September 21, 2012: Minutes

September 21, 2012 In Minutes

I. Call to Order

The monthly meeting of Officers and Directors of the Iowa Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators was called to order by President Crooks at 12:00 PM at the West Des Moines Marriot, West Des Moines, Iowa.

II. Roll Call

Roll call of Officers and Directors:

Chris Van Vleet – Past- President – Excused
Mark Crooks – President –Present
John Grier – 1st Vice President –Excused
Becky Nelson- 2nd Vice President- Present
Paul O’Connell – Secretary/Treasurer – Present
Greg Siembieda – Director of Investigation – Excused
Zach Spykerman – Director of Insurance – Excused
David May – Director of Prosecution – Present
Jeff Haler – Director of Detection – Present
Jeff Hutcheson – Director at Large, West – Present
Andrew Burken – Director at Large, East – Present

III. Secretary/Treasurers Report

1. Minutes: None brought forth

2. Finances: None discussed

3. New members: None discussed

IV. Committees

1. Communications

2. Nominations: N/A

3. Scholarships: N/A

V. 2012 Conference

1. Positives

a. Speakers were very impressionable

2. Negatives

a. Cold weather

b. Water pitchers were always left empty

VI. 2013 Conference

1. 1st Vice President Grier overseeing this conference to be held in Ames

2. 2nd Vice President Nelson overseeing planning of 2014 conference (site yet to be determined)

VII. Good of the Chapter

1. Discussion on 2013 Conference topics

a. Have 2 tracks: New Basic Investigator and Experienced Investigator

b. Prosecution attorney that has turned Defense to come and speak

c. Solar Energy

2. Secretary/Treasurer O’Connell Tasks

a. New PO Box in West Des Moines for the chapter (immediately)

b. New Bank for accounts (researched)- we are a 501(c)3 non-profit

3. President Crooks mentioned that the bible needs to be updated with rules for running a meeting

4. 2nd Vice President mentioned that the National Fire Marshal’s Association is going to have a conference in Iowa in the future.  State Fire Marshal Reynolds brought the idea up for the Iowa Chapter IAAI to co-host the event

5. President Crooks brought up discussion about partnership with Columbia Southern University (CSU).  There are current members who already are attending the college.  Members would receive a discount if they are partnered with CSU.  Motion by Nelson for Iowa Chapter IAAI to join partnership with CSU. 2nd by Haler. Passed with no other discussion.

VIII. Adjournment

1. The next meeting will be on November 9, 2012, at 10:00 AM, at the DCI Crime Lab in Ankeny

2. Motion by Director Haler to adjourn at 12:35 PM.  2nd by Director Burken.  Motion unanimous.

Respectfully submitted,

Paul O’Connell
Iowa Chapter IAAI Inc.