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February 2001 Minutes

National Chimney Sweep Guild

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, February 27, 2001

Denver, Colorado

 

President Conant called the meeting to order at 1:10pm.

Directors Present: Jim Conant, Marion Schroll, Jack Pixley, Bart Ogden, Steve Pietila, Jerry Isenhour, Paul Hempel, Bob Fish, Michaele Dempsey, John Pilger, Pete Luter, Jim Baynes

Guests Present: Jay Walker, Mark Hudson, Margie Padgitt, Susanne Dombrowski, Jim Brewer, Bo Tasso, Diane Pilger, Joe Sauter, Hans Marsen, Victor Imgarten, Bill Lower, Steven Pool, Rod Meier, Ron Brigman, Renee Brigman, Bob Hart, JP Drengler, Mike McFarland

Staff Present: Greg Williamson, Melissa Heeke, and Art Garrett

President Jim Conant welcomed guests present.

A motion was made by John Pilger and seconded by Bob Fish to accept the agenda with additions. The motion was passed unanimously.

President Jim Conant provided and read his report.

Executive Director Greg Williamson presented the Staff report. A discussion was held on the job description of the NCSG Technical Director.

Steve Pietila provided the Treasurer's report. Jerry Isenhour made a motion to accept the Treasurer's report. Jack Pixley seconded the motion.

A motion was made by Jerry Isenhour, and seconded by Bart Ogden to accept the minutes of the two special meetings of the NCSG Board of Directors. The motion passed unanimously.

Art Garrett presented the NCSG legal report.

Jack Pixley presented the History Committee report.

Jack Pixley presented the Technical Committee report.

Michaele Dempsey presented the Membership Committee report.

Jim Brewer presented the Codes and Standards Committee report.

Mr. Steve Pietila presented the Ethics Committee report. A discussion followed.

Paul Hempel presented the Internet Committee report. A discussion followed regarding updating the NCSG website and e-mail list.

John Pilger submitted the Nominating Committee report.

Greg Williamson presented the Convention Committee report.

Jack Pixley presented the Region 5 report.

Marion Schroll presented the Region 6 report.

Michaele Dempsey presented the Region 8 report.

Bob Fish presented the Region 1 report.

Old Business

President Conant reintroduced the magazine's name change. A discussion was held.

A motion was made by Mr. Jerry Isenhour and seconded by Mr. Bob Fish to implement the magazine's name change within 90 days. The proposed name will be The Journal of Chimney & Venting Technology . Voting for the motion: Jim Baynes, Michaele Dempsey, Jerry Isenhour, Bob Fish, and Bart Ogden. Voting against the motion: Pete Luter, Paul Hempel, Steve Pietila, Jack Pixley, John Pilger, Marion Schroll. Abstained: Jim Conant. Motion Failed.

A motion was made by John Pilger and seconded by Pete Luter to change the name of Sweeping magazine to Sweeping (On the first line in a dominant position) The Journal of Chimney & Venting Technology (Displayed as a Subhead) with the final design to be determined by staff as long as the listed guidelines are adhered to. Voting for the Motion: Jim Baynes, Pete Luter, Paul Hempel, Bob Fish, Bart Ogden, John Pilger, and Marion Schroll. Voting against the motion Michaele Dempsey, Jerry Isenhour, Steve Pietila, Jack Pixley. Abstained: Jim Conant. Motion passed.

A motion was made by Steve Pietila and seconded by Bart Ogden to amend the NCSG Code of Ethics to read: To conduct myself in a decent, respectful, and professional manner when serving in my capacity as a chimney sweep, or when attending a function or event of an organization in the chimney or hearth products industry. Voting for the motion: Jim Baynes, Michaele Dempsey, Paul Hempel, Bob Fish, Bart Ogden, Steve Pietila, John Pilger, Jack Pixley, and Marion Schroll. Voting against the motion: Jerry Isenhour. Abstained: Pete Luter and Jim Conant. Motion passed.

Susanne Dombrowski discussed implementing a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan for staff. A motion was made by Jerry Isenhour and seconded by John Pilger that the NCSG will implement a SIMPLE IRA plan for all NCSG employees under the following stipulations:

  1. The SIMPLE IRA plan will begin on April 1, 2001.
  2. One-year employment with NCSG will be required prior to enrollment.
  3. The SIMPLE IRA plan will be structured to match up to 3% of salary.

Voting for the motion: Jim Baynes, Michaele Dempsey, Jerry Isenhour, Pete Luter, Paul Hempel, Bob Fish, Bart Ogden, Steve Pietila, Jack Pixley, John Pilger, Marion Schroll. Abstained: Jim Conant. Motion passed.

A motion was made by Jack Pixley and seconded by Pete Luter to implement a Brotherhood award to recognize the special efforts of individuals within the chimney sweep industry who have reached out in love to share their knowledge and talents with other brother and sister sweeps throughout the world. It would be given once per year (if warranted) to that individual within our country or abroad. It would be in status with the President's Award and the Education Award. A smaller version could be available for sweeps to use as gifts for those they wish to recognize when visiting a foreign country. This motion was tabled.

Mark Hudson brought up the question of moving Florida from Region 2 to Region 4. A discussion was held. President Conant referred this to the membership committee.

The meeting was recessed at 4:19 p.m.

Meeting was reconvened 5:47 p.m.

A nomination was made by Jack Pixley and seconded by John Pilger to nominate Jerry Isenhour as NCSG President.

A nomination was made by Jerry Isenhour and seconded by John Pilger to nominate Steve Pietila as NCSG Vice-President.

A nomination was made by Bart Ogden and seconded by Paul Hempel to nominate John Pilger as NCSG Treasurer.

A nomination was made by Steve Pietila and seconded by John Pilger to nominate Bart Ogden as NCSG Secretary.

A motion was made by Steve Pietila and seconded by Jack Pixley that the secretary cast one ballot, all in favor. This motion passed.

President Isenhour read a resolution commending Pete Luter for his service with the NCSG and CSIA Board of Directors.

Newly elected NCSG Board Members Ron Brigman from Region 2 and Joe Sauter from Region 3, were seated.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

These minutes were approved 3/4/01