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May 2009 Minutes

 

Approved at the August 13, 2009 Meeting
National Chimney Sweep Guild
Board of Directors Meeting
May 6, 2009
CSIA Technology Center, Plainfield, IN

 

President Brooks called the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors to order at 12:48 p.m.

Directors Present: Jim Baynes, Randy Brooks, Russ Dimmitt, Dennis Dobbs, Steve Kuber, Mark Maynard, Diane Pilger, Bob Priesing, Jay Walker and Howard Rowell (ex-officio)

Directors Absent: Jeremy Biswell, George Stroup

Staff Present: Mark McSweeney, Melissa Heeke, Judy Thompson, Ashley Eldridge, Debbie Cornelius (and Art Garrett via telephone)

Guests Present: Steve Pietila, John Pilger, Steve Blackburn

A motion was made by Jim Baynes and seconded by Dennis Dobbs to accept the minutes of the February 24, 2009 meeting. Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion carries.

President’s Report – As submitted by Randy Brooks

Treasurer’s Report - Presented by Jay Walker. A motion was made by Dennis Dobbs and seconded by Stephen Kuber to accept the Treasurer’s Report as submitted. Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion carries.

Executive Director’s Report – Presented by Mark McSweeney

A discussion was held regarding the staff restructure transition plan. The staff planning meeting has been rescheduled to be held this week. A discussion was held regarding the Technical Advisory Council as well as staff iMIS training.

Legal Report – Presented by Art Garrett

A motion was made by Jay Walker and seconded by Mark Maynard to approve the consent agenda as presented with the exception of the Annual Planning Report and By-Laws Committee Report. Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion carries.

Annual Planning Report – Submitted by Bob Priesing.

Randy Brooks commended the board on the professionalism of their work during the planning meeting. Bob Priesing stated that the board will continue to be focused on growing the membership and expanding public awareness of the industry.

By-Laws Committee Report – Presented by Bob Priesing. A letter will be mailed to NCSG members in June seeking their input on potential by-laws changes.

New Business
Jay Walker stated that he is seeking his successor as chair of the Discussion List committee.

The next board meetings will held on June 25 (special teleconference at 11am Eastern to discuss input on potential by-law changes), August 13 (at the CSIA Technology Center) and November 4 (teleconference at 11am Eastern).

Steve Blackburn of Blackburn’s Chimney Sweeps, Inc. in Columbus, OH addressed his displeasure with the start-up kit program and believes that the Guild should be recruiting more heavily from among the industry.

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

The meeting was adjourned at 2:09 pm.