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May 2003 Minutes

Since the official minutes of the board meetings often don't give a full picture of what actually transpired, please don't hesitate to call either your regional director 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.

National Chimney Sweep Guild
Board of Directors Meeting
May 9th, 2003
Plainfield, Indiana

President Isenhour called the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors to order at 8:04 a.m.

Directors Present : Ron Brigman , Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Steve Kuber, Hans Marsen, Steve Pietila, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll, Jerry Isenhour.
John Bordelon was excused due to illness.

Staff Present: Mark McSweeney, Teresa Stogsdill, Vicki Barton, Melissa Heeke, Judy Thompson, Royal Edwards, Art Garrett

Guests Present: Renee Brigman, Daniel Dempsey, Jim Brewer, John Pilger, Greg Polakow, Bo Tasso

A motion was made by Bob Fish and seconded by Joe Sauter to approve the minutes as submitted. Voting in Favor: Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Steve Kuber, Hans Marsen, Steve Pietila, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll, Jerry Isenhour

President's Report: As submitted by Jerry Isenhour

Additional discussion concerning state licensing requirements especially ongoing in Massachusetts and Oregon. HPBA has news service to monitor these issues and has agreed to keep us abreast of developments. All directors instructed to also monitor these issues in their local areas and inform staff and board.

Board entered Executive session at 8:22 and resumed normal session at 9:25

Treasurer's Report: Submitted by Howard Rowell

Mr. Rowell reported that NCSG netted $71,349 from convention but there was still negotiations occurring concerning $5,000 with the convention hotel. Much discussion about financial statements being difficult for non-financial people to understand. Judy Thompson instructed try to make it more understandable.

A motion was made by Robert Huta and seconded by Joe Sauter to approve the treasurer's report. Voting in favor: Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Steve Kuber, Hans Marsen, Steve Pietila, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll, abstained Jerry Isenhour

Executive Director's Report: Submitted by Mark McSweeney

Additional discussion centered around the previous day's long range planning meeting. Main points to be addressed are member services, member recruitment, and development of business training. Exploration of LegAlert news service to keep track of legislation and code developments pertaining to the trade.

Legal Report: Submitted by Art Garrett, Esq.

Most discussion revolved around Ryan insurance. He has been indicted and has pled guilty to mail fraud.

Regional Director Reports:

Region 1: As submitted
Region 2: As submitted
Region 3: As submitted
Region 4: As submitted
Region 5: As submitted
Region 6: As submitted
Region 7: As submitted
Region 8: As submitted

Supplier: As submitted

Note that Chuck Phillips of Lindeman Chimney Supply is in the hospital

Committee Reports:

Long Range Planning: as submitted
Committee Chair Steve Pietila expressed confidence in previous day's long range planning meeting

Finance Committee: as submitted
Committee budgets should be submitted by May 31st

Membership Committee: as submitted
Total membership to date is 947 with 907 voting members.

Steve Kuber has long list of membership ideas

Convention Committee: as submitted.
Discussion included more business classes in 2004, site selection and how to proceed.

Trade, Development & Marketing: as submitted.

Ethics Committee: as submitted
Had 6 sound complaints so far this year and 4 have been resolved

A motion was made by Joe Sauter and seconded by Bob Fish to pursue legal action against Mark Powers and the company he is operating for logo/trademark violations. Voting in favor: Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Steve Kuber, Hans Marsen, Steve Pietila, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll, abstained Jerry Isenhour

NFPA 31: as submitted

Retail Sales: as submitted

History Report: as submitted
Primary goals this year are a historical display in lobby of convention hotel and to create a permanent secure and aesthetically pleasing display case at Tech Center

Regional Convention Coordination: as submitted

Old Business:

New Business:

Strategic Planning Issues:

All ideas and efforts from previous day's meeting to be organized.

Member Discussion List:
Long discussion about how to keep up the quality of the list. Some members of the list want it to be for only chimney related topics with no other discussion allowed while others enjoy the general camaraderie.

2005 Convention:
Initial inquiries centering around San Antonio, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Albuquerque, New Orleans. Probably held towards end of March.

A motion was made by Joe Sauter to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Bob Fish. The meeting was adjourned at 1:40 p.m.