November 2013


Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
November 7, 2013

Location: Shoney’s – Lebanon, TN

President Graham called the meeting to order at 10:05 a.m. CST

Board Members in attendance: Chad Graham, Keith Douglas, Rick Valentine, Brandon Ward, Joe Rike, Doug McQuary, Tommy Crowder, Ricky Slack, John Fitzsimmons, Danny Houseright , Wallace Elliott, Lis Henley, John Combes and Joyce Noles

Board Members not in attendance: Andrew Reed

Other present: Glynn Mooney (AirEvac Lifeteam), Julie Guthrie (St. Thomas Health), Jeff Davis (AirEvac Lifeteam), Lynn Thompson (Maury Regional EMS), Randall Young (Memphis Fire)

Previous meeting minutes: Minutes of the October meeting were approved as corrected.

President’s Report: New State EMS address is: 655 Mainstream Dr., Nashville TN 37243. December meeting will be at Shoney’s in Lebanon, TN. January meeting moved to 2nd Thursday (Janu. 9, 2014) with location to be determined.

Ricky Slack offered information on this year’s AFG (Assisatance to Firefighters Grant) has changed in scope with regards to EMS. This year the percentage of EMS related grants will increase to 10% with priority given to fleet vehicle replacement. Application deadline is December 6, 2013.

Treasurer’s Report: Rick Valentine reported that the reimbursement conference net was approximately $9,800.00 and the Medical Director Conference net was approximately $1,500.00. Report approved.

NAEMT: The NAEMT legislative system known as CapWiz will be changing to Engage. John Fitzsimmons recognized Brandon Ward for his recent work with NAEMT on the EMS Field Bill.

NAEMT November 5, 2013 Report

Annual NAEMT Conference report from John Fitzsimmons

State EMS: No report

Mid-Winter Conference: Lis Henley reported that the goal is to have all the speakers set before the State EMS Board meeting. Joyce Noles offered discussion of different levels of vendor sponsorship for the annual awards banquet and possibly all conferences.

Motion by Ricky Slack – 2nd by Danny Houseright to leave the conference attendance charges the same as last year. Motion passed.

Legislative: Tommy Crowder discussed items to be considered for the 2014 Legislative session: (1) restructure of EMS Board, (2) Healthcare Reform, (3) TCRS early retirement, (4) EMS as an essential service

Motion by Ricky Slack – 2nd by John Combes for the Legislative Committee to pursue these four items during the 2014 Legislative Session. Motion passed.

Audit/Budget: no report

Bylaws: motion by John Fitzsimmons – 2nd by Ricky Slack to forward the Bylaw change regarding membership/voting rights to the full membership at the annual meeting during the Mid-Winter Conference. If approved by the TASA membership, this change would be in effect for the 2014-15 membership year:

Article II, Section I-Membership, Item 1: Replace wording “Each organization shall be entitled to one (1) vote.” with “Each member service, after being accepted by the TASA Board of Directors, holding an individual license issued by the Division of Emergency Medical Service, Department of Health, State of Tennessee shall be entitled to one (1) vote per license held. No one organization will be allowed to have more than 10 members.”

Roll call vote was taken: Joesph Rike (abstain), Doug McQuary (no), Tommy Crowder (no), John Combes (yes), Danny Houseright (no), Ricky Slack (yes), Wallace Elliott (yes), John Fitzsimmons (yes), Joyce Noles (yes), Lis Henley (yes), Brandon Ward (yes), Rick Valentine (no), Keith Douglas (yes) – motion passes with 1 abstention, 4 no and 8 yes

Old Business: none

New Business:

Motion by John Fitzsimons – 2nd by John Combes to allow board members to use the official TASA logo to have shirts made locally.

Motion by Joyce Noles – 2nd by Lis Henley to approve the proposed budget structure as presented by President Graham.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:07 p.m. CST