The North Carolina Central Fire Education Association represents the counties in the central area of the state. The purpose of the association is to provide an opportunity for Fire & Life Safety Educators to meet and discuss problems and solutions relating to life safety education.
##August 12, 2008 meeting inutes Our next meeting will be at the Conference in February
##ByLaws current at May 13, 2008
Meeting minutes of August 12, 2008
CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION August 12, 2008 Bethesda FD; Durham, NC
Jennifer Rumley, Chair called the meeting to order. B.T. Fowler gave the invocation. Chief Robert Andrews welcomed the group to the Bethesda FD.
Minutes from the May 13, 2008 meeting were reviewed by members in attendance. Lee Sudia made the motion to accept the minutes as read. Ernest Grant seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
Treasurer’s Report (Alan Cagle) Not Available
OSFM (Allan Buchanan) - CPS Technician course(s) scheduled: Chatham County (October 20- 23), Durham County (November 4-7) and Person County (November 4-7). Visit the www.buckleupnc.org website for more information. - CPS Technician Renewal course(s) scheduled: Raleigh OSFM (August 22) and Winterville (August 25) - CPS Week will be observed September 21-27. Tweens (ages 8 to 14) will be the focus. Safety Seat Check Saturday is scheduled for September 20. - Fire Prevention Week will be observed October 5-11 - Smoke alarm grant available (Fall timeframe) – community canvas - Upcoming Conferences: Fire & Life Safety Conference in Greenville (February 7-11) and CPS Conference @ Atlantic Beach (March 12-13) - World Burn Congress (October 1-4) – silent auction items needed. POC for Silent auction items is Tommy Curry; Rockingham FMO; 336-634-3007, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jaycee Burn Center (Ernest Grant) - Introduced Kay Teague with the UNC Hospitals to the group - World Burn Congress is scheduled for October 1 through 4 in Raleigh, NC. Visit the www.pheonix-society.org website for more info. Volunteers are still eeded. Check with Kelly Ransdell and Jan Parker @ OSFM or Anita Fields and Shirley Massey @ Jaycee Burn Center for more information. Potato salad, macaroni salad and cole slaw donations also needed for BBQ on October 2. - Legislation to ban novelty lighters in works. If possible, please purchase or take pictures of novelty lighters and send them to Ernest. - Learn Not to Burn curriculum phased out. New curriculum based on NC’s need in works. Contact Ernest if you would like to play a part in developing this curriculum. - NFPA 1035 committee – update available on the NFPA website within the next few weeks. Check out www.nfpa.org for more information.
State Council (Tommy Curry) Nothing new to report at this time
Old Business - Lewis Womack’s working on by-law changes to present to members at November’s meeting. Changes will be voted on at the Greenville Conference in February. Changes being reviewed include (but are not limited to) officer term limits, membership dues payment deadline and voting procedures. - Jennifer Rumley’s working on the Award of Excellence category for next year’s conference. Nomination forms will be emailed out September 15 and must be received on or before December 15.
New Business - B.T. Fowler Scholarship committee will comprise of Lorie Southerland and Debbie Akeley, Spout Springs Fire Department (if 2008-2009 dues is paid in full no later than September 15). Forms will be emailed out September 15 and must be received by the committee on or before December 15. - Officer nomination committee will comprise of Lee Sudia, Ernest Grant and Frankie Pinnix (if 2008-2009 dues is paid in full no later than September 15) - 2009/2010’s membership dues invoice will be handed out at next year’s conference. Another copy will be emailed to members in June of 2009. - Frankie Pinnix provided a helmet specifically painted to honor this year’s World Burn Congress (October 1-4). Helmet will be raffled off at the conference. Thanks Frankie! - The Spring Lake Professional Firefighter’s Association will be sponsoring a golf tournament on October 2 at the Anderson Creek Country Club. Proceeds to benefit Jim Schultz, a member of our association, who is dealing with health issues. Tommy Curry made a motion for our association to sponsor a hole ($100.00). Lee Sudia seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously. - A donation of $250.00 is to be made to this year’s World Burn Congress to help offset fuel costs. Lee Sudia made a motion to make the donation. Randy Sexton seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously. - Incentive option(s) for members who pay dues on time…ideas welcomed - Please refer potential member candidates to Jennifer Rumley @ 336-373-3654 or email@example.com . - Jason Boggs with the Knightdale FD is recruiting help for this year’s fire safety booth at the State Fair, October 14-22. Please contact Jason at 919-217-2271 and/or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 5. - State Council meeting will be held on August 27 at the Chief’s conference in Winston Salem.
Marshall Hill made a motion to close the meeting. Dolly Hullin seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION BY-LAWS
ARTICLE I Name: The organization shall be known as “The North Carolina Central Fire and Life Safety Education Association”.
ARTICLE II Objectives: 1. To coordinate the efforts of its members in the field of fire and life safety education; and, by so doing, endeavor to provide an efficient and uniform fire and life safety program in North Carolina.
2. To distribute to its members such information pertaining to fire and life safety education and prevention as may be available, and to assist its members in the solution of any problems which may arise in these areas.
3. To, at all times, assist and cooperate with this association, organizations, industries, government agencies, or departments which share our common interest in the fire and life safety education of our citizens.
ARTICLE III Eligibility: Any person engaged in promoting the prevention of fires and injury through fire and life safety education may become a member of this organization.
ARTICLE IV Membership: 1. Membership shall consist of representatives necessary to duly represent fire service fire and life safety, and fire education/burn and injury prevention organizations throughout the central region. 2. The Central Region is defined as being the 27 counties of Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Cumberland, Davidson, Durham, Franklin, Forsyth, Granville, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Scotland, Stokes, Vance, Wake and Warren. 3. 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 acting officer of this association until dues are paid in full. 4. Any past active member who has retired from a qualifying organization as defined in Article 4 Section 1 shall be eligible for Honorary Membership. 5. Honorary Membership shall be bestowed by a majority vote by the members. Honorary Members shall not pay dues, hold office or have voting power.
ARTICLE V Officers: 1. Officers of the Central Fire and Life Safety Education Association shall be Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer. 2. Nominees for position of Chairperson and Vice Chairperson shall have been a member of the Association for 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 and Treasurer. 5. Election of officers shall be held at the November meeting. 6. New officers shall take office at the end of the annual conference. 7. In case of a 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 will run until the next general election of officers.
ARTICLE VI Duties of Officers: 1. The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings and conduct all business. The Chairperson shall call special meetings when he/she may deem necessary. The Chairperson shall establish meeting dates and locations of region meetings at the annual conference.
2. The Vice Chairperson shall assume all duties in the absence of the Chairperson. The Vice Chairperson shall review the bylaws annually and make recommendations for changes.
3. The Secretary shall keep a record of the attendance at all meetings, record and forward to all members the minutes of the meetings 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. He/she shall make corrections to meeting minutes.
4. The Treasurer shall be responsible for all receiving and keeping accurate records of all dues and other funds received by this organization, and shall account for all disbursements made from said organization. The Treasurer shall have up-to-date records showing income, disbursements, and shall be prepared to give a current report and balance upon request from President or any other State or Federal Authority. The treasurer shall give each member, at the end of each calendar year, a written report showing beginning balance, deposits, disbursements, and the end of the year status of all monies in the Central Fire Education Fund. This report shall be completed by July 31st of the next calendar year. The Treasurer’s records shall be subject to auditing by the Officers and/or appointed committee upon request.
ARTICLE VII Appointments: 1. Special committees may be elected by the members or may be appointed by the Chairperson. 2. Each special committee shall elect a chairperson who shall be responsible for conducting all meetings of said committee. 3. Five members of the association shall be elected to serve as members of the State Council, one member being the Chairperson and one being the Vice-Chairperson. The remaining three members will be elected by majority vote of the membership. All members to the State Council must be in good standing with the Central Region. 4. The Chairperson shall be responsible for forming a conference committee two years prior to the scheduled hosting of the annual conference. The Chairperson will appoint a Conference Committee Chairperson and outline their roles and responsibilities.
ARTICLE VIII Meetings:
1. Meetings of the membership shall be convened quarterly, generally on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10am. 2. Special meetings shall be called at the discretion of the Chairperson or upon the wishes of a majority of the membership. 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.
ARTICLE IX Dues: Dues shall be paid annually upon receipt of notification. Dues shall be paid within 60 days of receipt of notices. Dues shall be in the amount of $ 15.00 per member or $ 40.00 per department, whichever is less. Special Fund: There will be a Special Fund used for an annual memorial gift made to the NC Jaycee Burn Center in the amount of $200.00 when an immediate family member of the North Carolina Central Fire and Life Safety Education Association passes away. Immediate family members will be defined as spouse, child, mother, father, sister, brother, grandmother, grandfather and any step, in-law, or adopted variation of the afore mentioned. The Secretary will be responsible for the arrangements concerning the memorial gift. All deaths that qualify for the Special Fund memorial gift should be sent to the Secretary immediately upon notification. The names of all the deceased for the fiscal year, which shall run from July 1 to June 30, will be attached to the annual memorial gift.
ARTICLE X By Law Changes Any changes to the By Laws shall be presented to all members via mail or email at least 60 days before a vote on the changes will occur. Revised: May 08, 2007, May 13, 2008