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May 2004


Our thanks go out to Bill Ross and Steve Levy of Spague Energy for their informative program on Ultra Low Diesel Fuel. This is the way federal legislation will be leading us in terms of diesel emissions for the future.

Unfortunately due to the cancellation of our scheduled May meeting program, we have tentatively scheduled an emissions technology presentation.

Mike Iannizzi informs us he will have one of the best if not the best Kiddy Picnic scheduled for Sunday, May 23rd. He will have lots of toys and activities for the kids and hopes to bring a carnival atmosphere to this event. Hope to see you all there.

Nick Markatos has a great Golf Outing planned at the Towers Country Club for us on Monday June 21st.

Our May meeting is always the most important meeting of the year. We have four Bylaw change proposals to vote upon this year and one includes an addition of a new grade of membership. These are important Bylaw changes and I urge you to come to the meeting to cast your vote or send your ballot by proxy through the mail. These Bylaw changes will affect the way the Society is run.

Hope to see you all at the May meeting.


We have just the May meeting left before the summer break and the meeting will be at the New Hyde Park Inn.

Thanks to all those who responded to the survey we had in conjunction with Farmingdale University. We had over a 25% response return. We now have a good idea in the direction we will go with the program. Member Jack Lawson will be representing the Society in helping Farmingdale University implement the program. Hopefully, we will get fresh blood into the transportation industry and eventually into the Society.

Seeing how the EXPO will run after the deadline for the May Newsletter, I will give my report on the 2004 EXPO in the June Newsletter.

There is a Bylaw change proposal to be voted upon at the May meeting for a new grade of Membership - the Student Fleet Supervisor. We need to get students involved in the Society and this is one of the ways we can accomplish this. Please assist us and cast your vote for this Bylaw change.


The following Bylaw change proposals have been submitted and will be voted upon at the May meeting. You may also vote by signing and mailing your proxy letter that you should have received in the mail at the beginning of May to the Secretary.

Proposal #1
Revise Article II, section 2E to read:

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 This grade shall come under the same guidelines as a Member grade except for the purpose to run for office, vote or affect the Member/Associate Member ratio.

Proposal #2
Revise Bylaw IX Dues and Initiation Fee, section 4 to read:

Apprentice Fleet Supervisor - ($15.00) fifteen dollars annually

Proposal #3
The following Article/Bylaw proposal must be voted upon as a package.

Revise Article III Membership to add the following as section 2G:

2G. Student Fleet Supervisor: shall include those that are bona fide students enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or vocational program specializing in the automotive industry. Membership in this grade shall be limited to time while student is enrolled in school and up to one year after graduation from school. This grade shall come under the same guidelines as a Member grade except for the purpose to run for office, vote or affect the Member/Associate Member ratio. The Student Fleet Supervisor may request for transfer to any other grade of Membership he/she is qualified for upon graduation.

Revise Article III Membership section 1 to read:

1. The Membership of the Society shall be composed of (8) eight grades; Member, Associate, Editorial, Honorary, Life, Apprentice Fleet Supervisor, Student Fleet Supervisor and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).

Add to Bylaw IX Dues and Initiation Fee section 4A to read:

Student Fleet Supervisor - Exempt from dues

Proposal #4
Revise Bylaw IV Duties of Standing Committees, Scholarship, Society of Fleet Supervisors Scholarship Fund, paragraph 1 to read:

These scholarships would be awarded to students who are related to any Member of the Society who is in good standing and who attends at least (15) of our regular monthly meetings during the (3) three consecutive years prior to the cut off date of all applications, which is the November general Membership meeting. Members of the Society who have completed (20) twenty years as a Member in good standing and continue to be a Member in good standing, but have relocated to another area that prohibits his/her attending Membership meetings will still qualify for scholarship eligibility. The same will apply to Members voted Life or Honorary Membership. This change to take effect on January 1, 2005.


Please visit the web site of our newest Associate Member from Asplundh Construction at Member Frank Almona would like you to visit Advanced Fleet Maintenance's new web site at Our newest Associate Member Mondial Automotive invites you to visit their web site at

If you have any changes to your home address, phone number or employment, please send me your changes so I can update our records. A new roster will be printed over the summer months for distribution at the September meeting.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 115
Life Members 16
Editorial Members 1
Associate Members 41
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 1
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 2
Total Membership 179

Attendance at the April meeting:
Members 43
Guests 7
Total 50

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Bill Misita, Retired - 93, 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 - 58, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Delta Transmissions - 56, 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


Our Journal is moving right along. We are getting many Journal ad upgrades from our Associate Members. If we haven't contacted you yet, please give us a call if you wish to upgrade your ad. We could use a couple of ads from our regular Members and their vendors. All it takes is to ask your vendor for an ad. Any size ad page from a half page to a platinum page will help us make this year's Journal a success.


Our April program was an interesting presentation by Steven Levy, Director, Sprague Energy of White Plains, NY, on Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel fuel. Steve explained ULSD's many benefits and advantages, how it effects emissions and future regulations concerning diesel emissions.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Bill Ross of Sprague Energy who donated his proceeds to the Scholarship Fund.


We are still looking for candidates that meet the requirements for full Member grade status. Without full Members, we cannot induct the Associate Member grade candidates we have on our waiting list and at the same time maintain our Member/Associate ratio as determined by our Bylaws. If you know of someone that may be interested in Society membership, please bring him or her to a meeting to see what we are all about.

Members on the move:
· Member Roger Dent is now with Texron Commercial Auto Body Works, Inc. of the Bronx, NY.

Inducted at the April meeting:
· Joseph White, Shop Manager for We Transport/Towne Bus of Holbrook, NY as a Member. Joe brings 30 years of experience in the transportation industry to the Society. He supervises 13 shop technicians in the repairs, preventative maintenance, DOT inspections, and the overall daily operations for a school bus fleet of 200 vehicles.
· Mitchell Clark, Sales Manager for Action Tire of Maspeth, NY as an Associate Member. Mitch manages the commercial accounts for the sales and service of truck tires in the NY/NJ metropolitan area. Mitch has been a familiar face at many of our meetings and events for over ten years.


The Nominating Committee consisting of Honorary Member William Misita, Member Dennis Madden, Member Robert Spiotto, Member Michael Bruce and Member Richard Fevang as Chairman has prepared a strong slate to lead us into the future. The proposed slate of Officers is:

For President - Member Dennis Madden of Motive Parts Co.
For 1st Vice President - Member Pat De Martino of Con Edison
For 2nd Vice President - Member Lenny Huffmire of Atlantic Express, Inc.
For Secretary Member - Patricia Cohen, retired
For Treasurer Member - Frank Carpenter of We Transport / Towne Bus

There were no opposing slates nominated from the floor.


We have eight Society of Fleet Scholarships to award this year. Please get your applications in as soon as possible so we can start the reviewing process.

We expect to interview students from Farmingdale University in June for two Hank Hasiwar Scholarships to be awarded in October.


Our Kiddy Picnic is all set for Sunday, May 23 at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow in the Cherry Picnic area of Parking Lot # 5. We have costumed characters, a balloon artist, a face painter and more all lined up for the kids. Forgot to send in your reservation? Fax it now to (516) 944-3562

We would like to thank Associate Member Mondial Automotive for their generous donation of $500.00 to the Kiddy Picnic.

The 17th Annual Golf Classic will be held on Monday, June 21st at the Towers Country Club in Floral Park, NY. There will be a putting and chipping contest before tee off. Please send in your reservations before the June 1st deadline.


It was good to see Member Dennis Roskop back at his post at the sign in desk at the April meeting.

Member John Costantin sends his regards to all. He is home recovering from surgery and expects to be back to work by the beginning of May. He hopes to see us all at the May meeting.

Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Member Jack Lawson and family on the loss of his sister, Doris Savacool.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

6/1 Ann Marie Iannizzi (Michael)
6/2 Georgios Thomaidis (Valentina)
6/5 Rosalie Sciortino (Richard)
6/6 Michael Cordiello
6/7 Kathy Hart (Floyd)
6/8 Steven Milack
6/9 Robert Gartman
6/10 Julie Domante (Peter)
6/11 James McElhinney
6/13 Judi Blane (Mitchell)
6/13 Showky Kaldawy
6/15 Steven Huresky
6/20 Susan Pastor (George)
6/24 Richard Chan
6/24 Blanca Nunez (Juan)
6/25 Marie Milack (Steven)
6/26 Robert Spiotto
6/27 Thomas Gelinas
6/28 John Iannotta
6/29 Leonard Huffmire

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