American Chemical Society

Following the guidelines of the National American Chemical Society, the Washington and Lee University American Chemical Society chapter invites, motivates, and encourages students and community members to explore the many ways that chemistry connects to their world. Supported by the American Chemical Society, the chapter provides fun, authentic, and hands-on opportunities for members to: experience chemistry beyond what is taught in the classroom, learn about study and career opportunities in the many and varied fields of chemistry, provide service for the betterment of their communities, discover and pursue connections within the larger chemistry community, and develop leadership and communication skills.

Contact: Karen Villarroel '16

Constitution

A. History of Organization

i. The organization is part of the National American Chemical Society and is currently listed as an active chapter. It was first chartered in 2008 and has received the 2009 and 2010 Certificates of Achievement from the national organization.
ii. This founding document was drafted on May 6, 2015, and approved on May 8, 2015, by a majority of the chapter re-instituting members.

B. Mission Statement

i. Following the guidelines of the National American Chemical Society, the Washington and Lee University American Chemical Society chapter invites, motivates, and encourages students and community members to explore the many ways that chemistry connects to their world. Supported by the American Chemical Society, the chapter provides fun, authentic, and hands-on opportunities for members to: experience chemistry beyond what is taught in the classroom, learn about study and career opportunities in the many and varied fields of chemistry, provide service for the betterment of their communities, discover and pursue connections within the larger chemistry community, and develop leadership and communication skills.

C. Requirements for Membership

i. Membership is granted to any student with interest in the organization and members are encouraged to join the national chapter as well to make the most of their experiences.

D. Organization of Leadership/Officers

i. Active Chair

a. The Active Chair is responsible for representing the American Chemical Society Washington and Lee chapter in public. In addition, the Active Chair is responsible for planning and organizing events, and delegating tasks to other members to maximize the success of said events.

ii. Secretary

a. The Secretary assists the Active Chair in his/her duties. In addition, the Secretary maintains a record of club meetings and events as well as reserves spaces to hold meetings.

iii. Treasurer

a. The Treasurer oversees the club's budget and allocates funds accordingly.

iv. Historian

a. The Historian is responsible for maintaining the Chemistry display case on the 4th floor of the science center as well as making the end of the year summary video.

iv. The Active Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian will be elected by a majority vote of the general body. This annual election will take place in February and those selected will hold their positions until the following election.

E. Outreach

i. The Washington and Lee American Chemical Society Chapter will benefit the W&L community and the surrounding Rockbridge area by hosting public events such as science demonstrations and readings at local elementary schools. Such events serve as a unique environment in which W&L students and staff can share their knowledge of chemistry. Annual events may include demonstrations during Parents and Family Weekend, Alumni Weekend, Accepted Students' Day, and Johnson Finalists Week.