 25 years was the formation of Linda Hall Library. Prior to the establishment of this technical library, most researchers had to write to the east coast, and have the references shipped to Kansas City. The references, if on loan, would have to be returned within the week. Of course, this posed a hindrance to the researchers in the area. Therefore, the local section together with the industries of Kansas City joined and formed the technical library. In addition, the Pittsburg, Manhattan, and Wichita sections were carved from Kansas City’s territory during this period. The atmosphere changed from an early vitality to a rapid growth with the influence of a rapidly growing industrial base.


The Third 25 Years

The third 25 years are best characterized by the establishment of the large research laboratories-- Midwest Research Institute, the Spencer Chemical Company (later Gulf), and the Chemagro Corporation (later Baychem, Mobay, Bayer) and Marion Labs (Hoechst Marion Roussel).


The Most Recent Years

In the most recent years the Kansas City Section has grown to be classified as a medium large section with a large portion of active members. The active members participate in a number of specialty organizations along with the ACS. In the last 15 years, the Kansas City Section has been runner-up or winner of the best section within it’s size category. The many activities include Awards for members, students, and teacher as well as demonstrations for schools and general public, A nationally recognized award (Spencer Award) for accomplishments in agricultural and food chemistry, Funding for disadvantaged high school students (SEED), Informative monthly meetings, Sponsorship of teachers to regional and national ACS meetings, and much, much more!  We are now over 100 years old and we are always looking for help in filling in the details for the last 75 plus years. If you have some information about the KC Section of the ACS please contact me....Gary Clapp geclapp424@yahoo.com. 

About the American Chemical Society

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Bylaws as posted 3/2/2017

KC Section Bylaws





















ACS Bulletin 5, January 1, 2017

Link to the ACS Bulletin 5:

ACS Bulletin 5