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March 2004

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT - WILLIAM MCVEIGH

It was good to see so many Members at the February meeting.

I thought the presentation given by John Connelly from the New York State Department of Transportation was excellent.

I was pleased to see involvement by the students from Farmingdale. This is the direction we need to pursue and get more young people involved in our organization.

I hope to see you all at the March meeting.

ARRANGEMENTS - CHEECH ALMONA

Time is ticking away and our EXPO is getting closer. Please get your exhibit table reservations in before it is too late. Based on the past few years, we will sell out all of our tables so don't be left out. Flyers and free admission tickets will be going out in the mail shortly. Please distribute the tickets to all those you think will benefit from our EXPO. If you need more tickets, please call me at (718) 388-0426 or you can order tickets online at our web site at www.sfsny.org.

You will be receiving a survey letter in the mail that we ask you to fill out and return to us. The purpose of the letter is to provide feedback for the Diesel Technology program, which is sponsored by the Society and Farmingdale State University. This survey will allow us to identify the specific needs of our Members and to better serve those needs. Please use the pre-paid, self address envelope that will accompany the survey. Your input will be crucial in determining the effectiveness of the Diesel Technology program in preparing qualified technicians for the field. Thanks in advance for your response.

BYLAWS - TIM HARTE

This is the last call for any Bylaw Change proposal to be submitted for this year. All proposals shall be read at the April meeting and voted upon at the May meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:

Bylaw IV Duties of Standing Committees

Membership: This Committee consisting of a Chairperson and (4) four Members shall 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 of the committee shall be in attendance at such meeting before action can be taken.

The Chairperson of this Committee shall obtain, in writing information pertinent to the qualifications of all applicants from (3) three references, 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 regular meeting for action by Members.

The Chairperson shall issue new Members upon acceptance at a monthly meeting, a copy of the Constitution and the Bylaws, the Society pin and Certificate of Membership.

Special Activities: This Committee Consisting of a Chairperson and (3) three or more Members shall report on all special activities, special events and entertainment for the Society. Records pertaining to function attendance and moneys received or expended shall be recorded on a computer system with a printout of the final cost available to the Executive Board.

Programs: This Committee, consisting of a Chairperson and (2) two Members, shall arrange in advance and engage speakers to present topics, interesting and instructive, for each regular meeting.

Arrangements: This committee, consisting of a Chairperson and (2) two Members, shall make all arrangements for the meeting place of the Society.

DATA SERVICES - RICHARD CHAN

Please visit our Associate Member Superior Distributors, Inc. web site the next time you on the Internet at http://www.superiordistributorsinc.com/. Please check out the web site of our newest Associate Member, American Patriot Glass, Inc. at http://www.americanpatriotglass.com.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 125
Life Members 15
Editorial Members 1
Associate Members 43
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 1
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 2
Total Membership 190

Attendance at the February meeting:
Members 46
Guests 15
Total 61

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Bill Misita, Retired - 91, 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 - 56, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Retired - 54, 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

JOURNAL - MARK KODNER

It's not too early to get your journal ads in to honor this year's recipient Nicholas Markatos. Please use the journal ad application supplied in this issue of the Newsletter or you can download one from our web site.

LEGISLATIVE - JACK LAWSON

U.S. and Japan agree to work on hydrogen, fuel cells
The U.S. and Japan have agreed to pursue pre-competitive research and development in the field of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. The two countries say they will bring together officials and technical experts to participate in workshops and seminars, as well as exchange experts and share information on current polices, technological programs, and developments in the area of fuel cells and hydrogen production, storage, and transport technologies.

MEETING HIGHLIGHTS - PATRICIA COHEN

John Connolly, Intermodal Transportation Specialist I, Upstate Safety Section of the New York State Dept. of Transportation presented a program packed with information on hours of service, haz-mat, safety, new initiatives, highway rules and regulations and what is happening in the Dept. of Transportation of New York today.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Member Frank Carpenter of We Transport / Towne Bus who donated his proceeds to the Kiddy Picnic.

MEMBERSHIP - GEORGE FERRARO

At present we have some openings for Associate Members to come in. Within the next month or so we will be inducting at least four Associates. We need full Members to be able to keep our Society viable and strong. Please help and pass the word to all Fleet Managers you meet daily.

If you have not paid your 2004 dues by now, your membership in the Society has been deemed delinquent and you are subject to being dropped from the Society roster. Please get your dues check in by the end of the month to continue your membership.

Inducted at the February meeting:
Linda McCabe, President of American Patriot Glass, Inc. of Islip, NY as an Associate Member. Linda oversees the hands on day-to-day development and growth of the mobile auto glass replacement and repair company. The company operates five vehicles.

PROGRAMS - LOUIS BALAZS


Time Manufacturing Corp. and Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment presents our March program on Demystifying Aerial Bucket Trucks and sponsors the cocktail hour. The program will discuss the manufacturing, procuring, maintaining and everything you need to know about aerial devices.


SCHOLARSHIP - CARL ORZA

The Executive Board has determined that the Society of Fleet Supervisor, Inc. Scholarship will distribute eight $1000.00 scholarships for 2004. There will also be two $1000.00 scholarships to be awarded for the Hank Hasiwar Scholarship for 2004.

We are now accepting applications for the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship. If at all possible, please submit your applications as soon as possible so we can start the eligibility checks on your candidate.


WELFARE & EMPLOYMENT - JOHN COSTANTIN

Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Associate Member Mike Cafiero and family on the passing of his mother on Saturday, January 31, 2004.

Get-well wishes and speedy recovery go out to Member Frank Carpenter who is recovering from surgery on February 18th.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

4/2 Phyllis Kodner (Mark)
4/3 Jennifer Davidson (Edward)
4/4 Anna Provisiero (Ralph)
4/6 Josephine Logan (Robert)
4/7 Ivan Crandon
4/10 Kuen-Ah Polanco (James)
4/12 Richard Fevang
4/14 Ruth Dutot (Phil)
4/14 Marion Taub (Alan)
4/17 Fred Martell
4/20 Gino Arbasetti
4/22 Stephen Dardzinski
4/23 Richard Scortino
4/23 Nuno Tardo
4/25 Mortimer O'Sullivan
4/25 Cynthia Ottesen
4/26 Edward Davidson
4/27 Tom Mitrakos
4/30 Robert Johanson

 


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