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August 2006 Minutes

National Chimney Sweep Guild
Board of Directors Meeting
August 11, 2006
CSIA Technology Center

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President Rowell called the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors to order at 11:50 a.m.

Directors Present: Paul Anderson, Ron Brigman, Randy Brooks, Kevin DeLucenay, Robert Huta, Diane Pilger, Bob Priesing, Thomas Rhines, Howard Rowell, George Stroup, John Wharton, Steve Pietila.

Directors Absent: Bob Burney

Staff Present: Mark McSweeney, Debbie Cornelius, Ashley Eldridge, Royal Edwards, Melissa Heeke and David Reader, Esq. (via web conference).

Guests Present: Eric Adair, Bill Hussel, Renee Brigman, Jim Baynes and Bo Tasso.

A motion was made by George Stroup and seconded by John Wharton to approve the minutes of the May 24, 2006 meeting as amended. All in favor. Motion passes.

President’s Report – Submitted by Howard Rowell.

Treasurer’s Report – Submitted by Ron Brigman.

A motion was made by Bob Priesing and seconded by Paul Anderson to accept the FY06-07 budget as submitted. Voting in favor: Paul Anderson, Ron Brigman, Randy Brooks, Kevin DeLucenay, Robert Huta, Steve Pietila, Diane Pilger, Bob Priesing, Thomas Rhines, George Stroup and John Wharton. Motion passes.

Executive Director’s Report: Submitted by Mark McSweeney.

Legal Report: Presented by Mark McSweeney as submitted by Art Garrett. A discussion was held regarding claims made against a Sweeping advertiser.

Region Reports
Region 1: Submitted by George Stroup
Region 2: Submitted by Ron Brigman. He provided an update on the restructuring of the Southeastern Chimney Sweep Association. Four of the member groups are currently trying to restructure the organization for the future.
Region 3: Submitted by Thomas Rhines
Region 4: Submitted by John Wharton
Region 5: Submitted by Howard Rowell
Region 6: Submitted by Bob Burney.
Region 7: Submitted by Steve Pietila.
Region 8: Submitted by Randy Brooks.
Supplier Representative: Submitted by Robert Huta.

Committee Reports
Bylaws: Submitted by Randy Brooks
Long Range Planning: Submitted by Randy Brooks
Membership: Submitted by Randy Brooks. A discussion was held regarding the success of recent membership recruitment efforts and retention moving forward.
NFPA 31: Submitted by John Pilger.
Trade Development: Submitted by Greg Polakow. A discussion was held regarding the Chimney Academy.
Ethics: Submitted by Thomas Rhines.
Governmental Affairs: Submitted by Diane Pilger. A discussion was held regarding HPBA’s Government Affairs Academy and keeping NCSG members informed on legislative issues.
Foreign Relations: Submitted by Victor Imgarten.
Wood Brochure: Presented by Bob Priesing.
Convention & Events: Submitted by Robert Huta. A discussion was held regarding site selection, convention programming and marketing.

Old Business:
Logo task force: Paul Anderson reports that there is no recommendation for change at this time.

New Business:
- A discussion was held regarding board member term limits.

- The board meeting scheduled for November will not be held given that committee and task force communication is maintained.

A motion was made by Bob Priesing and seconded by Ron Brigman to adjourn the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild board of directors. All in favor. Motion passes.

Meeting adjourned at 1:40 pm.