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October 2001


Due to the tragedy of September 11, 2001 - A DAY THAT WILL BE REMEMBERED IN HISTORY, the Officers and I felt we had to cancel our September meeting. Many of our Members were called upon to respond to the horrific scene, and many more of us were ready to go. Our heartfelt thanks, and sympathies go out to the heroes who made the supreme sacrifice on that day and to their families.

The Members of the Executive Board and Chairpersons have had been in communication concerning the Society's intent to send a donation to one of the many relief agencies involved; i.e. Fire Dept., Police Dept., Red Cross, Salvation Army, Widows and Orphans Fund (this goes to the Fireman and Police), etc. We will present this to the Membership at the October meeting, for a vote on which agency and the amount. We would also ask that any Members wishing to contribute please join us in our show of support. I sincerely hope that we make a considerable donation on behalf of the Society, and any individuals wishing to contribute, together with a letter from the Society listing all of the contributors, will be sent to the agency we choose.

Society Business

The program for September from GMC we are hoping to re-schedule, and will keep you advised.

Don't forget to get in your applications for this year's Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship.

The EXPO Committee meeting was a busy night, we had a marketing consultant attend and many ideas are being considered. The Committee decided to change the EXPO date to late April, revise the exhibitor pricing, and keep it as an EXPO only. Cheech will give us all the details.

We will have the tickets for the Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner, as well as 10,000 Brick tickets available at the meeting, please see Pat De Martino for them.

I hope to see you all at the October 17th meeting.



Due to the tragedy at the World Trade Center, our September meeting was canceled. This was the first time in the Society's history that we ever canceled a meeting. Our meetings through April 2002 will be held at the New Hyde Park Inn.

Plans are underway for EXPO 2002! Our EXPO has been scheduled for April 24, 2002 and will be independent of the April and May meetings. We have reduced exhibitor prices to entice more vendors and vehicle displays. We are looking into using an outside sales marketing firm to increase traffic flow at the EXPO for our exhibitors. Please use the application in this month's Newsletter or download an application in .pdf file on our web site to register now or call me for more information at (718) 821-4096.


Don't like the way the Society is being governed? You want to see a change in the Society? You can submit a Bylaw change proposal to be voted on by the Membership at the May meeting to make your change. Bylaw change proposals are now being accepted for the 2002 Constitution and Bylaws. Please submit your proposals in writing no later than the March 2002 meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution:

Bylaw VII Term of Office

1. The Officers elected at each May meeting shall hold office for (1) one year and may be eligible for re-election unless disqualified. No Officer shall be eligible to succeed himself in that office after serving (2) two terms except as Secretary and Treasurer.


Please check out the Society's new web sit at We have a new URL address and a look that is sure to please all our Members. You can get up to date information including the Newsletter, which will be available a week or two before the print version arrives at your home. You will also find current information on the 2001 Scholarships Awards Dinner, the 2002 EXPO, get a Journal Ad application, a Scholarship Application, links to Members' web sites and links to different government agencies' web sites. Our Job Openings page is updated as soon as we get an opening. If you have an opening you wish to list, send it to me and it will be promptly posted. This service is free to all our Members. Anyone wishing to sponsor any of our pages on the web site can contact me for more information at [email protected].

New Constitution, Bylaws and Rosters will be available at the October and November meetings. The new book will be in a new format and complete. No more updates to replace old pages. If you need a copy mailed to you, drop me a note and I will get it out to you.

A correction for an errant web address listed last month for Van Buren Truck Sales -

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 139
Life Members 18
Editorial Members 1
Associate Members 45
Honorary Members 1
Original Equipment Manufacturer 0
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 4

Total Membership 208

Current consecutive attendance records are:

Bill Misita, Jellinek Auto Radiator - 72, 9/92 -
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford - 63, 3/89 - 1/97
George Pastor, Petro Inc. - 57, 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
Robert Lagnese, SUNY, Farmingdale - 37, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Retired - 35, 3/97 -
Nuno Tardo, Retired - 35, 3/97 -
Bill Ross, Sprague Energy - 33, 11/95 - 1/00


We'd like to begin planning some Management educational programs based on your needs as Fleet Supervisors. Listed below are some of the areas available for the training. Please look them over and either call me at (516) 485-0717 or let one of the other Executive Board Members know what courses you may be interested in: Coaching and counseling for improved job productivity; Change management; Communicating for results; Conflict management; Continuous process improvement; Delegating for results; Effective office management; Exceptional customer service; Goal setting for results; Influencing and assertiveness skills; Interpersonal communication skills; Interviews that work; Making meetings work for you; Management and leadership styles; Managing multiple priorities in today's new workplace; Negotiation skills; Performance appraisals that pay off; Power presentations; Professionalism at work; Project management; Results oriented Supervision.

These are some of the courses available to us. If there were other courses you would like to have let me know.


It's not too late to get your Journal ad application for the 2001 Annual Journal honoring Mike Cafiero. You can use the application supplied in this Newsletter or you can download an application in a .pdf file from our web site. Our deadline for all applications is the November meeting on November 14th. Pitch in and place your ad to support the Society of Fleet Supervisors. The proceeds from the Journal benefit many of our functions such as the Hank Hasiwar Scholarship, Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship and the Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner.


Although I do not have a Legislative Committee report for you, I feel compelled to report on the World Trade Center tragedy. NYCDOT has been supplying personnel and vehicles such as dump trucks, bulldozers, bucket loaders and flatbed trucks in the rescue and recovery effort. NYCDOT has also supplied blacksmiths, welders and mechanics to service those vehicles on site. They have been working around the clock on 12-hour shifts along with management personnel. Manufacturers such as Ford, Mack, Volvo and others have been supplying maintenance and replacement parts to keep these vehicles working. Being at ground zero since the incident I have seen the destruction that has been left behind. FDNY has lost over 100 of their fire fighting vehicles when the towers collapsed. At least another 1000 vehicles of different government agencies have also been lost. The Transportation Industry has been a major part of this rescue effort.


Our prayers and condolences to all those that suffered in the World Trade Center disaster. America will not tolerate any form of terrorism.

We do have openings for seven Associate Members that we will be bringing in for the October meeting. We also have one or two regular members that we will be proposing at the same time. We still need to go out and talk with the Fleet Managers and get them involved in our Society. Everyone will benefit from the exchange of ideas, and the knowledge that fills our meetings.

Congratulations to Member Nuno Tardo on his election to Life Membership status. Nuno has retired from the industry and has been an active Member of the Society since 1971.


All our prayers and hopes go out to the victims of the September tragedy. I realize that all other things in our life seem meaningless, that the whereabouts and health of family and friends is what concerns the nation. In the up and coming months we will try to bring normality back into our lives but never forgetting what has happened.

The October meeting will be special as Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. brings us up on some new technology happening in the tire industry. The question will be "What is happening in the wake of the Firestone tire failures, and what is the industry doing to prevent another life threatening situation?" South Shore Tire & Rubber Co., Inc. is sponsoring the cocktail hour.

World Information Systems, Inc will present the November program. Leon Hale will demonstrate some of the latest software technology that is available to the Industry.

There will not be any program for December, only the Scholarship Awards Dinner.

For January 2002, General Motors will be in for a presentation, sponsored by Bruno GMC. My thanks go out to GM and Bruno Truck Sales for the understanding of a last minute cancellation of the September meeting due to the circumstances. I look forward to opening the New Year with a great program.


At the October meeting, we will be awarding two Hank Hasiwar Scholarships to two students in the Automotive Engineering Technology Department of the State University of New York at Farmingdale. These two individuals were selected from several applications submitted with the help of Professor Robert Lagnese, Chairman of the Department. Please join us in honoring these fine young men.

There is still time to get your Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship application in. We have six $1000.00 scholarships available this year. You or your family member could receive one of these scholarships if eligible. The November meeting will be the deadline for submitting applications and we will be awarding these scholarships at the Annual Scholarships Awards Dinner on December 8th. An application is available in the October Newsletter print version and a downloadable .pdf file is also available on our web site in the current newsletter under the Scholarship Committee report.


Our Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner will be held at Leonard's of Great Neck on Saturday, December 8, starting at 7:00 PM. All reservations must be made no later than November 7. Tickets for the Awards Dinner will be available at our next Membership meeting. Please be sure to reserve early. For reservations contact: Pat De Martino: tel # (718) 904 - 4688 or by email - [email protected].


Belated congratulations to Associate Member Bill Misita on the birth of his grandson, Joseph William Misita. Joseph was born on August 25th to Bill's son, William and his wife, Diana.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
11/03 Nichols Gentile
11/04 Louise Chan (Richard)
11/05 Ismael Acevedo
11/06 Janneth Ungerer (David)
11/08 George Ferraro
11/08 Liese Tomassi (Roger)
11/08 Edna Williams (Edward)
11/20 Carl Aronin
11/20 Joseph Meade
11/22 James Atkins
11/22 Richard Fosbeck
11/24 Ralph Provisiero
11/26 Nancy Misita (William)
11/26 Fred Provenzano
11/28 Donald Kuhn
11/29 James Dejana
11/30 Thomas Scheel


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