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SOCICC - Minutes     
Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday, September 28, 2012
Taprock NW Grill, Grants Pass, OR
12:00 P.M.


  • Chapter President, Charles Chase, called the meeting to order at 12:15 P.M.
  • Introductions were made.
  • Members in attendance: Charles Chase, Michael Grubbs, Ted Zuk, Nannette Chase, Audra Wonsyld, Lynda Wolf, Tom Venzon, Michael Rokus, Shane Macuk, Roger Haydon.


  • Items added to the agenda were by-laws regarding monthly meetings, plumbing ‘top out’ testing, and classes by Dennis Clemmons. Michael Grubbs made a motion to accept the agenda with the additions. Ted Zuk seconded the motion. Motion carried.


  • Michael Grubbs made a motion to approve the August minutes as presented and Audra Wonsyld seconded the motion. Motion carried.


  • The August operating report was given to members to review. There was a question regarding the bank fee of 82.53. Audra explained that the fee is due to credit card usage. Ted Zuk thanked Audra Wonsyld for helping him with the transition of taking over the Treasurer’s position.


  • ICC ABM Workgroup Update – Nannette stated that sponsorship for the Welcome Event has mainly come from Clark County, Accela, Clackamas, Hillsboro, City of Portland, and Portland Fire & Rescue. The NW Chapter pin has been ordered and will be paid for by the Oregon Permit Tech Association. “Rafting Adventure” photos at the World Forestry Center will cost $10; A fire dancer will greet attendees arriving at the event; Local wine and beer merchants have been chosen and a full bar will also be available. Michael Grubbs stated he cannot attend the conference so gave back his registration certificate. The Executive Board will meet in the next two weeks to decide the best way to award the extra registration certificate.

  • SOC ICC Pins – The supply of chapter pins has been depleted and the Executive Board voted to order new pins. In light of the ICC ABM being held in Portland this year, the new pins will have “Portland 2012” added. The order is for 300 pins and the total cost will be $565. Ted stated he has placed the order and the pins will be ready in time for the ICC ABM in October.

  • Increasing Fire Participation in ICC - Charlie stated he would like to see more fire involvement at the chapter meetings. He suggested that our chapter meetings include training and topics that pertain to them as well. A few local Fire Marshals have told Charlie they have a conflict with attending meeting on Fridays.
  • By-laws Regarding Monthly Meetings - Charlie talked about the by-laws stating a specific day of the month to hold monthly meetings. He questioned the need to be specific in the day of the week monthly meetings should be held. The members discussed what might be a better day of the month to hold chapter meetings and Thursday was a popular choice. Charlie also mentioned that the by-laws state “each monthly meeting shall contain a program for the continuing education of the membership” and suggested that either we change the by-laws or make sure future monthly meetings include training segments. The members discussed making the effort to provide training at future monthly meetings. Audra Wonsyld mentioned that she felt the attendance at the monthly meetings has dropped off due to the lack of interesting topics and speakers that make it worth attending. Michael Rokus said that his former Building Official only allowed employees to attend if the SOC ICC meetings were ‘worth attending’. Suggestions from members for trainings to offer: bleachers and bandstands, assembly, interior finishes, spray booths, and alarm systems. Ted mentioned that there are many contractors and companies that would provide training for free and in turn they earn CEUs. Shane Macuk offered the meeting room at Rogue Valley Sewer Services for a monthly meeting place or to hold education classes. Charlie mentioned asking ICC for the Oregon membership list. He would like to email ICC members in the Southern Oregon area and invite them to our chapter meetings. A brief discussion was held on how to handle lunch orders and payment when holding meetings at restaurants. It was suggested to provide a limited menu.
  • Rogue Valley Fire Prevention Co Op - Charlie informed the members that for Fire Prevention Week the Rogue Valley Fire Prevention Co Op will be holding an event in the Grants Pass Home Depot parking lot. The Co Op will be raffling off fire extinguishers. Home Depot has agreed to sell them to the Co Op for a reduced price and Charlie asked the members for a donation of $100 to cover the cost. A suggestion was made to post a flier by the raffle booth acknowledging the donation from SOC ICC. Michael Rokus made a motion to donate $100 to the Rogue Valley Fire Prevention Co Op. Lynda Wolf seconded the motion. Motion passed.
  • Fire Prevention Conference – Charlie stated this year’s annual conference that has been held at Salishan Resort in the past has been cancelled. Rogue Valley Fire Prevention Co Op has been considering holding the conference here in the Southern Oregon area this February. Charlie said he would provide an update when a decision is made as this conference could be a good opportunity for our chapter.
  • Education Classes for 2013 – So far there is only a Wall Bracing class/roundtable for planned for 2013. Charlie asked members for ideas on what other education classes we should schedule for next year. Michael and Ted spoke about the need to offer classes as a way to help members earn CEUs and to provide income for the chapter. Members may call or email their suggestions to any of the officers. There was a brief discussion on which Education Committee members were still active. The officers agreed to hold an Executive Board meeting in October to discuss the education issue.
  • 2013 Schedule for Monthly Meetings – Setting meeting dates for 2013 was tabled for now. The members discussed the dates for the October, November, and December 2012 meetings. Due to the ICC ABM scheduled for October 22-26, the members felt there was no need for a chapter meeting. November and December have holidays on or close to the fourth Friday. Audra Wonsyld made a motion to not have an October meeting, November’s meeting will be held on the first Friday (Nov. 2nd), and December’s meeting will be held on the first Friday (Dec. 7th). Ted Zuk seconded the motion. Motion passed.

  • Plumbing Test – Michael Grubbs talked about the OBOA ‘top out’ tests. He asked other inspectors present how their departments are handling the testing. There was discussion and then agreement that ‘everyone should be on the same page’ and enforce the new testing requirements by January 1, 2013.
  • Dennis Clemmons’s Class – Michael Grubbs suggested asking Dennis Clemmons to provide training on code related education for licensed electrical inspectors. PV training can also be included. Dennis does not charge for the class but the expenses for the class would be $75. Audra Wonsyld made a motion for the chapter to pay the $75 class expense. Tom Venzon seconded the motion. There was a brief discussion about content of the class. A vote was held and the motion passed.
  • ICC Candidates – Ted informed the members that he was given copies of the resumes of candidates running for upcoming ICC positions. The election will be held at the ICC ABM in Portland. If anyone wishes to view the resumes please contact Ted.


  • The next meeting will be held on November 2, 2012, at 12 P.M. in the Community Justice Building, 1101 N Main Street, Medford, OR. ( There will be no meeting in October due to the ICC ABM in Portland)


  • Audra Wonsyld made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Ted Zuk seconded the motion. The September meeting was adjourned at 1:43 P.M.

Minutes by Nannette Chase