A. Purpose of this Procedures Manual
This procedures manual serves to formally
1. Provide the by-laws of the division in a readily accessible form to all the membership;
2. Describe the duties and responsibilities of elected Division officers;
3. Describe the duties and responsibilities of Division committees and task forces;
4. Document all recurring events of the Division officers and committees and provide an annual Division milestone calendar to ensure that all such events are satisfactorily planned, coordinated, and completed in a timely manner.
B. The Role of ACS Divisions
The American Chemical Society was chartered by Congress in 1938 to encourage in the broadest and most liberal manner possible the advancement of all branches of chemistry, as noted below:
"That the objects of the incorporation shall be to encourage in the broadest and most liberal manner the advancement of chemistry in all its branches; the promotion of research in chemical science and industry; the improvement of the qualifications and usefulness of chemists through high standards of professional ethics, education, and attainments; the increase and diffusion of chemical knowledge; and by its meetings, professional contacts, reports, papers, discussions, and publications, to promote scientific interests and inquiry, thereby fostering public welfare and education, aiding the development of our country's industries, and adding to the material prosperity and happiness of our people."
Because chemistry is a multifaceted scientific discipline, the Society established a mechanism by which ACS members who have a common interest in a specific branch of chemistry may organize a group known as an ACS Division, in order to focus upon, develop, and strengthen that branch of chemistry.
ACS Divisions have the dual responsibility of meeting the specific needs and expectations of their unique special interest groups while also meeting the more global objectives of the Society. These global objectives flow from the ACS Charter through the Divisions to the membership and, to the extent that these objectives are fulfilled by each Division, strength flows back to the ACS body as a whole. The major activities through which a Division fulfills its dual responsibilities are as follows:
- Recruitment of members, both to the Division and to the Society;
- Service specifically geared to the needs and expectations of Division members (academic, industrial, government, students, etc.) in order to both attract and retain them;
- Technical programs that meet the interests of and are accessible to the majority of Division members (local, regional, national, and international);
- Educational programs that facilitate the maintenance of professional competency;
- Outreach programs that serve to diffuse chemical knowledge and promote scientific interests to a broad audience, including the general public;
- Cooperative efforts on the local, national, and international level, including cooperative efforts across Divisions and with other societies—in order to maximize resources in the diffusion of scientific research; and
- Administrative and financial policies and procedures that ensure that a Division is sufficiently sound—both organizationally and financially—in order to organize, support, and fund its activities.