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The 2019-2020 Winter Filter Press Chemical news of the Georgia ACS Section

Did you know?

The original Filter Press was never about coffee! The original Filter Press moniker was inspired by the filter presses used in cotton seed machine pressing. Thank you to Don Hicks, Section Historian and Archivist, for sharing additional information about the Filter Press Newsletter. If you're interested in learning more about ACS Georgia Section history, check out the section's 50th anniversary Filter Press issue - which was printed in 1954!

We have new officers!

Jason Lye was elected to the chair elect position for 2020. He will then serve as chair and immediate past chair as part of the chair sucession as detailed in the section bylaws.

Ajay Mallia was elected to the treasurer position and will serve a two year term ending in 2021.

Kristin Dortch was elected to the member-at-large position and will serve a two year term ending in 2021.

David Sherrill, incumbent councilor, was re-elected as councilor for another three year term.

Don Hicks and Antara Dutta were elected to alternate councilor positions. Don will serve a three year term, ending in 2022. Antara is filling a alternate councilor vacancy and will serve a one year term, ending in 2020.

The U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) program is a chemistry competition for high school students. The purpose of the competition is to stimulate young people to achieve excellence in chemistry. The American Chemical Society has sponsored the program since 1984.

Encourage the students in your life to sign up for the ACS USNCO National Chemistry Olympiad. Your local section of the ACS organizes tutorials and examinations for this competition, which occurs in March.

National Budget & Finance Committee recognizes long-standing section leader, Joe Stoner.

Resolution for a Departing B&F Member

Joe Stoner – December 2019

It is my distinct pleasure and honor to recognize my friend of many years, a fellow member of the Georgia Local Section leadership team, and one of our B&F colleagues who has reached his statutory limit of service on this committee. He has made numerous contributions to the Committee and has served with great distinction.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE SOCIETY COMMITTEE ON BUDGET AND FINANCE EXPRESSES TO ITS GOOD FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, JOE STONER, ITS PROFOUND GRATITUDE FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY RECORD OF SERVICE TO THE COMMITTEE, AS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER FROM 2009-2010 AND AS A FULL MEMBER FROM 2011 – 2019. THE COMMITTEE EXTENDS ITS SINCERE THANKS FOR JOE’S VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS, THE CLARITY OF HIS COMMENTS, HIS WISE COUNSEL AND VALUABLE INSIGHTS; AND NOTES WITH APPRECIATION HIS SERVICE ON SEVERAL B&F SUBCOMMITTEES – MOST RECENTLY THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON PROGRAM REVIEW.

With deep respect and appreciation for his 11 years of service on B&F and his many contributions to the American Chemical Society, the Committee extends to Joe its sincere thanks for his valuable service, as well its warmest wishes for continued success in all future endeavors.

And I so move.

Do you have a story to share about chemistry in the southeast?

We're on the hunt for Atlanta chemistry community members who have a story to share as part of our new podcast project. If you're interested in learning more or sharing your story, contact Jahari Soward.

Be on the lookout - new email look and feel coming soon!

Next year we will be moving from our legacy email service to MailChimp as a way to better meet the needs of our members. The new service will allow us to better inform you of events, while decreasing the overall number of emails received. We will continue to update members throughout the process and will do our best to make the transition seamless and invisible for the membership at large.

News from our sister organizations and community partners

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Help foster the next generation of chemists!

Volunteer to be a judge at the Gwinnett Regional Science, Engineering and Innovation Fair on Friday February 21, 2020.

Correction - the original version of this newsletter described the councilor term as two years. It is a three year term per section bylaws.

Thanks for reading!

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