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November 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 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
November 5th, 2003
Plainfield, Indiana

President Isenhour called the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors to order at 8:07 a.m.

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

Staff Present : Mark McSweeney, Ashley Eldridge, Royal Edwards, Melissa Heeke, and Wayne Black.

Guests Present: Renee Brigman, Daniel Dempsey, Jim Brewer, Susanne Dombrowski, Greg Polakow, John Mack, Bo Tasso, John Pilger, and Jim Conant

A motion was made by Hans Marsen and seconded by John Bordelon to approve the minutes of the August 15, 2003 meeting. Motion passes unanimously.

President's Report : Submitted by Jerry Isenhour
A discussion was held regarding hosting the ESCHFO technical meeting in 2005.

Treasurer's Report: Submitted by Howard Rowell
A discussion was held regarding membership dues payment options.

A motion was made by Steve Pietila and seconded by Hans Marsen to remove the quarterly payment option for payment of membership dues effective immediately.
Voting in favor: John Bordelon, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Robert Huta, Hans Marsen, Steve Pietila, Howard Rowell, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll. Voting against: Ron Brigman, Steve Kuber. Abstaining: Paul Hempel and Jerry Isenhour. Motion passes.

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

Executive Director's Report: Submitted by Mark McSweeney

Legal Report: Submitted by Wayne Black, Esq.

Regional 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

Committee Reports:

Committee Chair Liaison: As submitted with the addition of Pietila's request for formal committee goals to be prepared by the Myrtle Beach convention and input on committee assignments for 2004.

Finance Committee: As submitted by Howard Rowell.

Bylaws Committee: As submitted by Steve Pietila.

Membership Committee : As submitted by Michaele Dempsey.
A discussion was held regarding relationships with state and regional associations.

Trade, Development & Marketing : As submitted by Polakow.

Ethics Committee: As submitted by Howard Rowell.

Nominating Committee: As submitted by Paul Hempel with the addition of an update on confirmed candidates for the upcoming election.

NFPA 31: As submitted by John Pilger.

Convention Committee: As submitted by Robert Huta.
A discussion was held regarding convention location rotation and site selection.

A motion was made by Robert Huta and seconded by Joe Sauter to approve the 2004-2010 rotation as follows:

2004 - Southeast (Myrtle Beach)
2005 - West (San Antonio)
2006- Midwest
2007- Northeast
2008- West (West Coast)
2009 - Southeast
2010- Midwest

Voting in favor: John Bordelon, 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 Motion passes.

Regional Convention Coordination: As submitted by Ron Brigman.
The Regional Coordination committee has been absorbed into the convention committee.

Affiliated Trades Committee: As submitted by Bob Fish.

Retail Sales: As submitted by Joe Sauter. Upon committee recommendation, the retail sales committee is now a staff function.

History Committee: As submitted by Hans Marsen.
A motion was made by Hans Marsen and seconded by John Bordelon that $10,000 is placed into the existing budget to purchase and install secure display cabinets for the history collection. Voting in favor: John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Michaele Dempsey, Bob Fish, Paul Hempel, Robert Huta, Steve Kuber, Hans Marsen, Steve Pietila, Joe Sauter, Marion Schroll and Jerry Isenhour. Voting against: Howard Rowell. Motion passes.

Old Business

New Business:

Financial Seminar for Directors: As submitted.


Convention/Speaker Marketing:

A motion was made by Steve Pietila and seconded by Hans Marsen for staff to secure Michael Gerber as the convention keynote speaker. Voting in favor: John Bordelon, 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. Motion passes.

The following individuals have stated their intention to seek office:

Steve Pietila - President
Howard Rowell - Vice President
Paul Hempel - Secretary
Ron Brigman - Treasurer
Bob Fish - Treasurer

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