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April 2003


Although I was not able to attend March's meeting I heard it was a huge success. Many thanks go to Mike Cafiero for his excellent stewardship of the meeting.

I heard Mike Iannizzi worked tirelessly raising money for the Kiddy Picnic and was able to get quite a bit of money pledged for toys for the children. Thanks Mike.

The April program will be sponsored and presented by Metro Truck and Trailer Inc. on Thermo King air conditioning. If the summer is half as hot as the winter was cold, you won't want to miss this meeting.

Hope to see you all at the April meeting.


The EXPO is here! Keep Wednesday, April 23rd open on your calendar and come to our EXPO at the New Hyde Park Inn. We got a room full of exhibits and a yard full of vehicles to check out. A lot of work went into organizing this event and all the Members of the EXPO Committee did a great job in putting this event together. If you need admission tickets for your guests and co-workers, please call me or apply for them online on the Society's web site at There will be a limited amount of tickets available at the door.

We are at the New Hyde Park Inn for the April and May meetings.

As I stated at the April meeting, I need letters of support from the Membership for a diesel engine technician program to be offered by Farmingdale University. Time is running short so please call me at (718) 821-4096 for details.


The deadline has passed for submitting any Bylaw change proposal.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:

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)


The Society's web site has received the Golden Web Award 2003-2004 from the International Association of Web Masters and Designers. Congratulations to our web designer, Donna Chan, for a great job.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 134
Life Members 16
Editorial Members 1
Associate Members 47
Honorary Members 1
Original Equipment Manufacturer 0
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 2

Total Membership 201

Attendance at the March meeting:
Members 50
Guests 23
Total 73

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:

Bill Misita, Jellinek Auto Radiator - 84, 9/92 -
George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. - 69, 5/94 -
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford - 63, 3/89 - 1/97
John Cigna, Retired - 50, 2/94 - 3/00
Robert Lagnese, SUNY, Farmingdale - 49, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Retired - 47, 3/97 -
Pat De Martino, Con Edison - 44, 10/90 - 2/96
John Dozis, Fink Baking Co. - 37, 1/96 - 5/00
Nuno Tardo, Retired - 36, 3/97 - 10/01
Bill Ross, Sprague Energy - 33, 11/95 - 1/00


As you know our Journal is a major project and in order to be successful we are calling upon our entire Membership for full participation of at least one ad from each Member for the 2003 Fleet Society Journal, as well as all vendors and friends of Professor Robert Lagnese.

Don't miss out on the exposure of your business, merchandise or service that is enjoyed by those who advertise in the Society of Fleet Supervisor's Annual Journal!

Funds raised through Journal ads enable the Society of Fleet Supervisors to provide educational scholarships to assist young students and also provides seminars to improve the knowledge of our Fleet Supervisors.

We urge you to return your application form as soon as possible for your advertisement in the Journal. Company ads as well as personal messages are welcome. The closing date for the Journal will be October 17, 2003.

If you need additional copies of the Journal advertising application or wish to speak to me directly, please contact me at 631?586?3922. I can also be reached by e?mail at [email protected]) Applications can also be downloaded from the Society's web site. Please help us make this year's event the most successful ever!



The March program and cocktail hour was sponsored by International Truck & Engine Corp.'s Bob Drabecki, Manager, Sales & Distribution, New Products along with Rob Baran, Key Market Manager, Eastern Region, Jeffrey Felix, Key Market Manager - Parts, Eastern Region, Michael Rogers, National Account Manager, Parts Sales and Ernest Thornton, Area Account Executive who gave a very informative presentation on International's "Diamond Logic TM" Electrical System available in today's International Trucks.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Don Dodd of Hub Truck Rental.


March has passed and those that have not paid their dues were dropped on March 31, 2003. Depending on how many Members were dropped will also effect the Associate Member ratio. Please discuss with anyone that you know to join the Society. There are many benefits on becoming a Member, most of all being in the company of your fellow Fleet Supervisors and exchanging information.

Inducted at the October meeting:
· Richard Yopp, Head of Maintenance for CNR Refrigeration Corp. Inc. of Hempstead, NY as a Member. Richie oversees the daily shop operations of a complete refrigeration repair facility and 60 refrigeration vehicles.


Metro Truck & Trailer Inc. is sponsoring the cocktail hour and presenting the April program on Thermo King air conditioning for the bus industry. The topic will cover installation, maintenance, service and warranty of the product.


Once again the Society of Fleet Supervisors Scholarship applications are included in this month's Newsletter. They are also available as a download on our web site at anytime. Please get your application to us as soon as possible so we can start the reviewing process. So far, there have been three applications submitted to date. Also, please remember your meeting attendance requirement that must be fulfilled before your applicant can be eligible to receive a scholarship. For this year, the meeting attendance requirement has been reduced to five meetings due to the cancellation of the February meeting.


Kiddy Picnic - Michael Iannizzi announces the Kiddy Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, June 1st at Eisenhower Park, Cherry Section, Parking Lot #5 and the return of Sunshine the Clown! Applications are available in this month's Newsletter and may also be downloaded from our web site. He asks that you get your applications in as soon as possible so toys can be purchased for all of the children attending. Mike is also looking for a couple of volunteers to help with the activities. If you are interested, give him a call at (718) 456-8594 ext. 254.

Mike asked for donations for toys for the children at the March meeting and we have received pledges from:

Vincent Cinotti - $100.00
John Dozis - $100.00
Michael Iannizzi - $100.00
All Boro Engine Exchange - $200.00
Circle Lubricants - $100.00
CNR Refrigeration - $100
Delta Transmissions - $100.00
Double Check Electric - $100.00
Hunyady Auction Co. - $100.00
Jellinek Auto Radiator - $100.00
John Iacono Inc. - $100.00
Laban Equipment - $100.00
Logan Bus Co. - $100.00
Mike's Towing - $250.00
Motive Engine - $100.00
Oceanside Transmissions - $100.00
Petro Inc. - $100.00
Van Buren Truck Sales - $100.00
Zano Industries - $100.00

A great big thank you goes out to all of our generous donors! Invoices for pledges have been sent to all donors and Mike asks that you fulfill your pledges as soon as you can.

Our Annual Golf Outing will be held on Monday, June 16th at the Inwood Country Club in Inwood, NY. Complete details will be available once all arrangements have been made.


Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Associate Member Marty Vavarinec and family on the loss of his father.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Nancy Misita, wife of Associate Member William Misita, recovering from back surgery.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member Tim Harte for a hospitalized illness.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

5/4 Stephen Heaney
5/4 Michael Natoli
5/12 Stanley Clarke
5/15 Louis Balazs
5/15 Douglas Calder
5/15 Bruce Rubin
5/16 Ronald Birnbaum
5/17 James Gick
5/23 Ron Hubert
5/24 Florence Lagnese (Robert)
5/25 Pat De Martino
5/25 Steve Justice
5/27 Lorraine Krauss (William)
5/27 Robert Lagnese
5/28 Richard Pastore
5/28 Irene Tardo (Nuno)
5/30 Rose Hubert (Ron)
5/31 Carl Rackoff

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