June 2013


Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

June 6, 2013

President Graham called the meeting to order at 10:15 a.m.

Board Members in attendance: Chad Graham, Andrew Reed, Keith Douglas, Rick Valentine, Brandon Ward, Doug McQuary, Tommy Crowder, John Combes, Ricky Slack, John Fitzsimmons, Joyce Noles and Lis Henley
Board Members not in attendance: Danny Houseright and Wallace Elliot
Other present: Hunter Earnest (TriStar Health), Stacy Rhodes (TARS) and Tony Dalton (Woolf-McClane)

Previous meeting minutes: Motion by Tommy Crowder, seconded by Joyce Noles to approve the minutes from May 2013 as corrected. Motion passed unanimously.

Atty Tony Dalton of Woolf-McClane:
Mr. Dalton gave a presentation about his history in EMS litigation along with his firm’s background. Mr. Dalton has represented EMT’s, Medics and firefighters along with EMS services. Mr. Dalton expressed his interest in developing a relationship with TASA. A brief open discussion was had between Mr. Dalton and board members. No action taken.

President Graham expressed thanks to those who attended the Star of Life Awards in Nashville.

Motion by John Combes – 2nd by Brandon Ward to cancel the July meeting. Motion passed unanimously.

President Graham provided a copy of the EMS Week Resolution from the TN State Legislature and read a “Thank You” letter to from State EMS Director Donna Tidwell for TASA’s condolences after the passing of her sister.

Financial – Motion by Ricky Slack – 2nd by Andrew Reed to approve the Treasurer’s report. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion by Tommy Crowder – 2nd by John Fitzsimmons to keep the checking account at Regions Bank at $100.00 minimum until the Audit Committee can review the account details. Motion passed with John Combes voting against.

Motion by John Combes – 2nd by Andrew Reed to have the Audit Committee, with Treasurer oversight, review historical documents and decide which items to keep. Motion passed unanimously.

NAEMT Report – John Fitzsimmons reporting on the upcoming HOSA Convention and Competition June 26 –28. TASA will be assisting with judging the competition and also share a booth with the NAEMT Foundation for no cost.

Motion by Ricky Slack – 2nd by Tommy Crowder to appropriate up to $250 to purchase one or more items for a give-away prize at the HOSA Convention. Motion passed unanimously.

Mid-Winter Conference – Lis Henley advised that the committee was looking at getting feedback and hoped to have things in order by fall. Discussion regarding the need to purchase the trophies in July with a cost estimated at $180 each.

Motion by Lis Henley – 2nd by Brandon Ward for John Fitzsimmons to have the authority to purchase the trophies. Motion passed unanimously.

Reimbursement Conference – Reimbursement Conference is set for October 8 – 9, 2013. Cahaba is committed to attend. Times are set and currently working on finalizing speakers. The TASA Board will meet on October 8.

Medical Director’s Conference will be held in conjunction with the Reimbursement Conference on October 7, 2013.

Motion by Rick Valentine – 2nd by Lis Henley, to include an notice to membership in the upcoming dues invoices regarding the fact that TASA has identified an issue with the current membership by-laws and that a change in the wording will be introduced for approval at the 2014 Mid-Winter Conference annual meeting. These changes will be submitted to the TASA Secretary no more than 45 days nor less than 15 days preceding the meeting of active membership. The Secretary will in turn disseminate these proposed changes to the membership. Motion passed unanimously.

Motion by Andrew Reed – 2nd by Joyce Noles, to approve the submitted logo and brochure with photo changes. Motion passed unanimously.

President Graham announced that Derrick Merritt had resigned his position as West TN Grand Division representative due to changes in his occupation. Joyce Noles advised that recommendations for this open position would be presented at the next regular meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 am