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May 2007 Minutes

 

National Chimney Sweep Guild
Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Plainfield, IN

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President Rowell called the National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors to order at 1:27 pm.

Directors Present: Jim Baynes, Randy Brooks, Kevin DeLucenay, Robert Huta, Stephen Kuber, Diane Pilger, Howard Rowell, George Stroup, Jay Walker, John Wharton

Directors Absent: Bob Priesing  and Jake Johnson.

Staff Present: Mark McSweeney, Melissa Heeke, Judy Thompson

Guests Present: Bo Tasso

A motion was made by Diane Pilger and seconded by Jim Baynes to approve the minutes of the April 22, 2007 meeting.  Voting in favor: Motion carries.

President’s Report: Submitted by Howard Rowell with the addition of asking for a volunteer to lead the identified governance model objective to increase the opportunity for board service as an attractive form of personal and business development for the purpose of increasing the pool of qualified and interested candidates. 

Treasurer’s Report: Submitted by Bob Priesing and presented by Judy Thompson.

A motion was made by Robert Huta and seconded by John Wharton to accept the Treasurer’s Report as submitted. Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion carries.

Executive Director’s Report: Submitted by Mark McSweeney. A discussion was held regarding the increased value of technical assistance available to the membership.

Legal Report: Submitted by Art Garrett, Esq. A discussion was held regarding the Palm Springs (Riviera) contract resolution.

A discussion was held regarding regional directors regularly communicating with members in their states.

Ethics Committee: Submitted by George Stroup.

Howard Rowell named the following committee chairs for 2007-2008:
- Bylaws: Randy Brooks
- Chimney Academy Taskforce: Jim Baynes
- Convention Site Selection: Robert Huta (Jay Walker, Vice)
- Ethics: George Stroup
- Government Affairs: Diane Pilger
- Governance: To Be Determined
- History: Jack Pixley
- International Relations: Victor Imgarten
- Internet: Paul Hempel
- Long Range Planning: Randy Brooks
- Membership: Jay Walker
- NFPA 31: John Pilger
- Nomination: Kevin DeLucenay

A motion was made by Robert Huta and seconded by Jay Walker to accept the consent agenda as submitted. Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion carries.

Howard Rowell announced the resignation of Jake Johnson as Region 6 director.

A motion was made by Steve Pietila and seconded by Diane Pilger to accept the nomination of Jeremy Biswell of The Flues Brothers Chimney Service in Overland Park, KS as Region 6 director for 2007-2008. Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion carries.

A motion was made by Randy Brooks and seconded by John Wharton to accept the NCSG Resolution 07-08 in honor of Jake Johnson’s service on the board. Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion carries.

A discussion was held regarding methods to streamline the nomination procedures as stated in the bylaws for future elections to avoid a potential conflict of interest in the event that the Nominating committee chair is a nominee him/herself.  The issue has been referred to the Governance committee to provide recommendations to the board.

A discussion was held about how to best achieve quorum (10% of voting members) at the annual membership meeting at future conventions.

A discussion was held regarding raising the educational standard for members companies.

A motion was made by John Wharton and seconded by Diane Pilger to adjourn the meeting. Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion carries.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:07pm.

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