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September 2001


I hope that everyone had an enjoyable, safe and relaxing summer.

As we begin another season of meetings and programs, I am again asking for your help in volunteering to work on a committee. This is your Society and to move forward we need everyone's help, cooperation, and support.

The Annual Golf Outing in June was a terrific affair. All the attendees had a great day and the committee did a fantastic job - A BIG THANK YOU TO THEM, especially to Bobby Glass, Carl Orza, Bill Ross, Cheech, & Pat. We have a tentative date set up for next year at the same course.

We are setting up a meeting for the EXPO committee to go over plans for this year’s show. If any of our Members have any ideas for a better show, please contact Cheech. We realize that the date in May will have to be changed, due to the fact that other organizations are having shows and seminars during the same time or only days apart.

This year we will have to concern ourselves with the new administration in our Federal government with respect to the EPA. I've heard rumors that our industry may be targeted with inspections and compliance issues.

I look forward to seeing you all at our September meeting.


Welcome back and I hope you all had a great summer. We are at the New Hyde Park Inn through the November meeting. Please take note of the date changes on the meeting dates we had to make due to holidays. The September meeting will be on Sept. 12, the 2nd Wednesday of the month and the November meeting will be on Nov. 14th, the 2nd Wednesday of the month.


Bylaw change proposals are 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 XIII Annual Golf Outing Proceeds

1. (60) Sixty percent of all proceeds from our Annual Golf Outing will be used to fund either or any of our scholarship awards and educational expenses as determined by a majority vote of our Executive Board. (Amended 5/17/00)

2. The remaining (40) forty percent will be placed into a fund to be used to subsidize the Members' cost of the Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner and the Kiddy Picnic. The Executive Board will determine the amount to be subsidized for each of these three functions. (Amended 5/17/00)


New Constitution, Bylaws and Rosters will be available at the September and October 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.

While you’re on the Internet, stop by the new additions to our web site listings for our Members from:
Allison Transmission
Brinks Inc.
Green Bus Lines
Kreger Truck Renting
Long Island Rail Road
Mendon Leasing Corp.
Metropolitan International Trucks Inc.
Van Buren Truck Sales

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 140
Life Members 17
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, Gabrielli Truck Sales - 35, 3/97 -
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford - 35, 3/97 -
Bill Ross, RAD Energy - 33, 11/95 - 1/00


Now that we are back from a great summer, it’s time to get it in gear right now by placing your ad in the 2001 Annual Journal. As you are all aware, Michael Cafiero is our honored 2001 Member of the Year so let’s put together a Journal that is befitting for him. Help us reach our goal. The deadline for the Journal is nearing. Please use the application in this month’s Newsletter and place your ad.


It’s another new year and we are still looking for new members to keep our Society strong and moving in the right direction. If we all go out and recruit one new member, we will have dozens applying. Remember the Member who sponsors the most candidates for Member grade inducted by the November 2001 meeting will win a night in Manhattan, which includes dinner and a show for two.


As we all know the summer is coming to an end, the nights are getting longer, days shorter and the Society is ready to kick off an other great year. To begin the fall programs we have General Motors ready to enlighten us on what’s new for the up and coming year and what direction the industry is heading towards in the future.

We all have been asking what's happening with the joint venture with Isuzu and how the new diesel will impact the industry. Several representatives will be on hand from the factory to answer all our questions. My thanks and the Society’s thanks to Richie and Joe Bruno for the efforts in insuring that GMC had all the information needed to make this happen. Bruno Truck Sales and General Motors Corp. will be sponsoring the cocktail hour.

October will be another great presentation from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. The tire industry has been taken a heavy hit because of the Firestone issues, and people are asking if there are more problems on the road with other manufacturers. So mark your calendar and come join us at this meeting.

November will bring us some of the latest software technology that is available to us for our industry. More info will be available in the October newsletter.

I hope everyone is having a great and healthy summer. I hope to see a great turn out at this up and coming meeting. See your there.


I heard from Life Member Ralph Provisiero who is now in his 80’s and is enjoying his retirement in Florida. Although he states he is supporting a pacemaker and had a slight heart attack, it has not interfered with his lifestyle. He enjoys the sunshine, pool, beaches, some fishing and those “early bird” dinners. He hopes all our Members take a big interest in the Society because it will yield “big dividends”. For all those who knew Ralph, he states the old fire is still burning within him and it spouts occasionally!

I also heard from retired Member Joseph Gagliardi who just got back from Florida. He enjoyed the weather, did some fishing, played tennis and started playing golf. Now that he is back up north in New Jersey, he is busy working on his antique cars for the upcoming shows - a 1929 Ford, 1942 Packard. He is also restoring a 1970 and a 1977 big block 396 Chevys that he owned in the past. He can’t believe it has been eleven years since his retirement and looks forward to attending a meeting to see old friends.


The Scholarship Committee met with Professor Robert Lagnese at S.U.N.Y., Farmingdale over the summer and had interviewed seven very eligible students for the Hank Hasiwar Scholarship. We will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships to two of these students at the October meeting.

The deadline for the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship is coming up fast. Please get your applications in so we can start the review process on your application. Remember the meeting attendance requirement that is a must for eligibility.


Get well and speedy recovery wishes to Dennis Madden who underwent surgery at the beginning of the summer.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
10/1 Larry Bellack
10/1 Vincent Cinotti
10/1 Darren Kaplan
10/2 James McElwee
10/4 Sara Klebanoff (Alan)
10/4 Carol Ricciardella (Joseph)
10/6 Robert Logon
10/7 Michael Bruce
10/7 Virginia Drummond (Clement)
10/8 Edgar Ebert
10/9 Christine Gulmi (Ronald)
10/10 Roger Preuss
10/10 Roger Tomasi
10/11 Maria Coronoto (Daniel)
10/11 Barbara De Martino (Pat)
10/14 Philip Parisi
10/15 Barbara Fochtman (John)
10/15 Tim Harte
10/15 Betty Schwimmer (Robert)
10/16 James Polanco
10/17 Pete Catarelli
10/18 Nicholas Pavlides
10/19 Dennis Gibbons
10/20 Mavis Crandon (Ivan)
10/21 Frank Carpenter
10/23 Doreen Dent (Roger)
10/25 Joanne De Mizio (Steven)
10/25 Barbara Ann Gulotta (Vincent)
10/26 Karen Kearney (Raymond)
10/26 Sherry Natiello (Donato)
10/31 David Ungerer

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