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February 2004


Well finally Mother Nature cooperated with us and we were able to have our Scholarship Awards Dinner. The affair was excellent and everyone had a great time.

My congratulations to Nick Markatos for a great event and for being chosen the 2004 Member Of The Year.

I hope to see everyone at the February meeting.


This is just a reminder that we are at the New Hyde Park Inn for all meetings through the May 2004.

It was good to see that we had in attendance at our January meeting the 2003 Hank Hasiwar Scholarship recipients Michael Engstrom and Edward Brunnhoelzl. They seem to be very interested in what we do and they came to learn from our programs. This is what the Society is hoping for as we move ahead into the future.

The EXPO 2004 on Wednesday, April 28th is just around the corner. Get your exhibit table reservations in now. Use the exhibitor's application included in this month's Newsletter or you may download a copy from our web site at anytime. Exhibit booths are limited and are on a first come, first served basis. Call me for more information at (718) 388-0426.

Every member will soon be receiving an opinion survey from the Society. The purpose of this survey is to provide feedback for the Diesel Technology program, which is jointly sponsored by the Society of Fleet Supervisors and Farmingdale State University. The survey results will allow us to identify the specific needs of our Members and to better serve these needs.

As Members, your input is crucial in determining the effectiveness of the Diesel Technology program in preparing qualified technicians for the field. It will be well worth the few minutes you spend completing this important survey.


Bylaws change proposals must be submitted in writing before the March meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Bylaw II Duties of Officers

1. The executive power in the Society is vested in the President, who shall preside at all meetings. He shall have the power to call special meetings of the Committees or the Society at his/her discretion. With the approval of the majority of the other Members of the Executive Committee, he shall appoint Officers to fill vacancies until the May meeting. He shall be ex-officio Member of all Committees and shall have general supervision of all activities.

2. The First Vice President shall perform the duties of the President in his/her absence or when requested by him to do so. The Second Vice President shall perform the duties of the First Vice President and for the Secretary in his/her absence or as requested by the President.

3. The Secretary shall record the minutes of all minutes of the Society, conduct all correspondence and perform all duties incidental to his/her office. He/she is obligated to turn over all records and minutes of the office of Secretary to the incoming elected President at the time of his/her installation.

4. The Treasurer shall receive, acknowledge and deposit all funds and sign all checks and contracts authorized by the Executive Committee. He shall submit a monthly statement at the monthly meeting. He shall, at the May meeting submit an audited report of the funds of the Society for the year expiring April 30.


The next time you are surfing the Internet, our Members from Bruno Truck Sales Corp. invite you to visit their web sites at and

Our newest Associate Member, Universal Auto Group invites you to visit their website at

Our Member Internet Directory has grown to almost 60 web sites. If you have a web site and it is not listed in our directory or not linked on our Members Links page on our web site, please contact me with your web address to get it listed.

Pictures from the 2003 Scholarship Awards Dinner are now available for viewing on our web site at

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 125
Life Members 15
Editorial Members 1
Associate Members 44
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 1
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 2
Total Membership 191

Attendance at the January meeting:
Members 57
Guests 14
Total 71

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Bill Misita, Retired - 90, 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 - 55, 1/97 -
John Cigna, Retired - 50, 2/94 - 3/00
Carl Orza, Retired - 53, 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


Congratulations to Associate Member Nick Markatos of CDM Tire Supply, our honoree for the 2004 Member of the Year! Nick's hard work these past few years spending a lot of time and effort in the Special Activities Committee brought us fantastic Kiddy Picnics, great Golf Outings and excellent Scholarship Awards Dinners. Let's get out there, solicit Journal ads, and help make this year's Journal one that is befitting of Nick. Please use the Journal application included in this Newsletter or download a copy from our web site.


David Phillips, Vice President of Worldwide Operations for Hersham, USA, Inc. presented our January program on the Smart Brake, a guillotine style endurance brake.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Prodromos Angelopoulos of Atlantic Para Transit.


We had a good month for the Membership Committee! We inducted three full Members and one Associate Member.

Don't forget to talk about the Society to all those you encounter in our industry. Let's get some more candidates for membership and help the Society grow.

Congratulations to Alan Taub who has been elected to Honorary Member status. Alan was formerly the Associate Member representative for South Shore Tire and Rubber and Custom Bandag and has retired from the Industry.

Inducted at the January meeting:

· James O'Neil, Vice President, Fleet Maintenance for FMI Trucking of Carteret, NJ as a Member. Jim oversees three shops, the purchase and sale of equipment, purchase of all parts and tires for a 135 vehicle trucking fleet.
· Prodromos Angelopoulos, Quality Control of Maintenance for Atlantic Para Transit of Maspeth, NY as a Member. Angelo oversees quality control of maintenance and mechanics for the 300 vehicle transportation fleet
· William Ottesen, Warranty Administrator for We Transport / Towne Bus of Bayshore, NY as a Member. Bill assists the Director of Maintenance, oversees warranty claims, parts ordering and accident repairs for a 1,100 vehicle school bus fleet.
· Robert Adelson, Fleet Manager for Universal Auto Group of Long Island City, NY as an Associate Member. Bob is in fleet sales for a Ford and Isuzu new truck dealer.


The New York State Department of Transportation Motor Truck Safety Division will present the February program. The presentation will cover new rules and general safety topics.


I received a letter from Life Member Ralph Provisiero and states he is doing well and enjoying his retirement in Florida. He regrets missing the November meeting and program as Autocar Trucks bring back many memories for him from his early days. He informs us that he met Life Member Joseph Perin in Florida and he is looking great. Both send their regards and congratulate the Society on the good work we are doing.


Congratulations to the six 2003 recipients of the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship of $1,000.00 each to:
· Veronica Biscesli, granddaughter of Life Member Anthony Falconiere, attending Penn State University
· Lisa Carpenter, daughter-in-law of Member Frank Carpenter, attending Dowling College
· Andrew Gartman, son of Member Robert Gartman, attending Saint Anselm College
· Jennifer Harte, daughter of Member Tim Harte, attending Fordham University
· Kathleen Orza, daughter-in-law of Member Carl Orza, attending Adelphi University
· Elaine Skinner, wife of Member Keith Skinner, attending Katherine Gibbs School

We are now accepting Scholarship applications for the 2004 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship. Applications are available on our web site


On a very sad note, I must inform the Membership of the passing of Life Member William Maher on January 22, 2004 at the age of 88. Bill was a Member of the Society since 1957. He was our Member of the Year in 1980 and served as President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chairman of the Health & Welfare Committee and the Entertainment Committee. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.

Get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Josephine Carpenter, wife of Member Frank Carpenter, recovering from shoulder surgery on January 6th.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
3/3 Joseph Perin
3/5 Nestor Zaragoza
3/6 Janet Natale (Anthony)
3/7 Alan Taub
3/8 Edgar Bondy
3/8 Joseph Milea
3/8 Mauretta Scano (Michael)
3/10 Frank Almona
3/10 Peggy McElhinney
3/11 Roger Dent
3/11 Michael Scano
3/13 Michael Bradley
3/18 Donald Aull
3/20 Marianne Perin (Joseph)
3/21 Susan Bellack (Larry)
3/22 Dolly Taddeo (Pasquale)
3/23 Louise Ravner (Jody)
3/26 Charlotte Princiotta (Joseph)
3/29 Bill D'Emic
3/29 Ronald Gulmi
3/29 Salvatore Macaluso
3/30 Patricia Raff (Garry)
3/31 Cynthia Roskop (Dennis)


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