I am honored by this opportunity to serve our community and in awe of the challenges and opportunities that it presents.
I speak with the grateful voice of our community in acknowledging the dedication and contributions of the outgoing officers: John Armor and Umit Ozkan and of the continuing officers John Byrne and Edrick Morales. I also welcome Bruce Cook, Hong-Xin Li, and C.Y. Chen as new officers and thank them for their commitment to serve.
The youth, vigor, and quality evident at our 21st NAM in San Francisco served to confirm the intellectual and financial health of our discipline and of the North American Catalysis Society. Catalysis continues to serve as the enabling discipline in energy supply and conversion, in the synthesis of fuels and chemicals, and in our thoughtful care for the environment; it remains an essential contributor to quality of life and to sustainable growth in the world at large. As a discipline, its visibility and its support research base continue to grow, fueled by a combination of intellectual advances, new concepts and tools, evolving societal needs, and a consistent track record of practical impact.
The Society remains in excellent financial health. Its long-standing commitment to serve the community remains firmly entrenched within our very active local clubs and their dedicated leaders and members and amongst their counterparts in the national organization. We are committed to continue to return to our members the benefits of their dedication by growing our support for new generations of researchers and ideas, so that they enter safely and choose to stay. To balance novelty with history, we intend to expand our initiatives to preserve and proclaim our heritage and, in doing so, to recognize the contributions of the intellectual forces that shaped the concepts and tools upon which we build our future as a catalysis discipline.
We encourage your comments and suggestions, as well as your involvement in all activities and initiatives of the Society. You can always reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, North American Catalysis Society
20 October 2009