Central District

Firefighters of Central Pennsylvania

2017 Fall Board of Control Meeting

The acquisition of a 2nd setup for kids battle of the barrel was tabled

A fine for misuse of Association Equipment was tabled

It was discussed and then approved to dispose of non essential material stored over 10 years by the Secretary

A motion was made and approved the start a Jr. Firefighter of the year award

A motion was made and approved to eliminate the use of Narcan to save a life as a qualification to receive a Valor Award

Steve Unger presented numerous Bills in the State Legislative System that could have an effect on the Fire Service. Those interested can follow them on the State Web Site.

2017 Convention Meeting

2018 Convention will be held Aug 16,17,18, 2018 in East Freedom. They plan to have all activities at the Fire Station grounds.

2019 Convention will be held Aug 15,16,17, 2019 in Clymer

2020 Convention will be held Aug 13,14,15, 2020 in Lewistown

2021 Convention was awarded to Shawnee Valley Volunteer Fire Company of Schellsburg, Bedford County

There were 56 names of deceased members read at the Memorial Service.

The new trailer has been purchased and placed in service for the Association as well as the old trailer has been sold.

 

 

2017 Spring Board of Control Meeting

Advisory Committee discussed the replacement of the equipment trailer at a cost of $4,000.00 for a trailer 18 ft long and selling the old trailer for $1,500.00. This was brought to motion and passed.

Following a discussion of the Association not having a designated photographer a motion was made and passed for Deanna Force, County Vice President from Montour County to become the Official Photographer for Central District.

Trailer and equipment insurance was discussed and resulted in a motion made and passed to upgrade the insurance to cover the new trailer and equipment owned by the Association.

The vacant position of Assistant Secretary was filled by Board members Thomas I Morgan and Pam Kinney by voice vote. Then Pam Kinney declined the position leaving Tom Morgan as the Assistant Secretary.

2 applications were received to host the 2021 Convention1 from Nanty Glo and the other from Schellsburg. During a discussion Nanty Glo graciously decided to change their application to the year 2022 allowing Shawnee Valley Fire Co to host the 2021 Convention

2016 Fall Board of Control Meeting

October 16, 2016 - Pine Glen, PA

President Bob Hanner called the meeting to order at 3:00 pm.

The President named the Sergeant at Arms: Tommy Whiteford and Luke Hanner

Committee reports:

2017 Convention registration fee will be $5.00

Queen contest will return to Friday

The Assistant Secretary resigned and the Secretary is looking for a replacement assistant. Interested persons should contact the Secretary.

Adjournment was called for at 4:20 pm 

2016 Convention Meeting

SESSION ONE:

The meeting was called to order at 8:04 pm Thursday August 18, 2016 by President Dwayne (Butch) Garman.

Sergeant-at-Arms Tommy Whiteford & Brandon Woodside

Nomination of Officers was held for 2017: with only one nominee for each position - President - Robert Hanner, 1st Vice President - Tim James, 2nd Vice President - John Gromley, 3rd Vice President Larry Carter, Secretary - Jerry Corbin, Treasurer - Jim Reilly  

Appointment of Enforcement Committee:

1. Advisory Committee - Chris Cox & Bob Hanner

2. Senior Delegates - Tom Kleckner & Joe Whiteford

3. County Vice Presidents - Larry Brown & Bob Mortenson

Committee reports were heard followed by a recess at 8:43 pm called for by the President.

 

SESSION 2:

9:00 am Memorial Service

Awards are listed on the "Convention Winners" page

SESSION THREE:

Call to order at 11:15 am

Finalize business and adjourn at 11:29 am 

  

2015 Convention Meeting

SESSION ONE: 

The Meeting was called to order at 7:35 pm Thursday August 13, 2015 by President Don Fields

Sergeant-at-arms - Tom Whiteford & Tommy Whiteford

The Advisory Committee presented letter for disbanding the Auxilary. This was then approved later in the meeting.

Nomination of Officers for 2016: President - Dewayne E (Butch) Garman, Gallitzin; 1st VP - Bob Hanner, Hughesville; 2nd VP - no nomination held over; 3rd VP - Tim James, East Freedom; Secretary - Gerald Corbin, Hollidaysburg; James Reilly, Hollidaysburg

Appointment of Enforcement Committee

1. Advisory Committee - Butch Garman & Tom Bracken

2. Senior Delegates - Tom Kleckner & Tom Morgan

3. County Vice Presidents - Larry Brown & Don Snauffer

Committee Reports were heard followed by a recess at 8:35pm called for by the President

SESSION TWO:

9:00 am Memorial Service

 

Awards are listed on "Convention Winners" page

 

SESSION THREE:

Unfinished Business

Finish nomination of Officers: Second VP - Tim James, Freedom Township 2018; Third VP - John Gromley, Clymer 2019

All nominees were elected unopposed.

The Fall Board of Control meeting was set for October 4 in Bellwood.

Adjourned at 11:50 am 8/14/2015

Fall Board of Control 2014

The meeting was called to order at 2:34pm by President Don Fields.

The President announced the dates for the next Convention as August 13,14,15, 2015.

The Convention registration fee will be $5.00.

The subject of re-lettering the Central District equipment trailer and selling advertising space was discussed. This was approved and the price for each ad space should be announced at the Spring Board of Control Meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 3:38pm.

Fall Board of Control 2013

The meeting was called to order at 2:30pm by President Chuck Meckley.

The President announced the dates for the next convention of August 14, 15, 16, 2014

The registration fee for the 2014 Convention will be $5.00.

State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann announced a request for all to contact their State Senator to pass HB1707 with NO changes. This bill will increase the amount of money available for low interest loans in the fire service.

The committee on replacing the Association sound system reported bids have been received and range between $2,500.00 and $3,000.00. The Board of Control voted to allow up to $3,000.00 to spend on a new system. The committee will research the bids and make a recommendation.

A discussion was held on the new by law change pertaining to the death benefit paid to the beneficiary of Central District members upon their death. This subject was tabled till the Spring Board of Control Meeting.

A committee was named to investigate the question on computer rent or purchase.

The meeting adjourned at 4:06pm.

 

Convention 2013

The meeting was called to order at 8:15pm Thursday 8/15/2013 by President Tom Bracken.

Following formalities the Vice Presidents each gave a report announcing the Convention dates. First VP Chuck Meckley of Freedom Twp. Vol Fire Co. August 14, 15, 16, 2014. Second VP Don Fields of Saxton Vol. Fire Co. August 13, 14, 15, 2015. Third VP Dwayne (Butch) Garman of Gallitzin Vol. Fire Co. August 18, 19, 20, 2016.

By laws committee offered proposed changes to the by laws, they were approved and will be updated on this web site.

John Bem is the new Chaiman of the Awards Committee.

Central District Volunteer Firemen’s Association  

   Awards Program 2013

33rd

Press Release, August 16,2013  Nanty Glo, Pa.

 A.  Central District Scholarship Committee Report: James Reilly,Chairperson

The Awardees for Tuition Assistance for the 2013-2014 School Year  are as follows:

For the Four Year Program       $250.00:

Ariel N Brinkley    Early Childhood & Special Education, Kane VFC, Kane Pa.

Billie S. Brown     Nursing   Saxton VFC, Saxton, Pa.

Andrew R. Brumbaugh, Biological Sciences    Curryville VFC    Curryville, Pa.

Christopher Cox   Masters degree, Gallitzin VFC, Gallitzin Pa.

Kyle Easly   Criminal Justice    Hastings VFC, Martinsburg, Pa.

Rhianon Jene Fowler, Exercise Science     Wilcox VFC, Wilcox, Pa.

Anthony Fredo, Pharmacy, Hastings VFC, Hastings, Pa.

Zachary T. Freeman   Strategic Management   Ligonier Fire Dept., Ligonier Pa.

Callie M. Hutcheson,   Accounting,  Milton Fire Dept.  Milton Pa.

Tristin L. Irwin   Information Technology, Patton VFC  Patton, Pa.

Emil Kirk,  Exercise Physiology   Patton VFC   Patton,Pa.

Samantha M. LaMagna   Interior Design,  Hastings VFC  Patton Pa.

Tyler McLaurin   Safety Science   Hastings VFC,  Hastings, Pa.

Jeri Rogish   Criminology     Bedford Fire Dept     Bedford Pa

Thomas J. Stone   Biology/Mortuary Science    Clearville Pa.  .

Nicole Villa        Nursing   Nanty Glo VFC      Twin Rocks Pa.

Brady Weaver   Marketing      Union Fire Co.    Carlisle Pa.

Logan Weaver  Criminology      Union Fire Co.    Carlisle Pa.

Marcus L. Whiteford  Safety Science    Patton VFC   Patton Pa.Central District Volunteer Firemen’s Association  

   Awards Program 2013

33rd

Press Release, August 16,2013  Nanty Glo, Pa.

 A.  Central District Scholarship Committee Report: James Reilly,Chairperson

The Awardees for Tuition Assistance for the 2013-2014 School Year  are as follows:

For the Four Year Program       $250.00:

Ariel N Brinkley    Early Childhood & Special Education, Kane VFC, Kane Pa.

Billie S. Brown     Nursing   Saxton VFC, Saxton, Pa.

Andrew R. Brumbaugh, Biological Sciences    Curryville VFC    Curryville, Pa.

Christopher Cox   Masters degree, Gallitzin VFC, Gallitzin Pa.

Kyle Easly   Criminal Justice    Hastings VFC, Martinsburg, Pa.

Rhianon Jene Fowler, Exercise Science     Wilcox VFC, Wilcox, Pa.

Anthony Fredo, Pharmacy, Hastings VFC, Hastings, Pa.

Zachary T. Freeman   Strategic Management   Ligonier Fire Dept., Ligonier Pa.

Callie M. Hutcheson,   Accounting,  Milton Fire Dept.  Milton Pa.

Tristin L. Irwin   Information Technology, Patton VFC  Patton, Pa.

Emil Kirk,  Exercise Physiology   Patton VFC   Patton,Pa.

Samantha M. LaMagna   Interior Design,  Hastings VFC  Patton Pa.

Tyler McLaurin   Safety Science   Hastings VFC,  Hastings, Pa.

Jeri Rogish   Criminology     Bedford Fire Dept     Bedford Pa

Thomas J. Stone   Biology/Mortuary Science    Clearville Pa.  .

Nicole Villa        Nursing   Nanty Glo VFC      Twin Rocks Pa.

Brady Weaver   Marketing      Union Fire Co.    Carlisle Pa.

Logan Weaver  Criminology      Union Fire Co.    Carlisle Pa.

Marcus L. Whiteford  Safety Science    Patton VFC   Patton Pa.

For the Two Year Program       $125.00:

Brandon Penatzer  Nursing    Summerhill Boro VFC   Summerhill Pa.

Richard Witten    Nursing        York Haven Pa.

B.    Central District Volunteer Firemens Fire Prevention Awards;

Thomas E. Whiteford Chairperson and David A. Kell, Co-Chairperson

Presentation of Plaque to Fire Dept. Returning the CD Roving Trophy…..Hughesville

2013 Central District Fire Prevention Awards Winners

Division A   Population Under 4000

st

 Place…$200…..Hastings

                       1

nd

 Place..$150…..United of Logan Twp

                        2

rd

                        3

 Place..$100…..Hope of Northern Cambria

                          4th Place..$50……Nicktown

th

                        5

 Place….$50…..Claysburg

Division B   Population Over 4000   

 Place…$200….Excelsior No. 1 of Bellwood

st

                     1

                      2

 Place…$150…Hughesville

nd

rd

 Place…$100…Union of Carlisle

         3

Central District Firemens Association Fire Prevention

 Roving Trophy for 2013……Excelsior No. 1  of Bellwood

C.   Robert E. Kerns  Fire Prevention  Award; 

Presentation of Plaque to 2012 Winner:  Rusty Shoenfeld of United

2013 Winner  Kerns  Fire Prevention Award to :

Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Warner,

Hastings Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, Hastings, Pa. Cambria County

For many years Fire Company resources were dedicated to fire suppression.

Very little was done in the area of fire safety education other than an occasional open house or fire drills 

conducted at the local elementary school, no other efforts were conducted. But with time changes occurred. At 

first the fire company allotted $100 for fire prevention materials and with encouragement from members especially 

those that attended regional and state fire organizational meetings made the membership aware of funding 

resources through fire prevention contest that the program got a major boost.

In 2006 Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Warner took it upon himself to organized a committee to conduct

various fire safety education programs. He encouraged all members from Junior Firefighters to Senior Life 

Members, which resulted in increasing participation of our own members. Fire Prevention is every ones job not 

just those still actively fighting fires .As a result he increased the number of fire prevention activities from seven 

(7) in 2006 to eleven (11) in 2009 to Twenty-two (22) in 2010 and over (25) in 2012.

In six years his program was recognized by the Firemen’s Association State of Pennsylvania with two 

First Places, three Second Places and one Third Place in Small Community Division.The Western Penna. 

Firemen’s Association awarded two First Places and 2 Second Places  and Central District awarded First Place in 

2010 and in 2012 plus other places during the same time period.

. Over the past six years  monetary award prizes from FASP, WPFA and Central District Vol. Firemens 

Association enabled the committee to greatly increase the number of organizations (Senior Citizens; General 

Public; Elementary Students; Pre School toddlers.) they reach and purchase the materials that are distributed to 

the different groups.  This past year  the Fire company made a point in cooperation with a local Churches , Senior 

Citizens groups ,and the local School District to teach everyone of all ages fire safety.

Because of his desire and hard work he has been able to develop fire safety education and prevention 

become  a significant part of the Fire Company’s mission to serve the citizens in our

First response area. As a result  Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Warner of the Hastings Vol. Fire Co. No. 1 was

nominated for the Robert E. Kerns Fire Prevention Award and the Awards Committee concurs.

D.     Central District  Valor Awards….

1. Fire Chief Dave Hassen Sr. and Assistant Fire Chief Peter Barczak, Hope Fire Co. 

     Station 50, Northern Cambria, Pa. Cambria County

Nominated by Bruce Moriconi, Trustee of the Hope Fire Company

On Wednesday October 31,2012 at 19:52 Hours the Hope Fire Company was activated for a Carbon Monoxide 

Poisoning with ill victims at a reported house on Crawford Ave. in the Borough of Northern Cambria. 

Fire Chief Hassen and Assistant Chief Barczak responded directly to the scene .The house is a two story

structure with an attached garage that was accessed through the basement. An elderly couple lived there where

the wife previously having breathing problems had an oxygen machine to breath from.

Earlier that evening the couple had returned home from shopping and parked their car in the garage. Later the 

wife  heard a noise from the basement. Since her mobility was restricted by the oxygen machine she asked her 

husband to check it out. After a while when he didn’t return she attempted to check on him. After decending some 

steps she saw her husband lying unconscious on the basement floor. The car was left running and the husband 

became overcome from the Carbon Monoxide that was filing the house. She called  911. When Chief Hassen 

and Assistant Chief Barczak arrived, having no concern for their wellbeing entered the basement garage. Chief 

Hassen removed  the lady and Assist Chief Barczak carried the man via the firemen’s carry outside to arriving 

firefighters and EMS personnel.Readings were taken with a CO gas meter at all points of entry with the meter 

maxing at 500 ppm plus. The elderly man,after a stay at the hospital made a full recovery.

For their actions in utilizing their training to the fullness and placing themselves in extremely dangerous condition

resulted in saving lives, the Hope Fire Company. and its Trustee Bruce Moriconi, nominate Fire Chief Dave 

Hassen Sr. and Assistant Fire Chief Peter Barczak for the 2013 Central District Valor Award and the Awards 

Committee concurs.

2. Edward Grasso, Firefighter, Sykesville Fire Dept. Sykesville  Pa. Jefferson County

Nominated by Kevin Yamrick, OIC, Sykesville Fire Dept. Sykesville, Pa.

On July 16,2012 at 300 hrs the Community of Sykesville  experience a several thunderstorm containing many 

cloud to ground lighting strikes. At 406 hrs, FF Ed Grasso was on his way to work usually stopping at his fire 

station. He noticed a dense fog or smoke condition down the street. He drove down the street to the house and 

discovered heavy smoke coming from the attic vent of a two and half story dwelling.He immediately called 911 

and drove around the front of the house. Knowing that the house was occupied and saw no one outside he began 

to bang on the door and mde attempts to foricible enter the house. The occupants a male and female adults 

opened the front door asking Ed what was he doing . Ed told them that their attic was on fire and helped them to 

safety. 

Later investigation found that the couple was awoken by a nearby lighting strike and had no power.Checking the 

circuit breakers they found one had tripped and reset it and went to bed not realizing that their attic was on fire. 

Because of his actions, FF Ed Grasso prevented a situation from turning into a disaster in the saving of two lives. 

For this, Kevin Yamrick, OIC, Sykesville Fire Dept. nominates FF Edward Grasso for the 2013 

Central District Valor Award and the Awards Committee concur.

3. Robert Morris, Postal Carrier, Hopewell Pa. Blair County

Nominated by  FF II Michael A. Whiteford , Excelsior Fire Co. No.1, Bellwood Pa.and Catherine Knisely

Postmaster , Bellwood Post Office, Bellwood Pa.

On the afternoon of April 1,2013 at 1:00PM, Robert Morris, was delivering mail on Logan St.,in Bellwood

when he heard a cry for help. He followed the sound to the back of a house to find a 72 yr. old man had fallen

into a swimming pool and was hanging on to the side with only his face above water. Robert immediately called 911

then proceeded to pull the gentleman out of the pool.Once he had him out, he realized the man was experiencing 

hypothermia. He wrapped himself around the man to keep him warm and started to rub him to keep circulation.

The man’s wifw saw what had happened and brought blankets. Robert stayed with the man until EMS crew arrived 

and then continued on his route. The man was taken to the hospital and released the following day. The man 

was in the cold water for 20 minutes. Doctors indicated that if the man had stayed in the pool any longer he

would not have survived.Mr. Morris was in the Marines for 8 yrs and  Firefighter for 22yrs and an EMT for

20 years. For his swift actions in utilizing his training to the fullness in saving a life

 Robert Morris was nominated by   FF II Michael A. Whiteford , Excelsior Fire Co. No.1, Bellwood Pa.

and Catherine KniselyPostmaster , Bellwood Post Office, Bellwood Pa.for the

 2013 Central District Valor Award.

4. Luc Lallement,Steve Boris, and Taylor Brennan, Boalsburg Pa. Centre County

Nominated by Gerald Ross, Alpha Fire Dept. State College, Pa.

On the afternoon of June 12,2013 , 83 yr old, Gerry Brault was swimming laps in the Welch Community

Pool on Westerly Parkway in State College.when he became unconscious in the pool. Life Guard Lallemant

Was the first to respond . He whistled for assistance and Steve Boris and Taylor Brennan responded.

Lallemant and Boris pulled Mr. Brault out of the pool and started CPR with Boris doing rescue breathing and

Lallemant performed chest compressions. Brennan called 911 retrieved and used the automated external

Defibrillator and aided assistance to the rescue. They worked on Mr. Brault for over 25 minutes while still

 Unconscious and in and out of pulse. Ther combined efforts resulted in Mr. Brault making a full

Recovery. Mr. Brault received a pacemeaker and is back at the pool swimming his laps.

For their swift and courageous actions a human life was saved and a tragedy was averted. This would not 

have been possible if not a high degree of professionalism  displayed by these individuals.

Luc Lallemant, Steve Boris and Taylor Brennan were nominated by Gerald Ross of the Alpha Fire Dept.

For the 2013 Central District Valor Award.

5. Lois Appleman, Jeff Appleman,Don Ellis, Daniel Baker and Caleb Parnell, Hollidaysburg, Pa. Blair Co.

   Nominated by David Zeek, President Phoenix Vol. Fire Co. Hollidaysburg Pa.

On the afternoon of May 5,2013 Mr. Gerald Jackson ,68. was doing his normal running program on the track 

at the football stadium  when he suddenly collapsed. Teacher Lois Appleman first responded and initiated 

CPR . She was then quickly assisted by Jeff Appleman,Don Ellis, Daniel Baker and Caleb Parnell . Since 

they all had CPR training they acted methodically to restore and maintain Mr. Jackson’s pulse for ten minutes 

until paramedics arrived on scene. They cleared the airway and taking turns performed  chest compressions  

while Parnell ran to his car to retrieve a pocket CPR mask .Together they performed the procedure.Every time 

they would stop Mr. Jackson pulse dropped. Paramedics arrived and used a defibrillator to get Mr. Jackson’s 

heart started.  For their calm swift action, their cooperative effort in utilizing the training and the knowledge of 

CPR that they had obtained  resulted in the total eefect of saving a human life. Therefore: Jeff Appleman,Lois 

Appleman,Daniel Baker Don Ellis and Caleb Parnell were nominated by Dave Zeek, President of the Phoenix Vol. 

Fire Co.for the 2013 Central District Valor Award and the Awards Committee concur.

5. Dustin Neumann and Hope Guthoff, Students, State College, Pa. Centre Co.

Shortly after 10:00AM on April 26,2013  a paraprofessional at State College High School went into cardiac arrest.

Hope Guthoff and Dustin Neumann Seniors heard the call for help and immediately responded. The teen performed

CPR and then assisted other teachers in the use of the AEB to deliver a shock and ultimately successfully 

resuscitate the man. He was subsequently released from the hospital. Both students became certified as an EMT.. 

in a class offered at their High School For their swift actions in utilizing their training and knowledge of CPR a

Life was saved. As a result  Dustin Neumann and Hope Guthoff were nominated by  Scott Rawson

 Executive Director EMS .for the 2013 Central District Valor Award and the Awards Committee concur.

E.  Presentation of Lapsation Committee Gold Cards:

Established in 1965 as Lapsation Member, an honor to those members who served continuously for 20 years on 

the Board of Control. Later the time was reduced to 15 years. This year the title was changed to Senior

Delegate . Their dues is reduced  and they received a gold card in appreciation for their service. They still will act 

as an ex official member of the committee they served on at the time of their qualification.After this year with

By law change the Lapsation Committee is dissolved and the 15 year members will be known as Senior 

Delegates.

This year’s class members are:

Bernard J. Blazosky St. Michael

Brian McEvoy, Nanty Glo

Cecil R. Cook, Nanty Glo

Joseph W. Whiteford, Bellwood

Gerald R. Hoover, Martinsburg

Robert Muldoon, Holidaysburg

Troy Smith, Bellefonte

Joseph LaMantia, Nanty Glo

Larry Kline, Hastings

 F.   Presentation of Larry J. Corbin Memorial Plaque:

Established in 1980 The Larry J. Corbin Memorial Trophy Award is given to the best overall Association Fire Dept. 

participating in the Convention Parade. The Trophy is owned by Central District is a roving trophy with the name 

of the current winner placed on a plate on its base. The Trophy is returned to the Association at the following 

Convention Awards Ceremony and a commemorative plaque is given to the winner to keep permanently.

2012 Larry J. Corbin Memorial Plaque is given to the Spangler Vol. Fire Co. Northern Cambria 

Pa. Cambria Cty, 

2013  Winner   Conemaugh Independence VFC

G.   Presentation of Leroy C. Focht, Sr.  Memorial Plaque:

Established in 1980 The Leroy C. Focht, Sr.  Memorial Trophy Award is given in the opinion of the President 

and the Secretary to a member who contributed the most for Central District during the past year. The Trophy 

is owned by Central District is a roving trophy with the name of the current winner placed on a plate on its base. 

The Trophy is returned to the Association at the following Convention Awards Ceremony and a commemorative 

plaque is given to the winner to keep permanently.

2012 Leroy C. Focht Sr. Memorial Plaque is given to :  Lisa Wolf of Bellwood

H.   Presentation of Leroy C. Focht, Sr.  Memorial Trophy:

2013 Leroy C. Focht Sr. Memorial Trophy is given to  :Lucas P. Sanderson, Nanty Glo

I. Presentation of Past President’s Plaque, Nametag and Gold Card:

 

 

 Joseph W Whiteford II reported theere were 54 tickets sold for the rained out Firefighter night at the Curve ballgame.

Stephen Wineland was presented an award upon retiring his long held position on the Board of Control.

Under "New Business" a committee was formed to get information and pricing for an inproved sound system to be used at the meetings.

John Bem offered the Resolution of thanks to the host.

Adjournment was announced at 11:51am Friday 8/16/2013 

 

Fall Board of Control 2012

2:38pm Called to order

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Advisory Committee - 1 - Queen Committee should purchase supplies needed for the annual Queen's Contest. 2. By-laws need amended to change the name of the Lapsation Committee and consider reducing the dues for members of this committee to $4.00 per year. 3. With loss of membership consider a death benefit change to include a floating scale for years of membership.

Law & Legislative - Nothing moving at the State level. There will be a seminar at the Saint Rose of Lima Social Hall in Altoona (Route 764 6th Ave at the South End of town) for information on the Small Games of Chance upgrade, on November 19, 2012 at 6:30pm or 7:00pm.

Spring 2013 Board of Control Meeting will be held at the Nanty Glo Station on Sunday May 5th.

Adjourn at 3:35pm.

Convention 2012

The FIRST Session was Called to Order August 16, 2012 at 8:13pm

Address of welcome was given by Fire Chief Dave McCloskey

Response to welcome was offered by Past President Steve Wineland

Officer Mike Whiteford spoke for the Police Department

Nomination of Officers:

    President - Tom Bracken, 1st Vice President - Chuck Meckley, 2nd Vice President - Don Fields, 3rd Vice President - Butch Garman, Secretary - Jerry Corbin, Treasurer - Jim Reilly

Report of the 1st Vice President - Information for the 2013 Convention is posted on the fire company web site www.nantyglofire.com. The 2012 Fall Board of Control Meeting will be held in Clymer on Sunday October 21st and the 2013 Spring Board of Control Meeting will be held in Nanty Glo on Sunday May 5th.

Report of the 2nd Vice President - The 2014 Convention will be held August 14, 15, 16, 2014

The by-law committee recommended the following by-law changes:

    #1. Eliminate the Forest Fire Warden Committee.

    #2. Establishing the office of Assistant Secretary, and duties.

    #3. Establishing the office of Assistant Treasurer, and duties.

    #4. Establishing the duties of Assistant Chaplain.

The by-law changes were approved by motion and vote.

The first Session adjourned at 9:28pm.

 

The SECOND Session was called to order August 17, 2012 at 9:05am

The Memorial Service was held with a list of 45 members passing since the Convention last year.

Announcements were offered including:

    Retiring Altoona Fire Chief Renny Santone, also a member of Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company in Logan Township, was presented a Life Membership to the Central District Volunteer Firemens Association.

    State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann announced the approval of the Grant Program covering th next 4 years at 30 Million per year. This is an increase in funding.

    Permanent Tax Exempt status for Volunteer Fire Companies.

Awards Presentation:

    Honorary Past President:  Joe Thal - Pleasant Gap, Clyde Sheehan - Ebensburg, and Steve Unger - Conemaugh

    Fire Prevention:  

        4,000 and under population:

5th - Martinsburg $100.00

4th - Claysburg $100.00

3rd - Spangler $100.00 and Plaque

2nd - United of Logan Township $100.00 and Plaque

1st - Hastings $200.00 and Plaque

        4,001 and over population:

3rd - Fairview Township of Cumberland County $100.00 and Plaque

2nd - Union of Carlisle $100.00 and Plaque

1st  - Hughesville $200.00 and Plaque plus the Revolving Trophy

Central District Auxiliary  Award to Hastings

Robert E Kerns Roving Trophy to Ronald Shoenfelt from United of Logan Township

    Valor Awards were presented to participants of 4 separate incidents.

Leroy C Focht Sr Memorial Award was presented to Lisa Wolf of Bellwood.

14 Scholarship Awards were presented

The Second Session adjourned at 11:57am.

The THIRD Session was called to order at 11:57am

Bids for the 2016 Convention were accepted and received one from Gallitzin nominating Butch Garman to the line of Vice Presidents.

Refurbishment of the Roving Queen's Trophy is to be handled by Past President Joe Whiteford.

Communications were onnounced .

Resolution of thanks to the Host of the Meeting was given be Steve Wineland.

Adjournment of the Convention was made at 12:07pm

Spring Board of Control 2012

 

 

Fall Board of Control 2011

Called to Order at 2:45pm

Advisory Committee recommended the Assistant Secretary receive $12.00 per hour compensation for time worked as documented by the Secretary. Saxton Volunteer Fire Department submitted a letter to host the 2015 Convention. Don Fields to be nominated as 3rd Vice President.

Executive Committee reported the registration fee will be $5.00 at the 2012 Convention in Bellwood

Fire Prevention Committee needs information submitted by July 31 of each year

Awards Committee needs information submitted by July 15 of each year

Parade Committee has added a rule for the Parade that a disqualification shall be issued to any apparatus permitting personell to ride on the outside

Queen Contest Committee changes were submitted and will be posted after received in printed form

Adjournment Called at 4:05pm

Spring Board Meeting will be held at Excelsior Fire Company in Bellwood on May 6, 2012

Convention 2011

Call to order August 18, 2011 8:04pm

Advisory Committee recommendation to increase Past President dinner reimbursement to $12.00 per meal. Purchase 100 gold cards for Lapsation Commitee new members. Donate $100.00to Scholarship Fund.

Nominaton of Officers: President - Joseph W Whiteford II, Bellwood; 1st Vice President - Thomas A Bracken, Nanty Glo; 2nd Vice President - Charles P Meckley, East Freedom; Secretary - Gerald T Corbin, Hollidaysburg; Treasurer - James W Reilly, Altoona

Appointment of Enforcement Committee: Advisory Committee - Dudley Spencer II, Irvona and Bob Mortensen, Hastings; Lapsation Committee - Thomas Morgan, Greenwood and Thomas Kleckner, Mifflinburg; County Vice Presidents - Larry Brown, Danville and Thomas Coulter, DuBois

Report of 1st Vice President Joseph W Whiteford II - 120th Convention will be held August 16-18, 2012 in Bellwood.

Bids are being accepted for the 2015 Convention

Nominated officers were elected and installed.

Advisory Committee recommendations were approved, Motion was made and approved to reimburse Kane for the Queen Contest sashes, and Joe Whiteford was appointed to make a storage box for the Memorial Flags.

Meeting adjourned at 11:48 August 19, 2011

2010 Spring Board Meeting

194 Member Organizations paid dues as of  this meeting.

3792 Individual members have paid dues as of this meeting.

Second Vice President Joe Whiteford announced convention dates of August 16, 17, 18, 2012 

Third Vice President Tom Bracken announced convention dates of August 15, 16, 17, 2013

25 Member deaths were reported.

The By Law Committee has proposed by law changes as follows:

    1. Require the President to appoint a Compensation Committee every three (3) years to review Officer's Compensation. By Law Article II Duties of Officers Page 6 Section 1. Line 2 add on to read after (committee) appoint a Compensation Committee every three (3) years to review and recommend officer's fees.

REASON : Create an Officer's Compensation Review Committee to meet every three years to review and recommend to the Board of Control updated officer's compensation.

    2. Change the method the Secretary is compensated. By Law Article II Duties of Officers Page 7 Section 15 delete the entire Section and replace it with new Section 15 to read: "He/She shall receive an allowance of Seven Thousand Two Hundred dollars ($7,200.00) per fiscal year to be paid in four (4) quarterly payments.

    3. Change the Compensation of the Treasurer. By Law Article II Duties of Officers Page 7 Section 23  to delete Section 23 in it's entirety and add on to read new Section 23 to read "He/She shall receive an allowance of One Thousand Five Hundred dollars ($1,500.00) per fiscal year to be paid in four (4) quarterly payments."

    4. Define the Duties of the Chaplain and set the compensation. By Law Article II Duties of Officers Page 7 New Section 24 to read: "Chaplain Section 24 It shall be the duty of the Chaplain to give the Invocation and Benediction at all meetings and other official functions of the Association, to render assistance in time of illness, injury, or bereavement to all members and their families when requested, to attend wake services and funerals of Line of Duty Deaths or the Death of a Past Officer of the Association when possible, to act as a liaison to the Host Department for the purpose of planning and participating in the Convention Memorial Service. The Chaplain shall receive an allowance of Two Hundred dollars ($200.00) payable annually.

REASON: At the 2009 Convention a Special Ad Hoc committee on compensation gave their recommendations for compensation of the President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Chaplain. In the case of  the Secretary an entirely different method was proposed. Also with a recommendation for compensation of  a Chaplain the was no By Law section describing the duties of the Chaplain and is/her compensation, the by law amendments cover those recommendations.

    5. To add the Compliance Committee to the By Laws in order to give it more authority. Constitution : Order of Business Page 2 add on to read "Naming of Sergeants-at-Arms and the Compliance Committee"

Constitution Article V Committees Page 4 add on to read "Compliance" Six members Appointed at the First Convention Session.

By Laws Article IV Committees New Section 22 Compliance Committee to read This committee consisting of six (6) Board of Control Members: Two from the Advisory Committee; two from the Lapsation Committee; and two from the County Vice Presidents. The President appoints the committee at the First Convention Session. This committee will enforce the rules and regulations involving the Camp Site, Parade, and the Alcohol and Drug Policy. They are to meet each day of the Convention to document any violations and report the to the Fall Board of Control for possible disciplinary action as per Article VIII Conduct of Members.

Old Section 22 becomes new Section 23 and old Section 23 becomes new Section 24 and old Section 24 becomes new Section 25. 

The fire prevention committee announced the 2009/2010 Fire Prevention programs may be submitted until the end of the Thursday evening first session of the Central District annual Convention Meeting.

Rule changes for the Pumping Contest were submitted by the host committee and upon a motion the rule addition has been adopted by the Board of Control. Please check the Efficiency Contest rules for the change. Rule #14

There was a report by Lenny Alwine of 2 fallen firefighter awards being presented.

Applications for Scholarships need to be submitted.

No charge for students has been assessed as of yet, printed material for students must be paid for at this time.

Kathie Snauffer representing the Auxiliary announced there will be a Sheetz Gas Raffle and the sale of shirts with the Central District logo on them. The shirts must be paid for at the time of ordering.

A bid was accepted from East Freedom for the 2014 Convention.

There has been interest shown by Snow Shoe for hosting the 2015 Convention 


2009 Spring Board Meeting

    Katherine Kidder of American Income Insurance Company presented a insurance program that would cover all paid up members of the Central District Volunteer Firemen's Association with a $0.00 (zero) premium. This coverage at a no cost premium will be $3,000.00 for accidental death & dismemberment.

This insurance coverage is also available to your County Association as well as your home fire department.

    The Association has adopted  2 new policies for use as may be needed in the future, 1. Whistleblower Policy & 2. Conflict of Interest Policy.

    Logan Township United and Excelsior Fire Companies have offered a place to hold the 2010 Annual Meeting in place of a full convention if a host is not found by the 2009 Convention.

    A letter of request to host the 2013 Convention has been received and will be held for action at the Convention Meeting.

    A letter from Milesburg Fire Company was read requesting the use of Central District Battle of the Barrel equipment. Following a discussion it was determined the equipment is to be used at the Central District Conventions ONLY.

    Following a discussion on the web site for Central District it was decided to cancel the site at the http://www.centraldistrictvfa.org/ and use this site as the official site for the Association.

2008 Fall Board Meeting

The Fall Board of Control Meeting was held on October 5, 2008 at Osceola Mills Fire Station.

The Secretary will send Ernest A Rojahn Jr a letter of thanks for his many years of excelent coverage of Central District Conventions in the PA Fireman magazine.

Family members of deceased members are to be invited to the annual Memorial Service at the Central District Convention.

As it comes available the Irvona Fire Company web site will post information for the 2009 Convention. Check http://www.irvonafirecompany.com/

2008 Convention Meeting

Central District Volunteer  Firemen’s Association 

                  By Law Committee 2008 Report

           Greg Kline, Gary Talerico and Dave Wojick

 
 
Item # 1. Rewrite Dissolution Article to comply with Recent IRS Regulations

 

Delete Article VIII in its entirety and replace it with the following to read.

 

“ In the event that this Association should cease operations and dissolve its membership, The Board of Control shall after paying or making provision for the payment of all the liabilities of the Association, dispose of all the assets of the Association in such a manner to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational ,religious, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501 {C} (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or corresponding provision of any future United Sates Internal Revenue law), as the Board of Control shall determine. At no time shall any of the assets be given to a private individual for his /her benefit.”

 

 

Reason: Recent IRS Regulations caused our accountants to question our dissolution article. Their main

concern was the provision to give assets to individual members since we had a death fund. Such proceedure

would result in loss of our status as non-profit resulting in the Association to pay taxes on income earned from investments  and the amount received by individual would be considered taxable income.

 

 

 

Item # 2. Rewrite the Object of the Association and name it the Mission to comply with recent IRS Regulations.

 

Delete Article II in its entirety and replace it with a new Article II “Mission” to read

As follows

 

SECTION 1.It is the mission of the Central District Volunteer Firemen’s Association, a dedicated organization of individuals, that works and assist with other regional and statewide organizations for paving the future and the general improvement of the future generations in the Fire and Emergency Services throughout  the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Association offers an open forum for discussion and problem solving with peers on fire and emergency related issues. The Association shall lead and set a Fire Education and Prevention Program or theme, that can be used throughout the central region of the Commonwealth. The Association shall encourage a fraternal friendship among firefighters by means of competition and other activities. The Association shall also lead in a recruitment and retention program to assure the well being of the Fire Emergency Services in the Commonwealth .

            SECTION 2. To accumulate a Fund from the dues for the relief of members and their families in case of death, according to the by laws and finances of the Association.

 

Reason; Recent IRS Regulations involve in seeking additional information that must be filed on the 2008 Form 990  Which is due in May 2009. Additional documents which do not require by law amendments on Conflict of Interest Policy, Whistleblower Policy; Governance, Document Retention and Destruction and Compensation are just a few of the 12 additional schedules that must be filled out for the Form 990.

 

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