February 2015 (Annual Meeting)

Annual Meeting Minutes – Mid-Winter Conference

Park Vista – Gatlinburg, TN
February 12, 2015

President Reed called the meeting to order at 12:05 p.m.

TASA Membership attendance: 63 member services of 115 were present constituting a quorum.

Previous annual meeting minutes: Membership was provided with the minutes from previous annual membership meeting
• Motion by McNairy County – 2nd by Sevier County to approve – motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report: Membership was provided with the financial report. Current balance (before conference expenses) = $81,593.87 with and average balance over the past 12 months = $62,136.64
• Motion by Montgomery County – 2nd by Ambulance Service of Bristol to approve the financial report – motion passed.

Legislative: Membership was advised of recent take-backs from AmeriGroup for TnCare payments. Advised TASA would aggressively investigate and report to the membership. Announcement of upcoming TN EMS Day on the Hill – March 4, 2015 at Legislative Plaza along with the March TASA Board meeting at McMahon-Winstead office (a couple blocks from capitol). Announcement of EMS Day on the Hill in D.C. April 28 – 29, 2015.

Vice-President election: Secretary reported that only one nomination (Joyce Noles) was accepted.

West TN Grand Division election: Secretary reported that Shannon Seaton (Decatur County EMS) received the majority of votes cast.

Reimbursement Conference: Ricky Slack advised that the dates had been set (Sept. 2 -3, 2015) with Doug Wolfberg of Page-Worlfberg-Wirth will be the main speaker.

Medical Director’s Conference: Ricky Slack advised that the date had been set for Sept. 4, 2015 (after the Reimbursement Conference).

Bylaws change: The proposed bylaw change regarding telecommunications for board meetings was provided to the membership.
• Motion by Sevier County – 2nd by Montgomery County to approve the bylaw change – motion passed with one member in opposition

The meeting was adjourned at 12:44 p.m.

Bylaw Change:

Article IV Section III – Officers of the Board
Insert the words “be physically present and” between the words shall and act. The revised section would then read:

“Section III-Officers of the Board: The President or Vice-President and Secretary or designee shall be physically present and act at all meetings of the Association and Board of Directors.”

Article IV Section V – Quorum for Board Meetings
Insert the word “physically” between the words Directors and present. The revised section would then read:

“Section V-Quorum for Board Meetings: Eight (8) Directors physically present at any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.”

Article VI Section IV – Conduct of Business
Add a second paragraph which shall read:

“The Past-President, Treasurer, Regional Directors and Association Directors shall be counted as present at any special called meeting of the Board of Directors or at any regularly scheduled monthly board meeting utilizing teleconference or video conference technology so long as the Secretary has been notified prior to the beginning of the meeting. This electronic means of attendance shall carry the same weight as appearing in person including but not limited to voting privileges. Teleconference or video conference usage shall be limited to no more than two (2) times per calendar year for the past-president, treasurer and each regional or association director.”