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November 2004



Thank you all for the wonderful attendance at our October meeting. The final count was 103 folks and the room sure did look like meetings from years ago. Please keep up the good work, and come up and let us know what you see and how you like it. We'd like your input, honestly.

Thanks to Joe Valenti for gracing us with his presence and that of his "best lady" Joan. It was wonderful to see you there again Joe. And to all of our Life Members, we'd love to see you as well. Many of the guys haven't moved away and show up regularly, or, like in the case of Bill Misita, has moved away, but can't stay away! Thanks for coming out guys, and thanks for all your comments and support. We know we're on the right track.

Jamie arranged a great presentation, having GMC bring us up to speed on their current line of light and medium products. Next month will be Ford's turn to enlighten us, so please turn out for that one. If you have any ideas for programs you'd like to see, call Jamie Dejana and let him know. We'll do our best to get you what you want.

In that same light, just like the Marines, "we're looking for a few good men" and women, to join our Standing Committees and lend a hand. Believe me, its not going to produce a sweat! Just let us know you're willing and we'll get you with someone that will show you the ropes. It doesn't involve travel and won't take 3 hours a month, I promise! Lend a hand, 'cause "we're all in this together"!

In the next few months, we'll be having some training sessions on various areas of expertise. We will make you aware of these as they are firmed up, but the intent is to have them during the winter, when little else would normally be going on. We hope you'll take advantage when the time comes.

Thanks again, for the turnout at October's meeting. It goes a long way to showing your support for the Society by just coming out for the meetings. Please, keep it up!


We have received some Bylaw change proposals already. Anyone wishing to submit a Bylaw change proposal must do so in writing no later than the March meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Article X

1. All Members in time of hardship will be dealt with equally. The Executive Committee, under the President, shall be the final interpreter and make available a sum of ($250.00) two hundred fifty dollars. In addition any Member who becomes disabled or cannot work due to physical condition can have his/her dues deferred for the length of his/her disability, but the dues deferment is to be reviewed by the Executive Committee yearly.


If you haven't received your 2004 Constitution and Roster, please contact me and I will mail one out to you.

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 117
Life Members 15
Editorial Members 1
Associate Members 44
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 1
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 2
Total Membership 183

Attendance at the October meeting:
Members 56
Guests 47
Total 103

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Bill Misita, Retired - 96, 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 - 61, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Delta Transmissions - 59, 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


The deadline to place a Journal ad is November 15th, 2004; the date of the next General meeting that's a couple of days away.

Last month I had asked for the support of our Membership to step up to the plate and make this year's Journal ad response worthy of our Membership. I am sincerely grateful to those of you who did step up to the plate and drive in home runs. Your support is greatly appreciated! However, we have some innings left to play.

I am asking those Members who have not upgraded their ad to please do so. I am also asking that each of our Members (who haven't already done so), get a commitment from one of their vendors to place a Journal ad. We, the Society and Nick Markatos our honoree, need and deserve your support.

Your generosity of the past month has been overwhelming. Let's continue that momentum with more requests for Journal ads.

Journal ad forms are located within this monthly Newsletter and or can be downloaded from our website.


Congratulations go out to Member Nicholas Pavlides on his retirement from Atlantic Express Inc.

Inducted at the October meeting:
· Mario Mucciacciaro, Senior Supervisor for KeySpan of Brooklyn, NY as a Member. Mario supervises technicians on the maintenance of 500 vehicles that are owned or leased by KeySpan.


John Taylor, Manager Corporate Fleet Sales for General Motors Isuzu Commercial Truck and Robert Martin, Fleet Account Executive for General Motors Corp presented the October program on GM's new fleet products preview for 2005. We thank them for providing a dozen model GMC trucks that were given out by random drawing at the end of the night. Our thanks also go out to Member Tom Volpe and Van Buren Truck Sales for sponsoring the cocktail hour.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Anthony Cavuoto of Delta Transmissions. Tony donated his proceeds to the Scholarship fund.


We have Ford coming for November's meeting to talk about their new cab forward chassis.

Member Don Aull of AC Technical Inc. and Espar Heaters will sponsor January's program.

February is tentatively scheduled with Johnson Bodies.

We are thinking about putting on a meeting by the Members for the Members so if anyone has anything they want discussed please let me know.


Congratulations to our two Hank Hasiwar Scholarship recipients, Alin Szabo and Ran Karp, both of Farmingdale University. Both students were awarded $1,000.00 scholarships and may our scholarship aid both of you in attaining your goals.

This is the last call for submitting your application for the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship. The November meeting is also the last chance you have to meet your attendance requirement to be eligible for a scholarship.

Our Annual Scholarships Awards Dinner 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.


Belated condolences go out to Member Robert Gartman and family on the passing of his father-in-law, Frank Panasci, on June 30, 2004. Frank was a Member of the Society during the 70's before his retirement in 1980.

Get-well wishes and speedy recovery go out to Member Vincent Cinotti recovering from triple bypass surgery.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

12/1 Donna Calder (Douglas)
12/3 Anthony Natale
12/5 Geraldine Stagnitta (Thomas)
12/7 Valarie Varonier (Victor)
12/8 John Costantin
12/8 Sybil Fisher (James)
12/12 Floyd Hart
12/13 Margo Clarke (Stanley)
12/13 Dennis Madden
12/13 John Shopis
12/13 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)
12/25 Eliana Mordekovich (Avi)
12/25 Heidi Rubin (Bruce)
12/26 Judith Bloom (Leon)
12/28 John Messina

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