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November 2003


First, I would like to wish every one a healthy and happy Thanksgiving. I can't believe how fast the year is going by.

Unfortunately, I was out of town and unable to attend the October meeting, but I hear that Allison gave an excellent presentation.

Autocar is our program presenter for the November meeting and they are going to discuss the change in the company since it's separation from Volvo.

Hope to see you all there.


Our general meetings will be held at the New Hyde Park Inn, New Hyde Park through the May 2004 meetings.

The EXPO 2004 will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at the New Hyde Park Inn. Flyers for registration are available in this issue or on our web site to download.

It was great to have the students from Farmingdale University at our October meeting. There is still time to get your support letters to me for your support of the Diesel Technician program that we are trying to get started at Farmingdale.


We have received a few Bylaw Change proposals for 2004. If you have a Bylaw that you would like to see changed, please submit your proposal in writing no later than the March 2004 meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Article III Membership

2E. Apprentice Fleet Supervisor: shall include those actively engaged in the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles on a class "A" level and not actively participating in sales. To qualify for this grade, a person must have completed at least (1) one step of the A.S.E. (Automotive Service Excellence program) or obtain a written statement from his/her employer stating that he/she is actively employed as a class "A" technician. This person must also have at least (3) three years experience in supervising mechanics. This grade shall come under the same guidelines as a Member grade except for the purpose to run for office, vote or serve on the Executive Board. The purpose of this Membership grade is to aid, train and develop automotive technicians to insure they will meet the qualifications of a fleet supervisor when in the future they have the opportunity to apply for this position. (Added 5/19/93)

2F. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM): shall include those companies which produces the product, not a distributor or dealer. It shall be noted that the company is the Member, not the individual. (Added 5/17/95)

3. A fleet shall be composed of at least (5) five vehicles.

3A. Membership from any one organization shall be limited as follows:
Less than (35) thirty five vehicles - (1) one Member; (35) thirty five to (70) seventy vehicles - (2) two Members; (71) seventy one or more - (3) three Members.

3B. In the case of a large company where there are (2) two or more centers of operation: each center shall be permitted to have Membership in accordance with 3a.

4. Associate Membership limited to (33%) thirty three percent of Member grade. (Amended 5/17/95)

4A. Associate Membership limited to (1) one representative from any organization. (Amended 5/17/95)

5. OEM Membership shall be limited to (1) one representative from any organization. (Added 5/17/95)


2003 Constitution and Rosters will be available by request only. If you did not receive your copy, please drop me a note and I will get one out to you.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 119
Life Members 16
Editorial Members 1
Associate Members 43
Honorary Members 2
Original Equipment Manufacturer 0
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 2

Total Membership 183

Attendance at the October meeting:
Members 45
Guests 27
Total 72

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Bill Misita, Jellinek Auto Radiator - 88, 9/92 -
George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. - 70, 5/94 - 5/03
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford - 63, 3/89 - 1/97
Robert Lagnese, SUNY, Farmingdale - 53, 1/97 -
John Cigna, Retired - 50, 2/94 - 3/00
Carl Orza, Retired - 51, 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


Many thanks to the Society Members who enthusiastically greeted the seven Farmingdale University Automotive Engineering students at our October General Meeting. It was an eye opening experience for them and they were very impressed by the program and the Members. Pat Cohen's Fleet Management class meets each Tuesday evening in Farmingdale at 6:00 PM until December 2nd. Any Member wishing to come and speak to the students about career choices, industry trends or any other automotive issue of interest are welcome to come up and do so. The students' attendance at the General meeting was a positive experience for them and I believe we can affect their lives, as well as the future of the Society and the Automotive Industry in general, by being the exceptional role models that we are.


Our Journal for 2003 has been closed out and sent to the printer. Journals will be available at the Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner.


The New York State Department of Transportation announced recently it was studying the existing truck route network in all five boroughs with the intent of making sure 18- wheelers stay on designated routes and do not improperly use residential streets. The Bronx said the study would also determine whether additional streets in the city should be off limits to tractor-trailers.

The current effort to review the truck routes really started five years ago, according to Keith Kalb a public information officer with the New York City D.O.T. At that time, the city's effort generated criticism from the public and elected officers. The controversy was further inflamed after a girl was run over by a truck in the Hunts Point area. D.O.T. has met with a number of groups from the trucking industry. Further contact with the trucking interests is planned.


Brian J. Mullarney, Detroit Diesel Territory Manager for Atlantic Detroit Diesel-Allison of Middletown, CT and Mike McNeil, Jr., Operations Manager for Atlantic Detroit Diesel-Allison of Ronkonkoma, NY presented our October program. They had a very informative program on the Allison Electric Drive Transmission that power transit buses. Having buses equipped with Allison's diesel-electric system, bus fuel economy could improve 60 percent, reducing smog and related respiratory ailments as buses burn fewer gallons of diesel oil. Their presentation also included a short movie on the electric drive and featured Bill Nye "The Science Guy".

Member Carl Orza was presented with a plaque in recognition of attending 50 consecutive meetings.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Alex Zelek, Farmingdale University student.


We still have a lot of work to do to bring in new Members to our Society. At present we have a waiting list of Associate Members but based on our ratio of Members to Associates we need regular Members to bring these people in. Whatever you can do to help out and promote the Society out in the field would be appreciated by all.

Members on the move:

· Member Nicholas Pavlides is now with Atlantic Express, Inc. at their Jamaica, NY facility. Nick is the 2nd shift Shop Foreman and oversees 300+ school buses.

· Member Roger Romance is now with Metro Fuel Oil Corp of Brooklyn, NY. Roger is the Assistant Transportation Supervisor and oversees 60 vehicles and 55 drivers.


Autocar LLC will sponsor the cocktail hour and present the November program. Autocar LLC is the newest heavy-duty truck company but is the oldest vehicle nameplate in continuous production in the United States. They are based out of Union city, Indiana. Their presentation will be on their history, products and future.


I sent out letters to our retired Members to check on their health and welfare.

I received a letter from Member Joe Valenti who states everything is going well for him. He had a beautiful summer and been very busy going down to the casinos in Atlantic City and presently taking a cruise trip to Canada. He has plans to do a lot of traveling going to Florida after the cruise, Punta Cuna, Dominican Republic in February and Hawaii in May. He hopes to get up here to attend a meeting and sends his regards to everyone.


Congratulations to our 2003 Hank Hasiwar Scholarship recipients Edward Brunnhoelzl of Levittown, NY and Michael Engstrom of Lindenhurst, NY. Both scholarship recipients are expected to graduate from the Automotive Engineering Technology program with an Associate in Applied Science from Farmingdale University in May of 2004. Mr. Brunnhoelzl will continue his studies towards a Bachelors degree in Automotive Management, while Mr. Engstrom has not decided on a program in which to continue his studies. Good luck to both of them and may someday they will be able to join our ranks.

Last call for submitting applications for the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship. November is also the last meeting to complete your attendance requirement. If you do not have the required attendance of five meetings this year and miss this meeting, you will automatically be ineligible for the scholarship. Winners of the SFS Scholarship will be announced at the Annual Scholarships Awards Dinner on Saturday, December 6th.


Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Associate Member Nicholas Markatos and family on the passing of his mother on September 27th.

Congratulations to Honorary Member Bill Misita on the birth of his granddaughter, Christina Marie Misita on October 9, 2003. Christina weighed in at six pounds, ten ounces.

Congratulations to Member Jack Lawson on the birth of his grandson, Kevin Lawson Cahill on October 10, 2003. Kevin weighed in at seven pounds, five ounces.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Member George Ferraro's wife, Lorraine, for a hospitalized illness on October 10, 2003.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

12/1 Donna Calder (Douglas)
12/3 Anthony Natale
12/4 Ruth Bondy (Edgar)
12/5 Geraldine Stagnitta (Thomas)
12/7 Valerie Varonier (Victor)
12/8 John Costantin
12/8 Sybil Fisher (James)
12/12 Floyd Hart
12/13 Margo Clark (Stanley)
12/13 Dennis Madden
12/13 John Shopis
12/12 Nardine Yopp (Richard)
12/15 Lawrence Straker
12/17 Thomas Volpe
12/18 Robin Gartman (Robert)
12/18 Debbie McVeigh (William)
12/19 Karen Natoli (Michael)
12/20 Roy Burgin
12/21 William McVeigh
12/23 Karen Tesi (Salvatore)
12/24 Charles Brocher
12/25 Eliana Mordekovich (Avi)
12/25 Heidi Rubin (Bruce)
12/26 Judith Bloom (Leon)
12/28 John Messina


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