October 2014


Board of Directors Minutes

Inn at Opryland (Reimbursement Conference)

Nashville, TN

October 7, 2014


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

Board Members present: Andrew Reed, Keith Douglas, Rick Valentine, Joyce Noles, Ricky Slack, Wallace Elliott, John Fitzsimmons, Lis Henley, Doug McQuary, Tommy Crowder, Danny Houseright

Board Members absent:  Andrew Hart, Stan Clark

Others Present: none

Motion by Rick Valentine – 2nd by Lis Henley to accept the September 10, 2014 TASA Board Minutes as written, motion Passed.

 Financial Report: Rick Valentine – financial report showing current balance of $57,155.71 with a $27,000 deposit pending. 

Motion made by Danny Houseright – 2nd by Joyce Noles to accept the financial report, motion Passed.

 NAEMT – John Fitzsimmons reminded board members of the upcoming annual NAEMT meeting to be held at the World EMS Expo Nov. 9 -12, 2014. General membership meeting will be Nov. 10th at 5:30 pm in room 102 AB. President Reed to appoint a TASA Board member to the Advocacy position. 

Reimbursement Conference:  Ricky Slack reports things are going well with no problems reported at this time. President Reed assigned Reimbursement Committee and Executive Committee to seek out all options for future locations as this is the last year TASA is contracted with the Inn at Opryland. Lis Henley offered information regarding the Drury Plaza in Franklin TN.

Equipment Committee:  Doug McQuary reports instead of the original quote of $3200.00 to upgrade the audio system – minor repairs were sufficient to correct the issue at a cost of $863.00. This covered 4 new receivers, chargers, 3 new mic’s and shipping.

President Reed discussed the possibility of purchasing a trailer to haul TASA equipment (current trailer belongs to Doug McQuary – 6×12).

 Motion by Ricky Slack – 2nd by Doug McQuary to purchase a 6’x12’ trailer at a cost up to $2,000.00. Roll call vote:  yea = 9 / nay = 1. Motion passed 


Voting Nay
Lis Henley Joyce Noles Doug McQuary Tommy Crowder
John Fitzsimmons WallaceElliot
Danny Houseright Rick Valentine
Ricky Slack Keith Douglas


TnCare cuts: The word is that the Governor is requesting a large cut across the board to balance the budget. TASA will keep an eye on this situation to see how these cuts may impact EMS.

TCRS 25 year retirement: Still continue to have dialogue with legislators on this issue. We will begin discussions with NAEMT and AAA to get their support.

Lobbyist : The lobbyist was unable to attend the board meeting as she had a last minute lunch invitation from the Governor’s office (only 25 invitations were offered). Meeting with her was rescheduled for 1pm tomorrow (10-8-2014).

Membership: List of current paid memberships were discussed.

Motion by Rick Valentine – 2nd by Ricky Slack to approve the list of paid memberships. Motion passed. 

Mid-Winter: Discussion about recognizing certain TASA members at the Mid-Winter Conference.

Old Business – none

New Business: none


Next month’s board meeting will be held in Nashville, TN on November 12that 10:00 am CST at the Music City Center (Room 214) in conjunction with the EMS World Expo.

 Meeting adjourned at 12:47 p.m.