In the next few weeks, all members of the North American Catalysis Society (NACS) will receive a ballot via electronic means. This ballot will request your vote for six of the eleven candidates for the position of Director-at-Large and also your vote regarding modifications of the by-laws of the Society. I encourage you to exercise your voting rights within the specified voting period.
Directors-at-large (DAL) serve four-year terms and are elected by the entire membership. Their new term will start during the NAM23 in Louisville. Elected DAL represent the entire membership by attending annual NACS Board meetings. The Board consists of the NACS officers, one representative from each local or affiliated society, and the DAL. The ballot will concurrently ask for your approval of modifications of the by-laws, including one to increase the number of DAL from four to six; if the modified by-laws are not approved, the four DAL candidates with the largest vote count will serve.
The modifications of the by-laws that are submitted for your approval consist of a series of motions already approved by the Board in the intervening years since the 2003 version. The electronic ballot will include a detailed description of such changes as well as a rationale for each one of them. These materials were posted into a single document that shows an overview of the proposed changes followed by the full text of the by-laws at Proposed By-laws — February 2013.
NACS consists of 14 affiliate local clubs and societies in Canada, Mexico, and the United States and well over 1,500 members. It was founded in 1956 and its mission includes the stewardship and support of NAM and logistical support and seed financial funding to the local organizing committees. NACS also provides joint funding for Kokes awards, presented to students to attend NAM, and financial support for students to attend the regular meetings of the local clubs and societies.
On behalf of the NACS leadership and its governing board, I encourage you to vote and I look forward to seeing you at NAM23 in Louisville (June 2–7, 2013; www.nam23.org/).
President, North American Catalysis Society
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