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December 2004



Thank you, one and all, for coming out to our November meeting to hear what Ford had to say about their 2005 lineup. The turnout was great and we'd like to see you back for our January meeting.

In the meantime, please take the time to call one of the Board Members to purchase a "Brick Ticket" for our annual drawing. We could really use your support, and the time is running out. I trust you'll do your part.

Please also take advantage of the heavily subsidized Scholarship Awards Dinner, scheduled for Jan 15th at Leonard's of Great Neck. The event is the highlight of the year for us and at $150.00 per couple you can't beat the price. You'd be hard-pressed to duplicate such and evening at "twice the price"! Come out and join us for the "holidays" in the middle of January! Guaranteed, you'll have a ball.

As the holidays approach for us all, please take the time necessary to reflect on how truly fortunate we are to live in this great country, only moments away from the greatest city in the world. Give some thought to the men and women who provide that benefit to us and the fact that they will be somewhere else for "their holidays". Continue to care for those you love and do something, if you can, for someone less fortunate. This is the true spirit of the season.

When all is said and done, allow yourself the opportunity to enjoy the happenings around you. Life is short, indeed.

From all of us to all of you and yours, may you have the season every child hopes for and the healthiest and most prosperous New Year.

Happy Holidays and may God watch over our troops around the world.


Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Bylaw I Membership

1. This Committee consisting of a Chairperson and (4) four Members determine the qualifications of the applicant for Membership in the Society.

This Committee shall meet to consider all new applicants and reclassification of present Members. A minimum of (3) three Members shall be in attendance at such meeting before action can be taken.

The Chairperson of this Committee shall obtain information pertinent to the qualifications of all applicants from (3) three references, (1) one of whom shall be the sponsor. Any Member who shall be subject to review for reclassification shall be notified in writing by the Chairperson of the Membership Committee prior to any presentation to the full Membership. He shall have the right to present his/her facts before the Membership Committee as well as the Executive Committee. When all information is obtained and considered, the recommendation of this Committee shall then be submitted to the Executive Committee for action. Following this, acceptance and grade of Membership shall be presented at a regular meeting for action by Members.

2. Any delinquent Member may be dropped. Any Member may be dropped for unbecoming conduct, upon vote of (2/3) two thirds of the entire Executive Committee, but only after the charges against said Member have been formally preferred, sent to him in writing, and an opportunity to be heard thereon has been granted.

3. Effective January 1, 1977, any Member who changes job classification shall be subject to review by the Membership Committee. A Member who has worked in a Fleet Supervisors capacity for at least (20) twenty or more years shall not be subject to re-classification. Any change in Membership will become effective the following fiscal year and said Member will be subject to the dues as solicited in bylaw ix dues for that classification.

4. The Associate Member has the right to have a substitute represent him/her at a maximum of (3) three regular meetings per year. The substitute must be employed by the same company as the Associate.

5. When an Associate Member resigns from the Society, the company for which that person works is likewise removed from the roster. The Executive Board, may, however, extend the courtesy to the company to suggest a replacement for the former Member. The new candidate must fill out an application and meet all requirements for Membership. In the event that the Executive Board approves the new Member, that person will be admitted to the Society immediately, avoiding being placed on a waiting list for Membership. This will not affect the ration of our Membership.

6. The Associate Members' dues will include a monthly Newsletter advertisement, a full page ad in the Journal and a Golf Outing hole sponsorship. (Added 5/17/95)

6A. For those Associate Members joining after June, their dues shall include a full-page ad in the Journal and (1/2) one half year (5 issues) of monthly Newsletter advertisements. (Added 5/15/96)

7. The OEM Members' dues will include a monthly Newsletter advertisement, a full-page ad in the Journal and a Golf Outing hole sponsorship (Amended 5/17/00)

7A. For those OEM Members joining after June, their dues shall include a full-page ad in the Journal and (1/2) one half year (5 issues) of monthly Newsletter advertisements.

8. Life Members will be able to attend the regular monthly meetings at no charge. (Added 5/21/97)


2005 Membership dues invoices have been mailed to all dues paying Members. If you have not received your dues notice, please contact me for a duplicate copy at (908) 655-2100 ext. 4619 or by email at [email protected]

Our survey for the number of vehicles the Society of Fleet Supervisors has control or influence over has ended. We have a total of 90,859 vehicles. Thank you to all the Members who participated. Congratulations to Member Steven Huresky of New York Container Terminal who was the winner of the Society logo'd clock that was chosen at random drawing for participating in the survey.

Our newest Member Steve Monahan of Suffolk County Water Authority invites you to visit their web site at

Congratulations to the following Members for attending all of the meetings during 2004:

Richard Chan
George Ferraro
Richard Fevang
Robert Lagnese
William Misita
Michael Natoli
Carl Orza
Robert Spiotto
Nuno Tardo

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 118
Life Members 15
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 44
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 1
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 2
Student Members 0
Total Membership 183

Attendance at the November meeting:
Members 52
Guests 25
Total 77

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Bill Misita, Retired - 97, 9/92 -
George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. - 70, 5/94 - 5/03
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford - 63, 3/89 - 1/97
Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University - 62, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Delta Transmissions - 60, 3/97 -
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
Nuno Tardo, Retired - 36, 3/97 - 10/01
Bill Ross, Sprague Energy - 33, 11/95 - 1/00


To all of those who have contributed to the 2004 Society Of Fleet Supervisors Journal, we would like to extend to you our heart-felt thanks. You have helped us assemble a Journal worthy of this great organization. With your generosity and with your support of both this Society and that of our honoree Nick Markatos, we believe that you have helped to make this years Journal one of the finest ever. We thank all of you who have made this years Journal what it is, a testament to our great Society and its Membership and our truly deserving Member Of The Year, Nick Markatos.

With our deepest sincerity we say once again, Thank You and wish you all a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!


Inducted at the November meeting:
· Steven Monahan, Fleet Manager for Suffolk County Water of Oakdale, NY as a Member. Steve is responsible for spec'ing, procurement, maintenance and disposal of all company equipment and vehicles for a public utility fleet of 345 vehicles.


Douglas Grant, Commercial Truck Area Manager, for Ford Motor Co.'s Commercial Truck Sales and Marketing Division presented a very informative program on Ford's new low cab forward truck, the latest addition to the Ford Tough Truck Family. We also thank Ford Motor Co. for sponsoring the cocktail hour.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Bruce Perlmutter of Mondial Automotive. Bruce donated his proceeds to the Scholarship fund.


We are looking for suggestions for programs for our April and May meetings. Please contact me if you have an idea for a presentation and I could search for someone to cover the subject or if you have a program you wish to present. We have programs booked for the January, February and March meetings. Have a happy Holiday Season.


We are no longer accepting applications for the 2004 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship. We have received a total of 13 applications. Four of the applicants were not eligible or did not meet the attendance requirement. Of the nine applicants that qualify, eight will be drawn from a random drawing at the Annual Scholarships Awards Dinner, which will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2005. Please come join us in awarding eight $1,000.00 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarships on that night.

We will be accepting applications for the 2005 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship on January 1, 2005. Please remember that the 2005 Scholarship has a revised attendance requirement. All applicants will be required to attend 15 meetings in the previous three years before they are eligible for a scholarship.


A great big thank you goes out to Laban Equipment for their donation of $150.00 to jump start the 2005 Kiddy Picnic fund.

As you all know Christmas is just around the corner so I'd like to remind everyone to make your reservations for the 2004 Annual Scholarships Awards Dinner to be held on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at Leonard's of Great Neck. The cocktail hour is from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM and dinner and awards ceremony from 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM. The costs of the tickets are still only $150.00 per couple for a great evening.

We also have our 10,000 Bricks raffle tickets that are available for $100.00 each. Only 200 tickets will be sold so you have great chance of winning this year's prize. Good luck to all! To reserve your lucky ticket number or purchase tickets, please call Michael Cordiello at (718) 239-1311 or Pat De Martino at (718) 904-4688. Thank you once again.


No news is good news on the health and welfare of our Membership. It was good to see Member Vincent Cinotti at our November meeting well recovered from his heart surgery.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
1/1 Deborah Blakley (Samuel)
1/2 Martin Mandel
1/2 Edward Williams
1/3 Valentina Thomaidis
1/7 John Logerfo
1/9 Lillian Atkins (James)
1/9 Arthur Lewis
1/12 Peter Domante
1/12 Mark Kodner
1/20 Jeanne Bald (Norman)
1/20 Henry Consiglio
1/20 Robert Fauci
1/22 John Collura
1/23 John Davis
1/24 Marie Collura (John)
1/24 Edward Sauchelli
1/25 Julia Macaluso (Salvatore)
1/26 Norman Bald
1/26 Patricia Davis (John)
1/28 Patricia Dejana (James)
1/28 Pasquale Taddeo
1/29 Carl Orza
1/31 Robert Crandall

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