Comments From the Chair

January 2021 Issue

Happy New Year! I hope that it is a happy, healthy, and peaceful year for you.
Obviously, 2020 was not the year anyone expected. However, this has given us a wonderful opportunity to think about the things that are important to us and to evaluate if we are on the track that we hope to be. I would like to share my vision for the Section in 2021 and invite your feedback.

My first goal is to make the ACS Philadelphia Local Section the place to learn about resources for all things chemistry-related in the greater Philadelphia Area. We will be maintaining a calendar of all events in the greater Philadelphia Area on our website:
(https://phillyacs.org/meetings-and-events/). Please check there often for interesting events within our Section and partners. If you have an event that you would like posted on the calendar, please email PhilaACS@gmail.com with the relevant information including date, time and registration information. I recommend offering a registration option for all virtual events to prevent “zoom bombers” or participants interested in disrupting the event rather than attending. I encourage all local colleges and universities to post any seminars that are open to the public on our calendar.

My second goal is to create a sense of belonging, empowerment, and ownership in our member-ship. As many have said before me, this Section is your Section. While we have many amazing volunteers currently, it may not always be clear how to volunteer with the Section or what volunteer positions are vacant. To make the volunteer process more transparent, I am going to be using my Chair’s Column to highlight current committees. It will focus on the mission of the committee, current volunteers, and opportunities to get involved. I am a fan of the philosophy that if you can envision it, you can create it; I promise to work with you to bring new programming and events to the Section as you have a passion for them. I hope that if you are not already a volunteer, you will find some way that excites you to get involved. Please always feel free to email PhilaACS@gmail.com with an interest to get involved. We will be posting our committee meetings on the Section’s calendar on our website. Please feel free to take a look and join any of the meetings that look interesting to you. Note that registration may be required.

I invite you to attend our monthly Section meetings, including the January meeting where you will have an opportunity to meet members of the Section’s leadership and play a game of Jeopardy focusing on trivia from our Philadelphia Local Section.

The Section has done a terrific job of pivoting in the face of the pandemic in 2020, including moving to virtual meetings. While there is hope that we can move back to in person meetings in the foreseeable future, we intend to hold all our meetings virtually until May. In May we are hoping to have an outdoor networking event at a winery.

I would like to end by thanking all of the many existing volunteers for our Section. There are so many things that you do to make our Section a place to learn and grow while making friends and giving back. Thank you!