The American Malacological Society (est. 1931)

The American Malacological Union, now the American Malacological Society, was founded in 1931 chiefly through the organizing efforts of Norman W. Lermond, a New England farmer, utopian community founder, Socialist Party politician, and amateur naturalist. Although a national organization of malacologists had long been discussed, Lermond undertook correspondence with amateur and professional malacologists throughout the country, and eventually gathered the names of 192 persons interested in forming an organization. Its first meeting was held on April 30-May 2, 1931, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with 29 attendees from 12 states. Its first president was Henry A. Pilsbry of Philadelphiaâs Academy of Natural Sciences.

In 1997, an Internet presence was established with the introduction of a "home page" accessible via the World Wide Web to anyone with access to the Internet. Early fall of 1998, the membership voted to change the name of the organization from the American Malacological Union (AMU) to the American Malacological Society (AMS). In 1931 the choice of the word "Union" was appropriate as the organization was a group of professionals, a union of shell clubs, and individual amateurs. Over the years the word "Union" evolved to refer to trade and labor groups. The word "Union" presented problems for treasurers in establishing banking arrangements and for Presidents seeking outside funding for various functions of the organization. The name change brought the organization more in line with comparable societies with a better understanding of its focus, goals, and activities.


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Council and Committees 

Council (2018-2019)

President
Ellen Strong 

President-elect

Tim Collins

Vice President
Tim Rawlings

Secretary
Amanda Lawless

Treasurer
Elizabeth Shea

Councilors-at-Large

Ken Hayes
Marta deMaintenon
Jann Vendetti

* non-voting council positions
 

Past President
Norine Yeung

Past President <10 Years

Past President >10 Years
José Leal

AMB Editor
Wallace "Marty" Meyer 

AMB Managing Editor*
Kevin Roe

Councilor-at-Large (Student)
Jessica Goodheart



Council (2017-2018)

President
Norine Yeung 

President-elect

Ellen Strong 

Vice President
Tim Collins

Secretary
Amanda Lawless

Treasurer
Charles Sturm, Jr.

Councilors-at-Large

Daniel Graf
Marta deMaintenon
Tim Pearce
Maria Moreno (student)

* non-voting council positions
 

Past Presidents
Ángel Valdés
José Leal
Gary Rosenberg

AMB Editor

Wallace "Marty" Meyer 

AMB Managing Editor*
Kevin Roe

AMS Newletter Editor*
Christine Parent



Committees (2017-2018)


Annual Meeting Committee 2018
Norine Yeung, Chair

Constitution/Bylaws
Paula Mikkelsen, Chair

Endowment Review
Rüdiger Bieler, Chair
Alan J. Kohn
José Leal

Membership
Elizabeth Davis-Berg, Chair

Student Awards
Jeanne Serb, Chair
Peter Marko
 

Auditing and Budget
Ellen Strong
Tim Collins

Conservation
Jay Cordeiro, Chair

Nominating
TBA

Publications
Colleen Winters, Chair
Elizabeth Shea 
Amanda Lawless
Charles Sturm, Jr.
Kevin Roe
Peter Marko
Christine Parent

Systematics
Charles Lydeard, Chair
Peter Marko
Ken Hayes

Resolutions and Recognition
Paula M. Mikkelsen, Chair


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