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February 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
February 26, 2002
Indianapolis, Indiana

President Isenhour called the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors to order at 1:10 pm.

Directors Present: Ron Brigman, Paul Hempel, Bob Fish, Steve Pietila, John Pilger, Jack Pixley, Joseph Sauter, Marion Schroll, Bart Ogden and Jerry Isenhour.

Directors Absent: Jim Conant (excused absence due to family illness)

Staff Present: Greg Williamson, Ashley Eldridge, Melissa Heeke, Royal Edwards, Malisa Minitree, and Art Garrett III.

Guests present: Judd Berg, Howard Rowell, Robert Huta, John Bordelon, Pat Powers, Ken Robinson, Mike McFarland, JP Drengler, Jeremy Biswell, Marge Padgitt, Lars Gunnar-Borgeson, Terry Dearborn, Daniel Dempsey, Renee Brigman, Jim Brewer, Vic Imgarten, Susanne Dombrowski, Alline Eldridge, Elaine Edwards, Terry Dearborn, Mark Kennedy, and Bo Tasso.

The November 17, 2001 Board of Directors meeting minutes were amended to include Jim Brewer, Victor Imgarten, and Susanne Dombrowski to the list of guests present.

A motion was made by Joseph Sauter and seconded by John Pilger to approve the minutes of the November 17, 2001 meeting as amended. The motion passed unanimously.

President Isenhour introduced Alline Eldridge and Elaine Edwards and thanked them for continued work with the Guild.

President Isenhour also introduced the National Chimney Sweep Guild's contract editor Malisa Minitree.

Mr. Isenhour submitted the President's report.

{The report covered the upcoming 25th anniversary convention, relocation of the staff to the CSIA Technology Center, retirement of directors Conant, Pixley and Baynes, welcoming incoming directors Rowell, Bordelon and Huta (supplier's seat election was decided after the report was submitted), personnel changes, committee assignments, current NCSG staff and encouragement for the upcoming year.}

Mr. Williamson presented the Staff report. He discussed changes to Sweeping magazine and announced a paid part-time website design position has been filled. Also discussed were membership numbers.

President Isenhour introduced special guest Lars Gunnar-Borjeson of ESCHFOE.

Mr. Pilger submitted the Treasurer's report. A limited report was submitted in favor of an in-depth report including convention figures.

A motion was made by Jim Baynes and seconded by Joseph Sauter to approve the Treasurer's report as submitted. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Garrett submitted the legal report.
{The law firm of Keller & Heckman, LLP, has been working on several items including continued work on liability insurance policies and obtaining convention liability and cancellation insurance. It was discovered that due to the events of 9-11-2001, cancellation insurance is not feasible and it is felt that it is not needed. The firm performed the annual legal audit of the NCSG, worked on the NCSG personnel manual, worked on development of antitrust guidelines and policy and reviewed and worked on the NCSG Trade Show Agreement and rules for the 2003 trade show.}

Mr. Fish submitted the Region 1 report.
{The report indicated work had been completed at the Northeast Regional All Fuels Expo for 2002 and upcoming events including a D&D seminar in Sturbridge, Massachusetts April 14-16, 2002 sponsored by the Massachusetts Chimney Sweep Guild.}

Mr. Brigman submitted the Region 2 report.
{The report covered the South Carolina Chimney Sweep Guild celebrating its 25th anniversary and the Georgia Guild celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2002. North Carolina experienced a 50% increase in members in 2001. Florida reported in with normal business activity with a slight increase in dryer vent cleaning. Virginia reported low participation in state guild functions.}

Mr. Sauter submitted the Region 3 report.
{The report covered contact with the MCSC regarding the upcoming meeting to be held in Branson, MO. Also covered were the booth negotiations at the NCSG convention by the Indiana Chimney Sweep Guild.}

Mr. Ogden submitted the Region 4 report.
{The report indicated contact with the newly elected Region 4 director, John Bordelon. Also mentioned was what was covered (Business Planning) in the January issue of NewsLink.

Mr. Schroll submitted the Region 6 report.
{The report indicated Mr. Schroll had been actively contacting members and CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps in Region 6 concerning convention attendance and contributions for the new Tech Center building. One logo violation was investigated, which turned out to be harmless and resolved.}

Mr. Pietila submitted the Region 7 report. A discussion was held on increasing membership numbers in this region.

Mrs. Dempsey submitted the Region 8 report.
{The report indicated many educational activities going on in Region 8 over the past year.}

President Isenhour thanked the regional directors for their work during the past year and indicated that he would like to see all regional director's reports follow the form of Mr. Brigman's.

Mr. Pixley submitted the History report. He thanked everyone involved for donating time and resources to the history display at the CSIA Technology Center. Mr. Pixley also introduced the Friendship Award.

Mr. Pilger presented the Canadian Liaison committee report.

Mr. Hempel submitted the Internet committee report.
{The report indicated heavy traffic on the CSIA site. Total hits on the CSIA site in the last 4 months of 2001 numbered 505,293. The NCSG e-mail list has been extremely active. The search engine is currently being reworked. The compendium software project is currently on hold.}

Mrs. Dempsey submitted the Membership committee report. A discussion was held regarding renewal rates.

Mr. Ogden submitted the Nomination committee report.
{The report was submitted before the election results were announced. A correction was noted to list 3 At-Large seats up for election in 2003, not 2 At-Large and Region 1.}

Mr. Baynes submitted the Building committee report. President Isenhour thanked Mr. Baynes for his extended involvement in the building of the CSIA Technology Center.
{Mr. Baynes' report showed high excitement from suppliers with the upcoming convention.}

Mr. Pixley submitted the Technical committee report. He announced his retirement as the committee chair. Bob Harper will serve as the Technical committee chair. Mr. Pixley will stay on the committee.

The National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors meeting was recessed at 2:10pm.

The National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors meeting was reconvened at 3:55 pm.

President Isenhour announced the nomination slate for the 2002-2003 officers.

Treasurer - John Pilger
Secretary - Bart Ogden
Vice President - Steve Pietila
President - Jerry Isenhour

A motion was made by Mr. Fish and seconded by Mr. Sauter to put forth the slate of officers for nomination.

Voting in favor of proposed slate: Mr. Brigman, Mr. Baynes, Mr. Hempel, Mr. Fish, Mr. Ogden, Mr. Pietila, Mr. Pilger, Mr. Pietila, Mr. Pixley, Mr. Sauter, Mrs. Dempsey, and Mr. Schroll. Mr. Isenhour abstained. The proposed slate of officers passed.

President Isenhour thanked Mr. Pixley and Mr. Baynes for their service on the board.

President Isenhour presented the board with Proclamation #1 - 2002 (A letter to Mr. Conant expressing gratitude for serving as an NCSG Director.).

A motion was made by Mr. Pilger and seconded by Mr. Fish to accept Proclamation #1 - 2002 as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

President Isenhour presented the board with Proclamation #2 - 2002 (A letter to Mr. Pixley expressing gratitude for serving as an NCSG Director.).

A motion was made by Mr. Hempel and seconded by Mr. Pietila to accept Proclamation #2 - 2002 as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

President Isenhour presented the board with Proclamation #3-2002 (A letter to Mr. Baynes expressing gratitude for serving as an NCSG Director.).

A motion was made by Mrs. Dempsey and seconded by Mr. Ogden to accept Proclamation #3 - 2002 as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

President Isenhour scheduled an Executive Committee meeting for 9:30am, Thursday, February 28th.

President Isenhour seated new National Chimney Sweep Guild directors having been recently elected by the membership.

Robert Huta was seated as Supplier Representative to the NCSG board.

Howard Rowell was seated as Region 5 Director to the NCSG board.

John Bordelon was seated as Region 4 Director to the NCSG board.

A motion was made by Mr. Fish and seconded by Mr. Pietila to adjourn the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors. Motion passed unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:45pm.

These minutes have been approved by the NCSG Board of Directors as of March 3, 2002.

 

A. Bart Ogden, Secretary, NCSG