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February 18 2003 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
Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Hershey, Pennsylvania

President Jerry Isenhour called the meeting to order at 1:11 p.m.

Directors Present : Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Jerry Isenhour, Bart Ogden, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll, Jerry Isenhour. Directors absent excused due to travel problems were John Bordelon, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta & Steve Pietila.

Staff Present : Mark McSweeney, Ashley Eldridge, Teresa Stogsdill, Melissa Heeke, Vicki Barton, Nancy Allen, Ashley Eldridge & Art Garrett III, Esq.

Guests Presen t : Jake Johnson, Rich Rua, Daniel Dempsey, Marge Padgitt, Jay Walker, Lisa Huta, Ken Bryant, Sally Cuss, JP Drengler, Renee' Brigman, Mike Wilcox, Dan Hughes & Blume.

A motion was made by Mr. Fish and seconded by Mr. Sauter for the approval of the minutes of the November 7, 2002 Board of Directors Meeting. Voting in favor of the motion: Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Bart Ogden, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll, Jerry Isenhour.

Jerry Isenhour presented the President's Report.

Mark McSweeney presented the Executive Director's Report and fielded several questions about the recently completed NCSG membership survey. Comments from various board members regarding the new Executive Director and their impression of his performance since hiring were heard.

Art Garrett III, Esq. presented the legal report.

Mr. Fish presented the Region 1 Report as submitted.

The Region 2 Report was presented as submitted.

Mr. Sauter presented the Region 3 report as submitted. Margie Padgitt was given the floor and reported on the activities of the Midwest Chimney Safety Council.

The Region 4 Report was presented as submitted.

The Region 5 report was submitted.

Mr. Robert Huta, Supplier director arrived at 1:41 p.m.

Marion Schroll presented the Region 6 Report as submitted.

The Region 7 Report was presented as submitted.

Michaele Dempsey presented the Region 8 report as submitted.

Mr. Ron Brigman arrived at 1:45 pm.

The Internet Committee Report was presented as submitted.

The Membership Committee Report was presented by Michaele Dempsey as submitted.

The Nomination Committee Report was presented by Bart Ogden.

The Ethics Committee Report was presented by Joe Sauter as submitted

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The NFPA 211 Committee Report was presented by Royal Edwards as submitted.

The Regional Convention Coordination Report was presented by Mr. Brigman as submitted.

Mr. John Pilger arrived at 2:15 p.m.

The Foreign Relations Committee Report was presented as submitted. 6 Foreign countries are represented at the 2003 Hershey, PA convention: England, Northern Ireland, Germany, Poland, Japan, Sweden. Canada is also represented.

The NFPA 31 Committee Report was presented by John Pilger. Mr. Pilger announced that he would like to stay on with this committee for the next year.

Mr. Pilger presented the Treasurer's Report as submitted. A preview of the presentation for the NCSG membership meeting was shown.

The Board entered Executive Session at 3:03 p.m.

The Board came out of Executive Session and went back into regular session at 3:16 p.m.

Old Business

A motion was made by Mr. Ogden and seconded by Mr. Fish to approve the revised Employee Manual as presented in the board packet. Voting for the motion: Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Robert Huta, Bart Ogden, John Pilger, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll and Jerry Isenhour. The motion passed.

The business relationship with Conferon was briefly discussed. A representative from Conferon will be attending a future meeting.

A discussion was held on the number of terms now allowed by the recent amendment to the NCSG by-laws.

A discussion was held on the rotation schedule for the election of directors. This issue was referred to the long-range planning committee and the upcoming long-range planning session.

Election of board members: Mr. Fish withdrew his intention to run for treasurer of the NCSG. A motion was made by Mr. Pilger and seconded by Mr. Ogden to elect the slate of officers as presented by the NCSG president. Voting in favor were Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Bart Ogden, John Pilger, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter and Marion Schroll. Abstaining were Robert Huta and Jerry Isenhour. The motion passed.

The NCSG officers for this year are:

President: Jerry Isenhour, Sr.
Vice-President: Steve Pietila
Secretary: Paul Hempel
Treasurer: Howard Rowell

The meeting was recessed at 3:30 p.m.

The meeting was reconvened at 5:27 p.m.

Newly elected directors Steve Kuber and Hans Marsen were installed as NCSG directors. Paul Hempel was recognized during the installation, even though he had not yet arrived due to weather-related travel problems.

President Isenhour presented Proclamation Number 1-03 for retiring director John Pilger. Mr. Huta made a motion to issue the proclamation. Mr. Fish seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

President Isenhour presented Proclamation number 2-03 for retiring director Bart Ogden. Mr. Fish made a motion to issue the proclamation. Mr. Rowell seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

President Isenhour presented Proclamation number 3-03 for retiring director Victor Imgarten. Mr. Kuber made a motion to issue the proclamation. Mr. Huta seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mr. Fish and seconded by Mr. Sauter. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 5:45 p.m.