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January 2003


I hope you all had a healthy and joyful holiday season. I want to thank Nick Markatos and his Special Activities Committee once again and congratulate them on a job well done. The Scholarship Awards Dinner was a huge success. Nick, how will you top this next year?

The program for January will be given by Trucklite and is sponsored by Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment.

I hope to see all there.


Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great holiday season and a great beginning for the New Year.

We are back at the New Hyde Park Inn for our general meetings throughout the May meeting including the EXPO.

The EXPO is coming together very well and we will have another terrific event. Over 75% of the tables are currently either sold or reserved. If you plan on having a display table at the EXPO, don't wait any longer. We are limited to 56 tables and once they are all gone, we won't be able to accommodate you. Give me a call at (718) 821-4096 to reserve your table now.


Any Bylaw change proposals must be submitted in writing by the March 2003 meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:

Bylaw IX Dues and Initiation Fee

1. Initiation fee - ($20.00) twenty dollars to accompany application (Amended 5/17/95)

2. Member dues - ($50.00) fifty dollars annually (Amended 5/15/02)

3. Editorial - exempt from dues (Added 5/17/95)

4. Apprentice Fleet Supervisor - ($50.00) fifty dollars annually (Amended 5/15/02)

5. Associate Member dues - ($450.00) four hundred fifty dollars annually (Amended 5/17/95)

6. Honorary and Life: no further dues for the life of the Member

7. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM): ($450.00) four hundred fifty dollars annually. (Amended 5/15/96)


Pictures from the 2002 Scholarships Awards Dinner are available for viewing on the Society's website at

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 132
Life Members 16
Editorial Members 1
Associate Members 48
Honorary Members 1
Original Equipment Manufacturer 0
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 2

Total Membership 200

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:

Bill Misita, Jellinek Auto Radiator - 82, 9/92 -
George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. - 67, 5/94 -
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford - 63, 3/89 - 1/97
John Cigna, Retired - 50, 2/94 - 3/00
Robert Lagnese, SUNY, Farmingdale - 47, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Retired - 45, 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


I would like to thank all who participated in the 2002 Journal and look forward to the task of creating the 2003 issue. Congratulations to our Member of the Year for 2003, Robert Lagnese of SUNY, Farmingdale. We will start collecting for the new journal at the January meeting. We apologize to John Dozis who paid for a Platinum page that was not printed in the 2002 Journal.


The State of New York Department of Motor Vehicles issued the following effective October 23, 2002:

The Title of Part 58 is amended to read as follows:


A new Section 58.8 is added to read as follows:

58.8 Rear Object detection systems
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision in this part, every single-unit motor vehicle registered in this state, operated for commercial purposes and having a cube style or enclosed walk-in delivery bay, where such delivery bay has a length of eight feet six inches or more, but not exceeding a length of eighteen feet, shall be equipped with a cross-view back-up mirror system, rear video system or rear object detection system.

(1) Cross-view back-up mirror system means a mirror(s) which, when mounted will allow the driver of a truck to view a minimum distance of six feet to the rear and encompass the width of the rear of the vehicle in order to be able to detect an object or person.

(2) Rear video systems means a device installed on a truck, which will allow the driver to view on a video monitor, mounted inside the cab, a minimum distance of six feet to the rear and encompass the width of the rear of the vehicle in order to detect a person or object.

(3) Rear object detection system or other device means a device installed on a truck which will alert the driver by means of a visual and audible warning indicator inside the cab, of a person or object within a minimum distance of six feet to the rear and encompass the width of the rear of the vehicle

(4) Enclosed walk-in delivery bay means a compartment in a vehicle used for storing or transporting cargo, which is accessible from the driver's compartment and/or the rear of the cargo area and/or the side of the cargo area.

(b) This section shall be deemed repealed if any federal agency or any court of competent jurisdiction determines that this act would render New York State ineligible for the receipt of federal funds.


At present we have only two new members to be inducted into our Society at the January meeting. There is a waiting list for Associate Members to be inducted. Please talk up the Society with everyone you encounter and get some new blood in here. I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season and see you at the January meeting.


For our January program, Mr. Dennis Gahr of the Trucklite Corporation will give a presentation on L.E.D. truck lighting systems and the advantages they have for fleets verses the use of incandescent lights. He will also discuss the L.E.D. lighting meeting the requirements of D.O.T., S.A.E., and FMVSS108.


I received a letter from retired Member Joseph Valenti in response to a letter I sent out to our Life Members and retired Members. Joe states he is OK although he suffered a minor stroke due to the heat in August and was hospitalized for a fever infection in October. He says he is well now and will be traveling to Florida and the Dominican Republic in January. Joe misses all of us and hopes to make it to a meeting in the springtime.


Congratulations to the recipients of the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship awarded at the Annual Scholarships Awards Dinner. They were:

Gregory Blane - son of Member Mitchell Blane
Lisa Grasso - stepdaughter of Member Vincent Gulotta
Brenda Keegan - niece of Member Mortimer O'Sullivan

January is the start of our new year for the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship. Please remember that to be eligible for a scholarship, you must fulfill your meeting attendance requirement of attending six out of the eight monthly meetings.


We had 250 people attend our Scholarship Awards Dinner at Leonard's of Great
Neck. All 200 brick tickets were sold and Mr. Wayne Baron of Gasoline Installations was the winner of the Grand Prize. Wayne graciously donated $1,000.00 to the Society towards
sponsoring the cocktail hour at our annual Golf Outing.

I want to thank all the Members that helped to sell the Brick tickets, which offsets much of the dinner cost. Special thanks go out to Bill McVeigh and Bill Ross for their efforts to make the awards dinner such a success.

We will begin to work on plans for the Kiddy Picnic in May and the Golf Outing in June. I hope to have dates for you by the February Newsletter.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

2/2 Marty Vavrinec
2/4 Lorraine Ferraro (George)
2/6 Edward McCormack
2/6 Paul Messuri
2/7 Patricia Harte (Tim)
2/8 Gloria Gick (James)
2/10 Phillip Dutot
2/11 Dennis Roskop
2/13 Jody Heitner (Mark)
2/13 Alan Klebanoff
2/14 Samuel Blakley
2/17 Lee Balazs (Louis)
2/17 Cathy Wyman (Kenneth)
2/18 Emma Colageo (Joseph Milea)
2/19 Raymond Kearney
2/20 Joan Martell (Fred)
2/21 Joseph Valenti
2/22 Anthony Falconiere
2/23 William Misita
2/23 Rosalie Pepe (Peter)

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