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May 2005 Minutes

National Chimney Sweep Guild
Board of Directors Meeting
May 25, 2005
CSIA Technology Center, Plainfield, IN

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President Pietila called the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors to order at 11:10 am.

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

Directors Absent: John Wharton, Bob Burney, Thomas Rhines

Staff Present: Mark McSweeney, Judy Thompson, Melissa Heeke, Royal Edwards, Ashley Eldridge and Art Garrett, Esq.

Guests Present: Renee Brigman, Bo Tasso, and John Meredith

A motion was made
by Mark Putnam and seconded by George Stroup to approve the minutes of the March 23, 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. A motion was made by Paul Anderson and seconded by Mark Putnam to accept the treasurer’s report as presented. All in favor. Motion passes unanimously.

Executive Director’s Report:
Submitted by Mark McSweeney. A discussion was held regarding progress on launching the online database. He also provided an update on insurance coverage available 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:
As submitted by Thomas Rhines.

Region 5 Report:
Submitted by Howard Rowell.

Region 7 Report: Submitted by Steve Pietila.

Region 8 Report: Submitted by Randy Brooks. He added that NCSG’s partnership with liability insurance carrier has proven beneficial for members within the region.

Supplier Report: Submitted by Robert Huta

Long Range Planning: Submitted by Howard Rowell.

By Laws: Submitted by Howard Rowell.

Governance: Submitted by Paul Hempel. He added that regional contacts are the key to succession planning.

Membership: Submitted by Randy Brooks. He provided an update on membership retention procedures and the development of the supplier coupon book.

Trade Development:
As submitted by Greg Polakow.

Ethics Committee: As submitted by Thomas Rhines.

Convention & Events: Submitted by Robert Huta.

NFPA 31: As submitted by John Pilger.

A motion was made by Robert Huta and seconded by Randy Brooks to adjourn the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild board of directors. All in favor. Motion passes unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 1:10pm.