Chair Notes

Dear ACS Community,

Participation in ACS volunteer opportunities has given me great personal satisfaction and a sense of belonging to the greater scientific community. I have given my time within our Section to ChemExpo, our National Chemistry week celebration, Earth Fair at Balboa Park’s for Chemist’s Celebrate Earth Week, at ACS National conferences tabling for our Local Section, cooking at our annual family picnic, and giving a helping hand at monthly member meetings. Not to mention volunteering to be chair of the Local Section which came complete with a weekend trip to Atlanta for leadership training. The members of the San Diego Local Section Executive Committee are a great bunch of people who generously give their time, knowledge and wisdom to newcomers and old-timers alike! Cultivating personal relationships within the ACS membership has enhanced my life and my career opportunities!

I encourage you to participate in our Local Section, too. Volunteer today! Your Local Section needs you! Many opportunities exist. We have openings for leadership positions, i.e., annual elections are just around the corner in November, submit your bio now for candidacy! We also are hoping for Membership Committee, Nominations Committee, and Women’s Chemists Committee volunteers. We have information readily available and support from our Executive Committee to help these groups succeed. If you have ideas for online meetings or events, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Our next Executive Committee Meeting will take place on Thursday, August 6th, 6 PM, online. In this era of COVID-19 our meetings are now on the web platform “Zoom”. I can give you basic introductory training to get you participating. All you need is a smartphone or computer, microphone, speakers, and internet service! As always, all members (this means you) who wish to become more involved or experienced with our Local Section are invited to attend. You will need to contact me at for an invite. Please RSVP so I may add you to the list of attendees.

Thank you,
James Caldwell, Ph.D., 2020 Chair
San Diego Section of the American Chemical Society
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