In 1914 the American Chemical Society granted a charter to the South Carolina Section that encompassed the entire state of South Carolina. With the advent of World War I (1914 – 1917), the Section became inactive in 1915 and remained so until 1927. Initially, one of the principal missions of the Section was to promote chemical research within the state of South Carolina and to communicate the results of the research. Meetings, at which one or two papers were presented, were held sporadically at different locations when there was something “new” to report. Eventually, the lack of efficient transportation and the great distances between cities militated against very regular meetings. Consequently, the American Chemical Society agreed to divide South Carolina into four distinct Sections: Carolina Piedmont (Charlotte), Savannah River (Aiken), South Carolina (Columbia) and Western Carolinas (Asheville). The South Carolina Section is composed of approximately 720 American Chemical Society members residing in the following counties:
Allendale Bamberg Beaufort Berkeley Calhoun Charleston Chester Chesterfield Clarendon Dorchester Fairfield Florence Georgetown Hampton Horry Jasper Kershaw Lancaster Lee Lexington Marion Marlboro Orangeburg Richland Sumter Williamsburg
The Executive Committee plans the annual program and oversees the activities of the section.
Officers (Chair, chair-elect, past chair, secretary-treasurer) are elected annually.
Councilors and alternate councilors serve three-year terms.