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November 2007 Minutes

 

DRAFT MINUTES - NOT YET APPROVED

National Chimney Sweep Guild
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Meeting Conducted Online and Via Conference Call

 
President Rowell called the National Chimney Sweep Guild Board of Directors to order at 3:46 pm.

Directors Present: Jim Baynes, Jeremy Biswell, Randy Brooks, Kevin DeLucenay, Robert Huta, Stephen Kuber, Bob Priesing, Howard Rowell, John Wharton, Steve Pietila, Diane Pilger, George Stroup and Jay Walker

Staff Present: Mark McSweeney, Melissa Heeke, Judy Thompson, Ashley Eldridge, Debbie Cornelius, Royal Edwards, Art Garrett, Esq. of Keller & Heckman

Guests Present:  Bo Tasso and Tom Urban
 
A motion was made by Randy Brooks and seconded by Jay Walker to approve the minutes of the July 20, 2007 meeting. Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion carries.

President’s Report As submitted by Howard Rowell.

Treasurer’s Report submitted by Bob Priesing. Judy Thompson presented an update on tradeshow and convention income.

Executive Director’s Report submitted by Mark McSweeney. He provided an update on NCSG Innovation 2008 speakers and seminars, including securing Jim Ball as our keynote speaker. A discussion was held on including a chimney inspection seminar on the convention schedule.

Legal Report submitted by Art Garrett.
 
A motion was made by Randy Brooks and seconded by Stephen Kuber to accept the consent agenda as presented.  Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion carries.
 
Government Affairs Report: Diane Pilger provided a brief synopsis on activity with New Jersey’s Assembly Bill 1016.
 
Old Business
A motion was made by Randy Brooks and seconded by Diane Pilger to accept the Proposed Convention Rotation Policy, which reads as: “To become effective as of the 2011 NCSG convention: ‘NCSG convention site selection committee will attempt to select the best sites available within the United States. Sites will be chosen in regard to those that best serve our members and the NCSG. To encourage national access to the conventions, as well as limit encroachment on regional events, convention sites will not be held in the same region in consecutive years. The committee will attempt to have host site contracts signed 3 years in advance in order to better serve the membership and our affiliates’.” Voting in favor: Jim Baynes, Jeremy Biswell, Randy Brooks, Kevin DeLucenay, Robert Huta, Stephen Kuber, Bob Priesing, Howard Rowell, John Wharton, Steve Pietila, Diane Pilger, George Stroup and Jay Walker. All in favor. Motion carries.

 
New Business
A motion was made by Randy Brooks and seconded by Stephen Kuber to amend the NCSG Member Trademark Use Guidelines by adding the following language to section A, paragraph 1: Use of the trademark is limited to the promotion of a single operating location. Member may purchase licenses for multiple operational locations for an additional fee. Licensing fee per location will be equal to one year’s NCSG membership. Voting in favor: Randy Brooks and Jay Walker. Voting against: Jim Baynes, Jeremy Biswell, Steve Pietila, Diane Pilger, Howard Rowell, George Stroup. Abstaining: Robert Huta, Stephen Kuber. Motion fails.
 
A motion was made by Steve Pietila and seconded by Randy Brooks to adopt the proposed Trademark Violator Compliance policy. Voting in favor: All in favor. None opposed. Motion carries.
 
A motion was made by Steve Pietila and seconded by Robert Huta to adopt the NCSG Supplier/Dual Member Standards of Practice as proposed.  Voting in favor: Steve Pietila, George Stroup, Jay Walker Voting against: Jim Baynes, Jeremy Biswell, Randy Brooks, Stephen Kuber, Diane Pilger, John Wharton. Abstaining: Robert Huta Motion fails.
 
Next Board Meeting: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 – Reno, NV
 
The following have expressed their intention to run for officer positions for the 2008-2009 term:
President – Randy Brooks
Vice President – Bob Priesing and Jim Baynes
Secretary – Jeremy Biswell
Treasurer – Jay Walker
 
A motion was made by John Wharton and seconded by Jay Walker to adjourn the meeting. Voting in favor: All in favor. Motion carries.
 
The meeting was adjourned at 5:17pm.
 
Not yet approved – Not to be relied upon as official board action.
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