Kansas City Local Section

December 2017 Newsletter

 December’s SOCIAL gathering


WHEN:  Tuesday, December 12, 2017; 5:00-8:00 p.m.


WHERE:  Boulevard Brewing Co., at their BEER HALL, 2534 Madison (just adjacent to the brewery), KC, MO


       Join us for a relaxing social and networking opportunity!!

*Stop by the front desk for a sticker to identify ACS members.


MENU:  A bountiful platter of appetizers will be offered


COST: There will be no charge associated with the food portion and you’ll be on your own to purchase beer, wine, etc.


 Results of the election:


Our new Chair will be Michele Sanders


Chair Elect: Bill Gutheil

Treasurer:  Gary Clapp

Secretary:  Jeff Woodford

Councilor:  Eckhard Hellmuth

Alternate Councilor:  Gary Clapp


 A Letter from the Chair:

Jon F. Tally, MS

Thanks to the local section for allowing me to serve as the Chair of the Kansas City Section. As current Chair, I have lead a team of Section leaders who contribute time, knowledge and historical perspective to the organization. Thanks to the KCACS Leadership scientists who have stepped up to the challenge of directing our organization.

A number of activities planned for the Section were well attended (Awards, Spencer, MRI talks) and some were genuine flops (Holyfield Winery, Omaha Section IPG Conference). Activities planned for the coming year will hopefully generate more participation from the membership. Ideas for Section activities can be communicated via the KCACS website or personal contact to our leadership team. Contact information can be found on our website and on the last page of each of the KC Chemist newsletters. We welcome your input! We are continuing to plan for a GMO pro/con debate in 2018. Speakers covering current trends in chemical science will be offered the first Tuesday of each month.

Special thanks to the Leadership from the northern portion of the Section (St. Joseph) for the great venue for our Spencer Award ceremony and Symposium. The 2017 Spencer Award winner, his presentation and the Award ceremony were extremely gratifying. The Missouri Western hospitality staff was an exemplary host.

Remember to add the KCACS web page (http://kcacs.sites.acs.org) to your web browser bookmark for updates concerning local section activities and announcements.

Thank you for the great experience leading the KCACS Section!

Jon F. Tally


A Letter from our New Chair:


Michele Sanders, BSMT, ASCP

As Chairperson for 2018, I am excited about the upcoming year for our local section. We will continue to have an active section with traditional activities including the Student-Teacher Awards, Spencer Award events, and monthly All-Section meetings. Plans are also in the making for a GMO conference as well as other activities.

Our Executive Committee, volunteers, and members have diverse backgrounds that enliven our section. Many of the committee members have already served our local section for many years. And, while we have a wealth of experience, it is still important that we reach out and engage younger professionals. With this in mind, I request that all our section members become more involved by attending events and inviting coworkers, students, and friends to our activities. We welcome all professions and walks of life. Chemistry involves everyone!

I also encourage all members to reach out to our Executive Committee with new ideas for monthly presentations, activities, and grant proposals. We need new ways for our local section to be relevant and impactful for our members and communities. Contact information for our local section officers is at the end of every KC Chemist newsletter and on our website (kcacs.sites.acs.org).


Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve our Kansas City ACS section.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy New Year!