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Local Section Leaders Mid-Year Webinar May 9, 2012 3:00-4:00 PM (Eastern Time). Lee Latimer, Chair, Committee on Local Section Activities California Local Section. Preparing For Your Fall Activities. Tom Beattie, Chair, Subcommittee on Local Section Assistance & Development

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local section leaders mid year webinar may 9 2012 3 00 4 00 pm eastern time
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Local Section Leaders Mid-Year WebinarMay 9, 20123:00-4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Lee Latimer, Chair, Committee on Local Section Activities

California Local Section

preparing for your fall activities
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Preparing For Your Fall Activities

Tom Beattie, Chair, Subcommittee on Local Section Assistance & Development

Alexa Serfis, Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Local Section Assistance & Development

  • Elections
  • Welcome back event for section members
  • Transition planning for chair and chair-elect
  • Invite speakers for spring 2013 events
  • National Chemistry Week (NCW)
  • Get a jump on your 2012 annual report

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  • Must be open to all
  • By mail or electronic
  • Bylaws need to be consistent
  • Biographies of candidates prepared and vetted
  • Succession plan helps here

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  • Every member needs opportunity to vote
  • Use personal contact to identify candidates – Emails, general notices don’t work well!
  • Turnout is not always sterling!
  • Multiple candidates – careful to avoid friction

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  • Constitute a nominating committee
  • Committee needs to be consistent with your section bylaws
  • Select those who have a knowledge/feel for section and its people
  • Consult former officers to see who might be desirable candidates for office
  • Important to select doers, not just bodies

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fall kick off
Fall Kick-off
  • Plan a “Welcome Back” Event
    • Include students/faculty returning to school
    • Provide pizza or snacks
    • Talk about upcoming events (fall speakers, NCW)
    • Ask attendees what upcoming events they would like to have
    • Ask for volunteers to do specific tasks/events

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transition planning
Transition Planning
  • Make sure chair-elect is prepared for role as chair
  • Current chair needs to spend time and coach chair-elect
  • Plan attendance for 2013 Leadership Institute
    • Critical for chair-elect to attend
    • Consider sending additional representative(s)
    • January 25-27, 2013 in Dallas, TX

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invite 2013 speakers
Invite 2013 Speakers
  • Review Online Speaker Directory for possible speakers
  • Invite speakers for spring 2013 events – local is cheaper
  • Types of talks
    • Technical
    • Popular science
    • General interest
    • Science Cafe
  • Post event calendar on section’s website

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planning national chemistry week
Planning National Chemistry Week
  • Establish community partnerships
    • Industry
    • Local Universities, Colleges and High Schools
    • Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts
    • Fire, Police, Water Departments
  • Identify a NCW and Public Relations Chair
  • Get an early start on preparations
  • Set up committees for different activities

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your 2012 annual report
Your 2012 Annual Report
  • Get an early start on your section’s annual report – FORMS is great for this!
  • Record activities as they occur throughout the year
  • Event chairs and meeting moderators can write summaries in real time
  • Compile lists of venues, menus, and people involved for future use

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acs leadership program
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ACS Leadership Program

Lucy Eubanks

Committee on Local Section Activities and

ACS Leadership Advisory Board

acs leadership program1
ACS Leadership Program
  • ACS volunteers help ensure the long-term vitality of the Society.
  • The Society gains from its investment in leadership development.
  • Two components
    • ACS Leadership Development System
    • ACS Leadership Institute

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why do i need leadership skills
Leadership is the top skill organizations say they need most.

• The Chemical Enterprise needs leaders to meet tough challenges.

• Since 2009, ACS has made available the Leadership Development System to address these needs.

ACS encourages as many members as possible to develop leadership skills.

You benefit professionally and in your volunteer role.

Why do I need leadership skills?

“Leadership is the ability to influence a group toward obtaining a particular result.”Warren Bennis,Leadership Expert

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when where how much
When/Where/How Much?
  • Over 45 courses offered throughout the year at:
    • National Meetings (5 to be offered at the Philadelphia Nat’l Meeting)
    • Regional Meetings
    • Local Sections
    • ACS Leadership Institute
    • Self-paced on-line courses ($25 member/$50 non-member)
    • 4-Hour Courses ($150 member/$300 non-member)
    • 8-Hour Extraordinary Leaders course ($650 member/$800 non-member)

Full and partial scholarships are available for all courses

Contact: [email protected]

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upcoming courses
Upcoming Courses

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everything you need to know
Everything you need to know…


  • Course schedules and locations
  • Online courses
  • Course descriptions
  • Course brochure
  • Scholarship information

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leadership courses at local sections
Leadership Courses at Local Sections
  • Local section can host Leadership Development System courses
    • Planning Guide and Marketing Kits available
    • Professional development opportunity for members
    • ACS provides facilitator, course materials, etc.
    • $150 per person (minimum 8 registrations)
  • NEW! Customized Strategic Planning Workshops
    • 1.5 day customized Strategic Planning course and workshop
    • Contact [email protected] for pricing and other information.
    • Strategic Planning webinar to be offered later this summer.

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  • Effective leaders are formed, not born.
  • Future leaders learn key skills from leadership courses.
  • Proven results useful at work and as a volunteer.
  • Becoming skilled requires practice.
  • Local Sections have many great practice opportunities.
  • Build skills, create leaders, and make an impact!!!

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More Information:


email: [email protected]

twitter: @ACS_Leaders

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