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November 2004 Minutes

National Chimney Sweep Guild
Board of Directors Meeting
November 12, 2004

Indianapolis , IN

President Pietila called the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors to order at pm.

Directors Present: Paul Anderson, John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Randy Brooks, Steve Kuber, Steve Pietila, Thomas Rhines, Howard Rowell, Marion Schroll, Mark Putnam and Robert Huta

Directors Absent: Hans Marsen, Jerry Isenhour, Paul Hempel

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

Guests Present: Renee Brigman, Jim Brewer, John Pilger, Greg Polakow, John Meredith, Jim Booth.

A motion was made by Mark Putnam and seconded by Robert Huta to approve the minutes of the August 11, 2004 National Chimney Sweep Guild board of directors meeting. Motion passes unanimously.

President's Report: As submitted by Steve Pietila.

Treasurer's Report: As submitted by Ron Brigman. A motion was made by Paul Anderson and seconded by Mark Putnam to approve the minutes as submitted. Voting in favor: Paul Anderson, John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Randy Brooks, Steve Kuber, Steve Pietila, Thomas Rhines, Howard Rowell, Marion Schroll, Mark Putnam and Robert Huta. Motion passes unanimously.

Executive Director's Report: Presented by Mark McSweeney.

Legal Report: Submitted by Wayne Black.

Regional Reports

Region 1: As submitted by Mark Putnam. A discussion was held regarding certification issues in Massachusetts .

Region 2: As submitted by Ron Brigman.

Region 3: As submitted by Thomas Rhines.

Region 4: As submitted by John Bordelon.

Region 5: As submitted by Howard Rowell.

Region 6: As submitted by Marion Schroll.

Region 7: As submitted by Steve Pietila.

Region 8: As submitted by Randy Brooks.

Supplier Representative: Submitted by Robert Huta.

Committee Reports

Nominating: Submitted by Paul Hempel. A discussion was held regarding cultivation of future board leadership.

Long Range Planning: As submitted by Howard Rowell.

By Laws: As submitted by Howard Rowell.

Membership: As submitted by Thomas Rhines. A discussion was held regarding developing a coupon book for the membership.

Trade Development: As submitted by Greg Polakow.

Ethics: As submitted by Randy Brooks.

Convention: Submitted by Robert Huta. A discussion was held regarding convention site selection.

NFPA 31: As submitted by John Pilger.

Old Business

Steve Pietila presented an update on this summer's ESCHFOE trip and possible European guests for convention and at the CSIA Technology Center .

A discussion was held regarding details of a potential general liability insurance program.

New Business

Employee Handbook Update:

A motion was made by Thomas Rhines and seconded by Randy Brooks to approve the employee handbook as presented. Voting in favor: Paul Anderson, John Bordelon, Ron Brigman, Randy Brooks, Robert Huta, Steve Kuber, Mark Putnam, Thomas Rhines, Howard Rowell and Marion Schroll. Abstaining: Steve Pietila. Motion passes.

Convention board meetings are slated as: March 18, 2005 ( 1pm ) and March 23, 2005 ( 8am ) at the Crowe Plaza Riverwalk in San Antonio .

A motion was made by Robert Huta and seconded by Mark Putnam to adjourn the meeting of the National Chimney Sweep Guild. Motion passes unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 1:44pm .