Minnesota Local Section

Senior Chemist Group

The Senior Chemist Group of the Minnesota ACS was started by Lynn Hartshorn (Local  Section Councilor) in January 2014. Since then we have been meeting about every two months for lunch (ordered from the menu, self-paying) at the Green Mill restaurant on Hamline and Grand Avenue in St. Paul. The idea of founding this new group is to provide an additional daytime meeting possibility for seniors (and others). The objective is largely for social interaction. However, we also help seniors find volunteer opportunities, and have informal 20-minute talks about chemistry and other sciences. So far themes for our meetings have included:

  • An introduction to volunteer opportunities, with some examples and useful sources, and a discussion by seniors who volunteer.
  • A crossword challenge
  • Three 20-minute informal talks at three different meetings. The titles were:
    • Small Particles and Large Molecules
    • Dry Erase 101, with Demonstrations
    • Is there a Future for Coal?

We are open to suggestions about other activities or volunteer for talks. All are welcome, both retired chemists and not retired, and guests are always welcome. Please join us!

If you are interested in attending the next lunch, email Lynn Hartshorn at lghartshorn@stthomas.edu

Senior Chemists Lunch - December 6

You are invited to a special holiday Senior Chemists Lunch on Wednesday, December 6 at 11:30 am at the Green Mill Restaurant on Hamline and Grand Avenue in St. Paul. There will be no charge for the lunch, just for your beverage. Lunch will consist of a selection of pizzas and salads (including gluten free pizza).

There will be a short informal program. Joan and Richard Newmark will review the book "The War on Science" by Shawn Otto, and Scott Anderson will review the book "Alone in the Universe" by John Gribbin. If you have read either of these books you are welcome to join our discussions, also to suggest other science-based books that senior scientists will enjoy. 

There will be some door prizes, including the books we discuss.

Come and enjoy meeting other senior chemists. All are welcome, including first time visitors, and spouses and guests. You do not have to be retired to attend our lunches. Other scientists are welcome too!

Reservations are necessary. RSVP to Lynn Hartshorn by Monday, December 4 at noon.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Oct 21 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Monday, Oct 30 at 8:00 AM - Friday, Nov 3 8:00 PM
Thursday, Nov 9 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday, Nov 14 at 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM