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August 2003 Minutes

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National Chimney Sweep Guild
Board of Directors Meeting
August 15, 2003
Plainfield, Indiana

President Isenhour called the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors to order at 8:10 a.m.

Directors Present: John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Steve Kuber, Hans Marsen, Steve Pietila, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll, Jerry Isenhour

Staff Present: Mark McSweeney, Melissa Heeke, Royal Edwards

Guests Present: Renee Brigman, Daniel Dempsey, Jim Conant

A motion was made by Bob Fish and seconded by Joseph Sauter to approve the minutes of the May 9, 2003 NCSG Board meeting as submitted. Voting in Favor: John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Steve Kuber, Hans Marsen, Steve Pietila, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll, Jerry Isenhour Motion passes.

A motion was made by Huta and seconded by Rowell to approve the minutes (with changes) of the May 19, 2003 NCSG Board Internet meeting as submitted. Voting in Favor: John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Steve Kuber, Hans Marsen, Steve Pietila, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll, Jerry Isenhour Motion passes.

President's Report: As submitted by Jerry Isenhour

A motion was made by Isenhour and seconded by Marsen to restructure the NCSG Technical Committee by renaming this working group the NCSG Technical Advisory Council headed by the NCSG Technical Director. Voting in Favor: John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Steve Kuber, Hans Marsen, Steve Pietila, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll, Jerry Isenhour Motion passes.

Treasurer's Report: as submitted by Howard Rowell
A discussion was held regarding membership invoicing procedures.

A motion was made by Pietila and seconded by Sauter to approve the treasurer's report. Voting in Favor: John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Steve Kuber, Hans Marsen, Steve Pietila, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll, Jerry Isenhour Motion passes.

A discussion was held regarding collecting agenda items for future meetings. Reminders to be sent by staff at three weeks, two weeks and one week prior to submission deadline.

Executive Director's Report: As submitted by Mark McSweeney
A discussion was held regarding technological capabilities at the CSIA Technology Center.

Legal Report: Submitted by Wayne Black, Esq.

Regional Reports:
Region 1: As submitted
Fish also presented an update on legislation in RI, CT and MA.

Region 2: As submitted
A discussion was held on the importance of cooperating with regional HPBA affiliates.

Region 3: As submitted
A discussion was held regarding employee safety in light of a recent accident in Ohio claiming an employee of a member company.

Region 4: As submitted

Region 5: As submitted
Rowell also included an update on Jack Pixley's health.

Region 6: As submitted
Schroll also presented an update from the Texas guild meeting. CSIA certification is no longer required for membership.

Region 7: As submitted

Region 8: As submitted
A discussion was held regarding the upcoming D&D session in Burbank.

Supplier: As submitted
A discussion was held regarding the Supplier Survey.

Committee Reports:

Finance Committee: As submitted by Howard Rowell

Membership Committee: As submitted by Dempsey and Kuber.
A discussion was held regarding membership recruitment strategies and reporting results from tradeshow involvement.

Trade, Development & Marketing: As submitted
A discussion was held regarding supplier members distributing marketing materials.

Ethics Committee: As submitted.

Internet Committee: As submitted. Schroll also presented brief report on discussion list activity.

Convention Committee: As submitted. A discussion was held regarding site selection.

Regional Convention Coordination: As submitted

Affiliated Trades: As submitted
A discussion was held regarding participation in the FDIC and ASHI tradeshows in 2004.

Retail Sales: As submitted
A discussion was held regarding online retail sales.

Technical Committee: As submitted

New Business:

FY2004 Budget Approval:
A motion was made by Huta and seconded Dempsey to approve the budget as submitted. Voting in Favor: John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Steve Kuber, Hans Marsen, Steve Pietila, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll, Jerry Isenhour
Motion passes.

NFPA 31 Committee report was submitted as information.

History Committee report was submitted as information.

A motion was made by Sauter to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Fish . The meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m. Voting in Favor: John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Steve Kuber, Hans Marsen, Steve Pietila, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll, Jerry Isenhour
Motion passes.