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August 2002 Minutes

Since the official minutes of the board meetings often don't give a decent picture of what actually transpired, here are the minutes with a bit of the discussion and some commentary included ( in italics ) to help round out your view. It still won't give you the full scoop, but hopefully it will help. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to call either your regional or one of the at-large directors. Better yet, come on down to the meetings. All board meetings are open to all members and you are cordially invited to attend to watch, listen, and offer your opinion in person. We'd love to see you there.

 

National Chimney Sweep Guild
Board of Directors Meeting
August 8, 2002
Indianapolis, Indiana

President Isenhour called the meeting National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors to order at 8:12 am.

Directors Present: John Bordelon, Michaele Dempsey, Ron Brigman, Paul Hempel, Bob Fish, Steve Pietila, John Pilger, Robert Huta, Howard Rowell, Joseph Sauter, Marion Schroll, Bart Ogden and Jerry Isenhour.

Staff Present: Greg Williamson, Melissa Heeke and Wayne Black

Guests present: Daniel Dempsey, Hans Marsen, Renee Brigman, Bo Tasso, Jim Brewer, and Susanne Dombrowski.

A motion was made by John Bordelon and seconded by Michaele Dempsey to approve the June minutes as submitted.

President Isenhour presented the president's report. In addition to the report submitted, he notified those present that the Hearth/NFI Board of Directors recently met at the CSIA Technology Center. Mr. Isenhour also announced that the board has accepted the resignation of Greg Williamson, NCSG/CSIA Executive Director, effective October 31, 2002. A discussion was held regarding an executive director candidate search.

Greg Williamson presented the Executive Director's report. A discussion was held regarding the Affiliate Member category.

Wayne Black presented the Legal report as submitted. A discussion was held.

Bob Fish presented the Affiliated Trades/Networking committee report. A discussion was held.

A motion was made by Steve Pietila and seconded by Michaele Dempsey stating: NCSG committee chairs are required to provide written annual goals and objectives to the board of directors by the August BOD meeting each year. Voting in favor: John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Bart Ogden, Steve Pietila, John Pilger, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll, and Jerry Isenhour. Motion passed unanimously.

Joseph Sauter presented the Ethics committee report as submitted.

Paul Hempel presented the Internet committee report. A discussion was held regarding hanging installation manuals on the website.

A motion was made by Joseph Sauter and seconded by Marion Schroll to accept the 2002-2003 budget as presented. Voting in favor: John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Bart Ogden, Steve Pietila, John Pilger, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll, and Jerry Isenhour. Motion passed unanimously.

Michaele Dempsey presented the Membership committee report as submitted. Robert Huta has been excused from the committee.

Bart Ogden presented the Nominating committee report as submitted. A discussion was held regarding term limits.

A motion was made by Bob Fish and seconded by Paul Hempel to recommend to the membership to change the Bylaws to change the director term limits from two three year terms to three three year terms.

Voting in favor: John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Bart Ogden, Steve Pietila, John Pilger, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll, and Jerry Isenhour. Motion passed unanimously.

A motion was made by Ron Brigman and seconded by Paul Hempel to recommend to the membership to change the bylaws to abolish term limits for officers of the NCSG.

A motion was made by Bob Fish and seconded by Marion Schroll to amend Brigman's motion to strike the words "to abolish" and insert the words "from three one year terms to five one year terms". Voting in favor: John Bordelon, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Robert Huta, Bart Ogden, Steve Pietila, John Pilger, Howard Rowell, Joseph Sauter, and Marion Schroll. Voting against: Ron Brigman and Paul Hempel. Abstained: Jerry Isenhour. Motion passed as amended.

As amended, Mr. Brigman's motion seconded by Mr. Hempel now reads: To recommend to the membership to change the bylaws from three one year terms to five one year terms for officers of the NCSG. Voting in favor: John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Bart Ogden, Steve Pietila, John Pilger, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll. Abstained: Jerry Isenhour. Motion passed.

Ron Brigman presented the Regional Convention committee report.

Bob Fish presented the Region 1 report as submitted.

Ron Brigman presented the Region 2 report as submitted.

Joseph Sauter presented the Region 3 report. He also reported the Ohio Chimney Sweep Guild has dissolved.

John Bordelon presented the Region 4 report as submitted.

Howard Rowell presented the Region 5 report. He reported that the Wisconsin Chimney Sweep Guild has expressed an interest in renting meeting space.

Marion Schroll presented the Region 6 report as submitted.

Steve Pietila presented the Region 7 report as submitted.

Michaele Dempsey presented the Region 8 report as submitted.

Robert Huta presented the Supplier Report as submitted.

New Business

A motion was made by Bart Ogden and seconded by Bob Fish that the National Chimney Sweep Guild adopts the IRS guidelines for mileage reimbursement. Voting in favor: John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Bart Ogden, Steve Pietila, John Pilger, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll, and Jerry Isenhour. Motion passed unanimously.

Meeting recessed at 1:25pm.

Meeting was reconvened at 3:20pm.

A motion was made by Bob Fish and seconded by Bart Ogden to set policy in regards to health insurance for employees as follows: The Guild will pay 80% of health care coverage of full-time employees after 90 days of employment and will not contribute to dependent coverage, effective September 1, 2002.

Voting in favor: John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Bart Ogden, Steve Pietila, John Pilger, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll, and Jerry Isenhour. Motion passed unanimously.

A motion was made by Steve Pietila and seconded by Bart Ogden that staff develops a membership survey in keeping with the long range planning policy. Voting in favor: John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Robert Huta, Bart Ogden, Steve Pietila, John Pilger, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, and Marion Schroll. Abstained: Paul Hempel and Jerry Isenhour.

A motion was made by Steve Pietila and seconded by Robert Huta to discontinue the policy of accruing compensatory time off for salaried employees. Voting in favor: John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Bart Ogden, Steve Pietila, John Pilger, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll. Abstained: Michaele Dempsey and Jerry Isenhour. Motion passed.

A motion was made by John Pilger and seconded by Bob Fish to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 3:36pm.