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    • PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS

      OF OKLAHOMA

      AGENDA

      40TH GENERAL CONVENTION

      FEBRUARY 7, 8, & 9; 2018

      WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7th

      8:00  -  9:00       Registration

      9:00  -  9:10       Call to Order

      A.Honor Guard

      B.Pipe & Drums

      C.Flag Presentation

                                 D.     Pledge of Allegiance

                                 F.      Invocation – Brandon Thornbrue – Edmond Fire Chaplain

      9:10 - 9:30    State of the Union

                                 A.     President’s Report – Ricky Burns

                                 B.      Preliminary Minutes Report – Jim Long

                                 C.     Financial Report – Jim Long

                                 D.     Trustees Report – Jimmy Ober

      9:30 - 10:20       IAFF General President - Harold A. Schaitberger

                                11th District Report – Sandy McGhee, 11th District Vice-President

                                IAFF General Secretary Treasure - Ed Kelly

      10:20 – 10:30   Break

      10:30 – 11:00   Government Relations

                     A.       Pension System Report – Chase Rankin, Interim Executive Director, Oklahoma Fire Fighters Pension System

                       B.      Texas State Assoc. of Fire Fighters Report – John Riddle, TSAFF      President

                       C.     Oklahoma Labor Report – Jimmy Curry, President, Oklahoma AFL-CIO & Debra Wojtek, Communications Director

                        D.     Introduction of Table Vendors

      11:00 – 11:15      IAFF Financial Corporation – Mark Munger, Regional Representative

      11:15 – 11:30    Monotelo Advisors/Tax Planning and Preperation - Fire Fighters work related tax deductions

      11:30 – 12:00      General Order of Business

                                 A.   Roll Call of Officers

                                 B.   Credentials Committee: Lance Haines, 4th District VP, Scott Haggard,

                                          6th District VP, Justin Beard, Trustee

      C.Rules Committee: Gordon Carriger, 7th District VP, Justin Beard, Trustee, David Taylor, 3rd District VP

      D.Resolutions Committee: Stan May, 1st District VP, Scott Haggard

      6th District VP, Bruce Kizarr, 5th District VP

      E.Convention Committee: Cameron Weems, 8th District VP, Gordon Carriger,

      7th District VP, Bruce Kizarr, 5th District VP, Les Leach, 2nd District VP

                        G.   Budget Committee: Bruce Kizarr, 5th District VP, Jimmy Ober, Trustee, David Taylor 3rd District VP, & Cameron Weems, 8th District VP         

                                 H.     Elections Report: Jimmy Ober, Trustee

                                          1.         Rules of Election

                                          2.         Nomination of Officers

      RECESS GENERAL CONVENTION

        12:00 - 1:00      Lunch

        1:00 - 5:00       PFFO Legislative Conference (See Legislative Agenda in Packet Folder)

        5:00 - 7:00        PFFO Legislative Reception at Embassy Suites

      THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8th

      8:00 - 9:00       Registration

      9:00 – 9:40      PFFO Health Care Plan Update- Micah Boulanger

      9:40 – 9:45      Stephen Yocham – IAFF District 11 Motorcycle Group

      9:50 – 11:45   What is a grievance – Grainger Ledbetter (Labor Education Program; University of Arkansas Little Rock)

      11:45 - 1:00     Lunch

      1:00 - 2:15       Interpreting contract language- Grainger Ledbetter Grainger Ledbetter (Labor

                              Education Program; University of Arkansas Little Rock)

      2:15 – 4:15      IAFF Burn Foundation – Tom Flamm

      4:15 – 4:45      Muscular Dystrophy Association Presentation

      4:45 - 5:30       Report on Forensic Audit and Q&A - Ricky Burns, Trustee Maloy, and

                              Doug Vernier

      FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9th

      8:00 - 8:30          Registration

      8:30  - 9:15         Labor Law & Workers Comp. Update: Steve Hickman & J.L. Franks – Frasier, Frasier & Hickman, PFFO General Counsel- Presentation

      9:15– 11:15         Fair Labors Standards Act – Michael Glynn – IAFF

      11:15 - 11:30     Myrrhanda Jones – IAFF - Center of Excellence

      11:30– 12:00    Wiley Gabehart – OKC Fire Fighter –  David Taylor – Bartlesville Fire Fighter & District 3 Vice President - Center of Excellence

      12:00 – 1:00      Lunch

      1:00                   Reconvene General Convention

                                 A.     Call to Order – Ricky Burns, President

                                 B.      Roll Call of Officers – Jim Long, Secretary/Treasurer

                                 C.     Adoption of Minutes – Jim Long, Secretary/Treasurer

                                 D.     Final Credentials Report – Lance Haines, 4th District VP

                                 E.     Resolutions Report – Bruce Kizarr, 5th District VP

                                 F.      Budget Committee Report & Adoption of Budget – David Taylor, 3rd District VP                     

                                 G.     Elections – Conducted by trustees

                                 H.     Elections Report – Jimmy Ober, Trustee

                                 I.       Swearing in of New Officers

                                 J.       New Business

                                 K.     Adjourn


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      Good Morning!!

      Just a reminder, convention is rapidly approaching which means you need to get your credentials into the PFFO office as quickly as possible. You should have already received them, so if you haven't, please call the office and make that request. We need to have received all of these by close of business on January 26th to minimize issues at convention.

      Also, please make sure you have secured a room with the Embassy Suites by Hilton. Tell them you are with PFFO to get the$119 room rate; the cut-off date is January 12th. Below is a link you may follow to book online:

      http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/O/OKCOKES-OPF-20180205/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

      Finally, should you or anyone you know be interested in hosting a vendor booth or sponsoring this event, please contact the PFFO.

      Sincerely,

      Your friends at the PFFO

      In our continuing efforts to serve the needs of our affiliates and members, we're introducing an efficient and cost-effective system to help local leaders better manage their local and connect with their members and the International.  

      Called System Management Active Response Technology (SMART), this comprehensive suite of software supports multiple local union administration functions and is also integrated with the IAFF database.

      Watch our video on how IAFF SMART will bring added value and benefits to the work you do on behalf of your members.

      You can also look for us Live on Facebook during the upcoming IAFF Affiliate Leadership Training Summit and Human Relations Conference for a preview of this exciting new tool. Stay tuned for more details.

       

      November 29, 2017

      Brothers and Sisters,

      Our commitment to improving the local and statewide political relevance and strength of Oklahoma fire fighters continues. This means we are working to ensure that we are at the table when the political decisions are made that affect our wages, benefits, and working conditions, and the security of citizens and firefighter families.

      With this in mind, the Professional Fire Fighters of Oklahoma is proud to announce the appointment of Josiah Rovenstine of IAFF Local 200 in Bartlesville, to the new position of Political Director. This appointment comes after months of discussion and consultation with the IAFF.

      Josiah has been on the job in Bartlesville for twelve years and currently holds the rank of equipment operator. He has also been a Local officer for many years and has held every position on his board, including his current one, President. Josiah has been instrumental in developing and strengthening the Local fire PAC in Bartlesville. He has done tremendous work to improve the relationships that the Local has in its community and with area elected officials

      As Political Director, Josiah will work closely with Chalk Norton, our Legislative Director, and with locals across the state. Their focus is to further build our political relationships, regardless of party affiliation, with candidates and incumbents that truly support us. Josiah also will be working to ensure that the PFFO Fire PAC and local PACs throughout the state will help us be better heard in city halls and at the state capitol. If you have not already heard from Josiah, please expect to hear from him in the coming months.

      Finally, I am proud to have Josiah on our team, and I believe he will prove to be as effective for the state association as he has been for his own local. I also hope his appointment, and other actions taken by the PFFO board, show that we are working diligently to move our organization in the right direction.

      Thank you for your support and for your hard work in your communities.

      Sincerely,

      Ricky Burns

      PFFO President   

      Brooks sworn in as newest Oklahoma Senator

      Recently-elected Sen. Michael Brooks, D-Oklahoma City formally took his oath of office Tuesday morning, accompanied by a large crowd of family, fellow legislators and supporters.

      Brooks, an attorney, received more than 54 percent of the vote in the District 44 race in the southwest Oklahoma City metro area, defeating Republican Joe Griffin. Both Brooks and Griffin unsuccessfully campaigned for the Legislature in the past; Brooks ran for the same seat in 2014 and Griffin lost a House race during the 2016 election cycle.

      Brooks succeeds former Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, who resigned March 22, six days after he was charged with three prostitution-related crimes and one week after he was stripped of much of his legislative authority by his fellow senators.

      Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, who also serves as Senate president, personally welcomed Brooks to the Legislature, describing him as a man of passion and conviction. He advised Brooks to always keep his family a priority during his time at the Capitol.

      "This is amazing," Brooks told attendees in an almost full to capacity Senate chamber, adding he was overwhelmed and humbled at the opportunity granted to him by the voters of his district.

      "I want people to know is that this campaign wasn't just about me. This campaign was about each and every person in this room," he said. "People who donated to this campaign, people who volunteered for this campaign and people who prayed for me during the time that this campaign was going on…everybody here is important."

      In an interview after taking the oath, Brooks said he was excited and ready to learn as he prepares for his first session as a legislator.

      "I'm the first to acknowledge that I've got a lot to learn but I'm excited for the opportunity," he said.

      Areas of interest he identified include the state budget as well as addressing Oklahoma's education issues, including fully funding education and identifying solutions for the teacher shortage. 

      Ricky Burns and Chalk Norton along with some of Tulsa's fire fighters 
      attended the A.C. Hamlin banquet and were honored by the Oklahoma Black Legislative Caucus



       

      OKC 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

      343 firefighters will climb 110 floors to honor
      the FDNY 343 and to commit to the promise of "Never Forget".


    • President Ricky Burns was one of fifty IAFF members who recently completed the week long IAFF Communications Training Academy.

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