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November 2001


October's meeting was a great kick-off for the new season. A great big "Thank You" to Bruno G.M.C. for sponsoring the cocktail hour and donating the prizes we raffled off. The program from G.M.C. - ISUZU gave us an introduction to the newly designed vehicles we will see shortly, the progress with alternative fuel vehicles, and the reasoning behind the re-design of certain models, to better serve their customers' requirements.

I also want to thank all the attendees for their generosity with the raffle, which will allow the Society to make a substantial contribution to the WTC charity of our choice.

I received a phone call from Associate Member Alan Taub of South Shore Tire & Rubber stating he was greatly impressed with our fund raising raffle. He informed me that Goodyear (who is presenting the program for November) would be donating prizes for us to raffle off at the November meeting. This will give us the opportunity to greatly increase the amount of our contribution.

Lou Balazs is seeking your help with getting ads for our Journal. The Journal proceeds support the various activities of our Society - so please help. Lou can be reached at (631) 544-9000.

Pat De Martino has the tickets for our Scholarship Awards Dinner, we have kept the cost at $125.00 per couple, and it will be at Leonard's of Great Neck. Pat also has the tickets for the 10,000 Bricks. Please call Pat @ (718) 904-4688 to make your reservations.

I hope to see you all at the November 14th meeting.




We are at the New Hyde Park Inn through the April 2002 meeting. If you have any suggestions for another meeting place, please get in contact with me. The suggested location must be centralized for everyone, large enough to accommodate us and have ample parking.

The 2002 EXPO is set for April 24, 2002 at Leonard's of Great Neck. Applications will be available in the Newsletter and on the web site. Exhibitor table arrangements will be on a first come, first served basis so reserve your table now.

Thank you to all those who participated in our fund raising raffle for the WTC victims' charities. We were able to raise $2,800.00 at the meeting and donations are still coming in.


We are accepting any Bylaw change proposal for review that you may want to submit. Any proposal must be in writing submitted no later than the March meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution:

Article III Membership
2D. Life: Members who have completed over (20) twenty years active participation in the Society and retired, may be voted to Life Membership in the Society.

Bylaw IX Dues and Initiation Fee
6. Honorary and Life: no further dues for the life of the Member.



We have new additions to our growing list of Member web sites. H. John Davis, Inc. can be found at and Cummins Metropower, Inc. can be reached through

Stop by and visit our new web site at the next time you're on the Internet. We are still looking for a few page sponsors to help support the web site. If you are interested, please contact me at [email protected] or call me at (908) 527-8200 ext. 3611 for placing your ad

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 142
Life Members 18
Editorial Members 1
Associate Members 47
Honorary Members 1
Original Equipment Manufacturer 0
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 4

Total Membership 213

Attendance at the October meeting:
Members 68
Guests 26
Total 94

Current consecutive attendance records are:

Bill Misita, Jellinek Auto Radiator - 73, 9/92 -
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford - 63, 3/89 - 1/97
George Pastor, Petro Inc. - 58, 5/94 -
John Cigna, Retired - 50, 2/94 - 3/00
Pat De Martino, Con Edison - 44, 10/90 - 2/96
Robert Lagnese, SUNY, Farmingdale - 38, 1/97 -
John Dozis, Fink Baking Co. - 37, 1/96 - 5/00
Carl Orza, Retired - 36, 3/97 -
Nuno Tardo, Retired - 36, 3/97 -
Bill Ross, Sprague Energy - 33, 11/95 - 1/00


Last month's meeting turned out to be one that we can all be proud of. Bruno Truck Sales sponsored a very special cocktail hour as General Motors representatives Buzz Kotchin Jr., Commercial Sales Manager for the North East region, Paul Chodkowski, Regional Municipal Sales, Michael Paritee, Regional Sales Manager, Rich Donavan, Regional Fleet Manager, Bill Clark, Regional Fleet Sales Manager and Michael Sands, Regional Service and Parts Manager of General Motors Isuzu Commercial Trucks, LLC gave a highly interesting presentation about new GM products and of changes in the GM structure to make them a more accessible company.

Door prizes were donated by Bruno Trucks Sales, which the Society raffled to raise $2,800.00 for a WTC charity. The Society agreed to match that amount to bring the total to $5,600.00 collected. Thanks to Don Aull and New York Metrolube the money raised will be donated to a charity fund raising program administered by Mobil Oil in which Mobil will triple the donation. The total charitable donation from our combined efforts to date is $22,400.00.

Mitch Clark of South Shore Tire & Rubber won the raffle drawing for a VCR donated by GMC.
Karl Rueck of the New Hyde Park Inn won the raffle drawing for a TV donated by GMC.

Clement Drummond of KeySpan Energy was the winner of the "BIG DRAW" of $50.00.



Our 2001 Journal, honoring Michael Cafiero will close out on Nov. 14, 2001. Please have your ad in prior to this date. Company ads as well as personal messages are welcome. Keep in mind: funds raised through Journal ads enable the Society of Fleet Supervisors to provide educational scholarships to assist young students and seminars to improve the knowledge of our fleet supervisors. Thanks to all the Members who have participated and helped make this Journal successful.


TITLE: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Final Ruling on the Proposed Rules. Requirements and Penalties Commercial Drivers License dated July 27, 2001 effective October 25, 2001.
SUMMARY: The FMCSA withdraws the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) relating to proposed interim rules on the registration of for-hire motor property and passenger carriers, property brokers, and freight forwarders published in the Federal Register at 63 FR 7362 on February 13, 1998. This NPRM will be superseded by three rulemaking proceedings now in development that will impact the registration process: registration rules for new entrants as required by Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (MCSIA); registration rules for Mexican motor carriers operating in the United States under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and rules implementing a unified carrier registration system as required by the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act of 1995 (ICCTA). Maintaining an open docket on the proposed interim registration rules would be inconsistent with changes that FMCSA will propose in these proceedings.

TITLE: Commercial Drivers License Standards; Requirements and Penalties Noncommercial Motor Vehicle Violation.
SUMMARY: The FMSCA proposes disqualification regulations for drivers subject to the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1998 (CMVSA). Sections 201(b) and 202(h) of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (MCSIA) amended the CMVSA by disqualification requirements for a commercial drivers license (CDL) upon conviction by revoking, suspending, or canceling it. Each employer would be required to stop using a driver from driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) upon the States disqualification. The purpose of this proposal is to enhance the safety of CMV operations on our nations highways. Effective 5/4/01


October's was a great meeting all around. We were able to accept three new full Members and two new Associate Members into the Society. At this time there are still five more potential Associate Members and one full Member to be inducted at our November meeting.

There is still time to win the contest for the most full Members brought into the Society. Please go out and talk to potential members and tell them about your Society and the benefits of becoming a member.

Inducted at the October Meeting were:
· Stanley Clarke, Supervisor for Consolidated Bus of Brooklyn, NY as a Member. Stanley supervises and is responsible for the training and safety of all the mechanics for the school bus fleet of 1,100 vehicles.
· Robert Ceriello, Manager - Engineering for Con Edison of Long Island City, NY as a Member. Bob is responsible for the design, specifications, coordination and procurement of new vehicles, including heavy-duty trucks and technical support to maintenance of the electrical utility fleet of over 5,000 vehicles. Bob is also a member of IEEE - Power Engineering Society, New York chapter.
· Robert Snyder, Operations Manager for Metro Fuel Oil of Brooklyn, NY as a Member. Bob is the manager of the Delivery Dept., garage and shop, safety and building maintenance for a fuel delivery fleet of 80 vehicles.
· Marty Vavrinec, President of Lawson Automatic Transmissions, Inc. of Oceanside, NY as an Associate Member. Marty oversees daily operations of the automatic transmission overhaul and repair facility.
· Thomas LaMano, Automotive Territory Manager for Cummins Metropower, Inc. of the Bronx, NY as an Associate Member. Tom is responsible for all the Cummins Engine business in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Members on the Move:
· Member George Pastor is now with H. John Davis, Inc. of Mount Pocono, PA. George is the General Manager for the leading full-service fuel oil dealer serving Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains area.


We kicked off the Society's year's first meeting with outstanding results. Among a lot of despair and confusion we have shown the world that we will not be taken down so easy. I was proud to see the turn out for the meeting and the generosity of our Members.

My thanks again to Bruno Truck Sales for the fantastic effort to make our first meeting of the year one to remember. Also thanks to General Motors for their program and enthusiasm they showed at the meeting.

But we as a Society have a problem. Every year we try very hard to bring new and improved programs to our meetings, and every time we show very little appreciation to the distributors and OEM's that present programs. Once again when GM got up to present their program almost half of the Members disappeared. The other half carried on numerous conversations disrupting most of the presentation. These Society meetings are not just for social reasons. If we can't help and contribute something to our Industry then we should not complain about the bad press or poor economy of our trades. Something needs to be done about our overall attitude in which we conduct ourselves at the Society's functions. It's a direct reflection on ourselves and the values we hold.

I understand that the meeting went longer than it should have and this will be discussed at the Board meeting about how we can control the time it takes to finish necessary business at hand.
I hope to see a change in our conduct for Goodyear and South Shore Tire in November. Thank you for the consideration.


Our 2001 Hank Hasiwar Scholarships of $1,000.00 each has been awarded to Theologo Maratos of Astoria, NY and Joseph Russo of Rockville Centre, NY. They are currently studying for their Associates Degree in Automotive Engineering Technology at SUNY, Farmingdale. The Scholarship Committee congratulates both of these students and wishes them the best of luck in their educational and career endeavors.

I wish to thank my committee members Bob Crandall, Richie Chan, George Ferraro and Bob Lagnese in helping to select these 2 students. These guys put in a lot of their time and effort each year with the interviews and selection process.

This is the last call for the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship. Due to the cancellation of the September meeting, the meeting attendance requirement has been lowered to five meetings attendance for this year only. You still have a chance at getting a $1,000.00 scholarship for yourself or family member. The deadline to submit your application is the November meeting on Nov. 14th.


Our annual Scholarship Awards Dinner will be held at Leonard's of Great Neck on Saturday, December 8, starting at 7:15 PM. All reservations must be made no later than November 7th. Tickets for the Awards Dinner are now available. Please be sure to reserve early.

In addition, the 10,000 Bricks tickets are now available. It is very important to the Society that we sell all the tickets so the proceeds can be used to subsidize the various activities. If we all purchase one ticket or ask our family, friends and co-workers to purchase a ticket this will assure the success of this and all our future activities.

Please call or email me at the following telephone number and address to make reservations or purchase brick tickets.

Hope to see you all at the Awards Dinner and Good Luck.

For Reservations contact Pat De Martino: Tel # (718) 904 - 4688 or by email - [email protected].


Our belated condolences and sympathy go out to Member Stacey Santangelo on the passing of her stepfather, Frank Donato, in September.

Due to current economic conditions Commercial Vehicle Consultants is offering its Service Manager Career Counseling free to any Society Member who may need to discuss their situation. Call Member Dennis A. Meehan at (201) 670 6554.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
12/1 Donna Calder (Douglas)
12/3 Anthony Natale
12/4 Ruth Bondy (Edgar).
12/5 Geraldine Stagnitta (Thomas)
12/7 Valarie Varonier (Victor)
12/8 John Costantin
12/8 Sybil Fisher (James)
12/9 Josephine Scheel (Thomas)
12/10 Anne Marie Martino (Stephen)
12/10 Angela Pirpinias (Stanley)
12/13 Dennis Madden
12/13 John Shopis
12/16 Phyllis Aronin (Carl)
12/17 Thomas Volpe
12/18 Debbie McVeigh (William)
12/19 Karen Natoli (Michael)
12/19 James Sisco
12/20 Roy Burgin
12/21 William McVeigh
12/23 Karen Tesi (Salvatore)
12/24 Charles Brocher
12/15 Eliana Mordekovich (Avi)
12/25 Heidi Rubin (Bruce)
12/25 Craig Steinberg
12/26 Judith Bloom (Leon)
12/27 Jacqueline Catarelli (Pete)
12/28 John Messina

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