CAZACS 2019 Call for Nominations

We are opening the floor for 2019 nominations (including self-nominations) for the following positions:

Alternate councilor

Please submit your nominations (or self-nominations) and biography to or no later than 9/21/2019. We will verify acceptance of all nominations prior to ballot creation. Information about the duties of the positions and role on the executive committee are included below.

These positions serve as part of the local section executive committee and section representatives whose duties include conducting section business, approving fund disbursement, committee oversight, hospitality, planning and organization, budget, goals, and programming.

Serves as Program Chair for planning events (including tour speaker planning, hosting speakers), invited to attend ACS Leadership Institute, and assists the Chair. Term is one-year with election into position of the Chair.

Serves to chair meetings and direct section activities, oversee committees, correspond with National, delegate authority, create standing committee appointments, spokesperson for section, file Annual Report, host tour speaker. Term is one year following position of Chair-elect.

Serves to record minutes, receive rosters, manage election process, distribute communications, submit names to ACS Executive Director for new Officers, Committee Chairs, Councilors, and Alternate Councilors. Term is 2 years and may serve consecutive terms.

Serves to prepare budget, request allotment payment from Society, request member and affiliate dues collections, account for section money, file IRS forms, maintain accurate financial records, reports status to section, write checks, files annual financial report. Term is 2 years and may serve consecutive terms.

Councilor/Alt. Councilor
Serves to represent section at ACS Council meetings and attend National Meetings, reports actions of council to section, serve as Archivist and works with Hospitality. Term is 3 years and may serve consecutive terms.

CAZACS Retreat in Flagstaff

When we said “Beat the Heat,” we sure meant it!

It was hopping at the Historic Brewing company in downtown Flagstaff. Delicious brews, good food, and some live music! We even had a walk-in: a local NAU student & ACS member stopped by the bar, having not realized that CAZACS had ordered up some appetizers for all our local chemists. We offered to buy him a drink or two, and good times were had by all.
Sadly, it was a cloudy evening, and even some of the smoke from the nearby Museum Fire prevented much star-gazing (some stopped by Lowell anyway to try!).

Hotel accommodations at the Courtyard Marriott were pretty nice. There was a rodeo in town, which made for some great company for chemists hanging out at the hotel bar after the YCC happy hour.

Breakfast was plentiful, and the CAZACS governance in attendance enjoyed talking with our members. These discussions always give valuable feedback and new ideas. Thank you for those who made it to the breakfast to talk with CAZACS!

It was a healthy dose of rain on Saturday. We hoped to take a look at the sun using Lowell’s solar filters, but were we dodging between buildings in the deluge. Nonetheless, those that braved the weather got a special treat touring the Lowell Observatory and grounds with one of their observers. We learned about current research that the observatory is actively working on, and saw the Clark and Pluto Discovery telescopes (up close and personal), and had a look at the Putnam Collection.

We look forward to hosting another Flagstaff Retreat during the summer next year!

Call for Regional Award Nominations

The Rocky Mountain regional section of the ACS is calling for nominations for several awards, including:
– E. Ann Nalley Regional Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society
– Regional Award for Excellence in High School Teaching
– Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences

– Partners for Progress and Prosperity (P3) Award

Note that the deadline for some of these nominations is soon! August 1, 2019

For more information about these awards, please visit this ACS site.
To apply, please refer to the Call for Nominations

These Awards will be announced and presented at the Joint Southwest and Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting held in El Paso this November 13-16, 2019.

Beat the Heat with a Flagstaff Retreat!

Whether it’s cranking up the AC, darting from the lab or office to the car, or dodging the relentless sun with bits of shade, those that brave the Phoenix heat need a break!

Our Flagstaff-area CAZACS members know this well, which is why your ACS Central Arizona local section has organized events over two days in Flagstaff. Take this opportunity to get out of the Valley of the Sun and meet ACS members that reside in Arizona’s high country!

Full Itinerary

Friday, August 2, 5:30-7:30pm – Networking Mixer
Hosted by the Younger Chemists Committee
Historic Barrel + Bottle House
110 S San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Enjoy free appetizers and a beverage on us. Open to all CAZACS members and their guests (see FAQ below). After the Mixer, attendees are welcome to head to the Lowell Observatory for star-gazing and informal discussion (8-10pm).
Please RSVP for the YCC-hosted Networking Mixer here!

Spend the night!
We reserved a block of rooms with king-sized beds at reduced rates at the Courtyard Marriott Flagstaff.
Please reserve before July 9 through this link, before they’re booked up!
**UPDATE: The deadline for booking the reserved rooms has been extended through Friday, July 12**
Sorry, booking our reserved rooms is now closed. There are still plenty of places to stay in Flagstaff!

Saturday, August 3 – Breakfast with CAZACS
Courtyard Marriott Flagstaff
2650 South Beulah Boulevard, Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
Have some coffee and meet your CAZACS Executive board over breakfast! Learn about what your ACS local section is doing and what we have in store.
Please RSVP for the Networking Breakfast here!

Saturday, August 3, 3:00pm-5:00pm – Private Tour of the Lowell Observatory
Lowell Observatory
1400 West Mars Hill Rd., Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
Bring the family for a 2-hour private tour! Details to follow.
Please RSVP for the Lowell private tour here!



Can my Non-ACS friends and family come with?
Yes! Non-ACS members may attend for only $5 at each event (payable at the event, cash only). 

I’m in the Phoenix area and need help getting to Flagstaff. Can you help?
We’ll help connect you with any volunteer carpoolers, but no promises. Contact if you’re interested.

I’m in the Phoenix area and I want to go, but I don’t want to drive up alone. Who can I talk to?
We’ll help connect you with any volunteer carpoolers, but no promises. Contact if you’re interested.

I’m already in Flagstaff. What’s in it for me?
You’ll have a lot of opportunities to meet fellow Flagstaff-based ACS members, and can meet Phoenix-based ACS members, too! Your CAZACS executive board and committee members will be at these events to chat about upcoming events, and will help you organize more Flagstaff CAZACS events to come!

How can I convince CAZACS to do more events in Flagstaff?
The Central Arizona local section includes more than 700 members covering a geographic more than 40,000 square miles. Like any ACS local section, our governance and committee members are all volunteers. It’s a big job, and we want to do it, but we need your help!
If you are interested in more involvement with CAZACS, we would love to talk to you about it during the retreat, or reach out to us via email using our contact form.

Our next Central Arizona ACS Younger Chemists Committee Social Networking Mixer

Your Central Arizona Section of the American Chemical Society is excited to announce our next Younger Chemists Committee social networking mixer in Tempe at Salut Kitchen Bar (1435 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281) on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 2:30-4:30pm. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to meet local chemists and learn about future events and opportunities through CAZACS! Admission is free for all current ACS members, with a nominal $5 fee for non-ACS members. Appetizers are free, and each member will also receive a complimentary drink ticket. This will be a great opportunity to meet your fellow younger ACS members, and we encourage you to come out for an afternoon in Tempe!

To RSVP for the event, please use the included EventBrite link. All RSVPs should be received by May 5.

Thank you,
David Montelongo, Christina Forbes, T. Greg Tucker (Co-Liaisons, CAZACS YCC)

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