In addition to reviewing petitions, C&B (1) reviews proposed bylaw changes from ACS’s units: local sections, divisions, and international chemical sciences chapters, (2) certifies the unit’s bylaws if they are consistent with the ACS Governing Documents (Bulletin 5) and if the necessary information is sent to C&B before the required deadline, (3) ensures that C&B’s model bylaws for these units are consistent with the ACS Governing Documents, and (4) as necessary, works with appropriate committees to make changes to the model bylaws. Last year, C&B notified 70 units (63 local sections and seven divisions), urging them to update their bylaws, many of which have not been updated in decades. These bylaws are important; they are the rules and regulations governing the units’ officers and executive committees, and they dictate how the units conduct their business, including elections.
by V. Dean Adams, Chair, ACS Committee on Constitution and Bylaws |
March 23, 2019