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June 6, 2001 Meeting

The Mine Safety Institute of America Meeting was held on June 6, 2001, at 4:00 PM

Member in Attendance were Ronnie Biggerstaff Mary Bauer Pat Campbell Doug Conaway William garay William gerringer Larry Harshbarger Ben Hart Paul Hummel Phillip Johnson Tom joyce Elmer Layne Frank Linkous Doug Martin Tom Maxwell Jim Myer Tom Patterson Joseph Pavlovich Bill Sanders Joseph Sbaffoni Tom Shumaker Richard Stickler James Turner

Packets were given to each attending member which consisted of membership listing and the minutes of last year's meeting

The Secretary report was read, which consisted of member information as follows: 

  • 186 members
  • 1 new lifetime member
  • 12 members removed for nonpayment of dues
  • 0 resignations
  • 16 new members
  • 20 members unable to locate, and
  • 24 States represented. 

(Approved by executive committee). The treasurer report was read by Joe Sbaffoni and accepted by Auditing Committee.

Old Business

  • Discussions were held concerning the "How to Book"
  • Web site Address: www.miningorganizations.org
  • An open discussion was held on different ways to increase membership.

New Business

Discussion was held on next year's meeting as to where the conference should be held and if we should have it combined with HSA or not. HSA is having their 2002 conference at Virginia Beach, Virginia.

A motion to accept a joint conference with HSA and NASMIA in V.irginia Beach, Virginia was made and accepted.

In the Year 2002, the Mine Safety Institute of America Convention will be held in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It will be a combined conference with HSA and NASMIA.

Resolutions Committee moved for the adoption of the following motions. 

  • Thanks and appreciation of the Mine Safety Institute of America be extended to: 
    1. Holmes Safety Association and everyone on the Program Planning Committee especially Troy Tate, Program Chairperson and Doyle Fink, District Manager, South Central District John Kuzar, District Manager, District 9, and Patrick Hurley of HSA; 
    2. Along with the Holiday Inn, Riverwalk Hotel; 
    3. The venders and exhibitors for their hospitality; 
    4. The committee and speakers for the educational and technical portion of the conference; . 
    5. The companies and organizations for their cooperation during the conference and allowing persons to attend; 
    6. The MSIA and NASMIA officers/members responsible for the management of the conference; 
    7. The many individuals (unnamed) whose goodwill contributed to the success of the conference. 

Adopted all resolutions.

Nominatinq Committee:  Frank Linkous (Chairman), Phillip Johnson, Joseph Sbaffoni

Auditing Committee:  Ben Hart, Steve Hart 

Membership Committee:  Richard Hughes (Chairman), Ronnie Biggerstaff, Frank Linkous

Resolutions Committee:  Thomas Joyce (Chairman), Elmer Lane 

Proaram/Paoers Committee (Joint with HSA):  Frank Linkous (Chairman), Ronnie Biggerstaff, Joseph Sbaffoni, Ben Hart, Patrick Hurley

Ways and Means Committee:  Doug Martin, Ronnie Biggerstaff, Jim Myers, James Turner, Ben Hart, Steve Hart 

All new officers were sworn in.

Meeting adjourned

June 20, 1999 Meeting

Members in attendance were:

   

Harry Dushac James Turner   William Garay  Joseph Sbaffoni
Tom Joyce Richard Hughes   Charles Green  Gerald E. Davis
Doug Lester  Frank Linkous  Ronnie Biggerstaff  E.B. Layne

Franklin Reed

Packets were given to each attending member which consisted of:

  • The Constitution, History of the Mine Safety Institute of America, Information on the Internet for MSIA,

  •  Minutes of last years meeting, Member listing, Officer and Board listing.

The Treasurer and Secretary reports were read by Jerry Davis (Approved as read).

Old Business

  • Discussed removal notices for nonpayment of dues - voted to send letters to members who have not paid their dues within the last three years. In this letter, they will have one month from the date of letter to respond. A letter will also be sent for two years of nonpayment.

  • Doug Lester complimented Joe Sbaffoni on his hard work regarding the revised constitution.

  • E-Mail and Internet - MSIA is now on the internet. Also discussed if any member had an e-mail address, that it might be a good idea to get them on file for communication purposes. Suggestion was made for next year’s meeting to take photos with a digital camera and possibly have those placed on the internet.

  • If anyone has a good picture of a flame safety lamp, please forward it to Jerry Davis.

New Business

  • Discussed ways to increase membership. Suggestion was made to possibly advertise in publications and/or magazines. Also, try to get more participation with persons dealing in the Metal/Nonmetal area.

Nominating Committee
John Franklin, Chairman Tom Joyce, James Turner Elmer Layne, Don McBride

Membership Committee
Richard Hughes, Chairman Frank Linkous, John Franklin Doug Lester, Ronnie Biggerstaff

Auditing Committee
Charles Green, Chairman Terry Farley, Richard Hughes Joseph Sbaffoni, Harry Dushac

Resolutions Committee
Thomas Joyce, Chairman,  William Garay, Terry Farley ,  James Turner, 
Doug Lester

In the Year 2000, the Mine Safety Institute of America Convention will be held in Pittsburgh, PA

Meeting Adjourned

June 22, 1999 Meeting

Members in attendance were:

Allan Greene Ty Coleman Terry Farley William Gerringer
Tom Joyce James Turner  Frank Linkous Chuck Edwards
John Franklin Robert Vines Doug Lester Ben Hart
Joe Pavlovich Richard Huges Harry Dushac Joseph Sbaffoni
Gerald Davis Charles Green Don McBride  Elmer Layne

Two deceased members: Edward Fox and Dennis Frailey

Treasury Report read by Jerry Davis and accepted by Auditing Committee.

Old Business

  • The revised Constitution was discussed and copies were available for all members.

  • Discussion took place on the "how to" book in preparing for a convention. Doug Lester would like to draft a 1st working draft of this book.


New Business

Jerry Davis discussed the web site for MSIA and what information can be obtained. The convention will be held in Pittsburgh for the Year 2000 with Holmes Safety Association.

Joe Pavlovich discussed the option of having a convention in the west to promote new membership in that area.

Questions were raised concerning the location of future conventions. Discussion took place to possibly having West Virginia host the 2001 convention. Possibly at the Academy? Discussion was also held as to the possibility of members deciding where future conventions are to be held. Motion was taken to host 2001 convention in West Virginia. If another State was interested in hosting the convention, it would be considered at the 2000 convention. Kentucky will host in 2003.

Resolutions Committee moved for adoption of the following motions.

Thanks and appreciation of the Mine Safety Institute of America be extended to:

  • Charles Green, Ann Ayers and Tennessee Department Staff and all involved along with the Park Vista Hotel and local contributors;
  • The Papers’ committee & speakers for the educational and technical portion of the conference;
  • The companies and organizations for their cooperation during the conference and allowing persons to attend;
  • The MSIA officers responsible for the management of the conference;
  • The many individuals (unnamed) whose goodwill contributed to the success of the conference.

Adopted all resolutions

Nominations

Harry Dushac  - President
Richard Hughes - First Vice President
Frank Linkous - Second Vice President
Ronnie Biggerstaff - Third Vice President
Jerry Davis - Secretary/Treasurer
Joe Sbaffoni - Asst. Secretary/Treasurer

Motion accepted

Charles Green swears in new officers – all agree

Membership Committee
Ten(10) new members

Recommend three members to the board:  Bill Garay, Joe Pavlovich,  Doug Lester

All accepted

Nominating Committee
John Franklin, Chairman ,James Turner, Don McBride, Elmer Layne, Tom Joyce

Membership Committee
Richard Hughes, Chairman John Franklin, Frank Linkous,  Doug Lester, Ronnie Biggerstaff

Auditing Committee
Charles Green, Chairman , Richard Hughes, Terry Farley , Joseph Sbaffoni,  Harry Dushac

Resolutions Committee
Thomas Joyce, Chairman James Turner, William Garay,  Doug Lester, Terry Farley

Meeting Adjourned

June 23, 1998 Meeting

The report of the Secretary was read which consisted of member information as follows: 239 members; 1 death; 3 resignations; 1 new member; 62 lifetime members; 11 unable to locate; 24 States represented; collected $910.00 in dues prior to convention Approved by Executive Board Committee

Appointment of Committees

Major changes in our BY-LAWS Change our name to Mine Safety Institute of America Make-up of Executive Board Proposed changes were given to members to vote on. These changes were brought about by a two year project of the Ways & Means Committee. Issues committee reviewed if the institute is going in the right direction and if it is serving the industry. Motion was passed to adopt the amendments to the Constitution.

Program's Paper Committee was selected for next year's convention and the appointed members are as followings: Harry Dushac, Charles Greene, Gerald Davis, Don McBride, Bill Morgan, Joe Sbaffoni, Doug Lester

Next year's convention will be held in Gatlinburg, TN but not sure of date.

Suggestion was made to send a letter to all members containing what was discussed at the annual meeting along with a copy of the new by-laws and letter explaining the changes made. And also encourage member participation.

Discussion took place on should a "how to" book be developed to aid persons in preparing for a conference/meeting. Possibly develop guidelines/parameters to follow. Another suggestion was to share insight/input with former hosts and establish an experienced committee. Called for volunteers to make a list of important details when planning a conference/meeting. How much money the State has to raise for the conference to try to keep the registration low.

Publications Committee - should we do a little advertising and where? Perhaps through the Internet or E-Mail. Possible mailings for Gatlinburg meeting to increase attendance. Personally contact the state representatives and/or officials. News releases, Mine regulation reporter, HSA, State publications, web page. Coordinate with Jerry.

Auditing Committee - Committee Chairman, Harry Dushac Monaghan, still has the books and they will be transferred to the new Sec/Treasurer at which time an audit will be conducted. The audit committee will consist of five people. (Todd offered to help).

Membership Committee - five people will be on this committee. Charles Greene, Paul Hummel, Doug Lester, James Turner

Additions to Board Members:

  • KY - Ben Spears IL Dick Modershaw Joe Jacobs Larry Grayson Anthony Taylor Don McBride
  • PA - Chuck Edwards VA Ronnie Biggerstaff Paul Hummel Ed McGraw - take off
  • WV - Ron Harris OH Jim Myers - take off Steve Webber - take off Terry Farley CA Al Coleflesh Tyrone Coleman NC Scott Hartess NM Mike Berelta

Contact State to see who the Department heads are. Motion taken and accepted.

Resolutions Committee - (l) Thanks and appreciation to Ben Hart, FL Department Staff and all involved -- Move for adoption; (2) Education/Technical portion of conference - extend our thanks and appreciation to the Papers' committee and speakers; (3) Appreciation to companies and organizations for their cooperation during the conference. (4) Appreciation to all June 97-98 MIIA officers. Adopted all resolutions.

Constitution Committee - Joe Sbaffoni, Doug Lester, Holly McCoy, Mary Jo Bishop, John Franklin, Terry Farley, Harry Dushac

Ways & Means Committee - John Franklin, Joe Sbaffoni, Mary Jo Bishop, Doug Lester, Terry Farley

Nominating Committee - Elmer Howard, Pat Graham, Sam Vancil

Nominations: Jerry Davis - Sec/Treasurer, Joe Sbaffoni - Asst. Sec/Treasurer, Frank Lynkus - Third Vice President, Richard Hughes - Second Vice President, Harry Dushac - First Vice President, Charles Greene - President. Motion accepted.

Old Business

  • None.

New Business

  • Proposals for the good of the Institute - President extends appreciation and calls for other suggestions.
  • John Franklin swears in new officers -- all agree.
  • In the year 2000, PA purposing to host the MIIA/HSA convention. Motion accepted.
  • Contingency plan - if for any reason Tennessee cannot hold the conference, should we hold it in St. Louis with HSA? May not serve us as well.
  • General Discussion concerning future conventions - look at getting out of downtown areas for conventions - family orientation - expense - security of site - interstates - airports - activities - golf.  The above stated information should be included in the "how to" book. Also, establish what is important.
  • Program Committee - repeat break outs to provide more opportunity to hear sessions. Should we go back to original "papers" format? (Everyone liked idea).
  • Committee meeting in October at Beckley, West Virginia Meeting Adjourned.

Persons in attendance: Frank Linkous, Sam Vancil, Mary Bauer, Gilbert Miera, Harry Dushac, Paul Hammel, Chuck Edwards, Patrick Graham, Elmer B. Layne, H. Ty Coleman, J. Marvin Grose, Robert Vines, James Turner, Scott Hartness, Richard Hughes, Bill Morgan, Terry Farley, Tom Joyce, Holly McCoy, John Franklin, Joe Sbaffoni

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