Meeting Minutes – July 2014

President Kenneth Hoover called the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri to order at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, June 1, 2014 at the State Fair Fire Department in Sedalia, Missouri.

Roll Call of Board of Directors

President, Kenneth Hoover, Little Dixie FPD; Second Vice President Charlie Neubert, Highlandville Rural FPD; Secretary Treasurer, Jaime Miller, Johnson County FPD; Sergeant-at-Arms, Rex Reynolds, Southern FPD of Holt County; Past President, Keith Smith, Warrenton FPD.

Board of Directors
District 1, Terry Wynne, Galt FPD; District 2, Greg Wright, Shelbina FD; District 3, Larry Jones, Madison West Monroe FPD; District 6, Richard Gordon, Cole County FPD; District 7, RB Brown, Eureka FD; District 11, Monty Thompson, Kearney FPD; District 14, Rick Dozier, Southern FPD of Holt Co.

Assistant Directors
District 1, Janet Cain, Braymer FR; District 2, Vernon Cash, Shelbina FD; District 4, Jonathan Evans, Lincoln FD; District 6, Gary Berendzen, Cole County FPD; District 11, Roger Meyers, Concordia FPD; District 14, Glenn Dittmar, South Central Buchanan County FD.

Greg and Brenda Carrell, Missouri Division of Fire Safety; David Hedrick, Gail Hagans, MU FRTI; Larry Eggen, Larry Jennings, Joe Jennings, Kathy Borgmeyer, Johnson County FPD; Donald Vaucher, Harriett Vaucher, Eureka FPD; Steve Gentry, Little Dixie FPD; Joyce Thompson, Kyle Arnold, Kearney F&R; Brian Zinanni, Clayton FD; Greg Harrell, Sedalia FD; Grant Oetting, Higginsville F&R; Kyler Oliver, Savannah FD; Cy Fields, Paris Rural FPD; Sam Whanger, Eureka FPD; Scott Olson, Alma FPD; Donnie Rogers, Chillicothe FD.

President Hoover asked for additions to the agenda. Greg Wright moved to accept the agenda as presented. Charlie Neubert seconded the motion and all approved.

There were no minutes for approval.

Financial Report
President Hoover asked for a review of the April 2014 financial reports. Rick Dozier moved to accept the financial reports as presented. RB Brown seconded the motion and all approved.

Report of Officers and Special Guest(s)
David Hedrick with MU FRTI reported that the 82nd annual Summer Fire School will be held June 4-8.

Their fiscal year ends June 30. MU FRTI presented 650 classes to 13,000+ students. Funding for 2014-15 will stay the same through the Missouri Extension. No changes are expected.

The Fire Safety Commission will be meeting with MU FRTI in June regarding a funding proposal for training requests.

Acting State Fire Marshal Greg Carrell with the Division of Fire Safety reported that $684,000 is approved right now for funding. 13 proposals have been received from different vendors for class offerings.

MO Chiefs will be meeting next week in Cape Girardeau for training.

The Division has filled the Training Tech position and a new investigator has also been hired.
The legislative session has ended. DFS is still going through bills to see what applies to the fire service.

Parking validations are still being used.

No correspondence was received.

Unfinished Business
No unfinished business was presented.

New Business
Secretary Miller presented a proposal to become a distributor for Jones & Bartlett Learning. As a distributor, FFAM would be able to make available all Jones & Bartlett Learning fire and EMS training materials to its members. Discussion followed. Rick Dozier moved to become a distributor for Jones & Bartlett Learning. Charlie Neubert seconded the motion and all approved.

Committee Reports

Awards Committee
Larry Jennings recommended not waiting until February to make award nominations. Nominations can be submitted at any time throughout the year.

Budget Committee
President Hoover reported that budget requests will need to be submitted to the committee by the August meeting.

Bylaws Committee
No report was given.

Chaplain Committee
If anyone is interested in joining the chaplain program, contact David Hedrick.

Brian Zinanni, Team Coordinator with the Missouri Fire Service Funeral Assistance Team, reported that $75K was raised to offset the cost of the National Fallen Firefighters Survivors Conference held in Clayton, MO in May. There were volunteers from across the state who assisted with the weeklong event. Many thanks were extended to everyone who contributed.

Contest Committee
Richard Gordon reported he would be reviewing the contest site for the 2015 convention.

Convention Committee
The dates for the 2015 convention are May 1-3 at Tan-Tar-A. President Hoover advised that the convention and contest committees will need to meet at the convention site before February and report back to the board. The board will not be meeting at the host site in February as done in the past. The February meeting will be held in Sedalia.

Education Committee
No report was given.

Fire Prevention Committee
RB Brown reported Marthasville Volunteer FD was overlooked in the previous newsletter article regarding the poster contest so a correction has been made on the website. All poster award recipient checks have been delivered. The new theme is Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives. Test Yours Every Month.

Legislative Committee
No report was given.

Membership Committee
2nd VP Neubert reported the following membership counts: 409 Directors/Councilman; 261 Retired; 18 Associate; 12 Sustaining; 12 Corporate, 349 Departments; 7512 Active.

Nomination Committee
Keith Smith reported that there are still no recommendations for open director positions. President Hoover advised he is working on filing the position in District 12.

NVFC Committee
Keith Smith reported that Lighthouse Uniforms is now required to go through the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for all needs. He also advised there is a relief fund available to assist firefighters with financial needs related to a disaster.

Scholarship Committee
Grant Oetting reported he would be meeting with recipients to get photos. President Hoover suggested that steps be taken to assist recipients with attending the convention.

State Fair Committee
Monty Thompson reported application approvals are ready to be sent with 17 new members joining the department. The next work weekend July 12-13.

Website Committee
Secretary Miller reported that the website has been updated.

The deadline for the next newsletter July 1.

Historian report
President Hoover reported that Kay Asher has had a procedure on her back and is resting at home and hopeful of a full recovery.

Foundation report
Keith Smith reported the annual memorial service was May 17 and May 18. There were 43 non-LODD and 5 LODD recognized. 240 attended the candlelight service and 300+ attended the Sunday morning service. DVDs will be available in four weeks. The Foundation is looking at options for providing a firefighter statue to the families of survivors.

Charlie Neubert moved to adjourn the meeting. Richard Gordon seconded the motion and all approved. President Hoover adjourned the meeting at 10:19 a.m.

Jaime Miller, Secretary
Fire Fighters Association of Missouri