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05. January 2009

Rubber Division, ACS celebrates 100th anniversary

The Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) celebrates 100 years of service to people and organisations associated with the rubber and affiliated industries throughout the year in 2009.

Plans are well underway for several exciting events to celebrate this occasion in addition to the Rubber Division's scheduled Technical Meetings, Rubber Expo and various educational opportunities. The first event will be a black-tie optional gala, the Centennial Celebration on 4 May 2009 in Akron, OH, USA. That same evening, The Rubber Mirror: Reflections of the Rubber Division's First 100 Years, a book that documents the 100-year history (1909-2009) of the Rubber Division through the lives of the many people who created the organisation that exists today, will be released. During the 13 – 15 October 2009, Rubber Expo in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, the Division will host a Birthday Bash party for all attendees. The Rubber Division is also hosting a Rubber Band invention contest for middle school students along with The University of Akron and its Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA).

Gary Horning, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Polymer Valley Chemicals, Inc., will serve as the Rubber Division's 2009 Chair and oversee all the Centennial Celebration events. His theme for the year is "Reflections, Challenges & Expectations." Horning takes over for 2008 Chair Allan Feit.

Other Steering Committee members for 2009 include Chair-Elect Timothy S. Dickerson, R.T. Vanderbilt Company; Past Chair Allen Feit, Consultant; Secretary Walter H. Waddell, ExxonMobil Chemical; Assistant Secretary Leonard Thomas, Caterpillar, Inc.; Treasurer Joseph Walker, Freudenberg NOK General Partnership; Assistant Treasurer Doug Ruch, ChemRep Inc.; Director of Bylaws and Procedures Charles P. Rader, retired; Directors' Representative Robert E. Carroll III, R.E. Carroll Inc.; Directors' Representative-Elect Leo Goss, Rhein Chemie Corporation; Councilors John M. Long, Lion Copolymer and Charles P. Rader; Alt. Councilor Walter H. Waddell; and Rubber Division Executive Director Edward L. Miller.

Horning has identified some of the challenges for 2009 as the current economy and its effect on the Rubber Division's membership, reviewing selected business practices and potential partnerships to expand the Division.

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