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June 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 June 2002

Indianapolis, Indiana

President Isenhour called the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors to order at 8:10am. 

Directors Present:  Ron Brigman, Paul Hempel, Bob Fish, Steve Pietila, John Pilger, Robert Huta, Howard Rowell, John Bordelon, Joseph Sauter, Marion Schroll, Bart Ogden and Jerry Isenhour.

Staff Present:  Greg Williamson, Ashley Eldridge, and Melissa Heeke.

Guests Present:  Jim Conant, Susanne Dombrowski, Victor Imgarten, Renee Brigman, Daniel Dempsey, Bo Tasso.

A motion was made by Mr. Fish and seconded by Mrs. Dempsey to approve the minutes of the March 3, 2002 National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors Meeting.  Motion passed unanimously. 

Mr. Pilger presented the Treasurer's Report with the assistance of Mrs. Dombrowski.  A discussion was held. 

A motion was made by Mr. Fish and seconded by Mr. Huta to approve the report as presented.  Motion passed unanimously.

The meeting was recessed at 8:25am.

The meeting was reconvened at 9am.

A motion was made by Mr. Pilger and seconded by Mr. Fish to recommend the appointment of Bob Wise to the CSIA Board of Directors.  Motion passed unanimously.

A motion was made by Mr. Sauter and seconded by Mrs. Dempsey to accept Ben Weathersby's resignation from the CSIA Board of Directors. Motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Isenhour presented the President's report as submitted.  A discussion was held on the state of relations with ESCHFO member countries.

Mr. Williamson presented the Executive Director's report.    A discussion was held on current versus future Internet capabilities. 

Mr. Isenhour announced the establishment of a new committee, NCSG Affiliated Trades, with co-chairs Mr. Fish and Mr. Pilger.

A discussion was held regarding current voting membership retention and affiliate membership development.

A discussion was held regarding the proposal from Tom Grandy & Associates to license two programs for presentation at the CSIA Technology Center.  Wayne Black of Keller & Heckman was unable to attend due to problems with his flight, so a conference call was placed to obtain legal's input regarding this potential agreement.

Staff made a recommendation to the board to present Tom Grandy's program to the industry through the NCSG.  Staff was directed to go into further correspondence with legal and to bring further information to the next board meeting.

Recessed at 11:01am. 

Called back to order at 11:26am

Regional director's reports were presented.

Region 1.  Mr. Fish – added clarification to his report regarding the date typo.

Region 2. Mr. Brigman, as submitted.

Region 3.  Mr. Sauter, as submitted with the correction of not traveling to the Midwest Chimney Safety Council convention.

Region 4.  Mr. Bordelon, as submitted.

Region 5.  Mr. Rowell, as submitted.

Region 6.  Mr. Schroll, as submitted.

Region 7.  Mr. Pietela, as submitted.

Region 8.  Mrs. Dempsey, as submitted.  Addition of presenting check for $1000 for a tile for the CSIA Technical Center.

Mr. Isenhour directed all regional directors to provide a state-by-state update within their report.  If nothing is known to be occurring, please report it as “no-activity”.

Mr. Isenhour directed all regional directors to contact all listed state guild presidents to verify the information listed on the NCSG website is correct.

Supplier Director report submitted by Mr. Huta.  Gave an update on the attendance of the HPBA show.

Meeting recessed at 11:55 am for lunch.

Meeting called back to order at 12: 51pm.

Mr. Schroll presented a report on the NCSG discussion list as submitted.  President Isenhour introduced discussion of suppliers using discussion list as a sales tool. 

A motion was made by Mr. Pietila and seconded by Mr. Brigman for the Internet Committee to bring to the BOD policy regarding guidelines for the NCSG Discussion List.  Voting in favor:  Mr. Bordelon, Mr. Brigman, Mrs. Dempsey, Mr. Fish, Mr. Huta, Mr. Ogden, Mr. Pietila, Mr. Pilger, Mr. Rowell, and Mr. Sauter.  Abstaining:  Mr. Hempel, Mr. Isenhour, and Mr. Schroll.  Motion passes.

A motion was made by Mr. Pilger and seconded by Mr. Fish to reinstate Kevin Stewart 60 days after NCSG Discussion List suspension. A discussion followed.  Motion was rescinded. 

Mr. Sauter presented the NCSG Ethics Committee report as submitted with the inclusion of a special thanks to Jim Conant for his involvement with the committee.

Mr. Hempel presented the Internet Committee as submitted. 

Mrs. Dempsey presented the Membership Committee report with the addition of several updates.

She also updated the board regarding attempts to contact the Town Crier.

Mr. Pilger presented the NFPA 31 report as submitted.  

Royal Edwards presented the NFPA 211 report via conference call.  He updated the board on activities at the June 5 committee meetings. 

Mr. Ogden presented the Brochure Committee report as submitted.  He introduced the committee's communication plan.  

President Isenhour presented the Technical Committee report on behalf of Bob Harper.

Old Business

Mr. Imgarten presented a verbal report regarding Friendship Tiles on behalf of Jack Pixley.

Mr. Pietila presented a verbal history report on behalf of Jack Pixley.

New Business

Vice President Pietila initiated a discussion on the term limits for directors.  The initiative was directed to the Bylaws Committee for further research.

Term limit rotation cycles are to be researched by Bylaws Committee for review at next meeting.

The next meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors is to be held at the CSIA Technology Center August 6 (beginning at 1pm) – August 8, 2002.

The meeting following is November 6 (beginning at 1pm) – November 7.

Meeting was recessed 2:49pm.

Meeting was reconvened at 3:46pm.

A motion was made by Mr. Ogden and seconded by Mrs. Dempsey to adjourn the National Chimney Sweep Guild meeting. Motion passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 3:48pm.

Approved August 8, 2002