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DOs & Don'ts For Fire Protection District Treasurers
presented by: Jim Sinclair
Plan to download this self-paced webinar program focusing on the responsibilities of the important office of the fire protection district treasurer, presented by veteran fire protection district attorney Jim Sinclair. His presentation centers around the annual “financial life cycle” of the district and considers the budget & appropriation process, determination of the district’s tax levy, and required financial reporting and record keeping by the treasurer. Practical suggestions and recommendations to make the job of the treasurer more efficient and less burdensome are also discussed.
Don't miss this valuable program. All IAFPD webinars are eligible for 1 hour of CE for those who have completed the 12 Hour ETT program in accordance with PA 95-0799.
James S. Sinclair is an attorney with the law firm of Stobbs, Sinclair & Associates, Ltd. with offices in Alton, Illinois. Mr. Sinclair has represented fire protection districts throughout Illinois for 40 years and he serves as the legal counsel for the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts. He is a featured columnist for The Fire Call magazine , co-author of the Handbook for Trustees and a regular speaker at conferences of the association and related programs. Mr. Sinclair is a graduate of the University of Illinois (BA), the University of Wisconsin (M.A.), and the Washington University School of Law (J.D.). He is a member of the Illinois and Missouri bars.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Available NOW On-Demand
Consolidation: What's Happening Now and How it Could Change in the Future
presented by: Bernard K. Weiler
The recent budget crisis in Illinois has brought into focus the mounting pressure on public service agencies to find ways to do more and more with less and less, and to shrink the size of government in the process. This program will review the many methods by which fire service agencies are already addressing this demand by sharing resources and services and the legal mechanisms in place to, when and if necessary, merge, consolidate or regionalize fire service agencies.
Bernie Weiler is a partner in the law firm of Mickey Wilson Weiler Renzi & Andersson, P.C., which represents a wide variety of municipal governments and school districts. He has 40 years of experience in representing fire protection districts. He served as a certified firefighter and EMT for the Marywood Fire Protection District from 1978 to 1995, when the firefighting functions of the district were undertaken by the City of Aurora. He has participated in 40 consecutive Association conferences. He is an experienced litigator in both trial and appellate courts.
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Fiduciary Responsibility: Duties, Responsibilities and Worst Case Scenarios
presented by: John E. Motylinski & Ryan R. Morton
This two-part program earns two hours of continued ed credit for those who qualify, and will provide pension trustees with an overview of the basics of pension fund administration. Click here to register.
Part One: Fiduciary Duty 101
Serving on the board of a pension fund comes with significant responsibilities. Chief among them is the duty to act as a fiduciary. This presentation will explain what exactly “fiduciary” means, what that duty entails, and what steps trustees should take to ensure they are preserving the trust of the pension members. In addition to general best practices, the presentation will also detail specific requirements of the Illinois Pension Code for fiduciaries.
Part Two: When What Can Go Wrong, Goes Wrong: Fiduciary Dilemmas
Acting as a fiduciary might seem like common sense: avoid conflicts of interest and manage funds prudently. Those rules have many nuances, though, which can lead to mistakes, resulting in pension fund trustees getting in trouble. This presentation will highlight examples of fiduciary breaches in Illinois, focusing on what went wrong and what the consequences were. The presentation will also provide advice to avoid similar situations in your pension fund.
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"The Fundamentals of Pension Fund Administration" with Caroline Clifford and Lt. J.D. Bruchsaler
An overview of the basics of pension fund administration. In Part One -the legal authority and State oversight of firefighter pension funds, and an introduction to fund membership and legal aspects of the management of the fund. In Part Two, a veteran pension fund trustee provides a firsthand account of the responsibilities for administering a pension fund.
"Focus on the Mission" with John T. Brady
Join us for an eye-opening program with one of IAFPD's most popular presenters.
Mr. Brady invites us to consider what a “trustee’s oath” may look like, and how that oath could help us remain vigilant in keeping up with the responsibilities of running a department.
Grant Writing Tips & Techniques
In today's climate, where there is sometimes less funding and more need, it’s important to know how to increase your organization’s chances of securing grants. Take this opportunity to benefit from Steven Spraker‘s 15 years and more than 20 million dollars experience in securing grants for fire departments.- from the comfort of your home or office, at your own pace.
Board Secretary's Workshop Presented by James Sinclair
Recorded at the 2017 Winter Conference held in Fairview Heights, the program offers training on the duties of the board secretary and answers some of your most frequently asked questions.
Down & Dirty For Fire Protection District Trustees - A Review of the Annual Responsibilities for Illinois Fire Protection Districts
(Presented by Jim Sinclair, IAFPD Counsel)
It is important for every District trustee to know and understand how to fulfill the responsibilities of their position with their district. Mr. Sinclair's expertise and no-nonsense instruction will assist you in fulfilling these requirements.
How to Run a Legal and Efficient Meeting (Presented by: Andrew Carruthers, Hepler Broom)
This program will review governance principles and techniques to run an effective meeting of your board of trustees.
Local Government Sexual Harassment Policy (Presented by: Maureen Lemon, Ottosen Britz)
An overview of recently enacted statutory requirements relating to sexual harassment policies in local units of government.
What Am I to Bid? - Dealing with Section 11k (Presented by: John T. Brady)
Important aspects of this law (70 ILCS 705/11k) will be explored and explained in the in the webinar to be presented by a veteran fire district attorney. by Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts
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