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July 2005 Minutes

National Chimney Sweep Guild
Board of Directors Meeting
July 19, 2005
Louisville, KY

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President Pietila called the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors to order at 1:02 pm.

Directors Present: Paul Anderson, Ron Brigman, Randy Brooks, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Mark Putnam, Hans Marsen, Thomas Rhines, Howard Rowell, George Stroup, John Wharton, Steve Pietila.

Directors Absent: Bob Burney

Staff Present: Mark McSweeney, Melissa Heeke, Royal Edwards and Art Garrett, Esq.

Guests Present: Renee Brigman, Bo Tasso, Greg Polakow, John Pilger, Kim Stroup and John Meredith.

A motion was made by Hans Marsen and seconded by Mark Putnam to approve the minutes of the May 25, 2005 National Chimney Sweep Guild board of directors meeting. Motion passes unanimously.

President's Report:
Submitted by Steve Pietila.

Treasurer’s Report:
Submitted by Ron Brigman.

Executive Director’s Report:
Submitted by Mark McSweeney. Discussions were held regarding use of the online dashboard and liability insurance availability in New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Legal Report: Submitted by Art Garrett, Esq.

Region 1 Report: Submitted by George Stroup.

Region 2 Report: Submitted by Ron Brigman.

Region 3 Report:
Submitted by Thomas Rhines.

Region 4 Report:
Presented by John Wharton.

Region 5 Report:
Submitted by Howard Rowell.

Region 7 Report: Submitted by Steve Pietila.

Region 8 Report: Submitted by Randy Brooks.

Supplier Report: Submitted by Robert Huta.

Long Range Planning: Submitted by Howard Rowell.

By Laws: Submitted by Howard Rowell.

Membership: Submitted by Randy Brooks. A discussion was held regarding the new coupon program.

Trade Development: Submitted by Greg Polakow. A discussion was held regarding progress of the Chimney Academy.

Convention & Events: Submitted by Robert Huta.

NFPA 31: Submitted by John Pilger.

Government Affairs Committee:
Submitted by Mark Putnam. Discussions were held regarding potential future lobbying activities and working with code-making bodies.

New Business

A motion was made by Randy Brooks and seconded by John Wharton to accept the NCSG FY 2006 budget as submitted. Voting in favor: Paul Anderson, Ron Brigman, Randy Brooks, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Mark Putnam, Hans Marsen, Thomas Rhines, Howard Rowell, George Stroup, John Wharton. Abstaining: Steve Pietila.

A motion was made by Hans Marsen and seconded by Paul Anderson to adjourn the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild board of directors. All in favor. Motion passes unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 2:10 pm.