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February 2003


We are off to a good start for the New Year.

Buoyed by the success of the Scholarship Awards Dinner, we now are anxiously awaiting the Expo 2003 in April. Expo Chairman Frank (Cheech) Almona is filling the room fast and I urge anyone who wants a table to call Frank now before the room sells out.

I want to wish Nick Markatos a speedy recovery from his recent surgery and I am sure he will be burning up the course at our Golf Outing.

John Dozis has an excellent program for February and I look forward to seeing everyone there.


Tables are going fast for the EXPO so if you want to be in it, please contact me as soon as possible. For those who have reserved a table but haven't paid for it yet, please get your payment in. We will be contacting vendors from outside the Society for tables and if your table is not paid for, it will be up for grabs.

Free EXPO admission tickets will be sent out to the Membership at the end of the month. I am asking you to please distribute them to co-workers and to anyone who you think would benefit from attending our EXPO. If you need additional tickets, you can call me or order tickets online at the Society's web site.

Our February through May meetings will be held at the New Hyde Park Inn. There are a couple of Members that are forgetting to sign in at the door when they pay for their dinner ticket. Just remember that the sign in sheets are the only proof that we have to account for your attendance to fulfill the attendance requirement for the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship.


Any Bylaw change proposals must be submitted in writing by the March 2003 meeting. Time is running short so if you have a change to propose, submit it now.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:


These scholarships would be awarded to students who are related to any Member of the Society who is in good standing and who attends at least 80% (6) of our regular monthly meetings during the (12) twelve months prior to the cut off date of all applications, which is the November general Membership meeting. Members of the Society who have completed (20) twenty years as a Member in good standing and continue to be a Member in good standing, but has relocated to another area that prohibits his/her attending Membership meetings will still qualify for scholarship eligibility. The same will apply to Members voted Life or Honorary Membership. (Amended 5/21/97)

The Members are entitled to enroll (2) two applicants if the student is their child or grandchild, or (1) one applicant if the student is his/her self, spouse, niece or nephew. In order to give a fair chance to all eligible Members, only one scholarship per family can be awarded each year. (Amended 5/19/99)

Each individual is entitled to (1) one scholarship only and no more than (2) scholarships per family in less than (5) five consecutive years. (Amended 5/19/99)

The student must be a high school graduate and enrolled in a continuing education program. (Amended 5/17/95)

When the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of available awards the award will be given on a raffle basis at our Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner, and the check will be paid to the order of the school and mailed to the applicant. (Amended 5/17/00)

It will be incumbent upon the Member to provide the Executive Board and the Scholarship Committee with documentation showing the undisputed relationship of the applicant. The Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee must provide to the Executive Board a complete list of the applicants and proof of eligibility for each applicant. Any incomplete application will be rejected with no discussion. In a case where a Member applicant has previously received a scholarship(s), the Chairperson must provide to the Executive Board a list of dates and numbers of previously awarded scholarships. All this information must be provided to the Executive Board at the December Executive Board meeting and prior to the final decision. (Amended 5/19/99)


Please visit the site of our Member from Victory Fleet Maintenance at the next time you are on the Internet. Also visit the site of our Member from CitySpec, Inc. at

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 133
Life Members 16
Editorial Members 1
Associate Members 48
Honorary Members 1
Original Equipment Manufacturer 0
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 2

Total Membership 201

Attendance at the January meeting:
Members 53
Guests 16
Total 69

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:

Bill Misita, Jellinek Auto Radiator - 83, 9/92 -
George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. - 68, 5/94 -
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford - 63, 3/89 - 1/97
John Cigna, Retired - 50, 2/94 - 3/00
Robert Lagnese, SUNY, Farmingdale - 48, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Retired - 46, 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


The enclosed flyer is an opportunity for all Members to think about what kind of professional training they are interested in. The Society is willing to sponsor programs of interest at no or minimal charge to its Members. If there is a program that you may be interested in which is not listed, please contact me as soon as possible and I will research it. My number is (516) 485-0717 or you can e-mail me at [email protected].


The Society presented Associate Member Alan Klebanoff with a plaque in memory of his father Harold Klebanoff for his many years of outstanding service and recognition to the Society.

Dennis Gahr, Regional Manager of Truck-Lite Co., Inc. presented a very informative presentation, demonstration and new technology on LED lighting. A great big thank you for the numerous gifts donated by Truck-Lite and Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment. There were three winners for the shirts donated by Dejana: Dennis Roskop, Nicholas Pavlides, and Philip Parisi. Mike Williams won the emergency light kit from Truck-Lite. The calendars donated by Truck-Lite were won by six attendees.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Vincent Cinotti.


There is not much to report on the Membership front. We need some help from all of you out in the Membership to attract new full Members for the Society. We still have a waiting list for Associate Members but without full Members we cannot bring them in. Please discuss the Society with everyone that you encounter and help get new Members to join.

Inducted at the January meeting:

· Garry Raff, Branch Manager for Hub Truck Rental Corp. of Lynbrook, NY as a Member. Gary oversees the daily operation of a full service leasing branch, repairs and rentals. He oversees 125 vehicles of the 1200 vehicles in the company.
· Mark Kodner, Shop Manager for We Transport/Towne Bus of St. James, NY as a Member. Mark oversees the maintenance, eight technicians and two fuelers at two locations. He is responsible for the preventative maintenance and DOT inspections for a fleet of 250 school buses.

Members on the Move:

· Member Michael Bruce is now the Maintenance Superintendent for Selby Transportation of the Bronx, NY. Mike oversees the maintenance and DOT inspections for a fleet of 130 school buses.
· Member George Pastor is now the Vice President of Operations/Human Resources for CitySpec, Inc. of Glendale, NY.


The February program will be by License Monitor Inc. - this is a company that provides a service to monitor the status of your employees' drivers license.


Scholarship applications will be available in the February Newsletter and at anytime on the society's web site. Once again I would like to remind you that your attendance requirement at the monthly meetings would be observed according to the Bylaws. If you need any further information, please feel free to contact me at (516) 379-7950.


Our belated condolences go out to the family of Member Edward Hydock on his passing. We just recently found out about his death which occurred on September 30,2002.

Our get-well wishes and speedy recovery goes out to Associate Member Nicholas Markatos for a hip operation.

Our get-well wishes and speedy recovery goes out to Nikki Mitrakos, wife of Member Tom Mitrakos, recovering from a back operation.

Congratulations to Member Carl Orza on the marriage of his youngest son Christopher to his new daughter-in-law Kate.

Congratulations to Member John Shopis and wife Elena on the birth of their twin baby boys, Eric and Nicholas on December 23, 2002.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

3/1 Grace Snyder (Robert)
3/3 Joseph Perin
3/5 Nestor Zaragoza
3/6 Janet Natale (Anthony)
3/7 Alan Taub
3/8 Edgar Bondy
3/8 Mauretta Scano (Michael)
3/8 Joseph Milea
3/10 Frank Almona
3/10 Peggy McElhinney (James)
3/11 Roger Dent
3/17 Patricia Jacobi (James)
3/26 Charlotte Princiotta (Joseph)
3/28 William Ross
3/29 Bill D'Emic
3/23 Louise Ravner (Jody)
3/29 Salvatore Macaluso
3/18 Donald Aull
3/20 Marianne Perin (Joseph)
3/21 Susan Bellack (Larry)
3/22 Dolly Taddeo (Pasquale)
3/23 William Krauss
3/31 Cynthia Roskop (Dennis)

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