Friday, November 6, 2015

The Circle That's Not Necessarily Silver

Chair Column, Gina Malczewski, Chair, Midland Section ACS

Our senior chemists (ACS Silver Circle) group is up and running – only it doesn't have to be just for seniors, and there are other minerals in the mix besides silver. Yes, we received a grant from the National ACS to start a group focused on the interests of "experienced" ACS members, but EVERYONE is invited to the upcoming kickoff event on Thursday, November 12 at 11:30 AM-12:45 PM at Creative 360 (1517 Bayliss Street, Midland) for a FREE LUNCH, to hear some speakers addressing ways to tap into this experience pool and utilize its members available free time, and a discussion about potential future group activities. As this volunteer group gets going, future programs will also likely be open to those of any age.

Mentoring and networking sessions (like the one being offered at CMU on November 13, see related article on p. 3 and information flyer on p. 4) are among the suggested activities for this group. Classes or field trips or neighborhood projects might also be of interest – as well as involvement in the upcoming 2019 Midland Section ACS centennial efforts. That year we will celebrate the GOLDEN anniversary of Central Regional Meetings, the DIAMOND jubilee of the first fully integrated polycrystalline silicon plant (established by Dow Corning in Hemlock), and the PLATINUM anniversary of the first introduction of Saran Wrap by Dow Chemical. We are all part of a rich history!

So join us at the kickoff event of our Silver Circle group on November 12, and help us consider new ways to celebrate each other and the ageless pursuit of chemistry. For more information or questions about the new Silver Circle group, please contact Gretchen Kohl at

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