SFPE - Central Ohio Chapter

 

Society of Fire Protection Engineers

 

 

History of the

Central Ohio Chapter

 

 

NATIONAL

 

 

A Professional society for engineers involved in fire protection was organized in 1950 as the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.  The purpose of the Society is to advance the art and science of fire protection engineering and its allied fields, to maintain a high ethical standing among its members and to foster fire protection engineering education.  The Society services as an international clearinghouse for fire protection engineering state-of-the-are advances and information.

 

 

CENTRAL OHIO CHAPTER

 

National SFPE members residing in Central Ohio in 1980 saw the need for a local chapter, since the only chapter in Ohio was the Northeast Chapter in Cleveland.  Despite their good intentions, a local chapter did not come into being at this time.

 

In 1982, the idea of a local SFPE chapter was brought forth once again by several persons working in the fire protection field.  One person in particular, Richard Weitzel, saw the need for a local chapter and made inquiry with the National SFPE on organizing a local chapter.  D. Peter Lund, CAE, Executive Director of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers responded with a geographical listing of national SFPE members in Central Ohio, a sample constitution, sample chapter formation material, and monthly mailings to chapter presidents.

 

The first organizational meeting was conducted by Richard Weitzel on July 12, 1982.  Ten interested persons attended this meeting and fire additional persons called to express interest, but were unable to attend.  The census of those in attendance was to continue with efforts to organize a Central Ohio Chapter.  A second meeting was held on September 20, 1982 at the Chamber of Commerce Building.  Twenty-four concerned people attended the meeting and elected interim officers.  They were:

 

Richard Weitzel, President

Gerald Tulga, Vice President

Bruce Larcomb Secretary

 

To organize as an official chapter of SFPE, Mr. Peter Lund was requested, and attended, the next meeting on November 8, 1982 at the Ohio Fire Academy.  Mr. Lund spoke on organizing a local SFPE chapter.  The interim officers developed the first Constitution and Bylaws for the Central Ohio Chapter and presented it to all persons in attendance at the November, 1982 meeting.  Twenty-one members in attendance voted and accepted the Constitution and Bylaws.  The chapters assumed the status of an informal chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.  The first Nominating Committee presented their report for the 1983-84 chapter year.

 

The officers nominees were

 

Richard Weitzel, President

Gerald Tulga, Vice President

Bruce Larcomb, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

William Ahrendt, Board of Directors

Norm Gatsch, Board of Directors

 

The report was seconded and passed by the members.

 

The Interim Chapter continued to meet on a by-monthly basis.  At the June 15, 1983 meeting, President Richard Weitzel announced that the Central Ohio Chapter had become the 39th Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.  On November 9, 1983, Maury Boulasis, past National President of SFPE, presented Chapter #39 plaque, to Richard Weitzel.  The Central Ohio Chapter was now an official chapter of SFPE!

 

 

 

 

 

List of Officers

 

 

Year

Officers

1982-1983

Richard Weitzel, President

Gerald Tulga, Vice President

Bruce Larcomb, Secretary/Treasurer

 

1983-1984

Richard Weitzel, President

Gerald Tulga, Vice President

Bruce Larcomb, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

1984-1985

Gerald Tulga, President

Bruce Larcomb, Vice President

Phil Gentile, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

1985-1986

Bruce Larcomb, President

Phil Gentile, Vice President

Bob Elek, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

1986-1987

Phil Gentile, President

Bob Elek, Vice President

Tom O’Connor, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

1987-1989

Bob Elek, President

Tom O’Connor, Vice President

Kermit Ball, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

1989-1991

Tom O’Connor, President

Kermit Ball, Vice President

Bill Smith, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

1991-1993

Kermit Ball, President

Bill Smith, Vice President

Mickey Driggers, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

1993-1995

Bill Smith, President

Mickey Driggers, Vice President

Deborah Ohler, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

1995-1996

Mickey Driggers, President

Deborah Ohler, Vice President

James Beller, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

1996-1997

Deborah Ohler, President & Vice President

James Beller, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

1997-1999

Deborah Ohler, President

James Burton, Vice President

Joe Mayfield, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

1999-2001

James Burton, President

Mark Bowman, Vice President

Victoria Stec, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

2001-2003

Mark Bowman, President

Phil Gentile, Vice President

Victoria Stec, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

2003-2005

Phil Gentile, President

Jim Dimarzo, Vice President

Sheryl Stahl, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

2005-2007

 

 

 

 

2007-2009

 

 

 

 

2009-2011

 

 

 

 

2011-2013

 

 

 

 

2013-2015

 

 

 

 

2015-Present

Phil Gentile, President

Robert Barnett, Vice President

Sheryl Stahl, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

Carl Sellke, President

Mark Bowman, Vice President

Sheryl Stahl, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

Carl Sellke, President

Mark Bowman, Vice President

Sheryl Stahl, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

Mark Bowman, President

Dave Zink, Vice President

Sheryl Stahl, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

Dave Zink, President

Ryan Oyster, Vice President

Sheryl Stahl, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer

 

Ryan Oyster, President

Chad Miller, Vice President 

Sheryl Stahl, Secretary

John Falk, Treasurer