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January 2001


I hope that you all had an enjoyable holiday season.

The Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner was a great night, the music and the food was fantastic, and we must thank Pat De Martino, and his Committee for their efforts. Congratulations to the six winners of the Society of Fleet Supervisors Scholarship.

We are looking forward to another year of informative programs that Don Aull (718-980-3651) and Bob Crandall (718-334-9274) are working on, to keep us up to date on the many changes in our industry. If there is a program that you would be interested in having presented, please contact them.

Frank Almona has had his first meeting with the EXPO 2001 committee. We have set the date of May 16, 2001 at Leonard's. He will be meeting with the people at Leonard's to work out the details. We must get the word out about this event.

As we begin the New Year we are still seeking some Members to get involved with our various committees. This is your Society - become a part of it. Contact anyone on the Executive Board for more information.

I hope to see you all at the next meeting on January 17th.


With the advent of the new millennium, we are all aware that many things are changing faster than we can keep up with them. Automotive Technology is probably the fastest changing of all technologies and we as Fleet Supervisors need to assure ourselves that our shops will run smoothly in the coming years. One way to do that is to make sure the good technicians in your shop will one day move up into a supervisory position.

We at the Society of Fleet Supervisors are aware of this, as many of us were once technicians in the past. We are undertaking the task of expanding our Apprentice Fleet Supervisor Membership program under the direction of Dennis Gordon, a Service Foreman at Dejana Truck and Body Corp. With your help, Dennis is looking for a number of technicians from your own shops that will move up into a supervisory position one day. Learning from our own pasts, we realized now that when we made it into the supervisory ranks, it took more than being a good technician to run a fleet. There was OSHA, computers, union negotiations, office administration skills, good writing, communication skills, etc. and the list goes on and on.

What can we do for your apprentices? By having them become Society Members we can assist them with the transition. We have an interesting program relative to Fleet management each month at our monthly meetings. Your apprentices can meet Fleet Supervisors from all over the metropolitan New York area that work at utility companies, major bus companies, NYC agencies, as well as with other large and small company fleets. They can also meet representatives from the various automotive service companies who belong to our organization. The Society offers computer training classes with a major computer training company at no cost to all its Members. We also have a major Expo every May with over 100 vendor exhibits set up for this event.

That's just a few of the benefits an apprentice can get from us. You, as Fleet Supervisors, can get an educated technician who wants to move ahead in the automotive field and gain professionalism on a supervisory level. It's a win-win situation for us all.

You can call Dennis at (631) 544-9000 or bring someone you would like to join this organization to one of our monthly meetings. Also, any technician interest in joining our organization can call Dennis directly. We look forward to hearing from you so we can expand our Apprentice Fleet Supervisor Membership program.


Our monthly meetings will be held at the New Hyde Park Inn, New Hyde Park, NY from now through April 2001.

Don’t forget to sign in when you come to the meetings. Your attendance is based on your signature on the sign in sheets.

Planning stages are underway for the May 2001 Expo on Wednesday, May 16, 2001. Watch for details as they come up. If you are interested in a display booth or displaying a vehicle, please call me at (718) 821-4096. Booths and locations will once again be on a first come, first served basis so reserve your spot now.


Please remember that all Bylaw change proposals must be submitted in writing no later than the March meeting on March 21, 2001.

Excerpts from our Constitution:

Bylaw X Payment of Dues

1. The fiscal year, for dues purposes shall be the calendar year.

2. Dues shall be payable January 1 or on notice except for the President of the Society while in office.

3. Those Members joining during the first (6) six month's of any year shall pay a full current year's dues; those joining after July 1st shall pay (1/2) one half of the annual dues for the balance of the fiscal year. Any Member inducted at the November meeting would be exempt from dues for the current year. (Amended 5/19/93)

4. Any Member whose dues remain unpaid by January 31st shall be deemed delinquent and a second notice shall be mailed. All new Members’ dues are due at the time of their induction to the Society. Any privileges will not be granted to any new Member until such dues are paid in full. (Amended 5/17/95)

5. The Membership Committee shall have the power to terminate Membership if the dues are not paid within (30) thirty days after a Member or an Associate is deemed delinquent.

6. Any Associate Member inducted during the November meeting would be required to pay in full the coming year’s dues. (Added 5/19/99)


2001 dues letters have been sent out to the Membership. If you have not received your dues letter by now, please give me a call so I can get you a duplicate. It is important that you send in your dues with the lower portion of your invoice. Bill Ross, our Treasurer, needs it to credit payment to the right person. I also use the information to update the Society files. If you pay your dues at the general meeting, please have a separate check for your dues and a separate check for your dinner. This will avoid a lot of confusion.

Our present Membership is comprised of:

Members 147
Life Members 16
Editorial Members 1
Associate Members 53
Honorary Members 1
Original Equipment Manufacturer 0
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 6

Total Membership 224

Current consecutive attendance records are:

Bill Misita, Jellinek Auto Radiator - 67, 9/92 -
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford - 63, 3/89 - 1/97
George Pastor, Petro Inc. - 52, 5/94 -
John Cigna, Retired - 50, 2/94 - 3/00
Pat De Martino, Con Edison - 44, 10/90 - 2/96
John Dozis, Fink Baking Co. - 37, 1/96 - 5/00
Bill Ross, RAD Energy - 33, 11/95 - 1/00
Robert Lagnese, SUNY, Farmingdale - 32, 1/97 -
Robert Spiotto, Metro Int’l Trucks - 30, 11/96 - 5/00
Carl Orza, Gabrielli Truck Sales - 30, 3/97 -
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford - 30, 3/97 -


Copies of the 2000 Journal will be available at the January meeting. Members not able to make the January meeting can obtain a copy by either faxing or e-mailing me your request.

To all the people who helped make the Journal a success, I thank you very much and am looking forward to your assistance on the 2001 Journal.

Congratulations to Michael Cafiero, Commercial Fuels Manager for Petro, Inc. on his selection as the 2001 Member of the Year. His integrity, perseverance and hard work ethics have earned him success and high recognition as a “true professional” in the Oil Industry as well as in the Society of Fleet Supervisors.

Have a good holiday and I wish everyone a healthy, happy and prosperous new year.


The Society has come up with an interesting program for the January 17th meeting. As a result of a request for a management presentation, specifically a program on Diversity in the Automotive Industry, we have asked Ms. Whilomenia Wilkins, Manger of Diversity for KeySpan Energy Services to give a short presentation on Gender Diversity in the Workplace. Women are working in automotive offices and on the shop floor, both as Technicians and Supervisors, and their numbers will be growing in the future. The presentation will be interactive and Ms. Wilkins will distribute handouts for future reference. Please join us with any questions or scenarios you have from your work place to share with Ms. Wilkins and the Society.


Six $1,000.00 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarships were awarded December 16, 2000 at the Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner to the following recipients:
Christine Bruce, daughter of Member Michael Bruce
Danielle Raheb, granddaughter of late Member John Cigna
Crystal Crandall, daughter of Member Robert Crandall
Anne Marie Dozis, niece of Member John Dozis
Laley Morgan Lippard, daughter of Member Steve Justice
Heather Lawson, daughter of Member Jack Lawson

Congratulations and good luck to all of our scholarship recipients in their pursuit of higher education.

As we prepare for another year of Society of Fleet Supervisors Scholarships, please keep in mind the attendance requirement for eligibility. Don’t let your poor attendance prevent you or a family member from receiving a chance at a scholarship. Attend the monthly meetings. You could learn something there to boot!


On behalf of our Special Activities Committee I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

Our Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner was a success and I hope all who attended had a wonderful time. Congratulations to Lou Balazs on winning the 10,000 Bricks raffle.

Stay tuned for announcements for our upcoming events May Expo, Kiddy Picnic and Golf Outing. The dates and locations will be announced at future meetings.


Congratulations to Member William McVeigh and wife Debbie on the birth of their daughter, Sofia on December 19, 2000. She weighed six pounds, fifteen ounces.

Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Member Bill D’Emic and family on the passing of his father in December.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

2/2 Nancy Fevang (Richard)
2/4 Lorraine Ferraro (George)
2/6 Paul Messuri
2/7 Patricia Harte (Tim)
2/8 Gloria Gick (James)
2/10 Phillip Dutot
2/11 Dennis Roskop
2/13 Jody Heitner (Mark)
2/13 Alan Klebanoff
2/14 Samuel Blakley
2/15 Brette Steinberg (Craig)
2/17 Lee Balazs (Louis)
2/17 Cathy Wyman (Kenneth)
2/18 Emma Colageo (Joseph Milea)
2/19 Raymond Kearney
2/20 Joan Martell (Fred)
2/21 Joseph Valenti
2/22 Anthony Falconiere
2/23 William Misita
2/23 Rosalie Pepe (Peter)


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