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March 2006 Minutes

Approved at the April 2, 2006 Meeting in Louisville, KY.
National Chimney Sweep Guild
Board of Directors Meeting
March 28, 2006
The Galt House, Louisville

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President Pietila called the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors to order at 2:08 p.m.

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

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

Guests Present: John Meredith, Bo Tasso, Kim Stroup, Jay Walker, Jeff Gitlin, Vic Imgarten, John Cline, Renee Brigman, John Mack, Jack Pixley, Diane Pilger, Bob Priesing

A motion was made by Bob Burney and seconded by Hans Marsen to approve the minutes of the November 2005 meeting as submitted. Voting in Favor: All in favor. Motion passes.

President’s Report – Submitted by Steve Pietila.

Treasurer’s Report - Submitted by Ron Brigman. Annual financial reports and end of February financials presented. A discussion held regarding more understandable financials.

Executive Director’s Report – Submitted by Mark McSweeney. A discussion was held regarding technical call volume coming in to Royal Edwards and the Technical Advisory Council, Sweeping magazine and convention registration figures.

Legal Report - Submitted by Art Garrett, Esq.

Directors’ Reports
• Region 1 - Submitted by George Stroup
• Region 2- Submitted by Ron Brigman
• Region 3 - Submitted by Thomas Rhines
• Region 4 - Submitted by John Wharton
• Region 5 - Submitted by Howard Rowell
• Region 6 - Submitted by Bob Burney
• Region 7 - Submitted by Steve Pietila
• Region 8 - Submitted by Randy Brooks
• Supplier Director - Submitted by Robert Huta

Committee Reports
• Membership Committee— Randy Brooks provided the following update on membership numbers: 996 Voting Members. 1079 Total Members.
• NCSG By-Laws—submitted by Howard Rowell
• NCSG Long Range Planning—submitted by Howard Rowell A discussion was held regarding the development of a new brochure regarding the benefits of woodburning, online ethics complaint tracking, legislative actions and agenda items for the spring meeting.
• NCSG Ethics—submitted by Thomas Rhines
• NFPA 31 Report—submitted by John Pilger
• Convention & Events Committee—submitted by Robert Huta
• NFPA 211 Report—submitted by Royal Edwards

A motion was made by John Wharton and seconded by Thomas Rhines to accept NCSG Resolution 01-06 honoring Mark Putnam. Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion passes.

A motion was made by Paul Hempel and seconded by Paul Anderson to accept NCSG Resolution 02-06 honoring Hans Marsen. Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion passes.

A motion was made by Randy Brooks and seconded Paul Anderson to accept NCSG Resolution 03-06 honoring Paul Hempel. Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion passes.

A motion was made by Robert Huta and seconded by Randy Brooks to accept NCSG Resolution 04-06 honoring Jerry Isenhour. Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion passes.

New Business
• Election of 2006-2007 NCSG Officers
Ron Brigman was nominated by Howard Rowell and by Hans Marsen for Treasurer.
Paul Anderson was nominated by Bob Burney and by Robert Huta for Secretary.
Randy Brooks was nominated by Robert Huta and by Bob Burney for Vice President.
Howard Rowell was nominated by Randy Brooks and by Paul Anderson for President.
A motion was made by Bob Burney and seconded by Mark Putnam to accept the slate of nominees as presented. Voting in favor: Paul Anderson, Ron Brigman, Bob Burney, Randy Brooks, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Mark Putnam, Hans Marsen, Thomas Rhines, Howard Rowell, George Stroup, John Wharton and Steve Pietila. Motion passes.

Steve Pietila remarked on the state of the association and shared highlights of the past two years of his presidency prior to passing the seat to Howard Rowell.

Seating of New NCSG Directors
Kevin DeLucenay was seated as a new At-Large Director.
Diane Pilger was seated as a new At-Large Director.
Bob Priesing was seated as a new At-Large Director.
Steve Pietila was seated as returning Region 7 Director.
Randy Brooks was seated as returning Region 8 Director.

A motion was made by Diane Pilger and seconded by Bob Burney to adjourn the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 4:25 p.m.