Behind the scenes at CAZACS, there is a small but mighty group of volunteers that serves the local section community. Collectively these individuals organize outreach in the community, run executive committee meetings, establish the yearly calendar, coordinate yearly elections for section officers, lead event planning committees (Annual Recognition Banquet, retreats), represent the section at regional and national levels, address emails, and manage the budget.
There are many reasons that individuals in this group volunteer their time for CAZACS. Some opportunities include:
Why Consider Leadership in the Local Section?
- Involvement in making policy decisions with the ACS
- Giving back to the community
- Sharing a passion for science
- Learning a transferrable skill like budgeting or event-planning
- Gaining leadership experience through the ACS Leadership Institute
- Networking with fellow chemists in Central Arizona
We invite our members to consider becoming active volunteers in the local section, especially members interested in executive committee member roles that require nomination and election.
The end of 2021 marks the end of terms for a few of our elected roles, including:
The Chair-Elect serves as program chair and has the principal responsibility for planning and arranging the section’s meeting programs for the year during which he or she will be chair. In addition, the chair-elect often serves as the primary speaker planner for the section.
In practice, the Chair-Elect assists the Chair with program planning for one year, while they plan the next year’s calendar of events where they themselves will serve as Chair.
First and foremost, the treasurer receives and disburses the section’s operating funds and is responsible for accounting for all section moneys, including annual ACS allotments, local membership dues, and program revenues and expenses. The treasurer is expected to maintain accurate financial records for the section and prepare periodic and annual reports on the section’s fiscal condition. The treasurer is also responsible for filing Internal Revenue Service Forms. For CAZACS, this role serves for a two-year term.
The section secretary has a broad range of responsibilities, among the most essential being those of maintaining the membership list and other section records. The secretary is depended upon for other aspects of section administration as well, including recording and maintaining a complete file of minutes of all general membership and executive committee meetings, and writing regular section correspondence. For CAZACS, the Secretary is also the Chair of the Communications Committee, responsible for communications with the local section members. The Secretary role is a two-year term for CAZACS.
There are two Councilors and two Alternate Councilors in CAZACS, which carry the responsibility of representing CAZACS at Council Meetings that take place twice a year. These meetings cover many topics at regional and national levels of the ACS, and attendees must be certified by the Secretary. The Councilor role is a three-year term.
In addition to elected roles, several committees take responsibility for planning special events and programs, including Outreach, Awards, Younger Chemists, and others.