Greater Houston Section

ACS-GHS Welcomes Your Participation!

Your involvement is what makes the ACS-GHS great. We need volunteers for efforts of various proportion and length - something for everyone.  Below are some of the specific volunteer opportunities that we have available. If you are interested in volunteering but don't know where to start, email acs-ghs@acs-ghs.org or the GHS Volunteer Coordinator, Maryanne Mores at maryannemores@yahoo.com and we can help you get started.

Ongoing Volunteer Participation

Call for Nominations for the 2020 ACS-GHS Election

We are accepting nominations for candidates willing to fill the following open positions on the GHS Executive Board for the 2020 ACS-GHS Election. Nominees will be required to provide a brief bio and photograph for the ballot.

Please email your nominations or questions to acs-ghs@acs-ghs.org by October 22.

Chair-Elect

This is a 3-year continuing position on the Executive Committee. Chair-Elect handles matters, in concert with committee chairs, related to special programming like the summer social and the awards dinners. Chair-Elect plans the following year's speaker series and chapter meetings while assisting in the execution of the Chair's programming for the present year. Chair-Elect also serves on the Awards Committee. Should the Chair be unable to fulfill their duties (partially or in their entirety), the Chair-Elect will take on the additional duties.

Secretary

This is a 2-year term on the Executive Committee. The Secretary is responsible for keeping the records of the Local Section such as meeting minutes, member rosters and certifying the newly elected officers and Councilors to ACS. 

Treasurer

The Treasurer shall have charge of the funds of the Section and issue reports on the section finances, keep an accurate record of all receipts and disbursements, receive dues, and make those disbursements approved by the Executive Committee. 

Councilors and Alternate Councilors

This is a 3-year term on the Executive Committee. There are two Councilor and two Alternate Councilor positions available on the 2020 ACS-GHS Executive Committee. All nominees run for the Councilor position and the two runners up are named Alternate Councilors.

Councilors represent the GHS at council meetings at the national ACS meetings, currently held twice a year. Councilors serve as a liaison between GHS and ACS and are required to attend and vote at all council meetings at the national ACS meetings. Additionally, each Councilor is required to serve on at least one committee of the ACS and GHS. 

Alternate Councilors attend the national ACS meetings in place of Councilors as needed. Each Alternate Councilor is required to serve on at least one committee of the GHS. 

Directors

This is a 1-year term on the Executive Committee. Directors are considered entry-level positions of the Executive Committee. Directors are expected to attend all Executive Committee meetings of the GHS and serve on at least one standing committee of the GHS. There are four director positions available on the 2020 ACS-GHS Executive Committee.

Social Media Manager

Communications & Technology Committee

Time commitment: 1 - 2 hrs/week

We're looking for one or two members who are interested in and familiar with social media use to help run the ACS-GHS Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts. Responsibilities include working with the Communications & Technology Committee to advertise upcoming events, share section news and event updates, and interact with the community through our social media accounts. We usually work with a mix of scheduled and live posts so the time investment is flexible. This is a great opportunity to build your personal network within the Greater Houston Section while practicing your communication skills. Contact Dawn Friesen at dawn.friesen@gmail.com or acs-ghs@acs-ghs.org for more information.

Board and Committee Positions

We welcome members interested in running for executive board positions, chairing a committee, or sitting on one or more committees. We are particularly in need of a Technician Affairs Committee Chair, and members for the following committees:

  • Communications & Technology
  • Education
  • Programming
  • Younger Chemists
  • Women Chemists
  • Awards
  • Community Affairs

Please contact us at the email addresses above to discuss these or other open positions.

Chemistry Outreach Volunteers

Share Your Experience with Students

Time commitment: 1 - 2 hrs

Date: Various

Location: Various

Are you willing to share your experience as a chemist or chemistry technician with high school (afternoon) or college students (evening)? We're looking for volunteers who can either give a short presentation or simply speak freely to the students. Expected time commitment is 1-2 hours, including travel. To volunteer, contact acs-ghs@acs-ghs.org.


San Jacinto College STEM Expos

Time commitment: ~3 hrs

Dates: October 24, November 7, and November 21, 2019

Location: San Jacinto Campuses (Central, North, South)

We are looking for volunteers to help with hands-on chemistry demonstrations at the San Jacinto STEM Expo on their Central Campus on Oct 24th and South Campus on Nov 21st.  We are also looking for a coordinator and volunteers for the North Campus on Nov 7th.  All events are from 5:30 - 7:00 pm, and require a security check and safety training in advance of the event.

  • To volunteer for the Central or South campus events, please contact Kerry Spilker directly at  Kspilker@chevron.com. The Central (Pasadena) campus will have safety training on September 24 at 4:45 pm. T-Shirts for volunteers will be given out at that time.
  • Please contact acs-ghs@acs-ghs.org if you would like to coordinate or volunteer for the North campus event.

Volunteer for National Chemistry Week

Time commitment: ~3 hrs

Date: October 26, 2019

Location: Children's Museum of Houston

The ACS Greater Houston Section will be holding a National Chemistry Week event at the Children's Museum of Houston on Saturday, October 26th and needs volunteers to help with hands-on experiments. Two shifts are available, 9 am - noon and 1 - 3 pm. To sign up for a volunteer shift, please contact Bob Botto at bbotto49@gmail.com.

Education Rainbow Challenge

Date: November 16, 2019

Location: Northside High School, 1101 Quitman St., Houston, TX 77009

Contact: emeamba@yahoo.com

We invite you to serve as a volunteer for the science demonstrations at the Education Rainbow Challenge (ERC) program. ERC promotes an interest in math and science for 3 – 5th grade elementary school children in the Houston area. Please use the link below to volunteer with us:

https://forms.gle/otRGtGAkFAcTSnLW8

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