Dear North Jersey Section Members,
It is a great honor for me to serve as the Chair of the North Jersey Section of the ACS (NJACS) in 2016. I thank my colleagues on the executive committee, the topical group chairs, and the many volunteers who have contributed to numerous section activities and events throughout this year. I also want to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Monmouth Section for their active participation in events upon merging with the North Jersey Section. My distinguished predecessors have set a high bar of excellence in their service to the NJACS. Their dedication and service have inspired me to work diligently serving our members as well as strengthening our local section in the coming year.
As your next chair person, I will continue to promote the numerous activities and events that the NJACS supports. Strengthening member participation in section activities will be one of my top priorities. To maintain the vibrant activity of our local section, I warmly welcome members to donate a portion of their precious time and valuable expertise.
The North Jersey Section is the home of many dynamic, diverse topical groups and committees that are comprised of talented scientists in various fields of chemistry, including the Mass Spectrometry Discussion Group, Drug Metabolism Discussion Group, Chromatography Group, NMR Discussion Group, Organic Topical Group, Teacher Affiliates, Metro Women Chemists Committee, Younger Chemists Committee, and Careers in Transition Committee. These groups offer exciting seminars, symposia, and events throughout the year that provide unique opportunities for continuous education and networking. Because these groups do a great job promoting our organization with their monthly meetings and periodic symposia, I would like to explore ways to strengthen and support topical and discussion groups in return. Please check our website at www.njacs.org for activities throughout the year.
Attracting new members to join the ACS and retaining existing members will be key to our section’s future success. I plan to seek expert advice and support from parent organization on how to increase membership. An effective way of increasing membership is to promote job creation for chemistry professionals within the section territory. In recent years, there has been a steady decline of chemistry jobs in our area. I would like to explore whether the North Jersey Section perhaps could utilize its limited resources and networking capability to be of assistance in attracting to the section area new businesses that provide chemistry related jobs.
In closing, I am looking forward to an eventful year for our section and I am counting on your active participation in NJACS sponsored events, as well as your generous support and charitable donations. Lastly, I am looking forward to hearing from you to learn about your concerns and ideas for improving our section.