Fire & Life Safety Education Council

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The mission of the NC Fire and Life Safety Education Council is to promote and provide safety education. It is the purpose of the Council to reduce the loss of life, propery, and injuries caused by fire or other emergency situations. The Eastern Region, which represents 35 North Carolina Counties, strives to achieve this mission throught networking with others to share ideas about injury prevention. We firmly beieve that education is the foundation of prevention. The mission of the Eastern Region is to be a regional coalition that excels in fire and life safety education.

The Eastern Regional North Carolina F&LSE Council meets quarterly to discuss region business and attend valuable fire and life safety education training. Quarterly meetings are hosted by a member of the council from 10am – 2pm on the first Wednesday of May, August, & November. The final quarterly meeting is held each year at the annual Fire and Life Safety Educator’s Conference. The annual conference is hosted in a different region of the state each year and is hosted by the NC State FLSE Council and the Office of the State Fire Marshal.Officers

Chair – Meg Langston (meg.langston@wilmingtonnc.gov)

Vice- Chair   John Atwell

Secretary -

Immediate Past Chair – Ryan Merrill  910-675-0237

Council Represenatives -  Charles Drew

Tony Smart

 By laws Of  Eastern Region

North Carolina Fire & Life Safety Education Council

 

ARTICLE I – Name:

The organization shall be known as the “Eastern Region North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Council”.

ARTICLE II – Objectives:

 Build a strong coalition. Assist / cooperate with other injury prevention / advocacy organizations Seek opportunities to serve Be proactive v. reactive

2.     Facilitate effective communication.Distribute information to members Create networking opportunities for ourselves Coordinate efforts of members

Recruit New Members Think outside the box.

Stay Safe

 

ARTICLE III – Eligibility:

Any person actively engaged in promoting fire and/or life safety education may become a member of this organization.

ARTICLE IV – Membership:

 

1.                   Membership shall consist of nominees necessary to duly represent fire and life safety education programs, and public fire education and burn prevention organizations throughout the eastern region.  The counties comprising the eastern region shall be Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Sampson, Tyrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson.

 

2.                   Membership positions shall be open to all representatives throughout the eastern region.

ARTICLE V – Officers:

 

1.  Officers of the Eastern Region North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Council shall be Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary / Treasurer, and two Members-at-Large.

2.       Nominees for position of Chairperson and Vice Chairperson shall have been a member of the Association for a minimum of one year.

3.       Officers of the Association shall be accredited representatives elected by a majority vote of active members present.

4.        No one member may hold any one office for a period exceeding two (2) consecutive years with the exception of the Secretary/Treasurer.

5.        Election of officers shall be held at the North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Educators Conference each year.

6.        The five officers of the association shall comprise the members of the Executive Board.

ARTICLE VI – Duties of Officers:

 

       1.  The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings and conduct all business. The Chairperson shall call special meetings at the request of a majority of the Executive Board or when he/she may deem necessary. The Chairperson shall attend all Executive Board meetings.

The Vice Chairperson shall assume all duties in the absence of the Chairperson.

The Secretary / Treasurer shall keep a record of the attendance at all meetings, record and forward to all members, by email & posting on the state Fire & Life Safety Educators web site ,  the minutes of the meetings, Executive Board and special meetings. He/she shall be custodian of the minute book and all records, correspondence, and literature pertaining to the business of the Association. He/she shall keep the members informed as to the progress of the Association’s business and shall record and answer all correspondence promptly and in an efficient manner. He/she shall notify in writing all members of the meeting.

ARTICLE VII – Committees:

1.       The Executive Board shall consist of five (5) elected officers of the association and shall deal with business as may come before it and make recommendations regarding the business of the Association within the confines of the bylaws as may be deemed necessary. The Chairperson of this Committee shall be the Eastern Region North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Council Chairperson.

2.       Special committees may be elected by the members or may be appointed by the Chairperson with aid of the Executive Board.

3.       Each special committee shall elect a chairperson who shall be responsible for conducting all meetings of said committee.

4.        The Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary / Treasurer, & (2) Members-at-Large shall be the five members serving on the State Council; except in the event that one of the Eastern Region North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Council members is holding a state office, at which time he/she would be allowed to finish his/her term and one of the Members-at-Large will be elected for the other position.

ARTICLE VIII – Meetings:

 

1.   Meetings of the membership shall be convened quarterly.

2.       Executive Committee meetings shall be called at the discretion of the Chairperson or upon the wishes of a majority of the Executive Board.

3.       Special committee meetings shall be convened upon appointment or election of the committee and shall meet at a location and time agreed upon by a majority of the committee members.

Five voting members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any scheduled meeting.

All decisions shall be made by a majority vote (51%) of voting members in attendance, provided a quorum is present.  All members will be allowed to discuss the issue, provide input, and air concerns.

Rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order Revised shall govern the council in all cases where applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the bylaws of the Eastern Region North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Council.

ARTICLE IX – Dues:

 

(Reserved for future use)

ARTICLE X – Amendment of Bylaws:

 

The bylaws of the Eastern Region North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Council may be amended by a two-thirds vote of those present at any scheduled meeting, provided a quorum is present.  Written notice of the proposed amendment shall be sent to all voting members a minimum of two weeks prior to the next meeting at which voting will take place.

ARTICLE XI – Ratification:

These bylaws go into effect upon a majority vote (51%) of the voting members.

North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Educators Association

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The North Carolina Fire & Life Safety Education Council (NCFLSEC) promotes and provides safety education to reduce the loss of life, property, and injuries caused by fire or other emergency situations.

WHAT IS NEW HERE=  May 2010 meeting and State Council Bylaws are posted on this page

Our last meeting was at the NC FLSE Conference

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NC F&LSE State Council Meeting Guil-Rand Station #20 Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Called to Order – David Watson at 11:20 am Prayer Requests – the group ·         Ronnie Thompson – Iredell Co. Fire Marshal’s Office; knee replacement ·         Meg Langston and future baby boy Langston; due date in June ‘10
Invocation – Ernest Grant Review of Minutes – the group ·
Misty and Tommy need to receive ·
Minutes have been reviewed by all ·         Change dates to reflect both meeting dates Feb. 8th and Feb. 9th ·         With changes, meeting minutes were approved

OLD BUSINESS 2010 Conference Report – David Conrad & Misty Sherrill ·         Detailed report given ·         Powerpoint presentation presented on online survey ·         Conference video on OSFM website under “Pocket Tools” ·         Misty presented a book of information to pass on to each region ·         Council needs to address future costs (proposal to fix this to be shared later in agenda) o        Does Council subsidize? o        Do we raise fees? Conference Call Option for Meetings – the group ·         How do Council members feel about this option? ·         Good option to have for members ·         Decided to have this option available ·         Discussion of time for meeting – currently 1100 for travel purposes o        Decision §         Still have 1100 meeting §         We will individually pay for $ and Guil-Rand FD will arrange to have food brought in (Nov. meeting) John Atwell’s Lifetime Achievement Award – David Watson ·         Presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to John Atwell  at August meeting ·         John Winter’s from the East may try to bring him to August meeting Resource List Committee – Dolly Hulin ·         Committee – Dolly Hulin, Maria Bostian, Angie Gregg ·         Have had 1 meeting in Kannapolis ·         Extensive list of resources on list ·         Resource list is a work in progress ·         Anyone can contact a Resource List Committee member with something to add to the site

NEW BUSINESS By Laws Committee – David Watson ·
Dolly Hulin will be Chair of this committee ·         David Conrad from the West ·         Kim Wittig from the East ·         Ernest Grant from NC Jaycee Burn Center ·         Jan Parker from OSFM Awards Committee – the group ·         Discussion about just 1 Award of Excellence for an Educator ·         Currently have 1 from each region ·         Decision for 2011 o        keep the 3 from each region o        States Council Awards Committee will be created o        SC Awards Committee will take those three and pick 1 from the state o        1 State Award of Excellence o        State Award of Excellence will be submitted to NFPA §         Who does this? Web Site – the group ·         Discussion on the payment for the website ·         Comes out of State Firemen’s Association; Fire & Life Safety Educators Account ·         Discussion on updating the website ·         Copy of Invoice and West will be reimbursed ·         Who owns the domain name?  West?  Terry Malone? ·         Committee for updating the website o        Frankie Pinnix o        Misty Sherrill o        Mike Whitcher Workshop for N.C. Firemen’s & Fire Chiefs Conference/Southeastern Expo – Jan Parker ·         Fire Prevention Hot Topics Workshop – OSFM ·         Fire Sprinklers, Campus Fire Safety, et cetera ·         3 hrs. Region Boundaries – Frankie Pinnix ·         Suggestion to make it 2 regions instead of 3; combining the Central and the East ·         In the past, the regions were created for travel times for meetings ·         How do the folks in the East feel? ·         How do the folks in the Central feel? ·         Tabled for further discussion and polling Agency Reports – the group                 UNC Burn Center – Camp Celebrate May 21-23, still looking for volunteers for the full weekend, “Start Safe” is going very well, contact Kay for more info,  fire safety cigarette legislation is being looked at again because there were loopholes in legislation
OSFM – Campus Fire Safety June 2nd Kick Off meeting, partnering with UNC Burn Center, Jan has some local workshops which will be set up throughout the regions, mini-grants will be made available, Operation Medicine Drop – 1,000,000 dosages collected
NFPA – 3 scholarships from North Carolina to NFPA Conference (Matt Lawrence, Simril Beckham, and Dolly Hulin), Remembering When Conference Scholarships available online, community tool kits are available online under safety information, Safety Source is archived online, June 1st – Fire Prevention Theme will be announced, new fact sheets are online and are great for talking points, NFPA video clips – Dolly is using NFPA’s clips on the local cable access channel; see press room on website.  We all have permission to do this from NFPA.
FFBCF – June 2nd is the next State Meeting in Chapel Hill                 Dept. of Health & Human Services – The last year of “Get Alarmed.”  Looks like things are going great.  Region Reports – the group Central – Randy Sexton ·         2011 Conference Planning Committee Report – Randy Sexton o        Received and reviewed feedback from 2010 Committee o        Speaker Form Proposal on website; have received 67 so far o        Matt Lawrence – Chapel Hill Educator; working to help committee o        Vendor packets have been updated §         Proposed vendor fee change $250 §         Proposed Non-profit fee $150 ·         Discussion – on registration vs. meal tickets ·         Sell it as “compensation for 4 meals” ·         Actual cost for them is $145; got to find that $ somewhere ·         What about attendees who are already registered? ·         New Proposed $50 for 2 days and do meals as an “add-on” ·         Motion by Randy Pinnix; 2nd by David Nance for $50 fee ·         $50 Non-profit Fee was voted on and passed §         Optional “add-on”s available o        Registration fees – §         Actual cost per person will be $148.09 §         Proposed conference fee change to $150 for all attendees §         Motion by Misty Sherrill; Meg Langston 2nd for $150 Registration Fee §         $150 Registration Fee voted on and passed §         After January 13th – Late fee applies o        Chapel Hill Sheraton Europa – §         Hotel is fully sprinklered and alarmed §         Attendees can go ahead and book rooms now §         Group Code is “Fire & Life Safety” §         Cost of room will not exceed $100 §         160 rooms; all non-smoking §         All rooms can be secured at the end of the day §         Parking lot can be used for workshops §         Can hold up to 20 exhibitors o        Off site meal – §         Looking at options §         Looking at a shuttle option o        Monday – §         Opening Ceremony on 3rd floor; 1300-1400 §         Break §         General Sessions §         Regional Meetings; 1530 – 1700 §         Off site dinner – provided o        Tuesday – §         Breakfast – provided §         General Sessions and workshops all day §         Burn Centers Luncheon 1200-1345 §         Two options for State Council Meeting ·         Tue.;  1315-1700 ·         Wed.; 1615-1800 o        Kim Wittig made motion; Sherry Troop 2nd ·         Wed. meeting was voted on and it passed §         FFBCF Meeting §         Entertainment Options possible o        Wednesday – §         Breakfast – provided §         General Sessions §         Lunch – provided §         Dinner – on your own o        Thursday – §         Breakfast §         Awards/General Session/Conference Closing;  0930 -1200 §         NC Fire Marshal’s Officer Meeting; 1000-1200 §         NC Fire Marshal’s General Meeting; 1200-1600 Central – (WHO SPOKE???) Met on May 11, 2010, had NC Wildlife Training Class, Alan Cagle resigning East – Meg Langston Meeting postponed due to cancellation of program West – David Conrad Met on May 4th at Mills River FD, 25 plus in attendance, program on Lead Poison Prevention Other info: June 1st – Ernest updated on NC Fire, EMS, and Rescue Legislative Day.  Be there at 0900.  Will get to go speak to elected officials, ½ will go to Senate and ½ will go to the House and then switch.  This will give fire service a voice.  Meeting adjourned – 1320
Members Present – David Watson, Dolly Hulin, Maria Bostian, Tommy Curry, David Conrad, Misty Sherrill, Meg Langston, Frankie Pinnix, Kelly Ransdell, Kim Wittig, Jan Parker, Angie Gregg, Randy Sexton, Denita Lynch, Ernest Grant, David Pruitt, Sherri Troop, Kay Teague

NORTH CAROLINA FIRE & LIFE SAFETY EDUCATION COUNCIL MEETING

May 13th Guil-Rand Station 20 

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Tommy Curry at 11:00 am.

 Members present were:

Frankie Pinnix                                                   Lee Sudia                                                         Dolly Hulin                                                       Lewis Womack

Randy Sexton                                                   Tommy Curry

Kelly Web                                                        Kim Wittig                                                        Meg Langston                                                  Andrea Good

Maria Bostian                                                   Tracey Watson                                     David Conrad                                                   David Pruitt

Angie Gregg

Invocation – Randy Sexton

Minutes (Feb. 8th 2009) were read and approved.  

 

Old Business

New Business

Lee Sudia discussed the lack of a statewide fire education program in the school system. Lee would like for members of the council to meet with Dr. William Harrison, NC Department of Public Instruction to discuss how to get a statewide fire education program into the teaching standards. Lee will draft a letter to the NC Department of Public Instruction on this matter. Discuss further at August meeting. Chairman Tommy Curry must approve all correspondence on this matter.

Agency Reports

 

Burn Center – Dolly Hulin

Home Safety Council has teamed up with Weekly Reader Custom Publishing on Start Safe: A Fire and Burn Safety Program for Preschoolers and their Families. Funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Office of Domestic Preparedness, Start Safe provides resources for preschool teachers and administrators to work closely with local fire departments. The Burn Center is working on providing this program statewide, more information at the August meeting.

NFPA – Angie Gregg

NFPA Conference June 8-10, 2009 Chicago

2009 Fire Prevention Theme will be announced June 1st.

“Remembering When” Conference Nov 15-17

Application on- line @www.nfpa.org closing date Aug.3rd

OSFM – Angie Gregg

8 New ATV Instructors – ATV Safety Program – contact person Renae Harris

Smoke Alarm Grant – contact Allan

FFBCF – Tracey Watson

The 28th annual Camp Celebrate will be held June 5th – 7th, 2009 at Camp Kanata in Wake Forest, NC.

Tracey passed out a Wish List of things need for the campers.

NC Firemen’s Association – No Report

NC Forestry Service – No Report

NC Dept. of Health & Human Services – No Report

Region Reports

 

Eastern – Meg Langston

Small Meeting at Wilson FD, toured the LIFE SAFETY ADVENTURE HOUSE.

 

Central – Tracey Watson

Planning has began on the 2011 Conference

Western –David Conrad/Kelly Webb

2010 Conference Dates set: Feb. 6th – 10th 2010

If you have ideas for workshops contact Kelly Webb

FLSE Conference Dates

 

2010 Conference February 6-10 Grove Park Inn, Asheville

2011 Conference – TBA

2012 Conference – Hilton/City Bistro, Greenville

 

 

 

Prayer Request List

 

Jennifer Fogelman’s Family

Randy Sexton’s Family

BT and Maxine Fowler

Amanda Butler-Family Member

Durham Firefighter

Future Council Meeting Dates:

 

Aug. 19th Raleigh Convention Center 2:00 pm Meeting, Room 307

Directions to Convention Center go to            

Ben Houston from Wilson Fire Rescue and he is willing for anyone interested to come tour the Life Safety Adventure House in Wilson prior to the August 19 State Council Meeting. Anyone interested in touring the house on August 19th at 10:00am contact Meg at meg.langston@wilmingtonnc.gov.com or 910-343-4784.

Nov. 18th Guil-Rand Station 20 – 11:00 am

Reminder if you have to miss a meeting please let an officer know. 

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:10 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Dolly Hulin

Secretary 

 

North Carolina Fire & Life Safety Education Council

        BI-LAWS

Adopted October 25, 1995

Revised January 30, 2000

Approved February 18, 2001

            Revised October 1, 2001

Approved February 17, 2002

Revised November 6, 2002

Approved February 16, 2003

Revised November 19, 2004

Revised January 9, 2009

Approved February 8, 2009

 

 

Article I                      NAME

This organization shall be known as the North Carolina Fire & Life Safety Education Council (N.C.F.L.S.E.C.).

Article II                    MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission Statement of the Council shall be “Prevention through Education.”

 

Article III                   PURPOSE

To reduce through safety education the loss of life, property and injuries caused by fire or other emergency situations.

To provide a network of educators for the exchange of ideas and resources.

To promote educational resources among educators and to coordinate and promote educational resources of safety education for the public.

To respond to fire and life safety educator’s needs throughout North Carolina by assisting them in all phases of life safety education.

To submit and publish articles and research data regarding fire and other safety issues.

To conduct training and workshops to enhance professional development among fire and life safety educators.

            

To serve as the Technical Advisory Committee to the North Carolina State Fireman’s Association on all issues pertaining to fire and life safety.

Article IV                   OFFICERS

The officers of the Council shall be Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, and Immediate Past-Chairperson.  They shall constitute the Executive Committee of the Council.

Terms of the officers will begin on the first day of the month following the North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Conference.  Terms of the officers shall be limited to one year.  Officers cannot serve more than two consecutive terms with the exception of the Secretary.  Meetings of the Executive Committee may be scheduled at the call of the Chairperson.  Any Executive Committee member failing to attend two (2) successive meetings during any year without an excuse acceptable to the Executive Committee shall be disqualified and the office declared vacant.

 

Article V                    DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS

It shall be the duty of the Chairperson to preside over the meetings of the Council; to periodically, as required, present a report of the activities of the Council to other organizations; to be the official representative of the Council; to represent the Council at Executive Board meetings of the North Carolina State Fireman’s Association and to perform such other duties as are ordinarily performed by the presiding officers.

It shall be the duty of the Vice-Chairperson to perform the duties of the Chairperson as necessitated by his/her absence and to assist the Chairperson whenever required and to ensure that the Bylaws are observed at all meetings.

It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep minutes of the proceedings of the Council and the Executive Committee; to keep record of the members of the Council and attend to all of the communications pertaining to the Council.

It shall be the duty of the Immediate Past Chairperson to assist the Chairperson and Executive Committee whenever required in matters of business pertaining to the Council.

The Officers of the Council shall be the governing body of the organization when the organization itself is not in session.  All matters affecting the policies, aims and means of accomplishing the purposes of this organization, not specifically provided for in this statement of bylaws or by action of the organization at a regular or special meeting shall be decided by the Executive Committee. The Officers of the Council shall be selected from the Membership as defined in Article VIII. Officers selected from one of the recognized education regions shall count as one of the region’s fire (5) representatives. Voting by Officers shall be in accordance with Articles VIII and XII.

 

 

 

 

Article VI                   FILLING A VACANCY

In the case of a vacancy of the office of Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson shall ascend to the office.  In the case of a vacancy in the office of any other officer, the vacancy shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining officers.  This appointment will run until the next general election of officers.

Article VII                 MEETINGS

Meetings of the Council shall be convened quarterly.  The North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Conference shall be held annually. The Council will hold a meeting and at least one workshop during the annual North Carolina State Fireman’s Association in accordance with the NCSFA Partnership Agreement.

Article VIII                MEMBERSHIP

Membership on the Council shall consist of five (5) representatives appointed from each of the recognized education regions. Each region shall receive one vote in Council business.

·        Eastern North Carolina Fire & Life Safety Association

·        Central Fire Educators Association

·        Western Fire & Life Safety Educators Association

There shall be one voting representative from each of the following state agencies:

·        North Carolina Department of Insurance

·        North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center

·        North Carolina Extension Service

·        North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services

·        North Carolina Commission for Health Services

At-large Council members shall serve at the discretion of the Council and have one vote per agency or individual:

·        Individuals

·        North Carolina Fire & Life Safety Educator Sub-Committee

·        Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund

·        National Fire Protection Association

Support members may assist at the discretion of the Council and their respective agencies in matters concerning committee work, conference planning or special projects. Support staff does not vote in the affairs of the Council.

Support staff includes, but are not limited to:

·        Individuals

·        OSFM Staff

·        Director of the NC F & LSE Conference

·        State or Local Agencies

The organizations represented on the Council shall submit to the Chairperson a list of their representatives by the first day of the month following the North Carolina Fire & Life Safety Education Conference.

Any At-large member of the Council failing to attend two (2) successive meetings during any year without an excuse acceptable to the members of the Council shall be disqualified by a vote of the majority of the Council membership.

Members from recognized education regions or state agencies failing to attend two (2) successive meetings during any year without an excuse acceptable to the Executive Committee shall be replaced by their respective region or agency upon request of the Executive Committee.

Article IX                   CONFERENCE FINANCIAL REPORTS

The Director, or Co-Directors, of the North Carolina Fire & Life Safety Education Conference, or his/her designee, shall provide a financial report to the Council at the regular Council meeting following the Conference. The Director, or Co-Directors, should be appointed annually at the first regular Council meeting following the Conference.. The Director of the Conference shall advise the Council of any financial issues or concerns prior to each Conference as necessary. The financial business of the Council shall be conducted through the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association. 

Article X                    AMENDMENTS

This Council shall have the power to amend and revise any portion of these Bylaws.  Thirty (30) days prior to quarterly meetings, notice of proposed changes shall be published.  Approval of the changes shall require two-thirds vote of approval of the authorized voting members or agencies present at the quarterly meeting.

Article XI                   COMMITTEES

Committees, whether standing or ad hoc committees, shall be established by the Chairperson and/or the Executive Committee and the Chairperson shall appoint the members of any and all committees as may be required; and any vacancy on a committee shall likewise be filled by the Chairperson.  Each committee appointment shall include committee goals and completion dates.

Article XII                 CONDUCT OF BUSINESS

Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern this Council in the conduct of its business with the exception of determining a quorum or otherwise specifically stated in the Bylaws. A quorum shall exist if the majority of approved voting agencies or individuals are present at a regular or specially called meeting. A quorum shall be (5) voting agencies. Simple majority with the exception of Amendments in Article X shall determine business decisions. Officers shall vote in accordance with their membership in Article VIII. The Chair shall not have a vote in the case of a tie. In a tie vote the motion shall fail.

Article XIII                NC FIRE & LIFE SAFETY EDUCATION LOGO

 

The Council encourages all Education Regions and approved fire & life safety education organizations to utilize the Fire & Life Safety logo developed by the Office of State Fire Marshal. The logo is copyrighted by the OSFM. Any groups wishing to utilize the logo shall have to abide by any requirements set forth by the Office of State Fire Marshal on the use of said logo.  Article XIV                NEWSLETTER              The Council shall utilize the North Carolina Fire & Rescue Journal published by the Office of State Fire Marshall for dissemination of fire prevention and education information. At such time that a dedicated Fire & Life Safety Education publication is available or justified the Council will utilize said publication along with the NC Fire & Rescue Journal.
Article XV                 REGIONS

Eastern

Beaufort

Bertie

Bladen

Brunswick

Camden

Carteret

Chowan

Columbus

Craven

Currituck

Dare

Duplin

Edgecombe

Gates

Greene

Halifax

Hertford

Hyde

Jones

Lenoir

Martin

Nash

New Hanover

Northampton

Onslow

Pamlico

Pender

Pasquotank

Perquimans

Pitt

Sampson

Tyrell

Washington

Wayne

Wilson

Central:

Alamance

Caswell

Chatham

Cumberland

Davidson

Durham

Forsyth

Franklin

Granville

Guilford

Harnett

Hoke

Johnston

Lee

Montgomery

Moore

Orange

Person

Randolph

Richmond

Robeson

Rockingham

Scotland

Stokes

Vance

Wake

Warren
Western:

Alexander

Alleghany

Anson

Ashe

Avery

Buncombe

Burke

Cabarrus

Caldwell

Catawba

Cherokee

Clay

Cleveland

Davie

Gaston

Graham

Haywood

Henderson

Iredell

Jackson

Lincoln

Macon

Madison

McDowell

Mecklenburg

Mitchell

Polk

Rowan

Rutherford

Stanly

Surry

Swain

Transylvania

Union

Watauga

Wilkes

Yadkin

Yancey

Article XVI                SPONSORING ORGANIZATION

The North Carolina Fire & Life Safety Education Council will fall under the North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission in complying with the statutory responsibility for fire and life safety education required of the Commission.  The Council will also act in an advisory capacity in all matters concerning fire and life safety education to the Commission.

Western Fire and Life Safety Education Association

Our last meeting was at 2011 NC Fire and Life Safety Educators Conference on February 7, 2011.  Thanks to the Nominating Committee for bringing the slate of officers for the mid-year gap elections.  Here are our officers for 2011.

CONGRATULATIONS TO TERRY BYERS of Hickory Fire Department for being the recipient of the 2011 NC FLSE Lifetime Award for her years of service and dedication to fire and life safety education.  Well done.

Chair – David Conrad

Vice Chair – Misty Sherrill

Secretary – Aaron Miller

Past Chair- Kelley Webb

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The Western Region is the largest region in North Carolina. Its members represent urban and rural areas, including the Cherokee Reservation. The members are dedicated to being leaders in fire and life safety.  Objectives

1) To coordinate the efforts of it’s members in the fields of Fire Education, Prevention and Burn Safety, and by so doing endeavor to provide an efficent uniform Fire and Life Safety Program in North Carolina.

2) To distribute to it’s members such information pertaining to Fire and Life Safety Education as may be available; to assit it’s members in the solution of and problems which may arise in these fields.

3) To, at all times, assist and cooperate with this association, organizations, goverment agencies, or departments which share our common interest in the education of our citizens in the protection of lives and property from fire and injury.

2010/11 Officers

Past Chair – Kelley Webb (kwebb@ashevillenc.gov)

Chair – David Conrad (david.conrad@mecklenburgcounty.nc.gov)

Vice Chair – Misty Sherrill (msherrill@co.iredell.nc.us)

Secretary/Treasurer – Aaron Miller

DUE TO A NEW CHANGE IN BY LAWS WE WILL HAVE 2 OFFICER ELECTIONS IN 2011.  THE MEETING IN MAY WAS AN OFFICER ELECTION FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER ELECTION IN NOVEMBER.  IN 2012 ALL OFFICERS WILL START THEIR TERMS AT THE FLSE CONFERENCE.
2nd Past Chair - David Watson (dwatson@newtonnc.gov)

Lifetime Members of the Association
Thanks for their years and efforts to promote a safer community through fire and life safety education.
John Atwell
Randy Wally
Jed Clampitt
Chuck Gallyon
Greg Faggart
Bobby Compton
Walker Reid
Lloyd Ramsey
David Pruitt
John Rudisill

WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA FIRE & LIFE SAFETY  EDUCATION ASSOCIATIONBY-LAWS  
 
ARTICLE I – NAME
 The organization shall be known as “WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION.”(WNCFLSEA)

ARTICLE II – OBJECTIVES
(A)   To coordinate the efforts of its members in the fields of Fire Education, Injury Prevention and Burn Safety and by doing so, endeavor to provide an efficient and uniform Fire and Life Safety Education Program in North Carolina.
(B)   To distribute to its members such information pertaining to Fire and Life Safety Education as may be available; and to assist its members in the solution of any problems which may arise in these fields.
(C)   To at all times, assist and cooperate with this Association and Organizations, Industries, Government Agencies or Departments which share our common interest in fire and life safety education.   
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP

(A)               Eligibility: Any person engaged in promoting the prevention of fires and injuries through fire and life safety education may become a member of this organization
(B)               ACTIVE MEMBER Any legally designated official of a county, municipality, township, fire district or other persons located in the Western region of North Carolina in the following counties:  Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Davie, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Iredell, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Polk, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanley, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Union, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, Yancey, including the Cherokee Qualla Boundary and is authorized and obligated by public law, ordinance, or lawful agreement to promote fire and life safety through public education , may become an active member of this Association.
(C)                ASSOCIATE MEMBER Associate Members are those persons other than Active Members, interested or involved in promoting fire and life safety education in North Carolina.  Associate Members shall enjoy the privileges of membership except that of voting privileges and/or holding elective office.   (D)               HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS Members will be eligible for honorary life membership upon the recommendation and approval of the Executive Board and by majority vote of those members present at any meeting.  Any member, so elected, shall thereafter be exempt from the payment of annual dues.  Honorary Life Membership may also be conferred on any person that has rendered distinctive service to the Association.   
ARTICLE IV – FEES
  
(A)   An annual membership fee of Fifteen Dollars ($15.00) shall be applicable to each department or individual member.  If a department has more than one member, the annual dues/fee shall be limited to Fifteen Dollars ($15.00).  This fee is due by January 31 annually.
(B)   Members who do not pay dues within 60 days of notice shall not be allowed to have voting power nor shall he/she have the right to hold or be an active officer of the organization until dues are paid in full. 
ARTICLE V – OFFICERS

(A)   Officers of the WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION shall be: Chairperson Vice-Chairperson Secretary/Treasurer
(B)   Nominees for the position of an officer of the organization shall be active members of the Western Association for at least one year before applying.
(C)   Officers of the Association shall be elected every year by majority vote of Active Members present at the February meeting.
(D)   No one member may hold any one office for a period exceeding two (2) consecutive terms
(E)    Election of Officers shall be held at the February meeting of the Association.  The new Officers shall assume their responsibilities on the first day of the month following the North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Education Conference.
(F)    All officers shall serve as members of the Executive Board.
(G)   The previous chairperson shall become an Ex-Officio Officer.
(H)   In case of vacancy of the office of Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson shall ascend to the office of Chairperson. In the case of a vacancy in the office of any other officer, the vacancy shall be filled by a nominated appointment of the chairperson and a majority vote from the membership on that appointment. This appointment(s) shall serve until the next general election of officers. 
ARTICLE VI – DUTIES OF OFFICERS

(A)   The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings and conduct all business.  The Chairperson shall call special meetings at the request of a majority of the Executive Board or when he/she may deem it necessary.
(B)   The Vice-Chairperson shall assume all duties of the Chairperson in his/her absence. The Vice-Chairperson shall oversee and appoint a 2 person committee to review the bylaws annually and make recommendations for updating or making changes. The Vice- Chair will also chair the Conference Committee when the State FLSE Conference will be held in the western region.
(C)   The Secretary/Treasurer shall keep a record of the attendance at all meetings and shall record and forward to all members the minutes of the regular meetings, special meetings and Executive Board meetings.  He/she shall be custodian of the minute book and all records, correspondence and literature pertaining to the business of the Association.  He/she shall keep the members informed as to the progress of the Association business and shall record and answer all correspondence promptly and in an efficient manner.  He/she shall notify all members in writing of the meetings.
(D)   The Secretary/ Treasurer shall receive all monies payable to the Association and shall deposit same in a chartered bank designated by the Executive Board.  Accounts shall be paid by check.  The Vice-Chairperson shall be authorized to sign checks in the event the Treasurer is incapacitated.
(E)    The Chairperson shall appoint three (3) members of the Association to audit the books and accounts of the Treasurer annually.  These members shall present a written report of all matters pertaining to the finances of the Association to the Executive Board by December 1st of each year.
(F)    The Officers of the Association shall be the governing body of the Association when the Association itself is not in session.  All matters affecting the policies, aims and means of accomplishing the purposes of this Association, not specifically provided for in this statement of By-Laws or by action of the Association at a regular or special meeting shall be decided by the Executive Committee.
(G)   All elected officers shall serve a one year term unless resignation, removal or inability to complete the term. 
ARTICLE VII – COMMITTEES

(A)   The Executive Board shall consist of the Officers of the Association and shall deal with such business as may come before it.  The Board shall make recommendations regarding the business of the Association within the confines of the By-Laws.
(B)   Special Committees may be elected by the members or may be appointed by the Chairperson with the aid of the Executive Board.
(C)   Each Special Committee shall elect a Chairperson who shall be responsible for conducting all meetings of said Committee.
(D)   The Chairperson shall appoint a Nominating Committee consisting of three (3) members at the May meeting and they shall present a slate of officers at the August meeting at which time election of officers shall take place. 
ARTICLE VIII – MEETINGS

(A)   Meetings of the membership shall be convened quarterly, one being during the State Fire & Life Safety Education Conference and during the months of May, August and November.
(B)   Executive Board meetings shall be called at the discretion of the Chairperson or upon the wishes of a majority of the Executive Board.
(C)   Special Committees, upon Board appointment or election by the membership, shall convene for meetings at a location and time agreed upon by a majority of the Committee’s members. 
ARTICLE IX – VOTING RIGHTS
 Each department or individual member having paid the annual Fifteen Dollars ($15.00) dues/fee for membership shall have voting rights in all business matters.  Each department shall have only one vote. 
ARTICLE X – STATE EDUCATION COUNCIL MEMBERS

(A)   The Western NCFLSE Executive Board will provide Five (5) members on the State Fire and Life Safety Education Council.  The WNCFLSEA Chairperson will monitor the attendance and productivity of each WNCFLSEA State Committee member. Attendance at these meetings is mandatory by the WNCFLSE association, unless an approved excuse is provided to the Chairperson of the association. The WNCFLSEA Executive Board; with majority vote of the members present, may remove appointed council members for failure to attend or participate in said council meetings.
(B)   These current members of the WNCFLSEA shall automatically serve on the State Fire & Life Safety Education Council each year that he/she serves.  These members include the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary/ Treasurer, the immediate past Chair-Person of the organization and a member at large voted on by the membership at the August meeting. 
ARTICLE XI – SPECIAL BUSINESS/EVENTS
 In the event of an illness, hospital stay, death or death of an immediate family member of an Active, Associate or Honorary member, the chairperson may direct the Secretary/Treasurer to send a card, flowers or a donation to a worthy cause or organization designated by the family. 
ARTICLE XII- CONDUCT OF BUSINESS
 Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern this organization in the conduct of business with the    exception of determining a quorum or otherwise specifically stated in the bylaws. 
ARTICLE XIII- NOT FOR PROFIT
 This WNCFLSEA organization is a NOT FOR PROFIT organization. No part of the organization assets or income shall be used to the benefit of any of its officers, membership or directors. 
ARTICLE XIV- AMENDMENTS
                         The Executive Board of the WNCFLSEA shall have the power to amend and revise any portion of these Bylaws. Approval of these changes shall require two-thirds vote of approval of the voting membership of the organization present at the quarterly announced meeting. These Bylaws will be reviewed annually by the Vice-Chair, and a two person committee and changes are to be brought to the membership for approval.     
ARTICLE XV-Training and Public information
 (A)The WNCFLSEA will maintain a website for the purpose of providing information, news, projects, class information, links to other websites and contacts to support /publicize the State FLSE Council and other state news. (B)A  Program Coordinator shall be responsible for planning and coordinating continuing education classes and/or seminars to be held at quarterly meetings of the organization.
Revised and Adopted 05/07/2001
Revised and adopted 11/3/2008
Revised 2/11/11